“And Justice For All”? Yeah! Right! (Follow-Up)

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The U.S. Corporation is waging an undeclared war on “we the people” with its brain-dead, bloodthirsty storm-troopers. Meanwhile, the majority of “we the people” remain ignorant of this reality/truth, or we are aware but too pathetically patriotic (willfully ignorant) or cowardly to do anything about it.

There is no justice for we the individuals, not under this totalitarian state, nor has there ever been:

Maryland state’s attorney clears police officers involved in killing of Freddie Gray of all charges
By Nick Barrickman
28 July 2016

On Wednesday, Maryland state prosecutors dropped all charges against the remaining three officers still to be tried for the April 12, 2015 arrest and subsequent death of 25-year old Baltimore resident Freddie Gray. The prosecution’s decision to drop all charges occurred in the pretrial hearing for Garrett Miller, the fifth officer to be tried in the killing of Gray. In addition to Miller, the state dismissed charges against Sgt. Alicia White and Officer William G. Porter, the police officer whose initial trial ended with a hung jury last December.

All four previous cases brought against the six Baltimore police officers involved in Gray’s death resulted in either mistrials or acquittals. Prosecutors were reportedly facing a “legal minefield” in prosecuting Miller, who had served as a state’s witness against Officer Edward Nero last month. In exchange for Miller’s testimony, the state had granted him limited immunity, which would have made proving his guilt more difficult. Miller had faced charges of second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office for his actions pertaining to Gray’s arrest, as well as reckless endangerment.

“I think this was bowing to the inevitable. … I think it became clear after the last verdict [for Lt. Brian Rice, the highest ranking officer charged in Gray’s death] that there wasn’t an avenue forward that would result in a conviction,” said David Jaros, a law professor for the University of Baltimore, to the New York Times .

Speaking before news cameras in the west Baltimore neighborhood of Sandtown-Winchester, where Gray was arrested, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby referred to the decision to drop charges as “agonizing,” while adding, “but as a prosecutor … I must consider the dismal likelihood of conviction at this point.”

Mosby’s comments revealed that the process surrounding each trial made them essentially sham prosecutions. “Without real substantive reforms to the current criminal justice system, we could try this case 100 times and cases just like it, and we would still end up with the same result,” she declared, speaking of “an inherent bias that is a direct result of when police police themselves… There were individual police officers that were witnesses to the case, yet were part of the investigative team, interrogations that were conducted without asking the most poignant questions, lead detectives that were completely uncooperative and started a counter-investigation to disprove the state’s case.”

In addition, fearing a reprise of the mass protests that swept the city when Gray died, Mosby sought to caution the public against any further action. “We must respect the verdicts rendered by the judge,” she declared, adding, “I need not remind you … that the only loss—and the greatest loss—in all of this was that of Freddie Gray’s life.”

{Sojourner note: why must we “respect the verdicts rendered by the judge”? If the law does not respect we the individuals, if the law only exists to control us, then why would any of us have any respect for this shyster judge or the law?}

Amid legal obstruction by investigators, the court and police, the decision of the State Attorney’s office to dismiss all charges demonstrates the politically calculated character of the prosecution’s case against the officers involved in Gray’s death…

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Source: Maryland state’s attorney clears police officers involved in killing of Freddie Gray of all charges – World Socialist Web Site


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