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Baltimore prosecutor disputes conflict of interest claims

Published May 20, 2015

BALTIMORE — Baltimore's top prosecutor has filed a blistering response to conflict of interest allegations raised by lawyers for six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

The defense lawyers asked that a judge replace State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby with an independent prosecutor to handle the case. They accused her of charging the officers with baseless crimes to prevent more rioting in the district represented by her husband, a City Council member. And they say she's too close to an attorney for Gray's family.

Mosby's response, made available on Tuesday, describes the officers' motion as bouncing "from one ridiculous allegation to another, like a pinball on a machine far past 'TILT.' "

"Whether born of desperation, the desire for publicity, or a gross effort to taint the grand jury and potential petit jury pool, the motion is absurd," writes Mosby's chief deputy, Michael Schatzow.

The defense argued that Mosby hastily charged the officers to quash protests and violence in West Baltimore, where Gray was arrested and where Mosby's husband, Nick Mosby, is a council member. Gray ran from police before his arrest on April 12, and died a week later of a spinal injury he suffered before he arrived at the police station.