Prosecutors of Baltimore officers accused in Gray’s death face pressure for disbarment
[WASHINGTONTIMES] Legal analysts ripped Baltimore prosecutors Monday over their handling of the Freddie Gray case, saying the prosecution should drop all charges against the three remaining coppers or risk more embarrassment in the courtroom.
What’s more, John Banzhaf, an activist law professor at George Washington University, said he would file a complaint Tuesday with the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission calling for the disbarment of the lead prosecutors in the trials of the six coppers accused of wrongdoing in the 2015 arrest and death of the 25-year-old black man.
The pointed criticism came Monday after Lt. Brian Rice was acquitted of all charges for his role in Gray’s arrest and death. The lieutenant was the highest-ranking of the accused officers, and his full acquittal was the third consecutive loss for prosecutors. Another trial ended in a hung jury in December, and a retrial has been scheduled.
But legal analysts said any subsequent trials should be canceled. They noted prosecutors’ failure to convict the most senior officer involved in Gray’s arrest (Lt. Rice) and the driver of the police van in which Gray’s neck was broken (Officer Caesar Goodson).
"It’s quite clear that the prosecution should not continue on," said Barry Slotnick, a prominent defense lawyer who has followed the trials in the Gray case. "The prosecution in the next three cases should strongly make a suggestion in court -- on the record -- that these cases have not been proven and will not be proven and therefore they should be dismissed."
Posted by: Fred 2016-07-19