BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A high-stakes and controversial decision is ahead for Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. She is facing increasing pressure to drop charges against the four remaining officers in the Freddie Gray cases.
This follows the acquittal of Officer Caesar Goodson on seven charges.
The pressure is mounting on State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby after another sound defeat in court, with a controversial decision looming — should she move forward with the remaining prosecutions in the Freddie Gray case, or drop the charges against the officers?
“All of the other officers are going to ask for a trial in front of this judge, this judge who has said he doesn’t agree with the state’s attorney’s theory on the case. That’s a difficult situation to be in,” said Kurt Schmoke, former Baltimore mayor and state’s attorney and current president of the University of Baltimore.
Schmoke tells WJZ Mosby needs to step back and carefully evaluate her options before making a decision.
“I honestly don’t believe that she’s going to make a decision based on politics,” he said.
The first case against Officer William Porter ended with a hung jury, the second case ended with all charges not guilty for Officer Edward Nero. The result was the same in her case against Caesar Goodson — the officer she targeted as most responsible for Gray’s death.
“They’ve really painted themselves into a very difficult corner,” said former city prosecutor Kurt Nachtman. “They’re probably going to press ahead regardless of what the circumstances are.”
Two of the remaining cases against Officer Porter and Garrett Miller will have new prosecution teams, but as defense attorney Warren Alperstein points out, the evidence is much the same.
“If the prosecution couldn’t convict Officer Goodson with those extra responsibilities that Goodson had, then how can the prosecution reasonably expect to convict officers who played a more minor role?” said Alperstein.
The state’s attorney had no comment. Her office noted there is still a gag order by the judge.