Alan Dershowitz, a well-known criminal lawyer from New York and professor emeritus at Harvard Law School, suggested that Mosley's actions were motivated more by political expediency and short-term public safety than strong evidence. He called the charges "outrageous and irresponsible," especially the second degree murder count filed against the van's driver under a legal principle known as "depraved heart."
"The decision to file charges was made not based on considerations of justice, but on considerations of crowd control," Dershowitz told the Associated Press Saturday.
"There's no plausible, hypothetical, conceivable case for murder under the facts that we now know them," he said Friday on Newsmax TV. You might say that conceivably there's a case for manslaughter. Nobody wanted this guy to die, nobody set out to kill him, and nobody intentionally murdered him.
"The worst-case scenario is a case for involuntary manslaughter or some kind of reckless disregard, but the idea of, without further investigation, coming down with murder indictments...," Dershowitz explained. "This is a show trial. This is designed to please the crowd. It's designed to lower the temperature."
Sunday, May 3, 2015
***I have withheld opinion about the Baltimore City Attorney's filing of what sound like excessive charges against the police officers in question regarding Freddie Gray. However, this is what I have suspected: