According to the Associated Press, attorneys for the six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, a man who died of a spinal injury while in custody, asked a judge Friday to dismiss the case or assign it to someone other than the city’s top prosecutor. They claim she has too many conflicts of interest to remain objective.
The lawyers state that at a minimum, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby should be replaced with an independent prosecutor.
The motion was filed in Baltimore District Court.
In the latest legal move to challenge the charges, the motion says Mosby’s prosecution has been “overzealous” and “politically motivated.”
Ms. Mosby announced the charges a day after receiving an investigative report from the police. The motion argues that part of the reason she acted so swiftly was to quash protests that gave way to violence in West Baltimore, where Gray was arrested and “where Mosby’s husband, Nick Mosby, is a city councilman,” according to the Associated Press. A separate motion argues that her rapid decision could be at odds with a law that requires a thorough investigation prior to filing charges.