A prosecutor's job is to see that justice is done. You don't need
to read the American Bar Association guidelines or some other ethical
treatise to figure that out. After all, lady justice is supposed to be
blind and prosecutors are supposed to be her impartial guide dog. But
this has changed.
I could write for hours, if not days, about cases which were motivated
by a prosecutor's secondary interests, as opposed to searching for
the truth. Then again, this is a blog and not a novel. By the time you
have read this far, about 30% of your attention span has already been
consumed elsewhere unless I write something catchy - and quick.
Let's quickly look at the Freddie Gray case is Baltimore. In April
of 2015, Gray died in the back of a police van. Baltimore is a very racially
divided city, and a very dangerous one. I know, I grew up there. After
Gray's death, sections of the city burned to the ground as residents
rioted, looted, and generally destroyed their own neighborhoods in protest.
Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore's elected State's Attorney and a woman
with higher political aspirations, decided to criminally charge six police
officers who were involved in the arrest of Gray, based upon legal theories
which many experts consider a stretch of the imagination. Why did she
do this? Simple.
1. To calm the public
2. To bolster her own career
In more than a year since Gray's death and the ensuing riots, four
of the police officers have gone to trial on various charges including
murder, manslaughter, and assault. The results thus far:
- One hung jury
- Three Acquittals
The judge for all of these cases, Barry Williams, is a former DOJ prosecutor
with years of experience in police misconduct and civil rights cases.
After crucifying the prosecution for bringing charges that no first year
law school student would even dream up, Williams has sent a strong message
to prosecutors that they are barking up the wrong tree and that they need
to quit while they are ahead.
Why don't the trials stop?
Judges are often not shy. Who's going to tell them they are wrong?
But Baltimore prosecutors seem undeterred to continue the witch hunt within
their cities finest in order to make a political statement for their boss.
In the meantime, a lead detective on the case has come out and testified
that prosecutors tried to change her testimony so that the grand jury
didn't hear the real evidence. This evidence adds to the belief that
the prosecution was motivated by politics, as opposed to a search for
Often times in a politically motivated cases, prosecutors and law enforcement
try to save face. They won't admit that they were wrong, and they
certainly won't admit failure. They will keep pushing forward to prove
their point, despite a lack of evidence, all in an effort to foster their
own agenda. It's about being right at all costs, even if those costs
are to the taxpayers.
Politcaly Motivated Prosecutions Cost You Money
There are only so many resources to go around. While prosecutors are busy
on cases that further their own interests, resources that should be expended
on the real "bad guys" are diverted, often allowing the real
criminals to go free. How much is the tab for prosecutor's misguided
and failed work? Taxpayers will likely never know.
Also, it's no secret that Freddie Gray's family settled with the
City of Baltimore for $6.4 million, before the criminal trials got under
way. The ludicrous settlement was more than the total of all settlements
paid out by Baltimore in the last 5 years.
Next come the lawsuits by the officers. And rightly so. One officer who
was acquitted just got $84,000 in back pay for the time he was suspended
during the prosecutor's witch hunt. Similar awards will follow.
Are you the subject of a politically motivated criminal investigation?
Jason Lamm has represented numerous individuals who were the subject of politically
motivated prosecutions. Most recently, he obtained a complete dismissal
of charges for Leslie Merritt, Jr., the allegedI-10 Freeway Shooter. Charged with drive by shooting, aggravated assault, and other violent
crimes, many believe that Merritt was arrested and charged only to calm
public fears, even though there was no evidence against him. Jason Lamm
is one of Arizona's top
criminal defense lawyers who conducts details investigations of the allegations against his clients
and searches for the truth.
Personal and private consultations can be scheduled by calling (602) 663-9100 if you are facing serious criminal
charges and are looking to hire an attorney whose experience and recent
results may be your impartial guide dog when prosecutors are distracted
by their own motivations.