Baltimore: Why Marilyn Mosby may not be able to convict police on murder charges in Freddie Gray's death
By Alex Ferrer, Fox News
Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby stepped up to the podium Friday at 10:30am. She stood in front of the city’s war memorial and announced what much of the crowd wanted to hear: her office had filed 20 separate charges (including murder and manslaughter) and issued arrest warrants for six Baltimore police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray, hopefully bringing to an end the rioting and looting that had gripped Baltimore—and spread to other cities—over the last week.
Gray, who had been arrested after fleeing from police on April 12, suffered mysterious and eventually fatal spinal injuries while in the back of a police van that was transporting him to the station. He died a week after his arrest.
Rumors immediately swirled after Gray’s mysterious death.
Law Professor: Baltimore Officers Were Overcharged, Charges Will Likely Be Dismissed
By Chuck Ross, Daily Caller
Charges filed against the six Baltimore police officers for their involvement in the death of Freddie Grey will be dismissed, a George Washington University law professor predicted in an interview with The Daily Caller.
John Banzhaf, who teaches public interest law, says that the charges announced by Baltimore state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby on Friday “go too far.”
Baltimore Police Overcharged, Likely to be Dismissed
Problems of causation and divided responsibility could torpedo prosecution
To convict someone of second degree murder or many of the other homicide charges, it is not enough to simply show that the Baltimore Police officers acted improperly (e.g., failing to use a seat belt) or even criminally (e.g., making an illegal arrest). In addition, it must be proven beyond any reasonable doubt that each such action or inaction was in fact a direct cause or a major factor in the death.