Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Jury Acquits Wagner's Spouse of All Charges in Detroit Dispute

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Jury Acquits Wagner's Spouse of All Charges in Detroit Dispute

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DETROIT - Jurors on Monday acquitted Khari Mosley, the husband of Allegheny County controller Chelsa Wagner, on charges of disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace after an incident in March here.

Deliberating for about 40 minutes, jurors found Mr. Mosley, 43, regional director of the BlueGreen Alliance of the United Steelworkers, not guilty on both charges.

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Ms. Wagner, who faces a felony charge of resisting and obstructing police and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, is slated for trial in November. She sat in the courtroom Monday for the closing arguments and the verdicts.

One of Mr. Mosley's lawyers, Charles Longstreet, asserted to jurors that the prosecution failed to prove some of the elements of both charges.

Mr. Mosley and Ms. Wagner were in Detroit for a concert. They have said in interviews that when they went back to where they were staying, the Westin Book Cadillac hotel, she went to their room and he decided to go to the hotel bar. But later he discovered he didn't have a room key, and that's what sparked the incident with hotel staffers and, ultimately, police.

While Mr. Mosley used profanity and spoke loudly at times during the 90-minute incident, no proof had been presented that anyone was disturbed or that Mr. Mosley was intoxicated, Mr. Longstreet said.

In testimony Monday before closing arguments, Mr. Mosley said he had four or five glasses of wine over a several-hour period.

Mr. Longstreet told the jurors that police and hotel staff contentions that Mr. Mosley smelled of alcohol is no proof of intoxication.

He argued that what witnesses, law enforcement and the prosecution perceived as disturbing the peace was Mr. Mosley asserting his rights.

Mr. Mosley testified that all of his behavior at issue in the trial was a reasonable reaction to hotel staff not properly attending to his circumstances: He didn't have his room key and his name was not registered among the guests. …

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