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Trials and Arbitration

What constitutes 'justice' for Freddie Gray?

What constitutes 'justice' for Freddie Gray?

Some commodities are easily measured, but justice is not among them. Once the trials of the six Baltimore police officers charged in connection with Freddie Gray's death have concluded, how will we know whether justice was achieved?

Let's begin by recognizing what the criminal justice system can accomplish — and what it can't.

Some see the forthcoming trials as a way to vindicate a young man who died in police custody. But the trial scheduled to begin in Baltimore City Circuit Court Monday is captioned State of Maryland v. Officer William G. Porter. Neither Freddie Gray nor his family is a party to the...