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Video: Judge Blasts Prosecutors as New Freddie Gray Trial Begins

June 10, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Judge Blasts Prosecutors as New Freddie Gray Trial Begins

In a hearing before Officer Caesar Goodson's trial in the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams admonished the state and determined that they violated discovery rules, but he ruled that opening statements could still begin Thursday, reports the Associated Press.

Just before Goodson's trial was set to begin, his attorneys filed a motion asking the judge to dismiss the case because prosecutors didn't disclose that they had a meeting with the second prisoner who was in the wagon with Gray. Prosecutors said the meeting didn't produce new information.

During opening statements Thursday, prosecutors said for the first time that Goodson caused Gray's death by deliberately giving him a "rough ride," police lingo for teaching someone a lesson by putting him in a police wagon without a seat belt and driving so erratically that he is thrown around.

Goodson attorney Andrew Graham flatly disputed the notion that Gray was deliberately bounced around, saying: "There was no rough ride. It simply didn't happen."

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Tom Ret @ 6/11/2016 8:39 AM

It sounds like the medical examiner was unable to state how Gray sustained
a broken neck. In essence, the prosecutor wants to convict based on conjecture
of a rough ride. This case will be tossed and rightly so. No doubt the prosecutor
wants to hide any info from a fellow prisoner which doesn't fit their theory. There has been a lot of misconduct in this case but not proven on the part of the officer. I hope in the end Mosby pays a high price.

Jack T. @ 6/11/2016 2:18 PM

I hope the mayor and Mosby pay. Mosby needs to suffer the same face as the disgraced Mike Nifong.

Leonard Mather @ 6/11/2016 7:22 PM

The best approach to malfeasance and misfeasance is rigid adherence to legal procedures, and that is what the judge is doing. That proves what Mosby did NOT do and her bias and prejudicial commentary are now on tapes digging her grave.

kevcopAz @ 6/12/2016 7:12 AM

Very obvious that the State is playing games and not releasing to the Defense what they are required to by law. This is a typical political prosecution and has been from the beginning. This type of prosecutor is extremely dangerous to out system. You ned prosecutors that have ethics and morals, not political ambition. Mosley is a politician and thats all. She should be held responsible for this and lose her office and license to practice law.

ssc1911 @ 6/12/2016 7:56 AM

If the defense counsel had done the same thing in this case as the prosecutors did, they would make an arguement that evidence was withheld. The judge should ask Prosecutor Mosby and her team why they thought it wasn't important enough to have the statement of another prisoner in the same van as Freddie Gray not being admitted or used? Prosecutor Mosby and her team should be disbarred and not allowed to practice law. Sadly this case is nothing more than a political dog and pony show and the lives of six officers are at stake and they are being scapegoats for this. The judge should really ask Mosby if does or doesn't have a case with this.

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