AP: Experts Say Convictions Will Be Tough To Win In The Baltimore Case Against Cops

Mosby threw everything but the kitchen sink at those six officers to see what would stick. She knows that getting them convicted of anything in this matter is extremely unlikely. This is political grandstanding – the painting of a picture of solidarity with the downtrodden of Baltimore. In my opinion, it borders on criminal pandering and is beyond shameful. Not only did she go after the cops and set outrageous bail that will break these families, someone pressured the other witness in the van to recant that he heard Gray throwing himself into the walls, etc. This is a setup and these officers are nothing short of political prisoners.

From Pat Dollard:

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s top prosecutor acted swiftly in charging six officers in the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered a grave spinal injury as he was arrested and put into a police transport van, handcuffed and without a seat belt.

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But getting a jury to convict police officers of murder and manslaughter will be far harder than obtaining arrest warrants.

Legal experts say the case is fraught with challenges. A widely shown video that captured the nation’s attention shows Gray, 25, being loaded into the van, but not what happened once he was inside. Other than the accused officers, the only known witness is a convicted criminal later placed in the van’s other holding cell, unable to see what was happening with Gray.

State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced the charges Friday amid a backdrop of a city in turmoil — four days after public anger over Gray’s death triggered riots, with heavily armed troops enforcing a nightly curfew, and the day before protest marches that drew thousands.

By bringing charges less than two weeks after Gray’s death, Mosby, 35, said her decision showed “no one is above the law.”

“To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America: I heard your call for, ‘No justice, no peace,’” the prosecutor said. “Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man.”

Within hours, the city’s police union questioned the prosecutor’s impartiality, accusing her of a rush to judgment and demanding she recuse herself from the case.

Even some of those who support Mosby’s stand worry further violence might erupt if she fails to win convictions.

Alan Dershowitz, a well-known criminal lawyer from New York and professor emeritus at Harvard Law School, suggested that Mosby’s actions were motivated more by political expediency and short-term public safety than strong evidence. He called the charges “outrageous and irresponsible,” especially a second-degree murder count filed against the van’s driver under a legal principle known as “depraved heart.”

“The decision to file charges was made not based on considerations of justice, but on considerations of crowd control,” Dershowitz said Saturday.

A call Saturday to Mosby’s spokeswoman for comment was not answered, and her voicemail box was not accepting messages.

Even Alan Dershowitz, who is a liberal, thinks there is little chance of the charges sticking. The officer driving that van, by all accounts, is a good kind man and one hell of a policeman. But a politically correct lynch mob is out for blue blood it seems. These officers are being found guilty before they even have a chance to defend themselves, all to make rioters and racists who hate cops happy. They need to change the venue for the trial if they have any hope at all of justice. Baltimore needs new leaders… unless of course they enjoy the corrupt governance they’ve had for over 50 years that has brought them nothing but riots, poverty, drugs, violence and misery.

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