Prosecutors seek gag order in Freddie Gray case

Prosecutors in #FreddieGray seek to stop defense lawyers from speaking to media

Baltimore prosecutors are seeking a gag order to prevent lawyers from speaking to the media about the Freddie Gray case.

Rochelle Ritchie, a spokeswoman for State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, said on Friday the office was seeking such an order, but declined to provide details.

Gray, 25, died last month after suffering a severed spinal cord in police custody. The state medical examiner ruled Gray's death a homicide, and six officers have been charged in the case.

Mosby held a news conference earlier this month to announce the charges, stating that Gray's death is "believed to be the result of a fatal injury that occurred while Mr. Gray was unrestrained by a seatbelt in the custody of the Baltimore Police Department wagon." Reading from charging documents, she repeated two themes: that the handcuffed and leg-shackled Gray was never secured by a seatbelt in the police wagon against police policy, and that officers ignored repeated appeals for medical help from Gray.

The six officers who have been charged are Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., 45; Officer William G. Porter, 25; Lt. Brian W. Rice, 41; Sgt. Alicia D. White, 30; Officer Edward M. Nero, 29; and Officer Garrett E. Miller, 26.

Each face multiple charges. Goodson faces the most serious charge -- second-degree depraved heart murder, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison. All six are charged with second-degree assault, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years.

On Friday, White's attorney, Ivan Bates, released a joint statement from lawyers for the six officers urging Mosby to release evidence in the case before seeking a gag order.

"Relative to any potential request for a gag order, if the State truly wants transparency and accountability, as they have claimed, then it is imperative that the public understand the facts and the law beyond the bald allegations publicized by Mrs. Mosby," they wrote. "These allegations have yet to be supported by a single piece of evidence, despite repeated requests. We have made one simple repeated request: show us the evidence."

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