LI: Freddie Gray: Prosecutors Abruptly Introduce New Theory at Start of Trial


From my post over at Legal Insurrection:

Prosecutors in the Freddie Gray trial of van driver Officer Caesar Goodson suddenly announced on Thursday, the first day of Goodson’s trial, a new theory of the case never before formally argued by them: that they believe Gray’s injuries were the result of a malicious “rough ride” delivered by Goodson. As the Baltimore Sun reports (emphasis added):

Before Thursday, prosecutors had presented evidence of a diving-type injury that caused his injuries inside the van, but had not directly alleged that Gray was hurt as a result of aggressive driving by the van driver.

The media and activists (but I repeat myself) have previously suggested that a “rough ride” might be in play in this case, but the prosecution itself has never directly made this claim part of their theory of the case–not, that is, until the opening day of Officer Goodson’s trial.

Officer Goodson is charged with murder, manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment in the death of Freddie Gray.

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