Momberg became infamous last year after a video emerged of her verbally attacking police officers assisting her following a smash-and-grab incident. Screaming swear words and racial slurs, Momberg stands accused of four counts of crimen injuria.
Momberg’s case had stalled for months as defence advocate Joe Davidowitz and State prosecutor Yusuf Baba prepared for closing arguments. While the arguments were meant to take place this week on Wednesday, the presiding magistrate was ill and unable to come to court. However, while the case was initially meant to be a simple postponement to this coming week, Davidowitz said that he was being forced to withdraw due to a “conflict of interest”, though this was not fully explained to the court.
When the case continues this week, Davidowitz’s withdrawal application will likely take precedence over the closing arguments. On Wednesday, Baba was quick to warn Momberg that even if her lawyer was allowed to withdraw, he would continue with his closing arguments and the court could rule that she would have to represent herself.
While Davidowitz refused to speak to the Saturday Star about his reason for withdrawing, it’s understood that conflicting instructions from Momberg had resulted in such frustration that he was forced to drop her as a client.