Marilyn Mosby Seeks To Block Freddie Gray Report
Baltimore’s top prosecutor plans to seek a protective order that would block the release of Freddie Gray’s autopsy report and other documents as she prosecutes police over his arrest, The Baltimore Sun reports.
State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby told the paper that prosecutors “have a duty to ensure a fair and impartial process for all parties involved.” She noted that they “will not be baited into litigating this case through the media.”
Gray, 25, died on April 19 from a spinal injury suffered while in police custody. His death triggered protests and a day of rioting in the predominantly Black city and fueled a national debate on police brutality.
Six officers have been charged with violations ranging from misconduct in office to second-degree murder in one case. All officers are currently free on bail.
Mosby outlined her intention to seek the protective order in a filing earlier this week in Baltimore City Circuit Court. She also asked for more time to respond to defense motions that she and her office be removed from the case and that it be tried outside Baltimore.
The move is the latest effort by Mosby and her office to restrict information regarding the high-profile case. Prosecutors have sought a gag order to prevent participants from discussing the case in public.
Ivan Bates, a lawyer for one of the officers charged in connection to Gray’s death, criticized Mosby’s request, saying she had made a nationally televised speech about the evidence.
“Now that it is time to turn over the evidence, to ask for a protective order is beyond disingenuous,” the Sun quoted him as saying.
Bates said the protective order, which would only allow prosecutors and defense attorneys to see the documents, could require the court to seal all new filings that make reference to information in the documents.
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