Baltimore Prosecutor Disputes Conflict of Interest Claims

by: Juliet Linderman Associated Press
/ Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. (Algerina Perna/The Baltimore Sun via AP) /
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In this Feb. 3, 2015 photo Baltimore City State’s Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, holds a press conference regarding the Phylicia Barnes case. (Algerina Perna/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s top prosecutor has filed a blistering response to a motion from the lawyers representing six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

The defense lawyers say State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby has conflicts of interest that should force her to step aside and have an independent prosecutor handle the case. They accused her of charging the officers with crimes to prevent more rioting in the district represented by her husband, a city councilman. And they say she’s too close to an attorney who represents Gray’s family.

Mosby’s chief deputy filed a response made available on Tuesday. It calls the conflict of interest allegations baseless and says the defense motion “bounces from one ridiculous allegation to another, like a pinball on a machine far past ‘TILT.”

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