The judge presiding over the Freddie Gray trial refused to dismiss charges against the six Baltimore police officers in the case.
Attorneys for the defendants filed a motion arguing that the charges should be dismissed due to prosecutorial misconduct by State Attorney Marilyn Mosby, or alternatively require her office to be recused from trying the case due to conflicts of interest.
The arguments for dismissing the charges due to prosecutorial misconduct focused on public statements Mosby made in May announcing the case against the officers, during which she adopted the slogan of the protesters, “No justice, no peace.”
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The defense also argued that Mosby has a conflict of interest because her husband, Nick Mosby, serves as a City Councilman in the district where Gray was arrested.
Twenty-five year old Gray died in April due to spinal injuries received while in policy custody. His death sparked the largest riots in Baltimore since the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968.
The Associated Press reports that while Circuit Judge Barry Williams found Mosby’s public comments about the case troubling, he did not believe they were likely to prejudice a jury.
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Preliminary hearings in the case will continue next week, including considering whether the trial should be moved outside of Baltimore. A trial date is set for the middle of October.
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