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Baltimore Prosecutor Under Fire for Losing Freddie Gray Cases

May 24, 2016  | 

Baltimore City States Attorney Marilyn Mosby (Photo: Official Photo)
Baltimore City States Attorney Marilyn Mosby (Photo: Official Photo)

With two trials and no convictions in the trials of Baltimore officers involved in the Freddie Gray case, critics say that the prosecution may have moved too fast in bringing charges against the officers involved.

"This speaks to the notion a lot of people had when this first happened, which is that it was a rush to judgment," former civil rights prosecutor David Weinstein told the Associated Press. "The state's attorney was trying to balance what she had with the public outcry and call to action given the climate in Baltimore and across the US concerning policing, and I think she was overreaching."

Gray was arrested by Baltimore officers on April 12, 2015, on charges of having an illegal switchblade, though the legality of the knife Gray carried is still in question. Gray was injured during transport in a police vehicle and died one week later with a broken neck.

This December, Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams declared a mistrial for Officer William Porter after a hung jury. And on Monday, Judge Williams acquitted Officer Edward Nero in a bench trial.

Officer Caesar Goodson's trial, the only one in which the defendant is charged with second-degree murder, is scheduled to take place in two weeks.

Comments (7)

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Fred Smith @ 5/24/2016 2:09 PM

Bahaha! Prosecuting based on public opinion and prejudice instead of fact is a bad idea. I hope she gets sued.

kevcopAz @ 5/24/2016 4:44 PM

Most every cop and prosecutor knew that she was over reaching and doing so for eeither political gain or to placate the masses, or both. I think she was happy for the opportunity to show how tough she could be on LEOs (even though she is related to former officers) just because she has higher political aspirations. Either this is the reason or she was just an inexperienced prosecutor (which she was) elected to that office due to her "blackness" and gender rather then skill or experience. The charging all of these cops and the results thus far make my point. If all of these officers are cleared of any charges this prosecutor should face the Bar for discipline for prosecutorial misconduct.

Joe Smith @ 5/24/2016 5:52 PM

That's exactly right. We all knew what she was doing. Too bad she has no idea what she's doing. She owes those officers their lives back.

Tom Ret @ 5/25/2016 5:51 AM

The officer will now probably be investigated by the DOJ, the agency whose
lawyers were recently told to attend ethics classes because of lying to the judge.

bo2234 @ 5/26/2016 6:22 AM

@Fred got your wish. Two of the officers just sued her. It may not go far, but it sets the tone.

@kevcopAz...she may be related to former officers, but they were either fired or forced to resign because of criminal activity and ethical concerns (apple didn't fall far from the tree). The former prosecutor (Bernstein) had fixed a LOT of problems with that office. He was getting convictions, long sentences, cooperation with federal prosecutions etc. Officers who felt their cases now mattered were showing up for court again. The problem, the family members of defendants (voters) were seeing their angels incarcerated, justly I might add. They opted for what they have now who did exactly what they wanted, crucify the cops for doing their jobs. I'm getting sick and tired of seeing society roll over with the "If you can't beat them, join them" mentality.

ssc1911 @ 5/26/2016 1:08 PM

She should be investigated for whatever applicable infractions she made and removed from being a prosecutor and an attorney for this . Her theory that Freddie Gray wasn't in police custody when he died, what is that based upon? Where is her thinking? And She's a Prosecutor?

Gerald Kern @ 6/23/2016 4:26 PM

Time to put this racist prosecutor on trial.

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