Even though there’s no break in the brilliant spring sunshine spilling over Baltimore and the rallies outside City Hall, in many ways the repercussions of Freddie Gray’s arrest and death have moved indoors. To the courts. The most important next decisions--for the six police officers charged by the state’s attorney, as well as for hundreds arrested for looting and curfew violations--will be made by judges.
So we’ve asked two lawyers to help us understand some of the legal questions raised in these cases. David Rocah, senior staff attorney with the ACLU of Maryland, whose work has included litigation against the state police accused of spying on political activists, is with me in the studio. Joining us by phone is David Gray, professor of criminal law at the University of Maryland.