Judge Rules Acquitted Officers In The Freddie Gray Case Can Sue Marilyn Mosby

January 11, 2017  |  

In a very twisted set of circumstances, Baltimore’s State attorney Marilyn Mosby is at the center of a legal battle connected to the Freddie Gray case.

After all six of the officers were acquitted of all charges in the death of Freddie Gray, five of them turned their focus to the woman who brought Gray and his severed spine to the forefront of the national stage, by filing a lawsuit against Mosby.

Marilyn Mosby Baltimore State's Attorney

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Recently, a federal judge ruled that the key parts of the lawsuit against her are in fact legal and can move forward.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Judge Marvin J. Garbis ruled that “claims including malicious prosecution, defamation, and invasion of privacy can move forward against Mosby and Assistant Sheriff Samuel Cogen, who wrote the statement of probable cause.”

Mosby’s attorneys argued that as the state’s attorney, she has immunity from prosecution for the actions she takes in this role. But Judge Garbis argued, “Plaintiffs’ malicious prosecution claims relate to her actions when functioning as an investigator, not as a prosecutor” and that her office said the conducted an independent investigation.

Claims of false arrest, false imprisonment and abuse of process were dismissed as they were claims against the state.

Mosby is being represented by the Maryland Attorney General’s Office.

Mosby charged the six officers involved in Gray’s arrest and transport with criminal counts including manslaughter and second-degree murder, claiming that the officers had no legal right to detain Gray and that other officers ignored Baltimore Police Department rules requiring that Gray be secured with a seat belt in the police van or that he be granted prompt medical attention when he complained of pain.

The officers claim that Mosby knowingly brought false charges against them.

There’s something so evil about the fact that the people who are responsible for the loss of a life, are attempting to sue a woman who was simply trying to hold someone accountable for it.

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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