The Freddie Gray case (the archive is available here), like the Trayvon Martin case, is turning out to be another black hole for prosecutorial competence and ethical behavior. In reporting about and analyzing such cases, I strive to provide perspective that can’t be found elsewhere, based largely on my police experience. In that pursuit, I do my best to explain the “between the lines” motivations and actions of all involved, hopefully so that readers can learn what is actually happening. Usually, this is best accomplished by explaining what one would expect to see if the system were working ethically and professionally, and exposing it when it is not.
Most Americans don’t realize that education in the specific role of a prosecutor is not a topic to which much time is devoted in law school. Certainly, all law students must take basic courses in criminal law and procedure, but for the most part, practical learning and training takes place on the job or not at all. This should help us understand the plight of Baltimore Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby, in office only a short time and with no prior experience, when the Freddie Gray case occurred.