Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has shown his concerns over the release of conversation recordings with his one-time chief of staff who is at the moment being charged for criminal trials in both state and federal court regarding wiretapping.
Roy McGrath, who was the chief of staff of Maryland Governor Hogan in 2020 has been charged for “embezzling state money for personal purposes, misleading officials into paying him a six-figure severance and illegally recording conversations with Hogan and other top government officials.”
There are a total of nine counts against McGrath of “illegal interception of communication” which is more commonly known as wiretapping.
The state prosecutors have asked the respected court to grant permission to release the recorded conversations of Roy McGrath and his accomplices in malice encounters.
If the court allows it, the recordings will be shared publicly.
Governor Larry Hogan’s lawyer has showcased reservations against the court permission of making the recordings public.
“While I acknowledge that the Defendant, Mr. McGrath, is entitled to the alleged illegal intercepts as a part of preparing his defense, I have serious concerns that he may misuse them,” wrote Christopher J. Mincher, senior deputy legal counsel to the Republican governor.
“Mr. McGrath has demonstrated an apparent willingness to share evidence with the media,” continued Mincher, who described the governor as “a victim of certain crimes” in the case.
Joseph Murtha who is the attorney of Roy McGrath stated that the governor’s demand is “a ploy to influence the outcome of the criminal case.”
“Mr. Mincher suggests that Mr. McGrath has engaged in some action that will lead to his engaging in behavior prohibited by law,” Murtha wrote in a court filing. “The spurious comments in Mr. Mincher’s letter are a politically motivated effort to interfere with Mr. McGrath’s right to a fair trial.”
Mr. Mincher further asked the court that if the conversation recordings are shared with the witnesses and the court, the court should at least order that the recordings are not circulated any further.