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Freddie Gray: Prosecution’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Trial

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Posted by    Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 1:41pm 6/16/2016 at 1:41pm

As we’ve previously discussed, State prosecutors in the trial of van driver Officer Caesar Goodson were forced at the last minute to change their theory of the case from “Murder by Failure to Provide Medical Care” to “Murder by Rough Ride” after the evidentiary foundation for the prior theory evaporated.

Yesterday prosecutors...

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Freddie Gray: Trial Implosion! Medical Examiner first believed injury was accident

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 2:04pm 6/15/2016 at 2:04pm

In what would be a shocking turn of events in any trial other than one brought by Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, state prosecutors have for the first time introduced into court evidence that medical examiner Carol Allan had at one point believed Gray’s death was an accident, reports the Baltimore Sun.

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Freddie Gray Day #4: Prosecution’s “Rough Ride” Theory Implodes

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 8:00am 6/15/2016 at 8:00am

The fourth day of the “Freddie Gray” trial of van driver Officer Caesar Goodson is most notable for the implosion of the state’s “rough ride” theory of the case for lack of evidence.

Prosecutors were compelled to throw this theory into the mix for the first time on the first day of...

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Freddie Gray: Trial of Van Driver Caesar Goodson, Day #3

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Posted by    Monday, June 13, 2016 at 8:00pm 6/13/2016 at 8:00pm

News reports this evening indicate that the third day of the “Freddie Gray” trial of police van driver Officer Caesar Goodson has been pretty much of a nothing burger.

The prosecution has floated, to one degree or another, three theories of the case, as we described in some detail in our prior...

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Freddie Gray: The Relevance of Donte Allen’s Changing Eyewitness Testimony

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Posted by    Monday, June 13, 2016 at 3:30pm 6/13/2016 at 3:30pm

Last week we posted about how prosecutors in the current Freddie Gray trial of van driver Caesar Goodson had concealed from Goodson’s defense attorneys an interview they had conducted with one Donte Allen.  Accordingly, the defense filed a motion for the dismissal of the charges against Goodson, a motion denied by...

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Freddie Gray: Five of Six Officers Now Suing Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby

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Posted by    Friday, June 10, 2016 at 11:30am 6/10/2016 at 11:30am

On May 26 we posted that two of the six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray—Sergeant Alicia White and Officer William Porter—had filed defamation and invasion of privacy charges against Maryland State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and Major Samuel Cogen of the Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office . It was Cogen...

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Freddie Gray: Prosecutors Abruptly Introduce New Theory at Start of Trial

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Posted by    Friday, June 10, 2016 at 9:00am 6/10/2016 at 9:00am

Prosecutors in the Freddie Gray trial of van driver Officer Caesar Goodson suddenly announced on Thursday, the first day of Goodson’s trial, a new theory of the case never before formally argued by them:  that they believe Gray’s injuries were the result of a malicious “rough ride” delivered by Goodson.  As...

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BREAKING: 9th Circuit Rules No 2nd Amendment Right to Carry Concealed Weapon

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Posted by    Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 12:50pm 6/9/2016 at 12:50pm

Today the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting en banc, finally released its long awaited opinion in the Second Amendment case of Peruta. The core issue in that case is whether the Second Amendment provides an individual right of the general, law-abiding public to bear concealed arms in public places.  The...

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Freddie Gray: Judge Denies Last-Minute Motion to Dismiss Goodson Charges

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Posted by    Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 11:30am 6/9/2016 at 11:30am

Minutes ago trial Judge Barry Williams denied a last minute motion to dismiss all charges by the defense team for van driver Police Officer Caesar Goodson.  Goodson is charged with murder, manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment in the death of Freddie Gray, and his bench trial begins...

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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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