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Mosby again wants to skirt the legal system

Former Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force detective Momodu Gondo was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday.

First Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby decides which laws she will prosecute and which she will not despite what the law states. Now, she wants to overrule judges based on what she perceives as bad evidence, which her office presented, due to the Gun Trace Task Force scandal (“Baltimore prosecutors want greater flexibility to undo convictions after Gun Trace Task Force scandal,” Feb. 11)

She and her prosecutors, who prosecuted the cases, are now saying “maybe we didn’t look hard enough at the officers and the evidence they presented.” But the members of the prosecutor’s office are defending the fact that they had not been aware of the officer’s criminal conduct before the indictments, saying “the misdeeds far exceeded what was foreseeable to officials.”

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I guess they figure that takes them off the hook completely for their part in the screw up. Chief Deputy Michael Schatzow said “the criminal justice system in Baltimore’s in trouble.” The criminal justice system encompasses the police, prosecutors and the courts. They are all involved and share the blame. He goes on to state “that the system won’t be perceived to be fair and just until everyone working in it, is viewed as working in a transparent way to bring about justice”. Does anybody have a clue what that really means? Good word, transparent! Many meanings but the only one that really fits is public scrutiny and most departments are against that facet of transparency.

So we are back at square one and Ms. Mosby tries a new tactic to get off the hook.

Stas Chrzanowski, Baltimore

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