Embattled Maryland states attorney Marilyn Mosby is on the defensive yet again, after filing a surprising motion to block the release of a critical piece of evidence in her case against five Baltimore police officers the autopsy results in the death of Freddie Gray.
The protective order, reported by The Baltimore Sun, is raising accusations from an attorney for one of the six officers charged in the Gray case that Mosbys request shows that the autopsy may be damaging to her case.
As TheDC is reporting late tonight:
When Mosby announced charges against the officers on May 1, she said that Gray sustained a broken neck while riding in the back of a police transport van. She also said his death was ruled a homicide and that officers failed to properly restrain him and to provide him with adequate medical attention.
Grays autopsy was released only to Mosbys office, as required by state law. The Baltimore police department, which was conducting a parallel investigation at the same time Mosbys investigators were conducting one of their own, was not provided the results of the autopsy.
If Mosbys request for the protective order is granted, only the states attorneys office and defense attorneys would be allowed to view the autopsy results and any other new filings in the case.
Ivan Bates, the attorney for Alicia White, the lone female officer charged in the case, told the Sun that Mosbys motion indicates there is something in that autopsy report that they are trying to hide.
Mrs. Mosby is the one who did an announcement discussing what she said the evidence was in a nationally televised speech, and now that it is time to turn over the evidence, to ask for a protective order is beyond disingenuous, Bates told the Sun. Its as if she wants to do everything to make sure our clients do not get a fair trial.
Nobody would know anything but the state and the defense, so they would totally hide it from the public, he added. If your case is as good as you said it was, why dont you just show the evidence?
You cant holler and say, Im about accountability for the citizens, and then run around filing for a protective order.
Mosby has drawn increasing criticism for her apparent bias against police, and political ambition in overcharging the officers. She echoed Rev. Al Sharptons divisive rhetoric during her public May 1 charging announcement that she had heard protesters cries of no justice, no peace.
Mosby appeared onstage as the guest of honor at a Prince anti-police concert, in which radical activists spoke out against police racism and White supremacy, despite the fact that 2 of the officers charged are Black.
And this past week, Mosby was making outlandish claims according to internet security experts that two of her Twitter account had been hacked after Mosby Favorited two Tweets calling the cops thugs.
Famed liberal Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz has called Mosbys case a show trial in which the officers were overcharged to appease the rioters, and predicted the case would fall apart. Tonights news may show the beginning of such an unraveling.
The six officers face a total of 28 charges in the case. Caesar Goodson Jr., the driver of the van transporting Gray, faces a second-degree depraved-heart murder charge and a manslaughter charge. Three other officers, including White, face several manslaughter charges as well.
Mosby has not publicly explained what warrants the second-degree murder charge or the manslaughter charges.