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Larry Hogan says 'blame falls to the prosecutor' in Freddie Gray cases

"I think most of the blame falls to the prosecutor who failed to prosecute the case and brought cases that she didn't have the evidence for," Gov. Larry Hogan said. (Erin Cox/Baltimore Sun video)

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who had called it "a waste of time and money" to continue trials of police officers charged in connection with Freddie Gray's death, said Wednesday the failures of the cases fall at the feet of State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

"I think most of the blame falls to the prosecutor who failed to prosecute the case and brought cases that she didn't have the evidence for," he said.

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Mosby announced Wednesday she would drop the cases against the remaining three officers scheduled for trial, saying at a press conference she could try them "100 times" and not secure a conviction because the system is broken.

Hogan dismissed systemic problems.

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"I assume that they dropped the charges because they didn't have the evidence to proceed with the last two cases," he said in a brief interview.

Hogan began to publicly criticize the prosecutions of the six officers charged with Gray's arrest after the second acquittal issued by Judge Barry G. Williams, and responded more forcefully after the third acquittal. The first trial ended in hung jury, and cases against two more officers had yet to be brought to court.

The day before Mosby dropped the cases, Hogan said in a radio interview that he doubted she would secure a conviction.

"It seems as if they didn't have the evidence for the first four, they won't have enough evidence for the last," Hogan said during a WBAL radio interview. "It seems like an awful lot of time and money and effort wasted for a case that maybe shouldn't have been brought."

Hogan, a Republican, also said Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's comment that Mosby should prosecute herself was "silly."

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