◼ Mugshots of All Six Police Officers Arrested and Charged in Freddie Gray’s Death
Dershowitz, a Harvard Law professor emeritus and Newsmax contributor, said the case will very likely be thrown out for lack of evidence.
"I understand why the mayor and state attorney want to prevent riots . . . but that's not the job of the justice system . . . You cannot allow police officers or any other defendants to become scapegoats for crowds demanding a continuation of rioting," he told host Steve Malzberg.
"There's no plausible, hypothetical, conceivable case for murder under the facts that we now know them. You might say that conceivably there's a case for manslaughter. Nobody wanted this guy to die, nobody set out to kill him, and nobody intentionally murdered him.
"The worst-case scenario is a case for involuntary manslaughter or some kind of reckless disregard, but the idea of without further investigation coming down with murder indictments . . . This is a show trial. This is designed to please the crowd. It's designed to lower the temperature."
Dershowitz added that the charges did not meet the criteria for justice in the United States.
"It may have been the criteria in Rome, for Fidel Castro, in Iran, and in other countries, but in our country you don't base indictments on what impact it's going to have on the crowd," he said.
"You base it on a hard, neutral, objective view of the evidence, and it doesn't look like that was done here . . . They have invited a mess. What they did is they bartered short-term results today for long-term problems in the future.
"My prediction? They've overplayed their hand, it's unlikely they'll get any convictions in this case as a result of this, and if they do, there's a good possibility it'll be reversed on appeal and will just postpone the riots for months ahead."
Listen to a friend of the arrested Baltimore cops on “The Kelly File” explain that Freddie Gray was a police “witness” and assisted in solving numerous crimes.
From The Blaze:
A friend of the Baltimore officers involved in Freddie Gray’s arrest told Fox News Friday night that Gray often served as a police “witness” and assisted the department in solving “many crimes.”
“Freddie was one of those ones where a lot of times he would put on a show on the streets but you bring him in the station and he was a great witness,” the anonymous officer told host Megyn Kelly.
“I mean, helped the department solve many crimes and different acts of violence,” the individual added. “So, it wasn’t uncommon for Freddie to do that type of thing and then go into the station.”
When asked if officers hit Gray, the individual responded “absolutely not.” According to the source, officers chased Gray when he made eye contact with law-enforcmenet and ran in an area he was known to sell drugs.
Maybe Gray wasn’t seatbelted because the officers knew him and believed he didn’t pose a threat?
Completely hypothetical, but very interesting nonetheless.