The Baltimore Sun recently reported a development in the Freddie Gray murder case that once again places state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby in the center of controversy. She has already faced criticism for making seemingly prejudiced statements supporting rioters who destroyed much of Baltimore after Gray died in police custody.
Mosby subsequently filed charges against six police officers present during Gray’s arrest, including one count of second-degree murder.
The latest reports indicate the controversial prosecutor recently filed a protective order ensuring Gray’s autopsy remains sealed to everyone outside of her office and the defendants’ attorneys.
The news sparked criticism among those who believe the medical reports could offer evidence contrary to Mosby’s account of events upon announcing the charges against the six cops. At that time, she declared Gray’s death to be a result of improper restraints and lack of appropriate medical attention by the officers involved.
Ivan Bates, a lawyer representing one of the officers facing charges, shared his outrage over Mosby’s move.
“Mrs. Mosby is the one who did an announcement discussing what she said the evidence was in a nationally televised speech,” he said, “and now that it is time to turn over the evidence, to ask for a protective order is beyond disingenuous. It’s as if she wants to do everything to make sure our clients do not get a fair trial.”
As Western Journalism reported, it was with the release of his autopsy results that holes began appearing in the narrative weaved during the aftermath of suspect Michael Brown’s death last year in Ferguson, Mo.
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BCN editor’s note: This article first appeared at Western Journalism.