By Andrew Branca
June 29, 2016
From my post over at Legal Insurrection:
It wasn’t supposed to be this way for State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. When she abruptly brought criminal charges against six Baltimore Police Officers during riots, looting, and arson following the death of community drug dealer Freddie Gray she became an immediate media darling. Profiles in Vogue quickly followed, as well as prominent speaking engagements (some of which she used as platforms for extrajudicial commentary on the pending trials, a serious breach of ethics).
Interestingly, Mosby didn’t call for justice, per se. She called for particular forms of justice. Justice for Freddie Gray. Justice for “the people of Baltimore” and, remarkably, “the protestors across America” (!). She called for justice for “those that are angry, hurt, or have their own experiences of injustice at the hands of police officers.” She wrapped by calling for justice “Last, but certainly not least, to the youth of this City. I will seek justice on your behalf. This is a moment, this is your moment.”
What was notably missing, of course, was any call for justice for the police officers charged. Innocent until proven guilty, these officers are as entitled to justice and impartial due process as is anyone else in America. Indeed, prosecutors are charged with ensuring that defendants receive justice and due process, a charge implemented through such requirements as having to share any uncovered exculpatory evidence with the defendant’s lawyers.
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