If you have been following the Freddie Gray case, you know that something doesn’t seem right about this prosecutor. From the moment she took the case it seemed like she was more concerned with pleasing the protesters than finding the truth.
The 6 Baltimore city officers being charged are now fighting back.Â Attorneys for the police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray filed a motion Friday to have the Stateâ€™s Attorney for the city recuse herself from the case.
The 109-page motion alleges that Stateâ€™s Attorney Marilyn Mosby has too many conflicts of interest with the case for the officers to receive a fair trial.
Among the conflicts of interest cited by the attorneys in the motion, per WBAL-TV:
- That Mosbyâ€™s comments during the May 1 press conference announcing the charges violate the stateâ€™s law on prosecutor conduct, specifically â€œrefraining from making extrajudicial comments that have a substantial likelihood of heightening public condemnation of the accusedâ€; Â Â
- That Mosby is married to Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby, who represents the district where Grayâ€™s arrest took place and that was most significantly damaged during the subsequent riots;
- That personal ties exist between one of the prosecutors in Mosbyâ€™s office and a member of the media who interviewed Donta Allen, the other man in the police transport van with Gray on April 12;
- That the prosecution conducted its own investigation of the case separate from the official one conducted by the Baltimore City Police Department;
- That there is a pending civil claim against Mosby and her office over the prosecution using â€œfalse and misleading statements and omissionsâ€ in the charging documents, specifically with regards to the legality of the knife Gray was carrying at the time of his arrest; and
- That Mosby is too closely linked to Billie Murphy, the attorney for Grayâ€™s family, as he donated to her 2014 campaign and is considered to be a â€œmentorâ€ to the first-term prosecutor.
Besides the conflicts of interest accusations, Mosby has come under fire for the substance of her case against the officers.
Part of her case rests on whether Gray was carrying an illegal knife at the time of his arrest. Last week, Mosby stated that the knife was legal under Maryland law. But the officers who arrested Gray reported that the knife was a â€œspring actionâ€ model, which are illegal in Baltimore, which has tougher knife laws than the rest of the state.
Mosby has now called for Loretta Lynch to conduct a Federal investigation into the practices of the Baltimore police department. Lynch has agreed and the investigation is said to begin next week.