On Monday, May 23, Baltimore police officer Edward Nero was found not guilty of all charges by Judge Barry Williams in the case involving the death of Freddie Gray. Before a packed court room, Judge Williams methodically read his opinion lasting almost 25 minutes detailing how he came to his conclusions. I was present in the court room as he read his reasoning for the decision. Williams, himself, a former Baltimore City prosecutor and litigator in the Department of Justice on police misconduct cases was well versed on the law–vis a vis the involvement of Edward Nero. The entire opinion is linked here.
Many question whether the acquittal of Nero will have an effect on the remaining five officers whose trials are set between June and September. Some question if any of the other officers are likely to take a bench trial, now that they see how it turned out for Nero. On Monday, I appeared on PBS News Hour to discuss the implications of Nero’s case as it pertains to the remaining cases. Hari Sreenivasin asked me many pointed questions concerning the cases and what’s next for the Baltimore prosecutors as they face the third trial. Officer William Porter’s case ended in mistrial. And now, the only verdict is an acquittal.
Below is the TV clip: