Judge Strikes Massive Blow to Baltimore Prosecutor’s Case Against Cops
Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby has been busy waging holy liberal jihad against the six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray using every tactic possible, no matter what the legality.
Now, though, a judge has struck down one of her key legal maneuvers, meaning attorneys for the policemen charged can start talking about the facts of the case more freely.
Judge Barry G. Williams blocked a request by Mosby that would have prevented defense attorneys from publicizing evidence before the trial began. Williams wrote that Mosby’s case “does not suggest there is anything in discovery that warrants restricting disclosure.”
“The Court notes that discovery was turned over on June 26, 2015, and as of this date, the court is not aware of the dissemination of any discovery information by Defendants,” Judge Williams wrote.
“The only discovery item that has become public as of this date has been information from the autopsy report, and at the time of the alleged disclosure, the report had not been turned over to Defendants,” he added. “(T)here simply is no basis in the assertions presented to the court for the broad and extraordinary relief sought in the motion.”
Gray, a 25-year-old man with a lengthy criminal history, died in police custody in April due to a severed spine. His death touched off a spate of riots in the Maryland city.
Prosecutors say the police officers are responsible for Gray’s death, while at least one witness has come forward to allege Gray was trying to hurt himself in the police van.
State’s Attorney Mosby has argued that publicizing the evidence in the Gray case would prejudice potential jurors against the state’s case, making one wonder about the wisdom of prosecuting a case where the facts have to be kept from people to prevent an acquittal.
Another motion, a gag order for participants in the trial, was struck down on May 14 because of what The Baltimore Sun called a “procedural misstep.”
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