A Baltimore City Judge has acquitted Freddie Gray defendant, Baltimore Police Lieutenant Brian Rice, of all charges.
Rice is accused of manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office stemming from his failure to seat-belt Gray in the back of a police transport van. He elected for a bench trial rather than gamble with what a Baltimore jury pool might produce.
Last week, it what was a harbinger of future events, summarily acquitted a charge of assault, ruling that prosecutors had not met their burden of proof.
So far, the efforts of Baltimore City State’s Attorney to turn the death of small-time hoodlum Freddie Gray into a springboard to national political prominence, coasting on the wake of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, has turned into a political version of the Dead Sea fruit. The trials have been disastrous:
Rice is the fourth officer to stand trial in the case. The first trial, of Officer William Porter, ended in a hung jury and mistrial in December. Officers Edward Nero and Caesar Goodson Jr. were acquitted of all charges in bench trials in May and June, respectively.
The veracity of the city’s medical examiner has been called into question. The prosecutors have been sanctioned for withholding evidence. The courtroom conduct of the Baltimore prosecutors is sort of what you would expect of a Kardashian reality show conducted in legal garb.
With the van driver and the senior officer on the scene not merely acquitted but vindicated it is hard to see how Mosby presses on with more of this nonsense. But she will.