The departure of a veteran prosecutor is the latest ripple in the fallout that has ensued following the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office’s prosecution of officers related to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.
As WJZ’s Mike Hellgren reports, prosecutor Lisa Phelps, who was assigned to prosecute two of the final three trials of officers charged in the case, quit abruptly on Friday.
Her resignation comes two days after her boss, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, dropped all of the charges related to the case, and just a day after Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Schatzow said there was no truth to speculation she was leaving.
“That is absolutely untrue,” Schatzow said when confronted with the rumors at a news conference on Thursday.
Phelps’ departure marks the most recent in a string of incidents underscoring the frayed relationship between the State’s Attorney’s Office and the Baltimore Police Department since Mosby’s office pursued prosecution of the officers.
“She’s an incredible lawyer, and her loss is definitely a significant one, both of the State’s Attorney’s Office and for the people of Baltimore City,” said former prosecutor and legal analyst Adam Ruther.
The criminal justice system relies on cooperation between police and prosecutors. But the case surrounding Gray’s death and public comments by those involved has created a rift between the two hands of the system that has left observers wondering whether it can continue to work smoothly.
Source: Baltimore CBS