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Next Officer’s Trial in Freddie Gray Death Begins Today

June 9th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

The trial of the next officer charged in connection with the arrest and death of Freddie Gray begins today. Officer Caesar Goodson’s decision to choose a trial by judge instead of by jury has proven to be a successful strategy for other officers around the country facing criminal charges.  Goodson was driving the police wagon when Gray suffered a nearly-severed spinal cord.  He is the only officer facing a murder charge in the Freddie Gray case. Especially in emotionally-charged cases, officers around the country are opting to forgo a jury.  And in several high-profile cases it’s been a blueprint for acquittal. Like Officer Edward Nero before him, Officer Caesar Goodson has said “no” to a jury. Veteran attorney Warren Alperstein lauded the move as smart in a case where emotions are running high…





 

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