A request from State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby to ban the release of evidence in the Freddie Gray case was rejected by a judge Monday, the Baltimore Sun reports.
The request, brought forth by Mosby – who said she was concerned that defense attorneys would strategically release evidence that solely supported the officers – was denied by Judge Barry G. Williams without a hearing. According to the Sun, Williams wrote that “the state does not suggest there is anything in discovery that warrants restricting disclosure.”
Mosby was hoping for a court hearing to argue for the protective order, the site notes.
“The Court notes that discovery was turned over on June 26, 2015, and as of this date, the court is not aware of the dissemination of any discovery information by Defendants,” Williams wrote. “The only discovery item that has become public as of this date has been information from the autopsy report, and at the time of the alleged disclosure, the report had not been turned over to Defendants.”
Williams concluded that “there simply is no basis in the assertions presented to the court for the broad and extraordinary relief sought in the motion.”
A separate motion by Mosby’s office for a gag order on trial participants was struck because of a procedural misstep. It was filed in Circuit Court on May 14, a week before the officers were indicted, and the case was transferred there from District Court.
Gray, 25, died in Baltimore police custody from a severed spinal cord in April. One of the six officers charged in the unlawful arrest and death of Gray was hit with a second-degree murder charge. All have pleaded not guilty.
A trial for the six officers is scheduled for October.
SOURCE: Baltimore Sun | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
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