A judge ruled Thursday that the trials of the six officers charged with the death of Freddie Gray will remain in the city. This ruling came from a recent defense claiming that it would be impossible to find impartial jurors in Baltimore. Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry G Williams was quoted saying, via CNN, ” The citizens of Baltimore are not monolithic. They think for themselves.”
What does this mean? This means that the city of Baltimore will now have to get 12 jurors plus alternatives for each of the six officers set to stand trail.
The attorneys for the six officers argued that the trials for the officers be moved to another city in Maryland. They argued that this case will affect the pool of jurors in Baltimore because of the riots that occured in Baltimore after Gray’s death. According to CNN, the prosecutors wrote in their motion for a change of venue because ” the number of Baltimore city residents that would be on any potential jury pool that were personally affected, or that had families or close friends affected would render the voir dire and jury selection process useless.”
The fact of the matter is that Freddie Gray was killed in Baltimore so it makes sense that it would remain there. The tragedy happened amongst the community so the case should go down amongst the community.
We want to hear from you. How do you feel about the ruling? Would it be okay if they took the case out of Baltimore or do you think taking it out of Baltimore would just add to the injustice?