This coming week, Friday the 26th, is the date Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby is required to turn over all discovery gathered to date to the Defense. I seriously doubt that she will do that. If she turns over any materials, I suspect they’ll be incomplete at best. In the meantime, she is doing all she can to make sure the public remains in the dark about that evidence. The Baltimore Sun has the story:
Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby has asked for a protective order that would bar attorneys for six police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray from publicly sharing Gray’s autopsy and other evidence in the case.
In a motion filed in Baltimore Circuit Court on Tuesday, Mosby’s office argued such an order is necessary because defense attorneys ‘have demonstrated a likelihood of publicizing discovery materials in a manner that may jeopardize the ability to conduct a fair and impartial trial.
Mosby’s office asked for an expedited hearing to present its arguments for the order, as discovery is due in the case on June 26.
‘The Court must not allow the discovery in this case to further fuel a defense public-relations firestorm,’ the prosecutors wrote. ‘The evidence must be made public, but its release to the public must be made in a court of law, not in defense efforts to court public favor.
Considering that it has been Mosley that has turned the case into a three-ring racial circus by her courting of the media, this motion is the very definition of hypocrisy. As regular readers recall, Mosby filed an earlier motion for a gag order, but did so in the wrong court, causing it to be rejected. Obviously, the Baltimore Sun and other media outlets have argued against any such order.
Prosecutors had also indicated in a previous motion that they intended to request a protective order. In their filing for the protective order, they argued defense attorneys have been filing motions in the case ‘attempting to undermine public faith in the prosecutor and the charges.’
The prosecutors repeatedly refer to coverage of the case in The Baltimore Sun, including stories quoting defense motions, as evidence of the growing profile the case has in the public sphere.
The state said a Google search for the name ‘Freddie Gray’ yielded 60,500,000 results at the time of the motion’s writing, and noted the Sun and CNN ‘both maintain an entire portion of their websites dedicated to coverage of this case.
Hmmm. I wonder what part of that could be attributable to Mosley herself, who was lip flapping about the case to the local and national media long before any of the current group of defense attorneys were actually involved.
This sounds very much like a prosecutor afraid that she won’t even be able to get the case to trial. She may fear having the case dismissed long before then unless she can keep everything secret. If, as I suspect, she has no evidence sufficient to convince a jury beyond a reasonable doubt–in fact, I’ve yet to see probable cause to support charges–it’s going to be impossible to prevent leaks of that information, gag order or no gag order.
Politicians often name bills deceptively. “The Affordable Care Act”–Obamacare–is not at all affordable, nor does it guarantee care, and virtually everything Mr. Obama promised has been proved a lie. Consider this whopper: “The Building And Lifting Trust In order to Multiply Opportunities and Racial Equality act.” Any bets about whether it will build or lift anything, particularly trust, or whether it will multiply opportunities and establish racial equality?
Maryland’s senators are proposing just that bill to fix all the problems of Baltimore and the nation. The Baltimore Sun has that story too:
Some of the ideas being developed by Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski are well-worn — and others face long odds in the GOP-controlled Congress — but the two Democrats hope to gain traction by framing the initiatives as an answer to the mistrust between police and minority communities that was laid bare by the unrest in their home state this year.
Cardin is crafting a sweeping measure that would require local law enforcement to improve reporting of police-involved shootings to the federal government, restore jury rights for ex-felons and reduce sentences for nonviolent drug possession, among other moves.
‘We can have a balanced package to restore the confidence between communities and police,’ Cardin said. ‘We want police in our neighborhoods and we want the policing to work.
Right. McKulski and Cardin just don’t want the police to arrest people who might vote for Democrats, you know, the people who are actually the two legged predators stalking the cities? I can’t think of anything that would improve police-community relations more than putting felons on juries and making it easier for drug pushers and addicts to push and consume drugs. This is the kind of legislative brilliance we’ve come to expect of our representatives in DC.
Sen. Mikulski has some additional ideas:
The bill includes $22 million to reduce the rate at which ex-convicts return to prison, $14 million for the Justice Department’s Community Relations Service, which works to mediate racial tensions, and $15 million for crime prevention grants.
Other federal bureaucrats are on the problem too:
The secretaries of labor and education both visited the city, and said they were developing a program on youth job training.
Even the Department of the Interior has awarded the city a grant to connect Baltimore youth with work opportunities on public lands — including by planting trees and gardens in neighborhoods where rioting and looting occurred.
Oh yes, $22 mil will take care of felon recidivism. It’s not like we’ve been trying to reduce the rate of recidivism for centuries, and it’s not like we’ve spent billions on that one. I wonder why someone didn’t think of that before? You remember the Justice Department’s Community Relations Service? They were intimately involved in the George Zimmerman case, the Michael Brown case, and others, like the Freddie Gray case? They’re an elite group of community organizers within the DOJ that rush to communities to keep the racial pot boiling and people at each other’s throats. They serve no prosecutorial function, seeking justice under the rule of law is foreign to them, and they certainly don’t help the accused receive justice, but they certainly draw hefty federal paychecks. They definitely need much more money. And $15 mil for crime prevention? Why hasn’t someone thought of doing something about that before? I had no idea you could just prevent crimes with money. If i knew about that years ago, it would have made my job as a police officer much easier.
The Obama Administration thinks the solution to terrorism is giving jihadists jobs, so why not do the same for drug addicts and other criminals? I’m sure that’s just what they’re waiting for to avoid a life of crime, particularly by planting trees and gardens in some of the worst neighborhoods in existence, you know, like the one in which Marilyn Mosby ordered the police to catch drug dealers like Freddie Gray? The very district represented by her city councilman husband? I’m sure there are just acres and acres of garden in the district just waiting for such tender ministrations.
We must fix the broken trust between our police and communities with more than a band-aid,’ Mikulski said in a statement. ‘That’s why I’m fighting for more accountability through police training in use of force and racial and ethnic bias and better crime data collection.’
Some of the efforts are unlikely to move forward any time soon. A centerpiece of Cardin’s measure is a prohibition on racial profiling, a proposal he has long championed, but which has failed to advance despite support from the NAACP and other civil rights groups. The measure would make certain federal grants to police departments contingent on the adoption of anti-profiling policies.
Now we’re getting to the meat of the senator’s real intentions. Nothing helps people like federal data collection. We just have to make all these racist cops stop being racist. If they work in a black area, where virtually every crime is committed by a young black male, they merely have to stop “profiling” young black males. They must start paying more attention to, for example, white, elderly, Jewish women preying on helpless young black drug dealers.
Others are excited about the Senator’s ideas:
Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, said criminal justice reform is ‘desperately, desperately needed.’
Webster noted that the federal government is often forced to get involved when problems arise, as it has in Baltimore. It makes sense, he said, for it to take a step toward preventing those problems in the first place.
‘The federal government has an important role to play,’ he said. ‘Our problems are pretty deep, and so is the need for reform.
I’m sure that kind of “reform,” will have a great deal to do with disarming the law abiding. It’s interesting, is it not, that this kind of desperately needed reform never has anything to do with actually getting criminals off the street. I wonder why that is?
COMING SOON: My next article on this case–absent any breaking developments that might preempt it–will focus on the prosecution’s response to several defense motions. It’s déjà vu all over again, and the prosecutors in this case are using the same unethical and unprofessional tactics and language as the prosecution in the George Zimmerman case. It’s actually sickening, and speaks volumes about the evidence the prosecution likely does not have, and about their lack of experience, decency and professional ethics.
The Freddie Gary case archive may be found here.