Boom! Go judge.
Baltimore prosecutors are seeking a gag order as they pursue a criminal case against six city officers in the case of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man who died a week after suffering a spinal injury while in police custody.
AP reported over the weekend that State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby wants defense lawyers to be banned from discussing the case in order to keep public opinion from being influenced before the trial.
A gag order typically prevents attorneys and witnesses from publicly commenting on or releasing information about a particular case.
Mosby announced the charges, which range from second-degree misdemeanor assault to “depraved-heart” murder, in a lengthy news conference one day after receiving an investigative report from police. The May 1 announcement came after more than a week of protests that on two occasions gave way to rioting, prompting Democratic Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to implement a curfew and Republican Gov. Larry Hogan to declare a state of emergency for the city.
Attorneys for five of the six officers have not spoken publicly about the case since charges were filed. Ivan Bates and Tony Garcia, who represent Sgt. Alicia White, gave a news conference Wednesday to defend White and criticize the prosecution.
“I can say emphatically when this trial is complete and all the evidence is laid bare, you’ll see perhaps justice wasn’t the only thing the state’s attorney was attempting to accomplish here,” Garcia said at the event, “and that perhaps you’ll see that there’s a fine line between fame and infamy.”
The defense attorneys have filed numerous motions calling into question the basis for the charges, and whether Mosby is objective.
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