Law Professor Calls for Mosby Disbarment Over Prosecution in Freddie Gray Case
June 29, 2016
An activist law professor with a penchant for weighing in on high-profile legal cases has called for Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby to be disbarred over her prosecution of six city police officers in the Freddie Gray case.
John F. Banzhaf III, a public interest law professor at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, said he intended to mail a full complaint against Mosby to the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission on Wednesday.
In the written complaint, obtained by The Baltimore Sun, Banzhaf calls Mosby a “runaway prosecutor” who has violated ethics rules governing the conduct of attorneys in Maryland at almost every turn in the case — from the moment she announced the charges against the officers in May 2015 to this week, when her office signaled it would continue pursuing its case against the officers still facing charges despite the full acquittal of two other officers in the last two months.
Mosby never had the evidence to charge the officers, Banzhaf argues, and should have reevaluated her misplaced belief that she did following the acquittals of Officers Edward Nero and Caesar Goodson Jr.
In addition to the two acquittals, both at bench trials before Judge Barry G. Williams, a mistrial was called in the trial of Officer William Porter after a jury could not reach a consensus on any of the charges against him.