Law Professor: Baltimore Officers Were Overcharged, Charges Will Likely Be Dismissed

Chuck Ross
The Daily Mail
5/1/2015

Charges filed against the six Baltimore police officers for their involvement in the death of Freddie Grey will be dismissed, a George Washington University law professor predicted in an interview with The Daily Caller.

John Banzhaf, who teaches public interest law, says that the charges announced by Baltimore state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby on Friday “go too far.”

“I think a prosecutor is going to have a hard time proving that the actions did in fact cause death, since they seem to have no theory as to how it occurred,” Banzhaf said in a phone interview.

Gray was arrested on April 12 after a foot chase with police. He was transported in a police van to a processing center, where he was found unresponsive. He was then taken to a hospital, where he underwent surgery.

His death on April 19 touched off massive protests across the nation, as well as rioting and looting in Baltimore.

Mosby said Friday that Gray’s arrest was illegal and that officers failed to provide him with medical assistance, even though he asked for it numerous times. A medical examiner ruled Gray’s death a homicide and determined that he suffered a broken neck and sustained a wound on the back of his head consistent with hitting it on a bolt on the van door…

…Banzhaf, who is most famous for his successful campaign to get smoking ads removed from TV, says that Mosby will have to show how each of the six charged officers directly contributed to Gray’s death…

 

 

The complete article is at The Daily Caller.

Also at the site,  Alan Dershowitz Lays Into Freddie Gray Prosecutor: ‘This Is A Show Trial’ (video)

Famed defense attorney and legal scholar Alan Dershowitz had harsh words for Maryland state attorney Marilyn Mosby, who on Friday announced stiff charges against six Baltimore police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray.

“This is a show trial,” Dershowitz said during an interview Friday with Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg.

“Today had nothing to do with justice. Today was crowd control. Everything today was motivated by a threat of riots and a desire to prevent riots.”…

 

 

 
Related: Social justice: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says 200 businesses were lost during the riots Monday night

…What a miserable statistic. Nothing says social justice quite like the destruction of business and industry…

 

 
Update: New Video Shows Baltimore Prosecutor’s View of the Freddie Gray Case BEFORE Getting Police Report

…Newly-surfaced video of Mosby speaking to a church group Tuesday morning shows her promising attendees that she will “pursue justice by any and all means necessary.”…

 

 
Baltimore Prosecutor Received Campaign Money from Freddie Gray Family Attorney

…According to Capital Gazette, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police lodge argues she has a personal conflict due to connections with both Freddie Gray’s attorney Bill Murphy and her husband, City Councilman Nick Mosby.

Attorney and former judge William (Bill) H. Murphy, Jr. represents the Gray family…

 

 

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