In The Atlantic, Professor David Jaros discusses charges against Baltimore City police

Professor David Jaros is quoted at length in The Atlantic. The article’s subhead reads: “A law professor says Marilyn Mosby may have overcharged officers in Freddie Gray’s death, but that’s common with ordinary defendants.”

Mosby, the Baltimore City state’s attorney, last week announced charges against six police officers in the death of Gray, a 25-year-old Baltimore man. The charges include second-degree depraved heart murder, manslaughter, assault, misconduct and false imprisonment.

Reporter David A. Graham asks: “Were her charges politically motivated, or perhaps calculated to calm protests? Had she overcharged the officers, picking unfair charges, or ones she couldn’t win? Did she move too fast to charge the officers?

“The answer to some of those questions is probably yes, says David Jaros, an associate professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law: There’s good reason to think that Mosby was driven by political considerations, and it’s quite possible that the charges she filed against the officers are stronger than she can get a conviction for. While that’s cause for concern, it’s also absolutely typical in criminal cases involving defendants who aren’t police, Jaros says. Prosecutors commonly overcharge, they don’t always wait for a thorough investigation, and they are susceptible to outside influence.”

Read the full article and interview with Professor Jaros here.

Learn more about Professor Jaros.

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