Thursday, September 3, 2015

Baltimore Courtroom is Black and White

No Gray:

"Officers’ charges stand in Maryland death" New York Times News Service  September 03, 2015

BALTIMORE — A circuit court judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray and also denied a request by defense lawyers who wanted Marilyn J. Mosby, the state’s attorney for Baltimore, removed from the case on grounds of prosecutorial misconduct.

Judge Barry G. Williams said that he was troubled by some of what Mosby said at a news conference in May when she announced the charges but her comments “do not rise to the level where the defendants’ rights to a fair trial have been violated.”

Wednesday’s hearing was the first of two pretrial sessions that will determine how the case against the indicted officers goes forward.

Williams issued what amounted to a sweeping victory for the prosecutor, who took office in January after being elected last year. Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died from a spinal cord injury he suffered while in police custody.

On May 1, with the city on edge after a night of looting and arson, Mosby announced the indictment of the officers, and made a plea for calm. “To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America, I heard your call for ‘no justice no peace,’ ” she said.


It was good to be back on the beat, but it's now time to stop swinging around and make an escape.