Judge rules that lawsuit by six Baltimore officers against Marilyn Mosby and assistant sheriff can proceed

FILE - Baltimore state's attorney Marilyn Mosby, center, leaves a courthouse after Officer Caesar Goodson, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, was acquitted of all charges in his trial in Baltimore, Thursday, June 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

FILE – Baltimore state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby, center, leaves a courthouse after Officer Caesar Goodson, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, was acquitted of all charges in his trial in Baltimore, Thursday, June 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore judge will allow certain parts of a civil lawsuit filed against the city’s top prosecutor and an assistant sheriff to proceed, but tossed other portions.

U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis ruled that malicious prosecution, defamation and invasion of privacy claims brought by five of six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray against State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and Assistant Sheriff Sam Cogen may move forward, but tossed claims of false arrest, false imprisonment and abuse of process.

Gray died April 19, 2015, a week after his neck was broken in the back of a police van. His death prompted massive protests, and the officers say Mosby prosecuted them in order to quell civil unrest.

Three were acquitted at trial, and Mosby dropped the remaining cases.

By Juliet Linderman, Associated Press

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4 comments

  1. As a former law enforcement officer AND a criminal defense lawyer, I have seen both sides many times. From the very beginnings of this case, I have been convinced that this was a despicable case of prosecutorial misconduct as well as legal ethics violations. When a prosecutor grandstands for votes, especially as egregiously as this one did, it boggles the mind that she has not been disciplined by whatever Bar Disciplinary group exists in Maryland. Perhaps there will be some form of justice after a trial by these officers.

  2. Nikolaus Legrady

    If I handcuff someone and place them in the back of my van, then drive around so violently that person dies of a broken neck, can I sue them for disturbing my day?

    • If that is what happened but that IS NOT what happened. Gray wanted to bang himself up so he could claim ‘Police Brutality’ and make himself big bucks by suing the BPD. He messed up and while banging himself around he accidentally broke his own neck!

  3. Good! I hope that they win and she has to pay them all big bucks for what she put them through. It would also be nice if they took her license to practice law away from her as well.

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