Judge: Refusal to Release Gray's Autopsy 'Causes People to Get Conspiratorial'
Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby will try to block the release of the autopsy conducted on Freddie Gray, a black man who died while in Baltimore police custody.
She also wants to withhold other "sensitive" documents after bringing criminal charges against the six police officers involved in Gray's arrest.
Associated Press reported:
Mosby told The Baltimore Sun that prosecutors "have a duty to ensure a fair and impartial process for all parties involved" and "will not be baited into litigating this case through the media."
But an attorney for one of the officers said the effort shows that "there is something in that autopsy report that they are trying to hide."
"Mrs. Mosby is the one who did an announcement discussing what she said the evidence was in a nationally televised speech," said Ivan Bates, who represents Sgt. Alicia White. "Now that it is time to turn over the evidence, to ask for a protective order is beyond disingenuous.
"It's as if she wants to do everything to make sure our clients do not get a fair trial."
Judge Andrew Napolitano, a vocal critic of Mosby's handling of the case to this point, reacted to the new development on "Your World."
He said he can find no explanation for why the autopsy report would be withheld by Mosby, explaining that it's "central" to her case against the police officers.
Napolitano explained that Mosby has an obligation to release it to the officers' defense attorneys "at some point."
He said her decision to hold it back "causes people to get conspiratorial."
"Suppose the autopsy shows a manner of death inconsistent with her charges. She has the duty to reveal that immediately," said Napolitano.
He called out Mosby for doing everything she could to "gin up" opposition to the police officers when she announced the charges on national TV.
If he were presiding over the case, the judge said Mosby would need a "very, very strong reason" for why the public document should not be released.
Watch his analysis above.