…the Bleacherman has entered the conversation…
Maryland’s States Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, stood before the crowd with all the pomp and circumstance of a political campaign rally. She spoke eloquently, forcefully and deliberately. Her voice resonated with a certain political enthusiasm.
She was Caesar, surrounded by a blood-thirsty, hungry crowd who screamed for retribution and restitution. They demanded a outcome that would satisfy their demand for recognition of their long standing ills.
Ms. Mosby stood there with the grace of a wise, well seasoned politician. She knew what to say and how to say it. The cameras were there, the focus was centered on this obscure prosecutor and the States Attorney played the crowd and the cameras like a well tuned Stradivarius violin.
The States Attorney fed the crowd the red meat they demanded. “I’ve hear your calls for no justice, no peace,” she bellowed and at that point this blogger knew that America had lost its way.
Please, let me explain before you attack.
The medical examiner’s report deemed the death of Freddie Gray as a homicide and armed with the autopsy findings and the preliminary findings from the city’s police department internal investigation, Ms. Mosby decided to indict six Baltimore police officers on various charges related to the death of Mr. Gray.
I have no problem with her decision. That is not my issue.
But then she went ahead and almost argued her case in front of the crowd; detailing facts and evidence normally reserved for presentation in a court environment. By doing what she did, just to engage the crowd – and the television cameras – in front of her, many legal observers believe that she crossed several lines and acted most unprofessionally and inappropriately.
Her conduct is part of my problem?
JUSTICE IS A PROCESS, NOT A VERDICT.
Justice is not a finding of guilt or innocence. Justice is the fair and impartial process of applying laws of conduct and commerce, adopted by society as a framework of human behavior and interaction, to judge and, if appropriate, punish those who violate those laws.
We must always remember and accept that in a fair and impartial system of jurisprudence, there will always be cases where the innocent are convicted and the guilty go free. It happens. It is regrettable and unavoidable. Justice is not perfect nor is it always equally applied.
And what we must always be cognizant of and be on guard against is that justice should not be a reflection of an at-the-moment populist movement. People have a right to march in the streets demanding a specific outcome of a legal proceeding or trial but for justice to be just, it must operate based upon the rule of law and the evidence being presented.
Too often in our nation’s history ….justice has succumbed to the interest of the political expedient and allowed itself to be the tool of the mob in street. The Sacco and Vanzette trial was more about politics and anti-Italian sentiment then murder. The Lindberg baby kidnapping trial was more theater than substance and even in my day, the trial of the Chicago Seven (following the 1968 Democratic Party convention) was pure farce and far from even the fringes of the process of justice.
So this blogger hopes that Ms. Mosby hears the demands for “justice” screamed from the streets of her city and promptly and completely ignores them. She needs to just do her job. She needs the gather all the evidence and prosecute the accused in a court of law – not on the streets of Baltimore. She must always be cognizant of the fact that the police officers that have been indicted are innocent UNTIL THEY ARE PROVEN GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW. She needs to treat them as such.
But if the State’s Attorney continues to play to the crowd, we may note that not only did Mr. Grey die, but the process of justice did as well.
…the Bleacherman has left the conversation and awaits the angry rebuttal…