Bombshell dropped in Freddie Gray investigation

Defense attorneys for the six police officers accused of killing Freddie Gray in Baltimore earlier this summer have filed a motion claiming that prosecutors tried to steer the investigation away from Gray's history of faking injuries while in law enforcement settings in order to collect settlements.

Baltimore Sun:

The defense attorneys said in a court motion Thursday that Assistant State's Attorney Janice Bledsoe told police investigators working the case in its early stages not to "do the defense attorneys' jobs for them" by pursuing information they had about such schemes and evidence that Gray "intentionally injured himself at the Baltimore City Detention Center."

Bledsoe, the lead prosecutor in the case against the officers, represented Gray in a 2012 case in which he pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine.

The defense attorneys argued that her alleged statement "would seem to indicate some level of knowledge that exculpatory evidence exists which could benefit the officers charged in Mr. Gray's death and that the prosecutor did not want this information uncovered by investigators."

The defense attorneys said they obtained the information from interviews with prosecution witnesses.

They have argued in previous motions that Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby has failed to provide large amounts of evidence through the normal discovery process, and that they have spent hundreds of hours collecting evidence on their own.

Defense attorneys have sought to have Mosby and others removed from the case.

Mosby's office did not respond to a request for comment. Prosecutors say they have disclosed all the evidence to which the defense is entitled.

Defense attorneys for the six officers declined to comment Thursday or could not be reached.

Police did not respond to a request for comment on the allegations about conversations between its investigators and prosecutors. A corrections department spokesman said he couldn't confirm whether Gray had been injured at the jail without more information, such as the date of the alleged incident, which defense attorneys did not provide in their motion.

I think it's safe to say that when prosecutors seek to withhold vital exculpatory evidence from the defense, they're playing with a weak hand.  If the defense can get this information admitted at trial, it's hard to see how any of the officers can be convicted of murder.

This bombshell revelation makes you wonder what else the prosecution is withholding and whether the officers would have been indicted in the first place.

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