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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Injustice today will not make up for the past

Joni Mitchell wrote:
We're captive on the carousel of time
We can't return we can only look behind
From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game
And so it goes with race relations in America in 2015. Some of the sons, grandsons and great-grandsons of the people oppressed as recently as 50 years ago now seek vengeance on police officers -- of all colors -- who had nothing to do with Bull Connor or the other racist cops. This drama of injustice is unfolding in Baltimore where a vindictive prosecutor is trying to railroad six police officers for the death of Freddie Gray, who despite initial reports to the contrary, did indeed have outstanding warrants when arrested. The prosecutor now wants to silence the attorneys for the police officers, as she seeks to suppress journalists from reporting the other side of the story.

From the Associated Press:
Baltimore prosecutors are seeking a gag order as they pursue a criminal case against six city officers in the case of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man who died a week after suffering a spinal injury while in police custody.

A court document that references the gag order, obtained by The Associated Press, is dated Wednesday. Assistant State's Attorney Antonio Gioia wrote that the gag order motion was mailed to defense attorneys.
Rochelle Ritchie, a spokeswoman for State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, confirmed Friday the office is seeking a gag order. She declined to provide further details.
A gag order typically prevents attorneys and witnesses from publicly commenting on or releasing information about a particular case.
Mosby announced the charges, which range from second-degree misdemeanor assault to "depraved-heart" murder, in a lengthy news conference one day after receiving an investigative report from police. The May 1 announcement came after more than a week of protests that on two occasions gave way to rioting, prompting Democratic Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to implement a curfew and Republican Gov. Larry Hogan to declare a state of emergency for the city.
Attorneys for five of the six officers have not spoken publicly about the case since charges were filed. Ivan Bates and Tony Garcia, who represent Sgt. Alicia White, gave a news conference Wednesday to defend White and criticize the prosecution.
"I can say emphatically when this trial is complete and all the evidence is laid bare, you'll see perhaps justice wasn't the only thing the state's attorney was attempting to accomplish here," Garcia said at the event, "and that perhaps you'll see that there's a fine line between fame and infamy."
Now it may be that the officers indeed are guilty. Presumption of innocence is not the same as innocence. But from the Duke lacrosse forward, we have seen attempts at miscarriages of justice that, to date, the American court system has prevented. We shall see what happens in Baltimore.

If this post makes my fellow conservatives uncomfortable, too damned bad.

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