Demetrius Smith’s nine-year effort to clear his name came to a close Thursday when a Baltimore judge — over prosecutors’ objections — removed his conviction for a shooting. He was previously exonerated for a murder he did not commit.
The state's top court ordered Friday that the state's medical cannabis commission can issue final licenses to companies to grow the drug, even as a legal battle continues over the problematic rollout of the program.
A Baltimore judge put a temporary stop to the medical marijuana industry on Thursday in a light of a lawsuit that contends the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission didn't follow the law when picking companies to grow the drug.
Baltimore prosecutors appear prepared to forge ahead with the next trial of an officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray, on the heels of two acquittals delivered by the judge overseeing the case. The trial of Lt. Brian Rice is scheduled to begin Tuesday with preliminary motions, including requests by the defense to dismiss the charges. Rice has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter, second-degree assault and other charges.
An activist law professor with a penchant for filing high-profile lawsuits has called for Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby to be disbarred over her prosecution of six city police officers in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.
Prosecutors only have the weekend to meet a key deadline in the trial of the next officer to go on trial in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, leaving little time to take stock after the acquittal of police van driver Caesar R. Goodson Jr.
The family of Freddie Gray stands behind prosecutors but is frustrated and disappointed with the acquittal Thursday of Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. on all charges related to Gray's death, family attorney William H. "Billy" Murphy said.
The criminal cases against Baltimore police in Freddie Gray's death have drawn widespread attention to so-called "rough rides," making what had been a little-known practice part of the American lexicon. But proving a rough ride in court is difficult, according to policing and legal experts.
With precision, confidence and the no-nonsense style for which he is well known, Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams today destroyed the state's case against Officer Caesar Goodson, exposing it as a vessel of clay and smashing it to bits.
The acquittal of Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. in the death of Freddie Gray should convince State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby to "reconsider her malicious prosecution" of the other officers in the case, the union that represents rank-and-file officers said Thursday.
Judge Barry Williams expressed concerns about the state's case for second-degree murder against Officer Caesar Goodson but allowed the state's case to move forward after a defense request for an acquittal.
The acquittal of Officer Edward Nero was a blow to prosecutors, but legal analysts said the judgment Monday does not sink the cases against the five other officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.
Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams acquitted Officer Edward Nero on Monday of all four charges against him in connection with the arrest of Freddie Gray. Below are his full comments from the bench, as transcribed by The Baltimore Sun.
Judge Barry G. Williams is scheduled to issue a ruling Monday in the case of Officer Edward Nero, one of six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Nero, 30, is charged with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office,