Boston BLM leader Monica Cannon-Grant demands speedy trial following federal indictment for conspiracy and fraud

A prominent local Black Lives Matter leader and social justice activist in Boston, Massachusetts, Monica Cannon-Grant, was indicted for fraud earlier this year on federal charges.

Cannon-Grant, who has professed her innocence, is now invoking her constitutional right to a speedy trial and has demanded that prosecutors move forward in the case without further haste, Fox News reported.

Demand for a speedy trial

An attorney for Cannon-Grant on Wednesday submitted a legal filing that accused government prosecutors of dragging their feet during the discovery process and of not being forthcoming with a timeline of when gathered information would be shared, in addition to disputing certain details of the indictment against her.

“Ms. Cannon-Grant has been immeasurably prejudiced and punished by the indictment alone, and she seeks a trial on the earliest practical date to challenge the government’s accusations,” the attorney said in the filing.

Cannon-Grant and her husband, Clark Grant, had pleaded not guilty to the federal charges against them during an arraignment hearing in late March, according to a report at that time from local NBC affiliate WBTS.

Her attorney, identified as Robert Goldstein, told the media outlet that his client had been “fully cooperating” with investigators and prosecutors and had provided them with all relevant records that had been sought.

“We are extremely disappointed the government rushed to judgment here,” Goldstein said at that time in a statement. “Drawing conclusions from an incomplete factual record does not represent the fair and fully informed process a citizen deserves from its government, especially someone like Monica who has worked tirelessly on behalf of her community. We remain fully confident Monica will be vindicated when a complete factual record emerges.”

Alleged conspiracies to defraud donors, pandemic unemployment aid, and a mortgage company

According to a 38-page federal indictment unsealed in mid-March, Cannon-Grant and her husband were hit with 18 federal criminal counts that included conspiracy, mail fraud, mortgage fraud, wire fraud, and making false statements, which all relate to actions she took over the past several years as the head of a purported non-profit social justice group known as Violence in Boston.

Despite claiming that the organization was a non-profit and that neither she nor her husband accepted any salary or benefits from the group, the indictment alleges that Cannon-Grant routinely and secretly used money from donations and grants for her own personal expenses and profit.

The pair are alleged to have conspired to defraud not only their own organization and its donors and members but also the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance to fraudulently obtain pandemic-related unemployment payments, as well as to fraudulently obtain a loan from a mortgage company.

Had won awards for her activism

While Cannon-Grant and her husband are to be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, there is no denying that the facts as laid out in the indictment look pretty bad for them.

It is quite a stunning downfall for a once-prominent community activist who, according to WBTS, had received several awards for her activism and organizing during the wave of anti-police protests and riots that swept the nation in 2020.

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