LI: Freddie Gray Case: Trial Date Set For Officers

A trial date of October 13 has been set for the six officers charged with a plethora of felonies following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody this past April, reports the Baltimore Sun. The same report notes that each of the officers has pleaded not guilty, and requested a jury trial.

Baltimore City Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams has been assigned to preside over the case. Warren Alperstein, an attorney representing the city’s bar association, characterized Williams as having a reputation for favoring neither the prosecution nor the defense, stating:

He is a no-nonsense, fair and practical judge who will no doubt control that courtroom, neither state- nor defense-oriented . . . He will not be persuaded by media. He will not be influenced by public sentiment. He will rule as the law will require him to do. Period. There will be no outside influences.

That would be refreshing, considering the high-profile basking in the limelight still ongoing by Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who today is given a fawning profile in Vogue magazine. The caption to her featured image in the Vogue article (photo taken by no less than Annie Liebowitz) reads ““The unrest had nothing to do with my decision to charge,” says Mosby. “I just followed where the facts led.”

These facts would, presumably, be the same facts Mosby continues relentlessly to deny the public.

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Andrew Branca
Andrew F. Branca, Esq. is currently in his third decade of practicing law, and is an internationally-recognized expert on the law of self-defense of the United States. Andrew is a Guest Lecturer at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, a former Guest Instructor at the Sig Sauer Academy, an NRA Life-Benefactor Member, and an NRA Certified Instructor. He also teaches lawyers how to argue self-defense cases as a certified instructor with the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) system in numerous states around the country. Andrew is also a host on the Outdoor Channel’s TV show “The Best Defense” and contributor to the National Review Online. Andrew has been quoted as a SME (subject-matter expert) on use-of-force law by the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and many other mainstream media, including nationally syndicated broadcast media. Recently, Andrew won the UC Berkeley Law School debate on “Stand-Your-Ground,” and spoke at the NRA Annual Meeting Law Symposium on self-defense law. He is also a founding member of USCCA’s Legal Advisory Board. In addition to being a lawyer, Andrew is also a competitive handgun shooter, an IDPA Charter/Life member (IDPA #13), and a Master-class competitor in multiple IDPA divisions.

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