After the 2015 death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby took a highly active role in the investigation, leading some to accuse her of distorting the facts of the case to score political points.
Five of the six police officers charged in Gray’s death have filed a lawsuit against Mosby, and on Jan. 6, U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis ruled that some of the claims against Mosby can move forward, The Baltimore Sun reported.
Mosby’s attorneys claimed that as a prosecutor she had “absolute prosecutorial immunity” from being sued by those she was prosecuting — a claim that Garbis threw out.
“Plaintiffs’ malicious prosecution claims relate to her actions when functioning as an investigator and not as a prosecutor,” Garbis wrote in his 65-page ruling.
Claims that included malicious prosecution, defamation and invasion of privacy were allowed to move forward under the ruling, but claims that included false arrest, false imprisonment and abuse of process, as well as any claims against the state, were dismissed.
Officers Garrett Miller, Edward Nero and William Porter, and Sgt. Alicia White and Lt. Brian Rice were the officers behind the lawsuit. Officer Caesar Goodson was the only officer involved in the Gray death who was not a plaintiff.
Courthouse News noted that all six officers were either acquitted, had their cases end in a mistrial or had the charges against them dropped.
The charges of defamation and invasion of privacy were a result of the infamous news conference Mosby held in which she made a grand spectacle of announcing the charges against the officers, WBFF reported.
By allowing this lawsuit to carry on, Garbis has sent a warning to all prosecutors that they can be held accountable for their actions if they stray outside their job description.
Mosby is now one step closer to paying for her despicable actions against those six officers.
Like us on Facebook – USA Liberty News
Share this on Facebook and Twitter and let us know what you think will come of this impending lawsuit.
What did you think of this judge’s decision? Scroll down to comment below!