Monday, July 18, 2016

Judge acquits Lt. Brian Rice of all charges on the Freddie Gray case

Baltimore SunProsecutors in Baltimore have failed for the fourth time to secure a conviction in the Freddie Gray case, with Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams acquitting Lt. Brian Rice of all charges related to Gray's arrest and death.
Williams cleared Rice, 42, of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office in a downtown Baltimore courtroom on Monday morning. The judge had dismissed a second-degree assault charge at the trial's midpoint, and prosecutors dropped a second misconduct charge at the start...
Williams said prosecutors had failed to meet their burden of proving the charges beyond a reasonable doubt, instead asking the court to rely on "presumptions or assumptions" — something it cannot do. He said the court "cannot be swayed by sympathy, prejudice or public opinion."
Based on the law, he said, the prosecution failed to prove the elements of the crimes.
The prosecution did not show Rice acted in a "grossly negligent manner," required of manslaughter, he said. It did not show that Rice acted in an unreasonable way or ignored the substantial risk in placing Gray in a police van without a seat belt, required for reckless endangerment, he said. And, it did not show Rice acted "corruptly," which is required for misconduct in office, he said.
Kevin Rector wrote the article posted above.


Methadras said...

How soon before this black judge is called an Uncle Tom Sellout? Is a countdown even necessary?

Sixty Grit said...


edutcher said...

Only 2 left.

PS Don't forget half the 6 cops are black.

Pissy isn't just creating a race war, he wants to kill all the blacks who live like civilized people.

To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.

Actually, he is a sellout. A white guy trying to convince the world, himself included, he's black.

ndspinelli said...

Do you think the incompetence at best, and what is really abuse of power, will hurt this black, female, prosecutor's career? Of course it won't. She's a SJW. They can do no wrong.

AllenS said...


Trooper York said...

This a black city with a black mayor, black police chief at the time, a majority black police force and basically no white people except when the Orioles play. How is that working out for them?