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Prosecution's Case Against Freddie Gray Officers Falling Apart After Goodson Acquittal

June 23, 2016  | 

With two Baltimore officers now acquitted in the death of Freddie Gray, including Officer Caesar Goodson, the only one charged with murder, state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby faces the difficult choice of whether to proceed with four more trials.

Her decision almost certainly has to be “no,” and the criticism that she rushed to charge the six officers without sufficient evidence, if only to limit the growing civil unrest in Baltimore, now looks like a valid one.

Mosby, 36, had been state’s attorney for only four months when she held a press conference on the day she filed charges against the officers, and she admitted there was an extra component to her decision. “To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America, I heard your call for ‘No justice, no peace,’ ” Mosby said in a nationally broadcast statement on May 1, 2015, less than two weeks after Gray died on April 19. “Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man.” Five of the officers have since sued Mosby for defamation.

“What the state’s attorney promised everybody last May,” said Jeremy Eldridge, a former assistant state’s attorney now in private practice, “it’s pretty much clear it’s unsubstantiated and it’s an outright lie. This is a culmination of all three trials and the judge finally being able to be straightforward about the evidence,” she told the Washington Post

“They need to cut their losses,” said Tyler Mann, another former Baltimore prosecutor now in private practice, “and say, ‘We gave it our best shot and it’s just not there…This judge is saying, ‘You don’t have it,’ and the undertone is, ‘You don’t have it and you have to realize you don’t have it.'”

The Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police is calling for Mosby to drop all charges against the other officers who are being prosecuted for actions involving Gray.

Lt. Gene Ryan spoke on behalf of the FOP Thursday afternoon, WJZ TV reports.

“We are very pleased and extremely grateful that Judge Williams has found Officer Caesar Goodson not guilty on all charges,” Ryan said.

“As anticipated, the facts of this case speak for themselves. Officer Goodson was not at fault. While we agree with the verdict in this case against Officer Goodson, we also suggest that Mrs. Mosby reconsider her malicious prosecution against the remaining four officers. We are more than certain that they, too, will be found to be without guilt. To continue this travesty is an insult to the taxpaying citizens of Baltimore who, at the end of the day, bear the full burden of the enormous costs of these trials that have no merit and continue to divide our city.”

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Leonard Mather @ 6/23/2016 6:00 PM

Marilyn Mosby exemplifies what psychologists refer to as "the need to suffer" while gaining solace from pleasing a biased group of malcontents that pitted themselves against the police. Depending on how deep her denial of her error goes, she may even continue in that direction. If so, higher administration must pressure her to resign because of the inherent self-defeatism in her behavior. The irony in this tempest is that the GOP cannot be blamed, since the history here is one of Democrats being in charge for decades.

Retired NY Boss @ 6/23/2016 6:27 PM

Good Guys 3, Prosecutor 0.

kevcopAz @ 6/23/2016 6:33 PM

The powers that be, including Mosby, have "demand" that police officers are held to a higher standard and held responsible for their actions... so now perhaps she should be held responsible for her prosecutorial misconduct. There wasn't enough evidence to bring these charges, everyone knew this other then her. So she is either incompetent to be the States atty, (even have a law license) or she is a political hack who knew what she was doing and was trying to better her political career based upon this malicious prosecution and should be prosecuted!. She should at the lest offer her resignation. Does the Governor, or County Supervisors have any control over her? Perhaps the courts? whomever that might be needs to review this situation and do the right thing if she does not.

Bob peterson @ 6/23/2016 7:46 PM

Great decision by the judge. The officers did nothing wrong.mosley needs to lose her job and her law license. She ought to be charged and have to pay all the money back. She is a disgrace to her law enforcement family members. She jumped the gun, she needs to pay.

John retired IA PD @ 6/23/2016 11:47 PM

Will she continue with the prosecution of the other officers to look good for "her" public? I hope not. The tax payer gets to foot the bill for these trials. I wonder how much more the tax payers will have to pony up with the pending lawsuits against her. I hope that these officers can recover from what this prosecutor has put them through.

sanchezpg @ 6/24/2016 7:07 AM

This is a product of our new societal values, trying to appease the few and screwing over the many in the process. When she said that she heard the publics call of "No justice, no peace" it was obvious what her intent would be. I am glad that an honest, high integrity judge is calling it like it should be. Marilyn Mosby, borrow some honor and integrity from someone and resign. Do the right thing.... this time!

DD16 @ 6/25/2016 8:10 AM

Concerned Citizen; we in law enforcement take care of our own dirty laundry and weed out bad apples or as you say cops who lye. We are much harsher on our own officers when they screw up than the public would ever be. Please don't get caught up with the "all cops are bad" type attitude that a lot of people have today due to social media & new media only pointing out what cops do wrong. Example: If a cop retires and 30 years later after retirement does something stupid, the media will always put in front of the story "former police officer". This is not fare at all and it has nothing to do with the issue but it sells newspapers. Cops do great things everyday but nobody hears about that since it's not news. Just don't get caught up in the hype is all I'm saying. Just count how many cops you hear bad things about and consider there are over 900 thousand officers in the United States, maybe this will put it in a better perspective.

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