Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro said the case of six Baltimore cops charged in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray should be about the facts and not emotions.
Speaking about the case Saturday in her “Opening Statement,” the host of Fox News’ “Justice witn Judge Jeanine” expanded on comments she made Friday when she praised Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby for her strength and determination but doubted she would get convictions on the six officers.
“I want you to take race, family, preconceived notions for or against law enforcement out of this,” she said Saturday. “This is about the facts. Pure and simple.”
Pirro, a former prosecutor, said she’s been in the same situation as the Baltimore prosecutor, having to charge police with a crime. Pirro said getting convictions in this case will be a daunting task.
“There’s no question that Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby is articulate, passionate, and believes in the charges that she has brought. And she believes that she can prove them beyond a reasonable doubt. But I’m not so sure,” Pirro said.
“She’s also inexperienced, never having tried a murder case, new at the job, in office for four months, just recently leaving her insurance company job,” Pirro said. “Now, granted, the medical examiner ruled this a homicide. But any experienced prosecutor knows that that’s nothing more than a classification, meaning it’s not an accident, it’s not a suicide, and it’s not undetermined.
She wondered if Mosby rushed charges before fully examining all the facts of the case.
“Were Freddie Gray’s injuries the result of the bicycle cops putting him in a prone position? Were they due to his then being put in a seated position after finding the knife? Or when they put him stomach-down on the ground? Or when he was put in a leg lace? Or when he was placed in the police van without a seat belt? Or when he was removed from the van and flex cuffs placed on his wrists and leg shackles on his legs?” Pirro asked.
“Mosby believes the critical neck injury occurred during the ride to central booking,” she said. “How does she know that? Maybe, we all need to step back and let the justice system take its course.”
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