For Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, it’s a case of all or nothing.
For some reason, the prosecutor is determined to block the release of Freddie Gray’s autopsy report, and if she can’t prevent that, Mosby is asking the court to agree to a deal to release all evidence in the case online — by law, the prosecutor is required to “remain silent.”
Just what is it in that autopsy report that has Mosby so worried?
After failing in her first attempt — she filed in the wrong court — Mosby continued her efforts this week to block the release of Gray’s autopsy and other evidence in the case, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Mosby is again asking for a protective order — in the proper jurisdiction this time — to bar defense attorneys representing the six police officers charged in the death of Gray “from releasing any of the evidence due to them June 26 through court discovery, including Gray’s autopsy,” the newspaper reported Tuesday.
A court filing The Sun described as “unusual,” and said outside legal observers found “bizarre.”
“The Court must not allow the discovery in this case to further fuel a defense public-relations firestorm,” her office wrote. “The evidence must be made public, but its release to the public must be made in a court of law, not in defense efforts to court public favor.”
Forget the court of law, Mosby seems preoccupied with winning in the court of public opinion by gagging the defense after she’s already had her say before the press.
Baltimore Sun reporter Kevin Rector posted his article on this latest development on Twitter, and based on the response from social media users, folks are not fooled by what’s going on here.
Here’s a sampling from Twitter:
— Kevin Rector (@RectorSun) June 16, 2015
— billy roberts (@billyr0256) June 16, 2015
@RectorSun 1st quote talks publicizing which may jeopardize fair and impartial trial? Is she 4 real? She is guilty of just THAT!
— John Whitelock (@JohnBert07) June 16, 2015
— Michelle (@BanJazzHands) June 16, 2015
— Dennis Price (@JustAHobbit) June 16, 2015
— Milo™ (@chasbottom) June 16, 2015
@RectorSun The media should be, in droves, beating down the doors asking “why?!”.
— ZeelandCap (@ZeelandCap) June 16, 2015
@RectorSun Yep, Marilyn, with her hands on her hips can set us right. Doesn’t she need a new riot to get rid of excess property?
— Jim Evans (@worldtrademan) June 16, 2015
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