All remaining charges dropped in Freddie Gray case [video]

All remaining charges dropped in Freddie Gray case [video]

All remaining charges dropped in Freddie Gray case [video]

Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby is having a bad day, to top off her bad year. After suffering through three non-convictions, her office has dropped all remaining charges associated with the death of Freddie Gray. She is 0 for 6. That’s gotta hurt. And she held so much promise. She coulda been a contender.

5.14.14- Marylin Mosby, candidate for Baltimore City States Attorney who is running against Gregg Bernstein. Portraits outside of the Baltimore City Circuit Courthouse. (The Daily Record/Adam Bednar)
Defiance. (The Daily Record/Adam Bednar 2014)

Marilyn Mosby had an explosive situation fall into her lap, and instead of approaching it in a principled objective way, she let her bias and thirst for power take over. She’s young, and immaturity probably had something to do with it, but it appears she’s also steeped in an ideology that automatically holds that cops are abusive (she says she’s not anti-police, she’s anti-police brutality). Certainly anytime a person loses his life in questionable circumstances when in police custody, we should take a long hard look at what happened to guard against police state brutality. Here, facts pointing to abuse were very slim, and Mosby didn’t even wait for a full investigation before she pranced out to get her name in the news. Some charges like negligence may have been appropriate, but she overcharged and ended up destroying any shred of credibility for the rest of her case.

Here is Mosby at her press conference today expressing indignance about the gag order that kept her office from defending itself over the past year. Poor Marilyn. She blames the reluctance of the police to properly investigate and investigators to share information with the state. She’s even blaming the fact that the defendants were able to choose a judge instead of a jury. She is in major denial. I can see where she’s going with this narrative. She did nothing wrong. She does indignant well:

As a result of this case it seems a lot of reforms have been made. Body cameras on officers and inside the police wagon. Affirmative recognition of policies and rules by the police officers. More rules about use of force, mandated calls for medics upon request. Condemnation of lack of an independent investigating agency. All so that “this” will never happen again. And we still don’t know exactly what happened!

Now there are talks of civil suits for malicious prosecution, and complaints have been filed against Mosby with the Maryland bar. The city has already paid $6.4 million to the Gray family.

Rarely do we see such a clear cut example of prejudice and naked ambition in action. This doesn’t just reflect poorly on Mosby – the damage is even worse to the justice system. Mosby’s actions exposed the bias of individuals within the system and provides proof that when justice has to work through men, it is not blind.

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  • OC says:

    And not one bit of retribution will be visited on her.

    • Jenny North says:

      Probably not, but the judge in this case has been outstanding, so maybe there are some lawyers who don’t want to let her ruin their reputations.

  • GWB says:

    She does indignant well

    She does arrogant well, too!

    For anyone wondering “Why do we have these due process protections?” This is why.

    I hope the officers win their lawsuit in record time, and bankrupt this woman. But, I fear that with the end of the prosecutions, some judge will throw it out for lack of standing.

    • Jenny North says:

      No they should have standing – they have already suffered damages in having to defend themselves from prosecution. I am most curious about what the bar will say about her actions. She won’t be disbarred, but it’s possible she could be publicly reprimanded. I wouldn’t bet on it yet, prosecutorial discretion and all that.

      • GWB says:

        I agree they should have standing. But it seems some judges tend toward “Well, they weren’t actually prosecuted, so no harm, no foul!” Most of those tend to be progs.

  • J walter says:

    Have the riots started?

  • Nina says:

    Wow. That’s one helluva temper tantrum she threw.

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