Y’all are stressing Marilyn Mosby out! She filed a motion for a gag order in the Freddie Gray case and Judge Charles J. Peters denied it because Mosby filed the paperwork in the wrong court. The motion was filed on May 14 and was intended to block witnesses, attorneys and police from speaking publicly about the Gray case. Peters declared that the motion lacked standing in the proceeding because until the officers’ May 21 indictment, the case was still under the jurisdiction of the District Court.
“We’re not going to litigate this case in the media and discuss our trial strategy,” Rochelle Ritchie, a spokeswoman for Mosby’s office, told The Sun when asked whether a new motion is forthcoming. It is unclear whether Mosby’s office will file a new request in circuit court.
After Mosby first announced charges against the six cops May 1, charging documents listed the wrong addresses for two of the officers, Alicia White and Brian Rice. The charging documents listed individuals who shared the same first and last names with the two officers. The two victims of mistaken identity were hounded for a couple of days by aggressive reporters.
This isn’t Mosby’s first gag order. Other gag orders recently filed by Mosby include a request to block the release of Gray’s autopsy and other “sensitive” documents. The defense team has called this order “unfair,” claiming it would excessively include references made to the sensitive information in documents otherwise deemed non-sensitive.
Of course the Mosby critics are all over this misstep. Page Croyder, a former prosecutor in the Baltimore city state’s attorney’s office, has publicly accused Mosby of using biased rhetoric when addressing the case. She has also claimed Mosby overcharged the six officers and that she lacks the proper experience to try the case.
Haters are always going to hate, but we hope this doesn’t cause too many waves in the Freddie Gray case.