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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

First Freddie Gray/Baltimore Six Trial Ends In Mistrial

by JASmius

Well, whaddaya know?  A political star chamber show trial that ends in a, yes, "hung" jury.  Now who'd have ever though something like THAT would happen?  Or that real life could overwhelm parody?

All I can say is, if the Baltimore PD is allowed out of house arrest, they'd better be preparing for another round of riots in the very near future:

A Maryland judge declared a mistrial on Wednesday in the trial of Baltimore police officer William Porter, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of detainee Freddie Gray.

Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams issued the ruling after the jury of seven women and five men was unable to each a verdict after about sixteen hours of deliberations.

"I do declare a mistrial," Williams said. He said an administrative judge would set a new trial date as early as Thursday.

Porter, who looked relieved after the ruling, said he would not appear at the scheduling hearing.

I guess Marilyn Mosby didn't stack the jury against Officer Porter sufficiently.  Too busy taking victory laps, I suppose.  But I'm confident she'll correct the mistake in the next round.  And Judge Williams (not THIS Barry Williams, is it?....)

....can always be more specific in his instructions to the jury (i.e. "Fry this pig.").

The only reason why riots might be stayed from this particular debacle is that Officer Porter is African-American.  When they get to kangarooing the white cops, I guarantee you, "Charm City" will burn once again.

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