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Freddie Gray: Cops Suing Mosby Add Malicious Prosecution, Other Claims

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 2:30pm 6/8/2016 at 2:30pm

Two weeks ago, we published a post noting that two of the police officers charged by MD State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby had gone on the offensive and filed a civil suit in Federal Court against her and Maj. Sam...

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Freddie Gray: Van Driver Goodson Opts for Bench Trial

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 10:30am 6/7/2016 at 10:30am

Police officer Caesar Goodson, the driver of the van in which Freddie Gray suffered his traumatic neck injury, has opted for a bench trial, reports the Baltimore Sun yesterday.  Among the six officers charged in the matter of Freddie Gray, Goodson faces the most serious charges.  These include depraved-heart murder, manslaughter, second-degree...

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Freddie Gray: Cops Go On Offensive, Sue Prosecutor Mosby

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Posted by    Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 9:00am 5/26/2016 at 9:00am

It looks like at least two of the Freddie Gray defendants have decided to go on the offensive.

According to reporting by the Baltimore Sun, Sergeant Alicia White and Officer William Porter have each filed suit against State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby for defamation and invasion of privacy.  Also named in the suit...

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Freddie Gray Trial: Official Transcript of Not Guilty Verdict

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 8:30am 5/24/2016 at 8:30am

In a remarkable deviation from his usual practice, Trial Judge Barry Williams has elected to release in written form his not guilty verdict in the “Freddie Gray” trial of Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero. The entire verdict is embedded below, but I’ll highlight a few particularly interesting sections.

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Freddie Gray Trial VERDICT: Officer Edward Nero NOT GUILTY!

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Posted by    Monday, May 23, 2016 at 11:08am 5/23/2016 at 11:08am

[UPDATES THROUGHOUT POST]

Today Judge Barry Williams returned a verdict of not guilty in the “Freddie Gray” trial of Baltimore police officer Edward Nero, reports Justin Felton of the Baltimore Sun.

Nero had been charged with second degree assault, reckless endangerment,...

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NRA Formally Endorses Donald Trump for President

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Posted by    Friday, May 20, 2016 at 4:15pm 5/20/2016 at 4:15pm

Today at its Annual Meeting the NRA formally endorsed Donald Trump for President of the United States.  Immediately following Trump gave a nearly 30 minute speech to a packed room and was met with frequent applause and several standing ovations.

The following reflects my rapidly-typed contemporaneous notes as Trump spoke.  I’ve phrased...

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Freddie Gray Analysis: Day 6: Closing Arguments

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Posted by    Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 7:00pm 5/19/2016 at 7:00pm

Today the prosecutors and defense presented their closing arguments in the “Freddie Gray” trial of Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero. Naturally, nothing much new emerged, and each side simply summarized their theory of the case.

There was one unusual facet of these closing arguments, however. Normally, closing arguments are presented as monologues...

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Freddie Gray Analysis: Edward Nero Trial Days 4 and 5

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 9:05pm 5/18/2016 at 9:05pm

The defense in the “Freddie Gray” trial of Officer Edward Nero rested today, the trial’s fifth day. Closing arguments are anticipated tomorrow, and trial Judge Barry Williams has announced that he expects to return a verdict on Monday, May 23.

There hasn’t been much substantive reporting on the defense’s case the last...

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Freddie Gray Analysis: Edward Nero Trial Day 3

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 12:15pm 5/17/2016 at 12:15pm

First, my apologies for not getting this post up last night–I’m in the process of riding the motorcycle to the NRA Annual Meeting in Louisville, and various delays just pushed last night’s arrival to too late an hour.

Yesterday the State presented the remainder of its case against Officer Edward Nero, and...

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Freddie Gray Analysis: Officer Edward Nero Trial, Days 1 & 2

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Posted by    Friday, May 13, 2016 at 5:30pm 5/13/2016 at 5:30pm

Yesterday saw the start of the latest trial related to the arrest and transport of Freddie Gray on April 12, 2015.  Gray would die a week after his arrest, and his death was promptly used as a justification for days of violent rioting, looting, and arson in Baltimore.

This time the defendant is Baltimore Police...

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Just Published “The Law of Self Defense, 3rd Ed.” #1 at Amazon

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 6:05pm 5/10/2016 at 6:05pm

I know many of you have been wondering where the heck I’ve run off to from the pages of Legal Insurrection, so I want to immediately dispel the most common rumor:  No, Professor Jacobson and I have not broken up. 🙂

More seriously, the reason for my absence has...

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Freddie Gray: Officer Nero trial starts May 11 on novel prosecution legal theory

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Posted by    Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 2:35pm 5/8/2016 at 2:35pm

The second of the Freddie Gray trials is scheduled to being this Wednesday, May 11, this time of Police Officer Edward Nero, one of the three officers involved in Freddie Gray’s initial stop and arrest.  Nero was charged with second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment.

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Yet Another Worthless Study on Police Shootings

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Posted by    Friday, April 8, 2016 at 2:45pm 4/8/2016 at 2:45pm

The Washington Post reports on a new study that suggests racial bias motivates police to fatally shoot black suspects at a disproportionally high rate.  That study, entitled “Fatal Shootings By US Police Officers in 2015: A Bird’s Eye View,” is published in the once well-respected scientific journal Nature.

The first alarm bells went...

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Freddie Gray: Prosecution to Compel Another Officer to Testify

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Posted by    Monday, April 4, 2016 at 1:00pm 4/4/2016 at 1:00pm

Having succeeded in getting court permission to compel Officer Edward Porter to testify, under limited immunity, against other officers in the “Freddie Gray” trials, Baltimore prosecutors have now filed a motion to similarly compel Officer Garrett Miller [Featured Image, left] to testify in next month’s trial of Officer Edward Nero [Featured...

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Freddie Gray: Officer Edward Nero Trial Set for May 10

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 3:00pm 3/16/2016 at 3:00pm

The Maryland court system has re-scheduled the trials of the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, reports ABC News.

These trials had been delayed while the state’s hig...

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Freddie Gray: MD’s Highest Court Says Officer Porter Must Testify

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 3:50pm 3/8/2016 at 3:50pm

In a single-page per curiam decision, the Maryland Court of Appeals (the state’s highest court) ruled today that Baltimore Police Officer William Porter can be compelled to testify in the trials of Caesar Goodson and Alicia White, the two officers who like Porter were most closely involved in Gray’s transportation, according...

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Justice Thomas Asks Questions at Oral Argument for 1st Time in 10 Years

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Posted by    Monday, February 29, 2016 at 5:30pm 2/29/2016 at 5:30pm

(UPDATED: This post has been updated with the transcript of the oral arguments, at the bottom of this post. h/t Shall Not Be Questioned blog.)

In a turn of events sure to shock those who follow the US Supreme Court, Justice Clarence Thomas has broken with his 10-year-long record of declining to...

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