What Does Marilyn Mosby’s 0-3 Record In Freddie Gray’s Prosecution Mean?

June 23, 2016  |  

Marilyn Mosby Baltimore State's Attorney

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The death of Freddie Gray has drawn on in a quit complex series of charges, trials, and acquittals.

Baltimore Police Officer Caesar Goodson, who was accused of giving the “rough ride” that broke Gray’s neck and killed him was recently cleared of all charges by Circuit Judge Barry Williams. (It should be noted that he faced the most serious charges of the six other cops that were accused in the death, including a charge of second-degree murder.) Goodson was also acquitted by Judge Wiliams of three counts of manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.

But interestingly enough, State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, Marilyn Mosby, is catching many eyes around the country as well. The Baltimore Sun ran a story today citing that Mosby’s political career could be largely impacted by the outcome of the officers’ trials.

To date, there’s been three different trials and Mosby’s senior prosecutors “have yet to land a conviction against the officers charged in Gray’s arrest and death,” The Sun explains. Apparently, this third acquittal will now make it hard for Mosby’s prosecutors to be successful in any other trials against the officers in the other pending cases, according to several observers.

“This is their Waterloo. This is their Gettysburg,” said attorney Warren A. Brown, a critic of Mosby’s who believes she’ll face several opponents for reelection in two years. “She is virtually persona non grata in the white community and her support is waning in the black community and will continue to want if she continues to lose these cases.”

Charles D. Ellison, host of The Ellison Report, offered, “This is the case that everyone has been watching.” “There are going to be some who see Mosby as being ineffective. It’s not just a verdict on a Goodson. It’s a verdict on her performance. But that’s something she can pull through. She’s a very talented lawyer and talented politician.”

Former state Sen. Clarence M. Mitchell IV, who hosts the C4 show on local WBAL, explained, “What the citizens of Baltimore wanted was a prosecutor who would have the courage to bring charges when it appeared that the police had done something wrong. She will get credit for that.” But, even so, Mitchell says that Mosby will probably never see a case with such national and international attention again. “Nothing is going to be bigger than these cases,” he said. “This is going to be the biggest case she has in her term.”

Four other officers still face charges for their roles in Gray’s death. Lt. Brian Rice, who is charged with manslaughter, is next up for trial beginning on July 7.

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