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Case Against Baltimore Officers in Freddie Gray Death Heads to Court

August 31, 2015  | 

After months of sharply worded motions by prosecutors and defense attorneys, legal questions surrounding the officers charged in Freddie Gray's arrest and death will be aired publicly for the first time Wednesday in a solemn, wood-paneled courtroom in downtown Baltimore.

Six police officers stand accused in the case, which has captured the nation's attention due to the protests and rioting that followed Gray's death. The officers are not expected to appear at the hearing, which will focus on legal challenges to the charges. Defense attorneys are seeking to dismiss the case, or to remove Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby from the prosecution. Prosecutors, who have called the defense claims baseless, will press Circuit Judge Barry Williams to move the proceedings forward. Both sides will debate whether the officers should be tried together or separately, the Baltimore Sun reports.

As the hearing nears, court officials have set rules to maintain order, just as police and city officials have made plans to handle any protests or unrest. A "Security/Media Protocol Order" from the Circuit Court's administrative judge outlined heightened security at the courthouse, specific restrictions on members of the news media and expected courtroom decorum. The Baltimore sheriff's office, meanwhile, plans to ensure order with "an increased presence" of deputies inside and outside Courtroom 234, a windowless space on the second floor of Courthouse East.

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kevCopAz @ 9/1/2015 1:31 PM

Bet this case falls apart since there is little real evidence of any real crime and then hell will break loose again. The Feds will step in and try them on BS civil rights charges. The officer should hope and pray that they can continue this until the next administration is in (Republican) or they will face DOJ charges.

Jon Retired LEO @ 9/1/2015 2:56 PM

Baltimore should have to go it alone without any police protection and see how long the city lasts.

Jon Retired LEO @ 9/2/2015 7:33 PM

keyCopAz I hope that you are right about the case falling apart. But I have a bad feeling that they are going to crucify them one by one and throw them to the hyenas. Then the BLM can start their chant again.

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