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Analyzing The Rice Verdict; With Three Acquittals What's The Prosecution's Next Move?

Jul 20, 2016

Lt. Brian Rice leaving the courtroom.
Credit Jerry Jackson / Baltimore Sun

On Monday, Judge Barry Williams acquitted Lt. Brian Rice of all charges related to the 2015 arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Rice faced charges of voluntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. Prosecutors dropped a second misconduct charge at the beginning of the trial and Judge Williams dismissed a second-degree assault charge half-way through the trial. 

Lt. Rice, who is the highest ranking officer charged in connection to Freddie Gray’s death, is the third officer to be acquitted of all charges. 

Officer Garrett Miller’s trial is scheduled to begin on July 27. Officer William Porter, whose trial ended in a hung jury, is set to be retried on Sept. 6. Officer Alicia White’s trial is scheduled to begin on Oct. 13.  What does the string of acquittals mean for the prosecution going forward? Legal eagles attorney Edward Smith and University of Baltimore law professor David Jaros join Tom in-studio for analysis.