Baltimore Prosecutor Says Nearly 800 Convictions Tainted by Corruption

State’s Attorney Seeks to Have Convictions Dismissed

Baltimore Prosecutor Says Nearly 800 Convictions Tainted by CorruptionBaltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby says that almost 800 criminal cases, involving both convictions and plea bargains, should be thrown out because of corruption by police officers. Those cases were linked to 25 police officers who were part of the Gun Trace Task Force, a now-defunct entity. Initially, six officers pled guilty to corruption charges and two were convicted of similar charges. In the course of those trials, another 17 officers were implicated in the wrongdoing. The State’s Attorney office has reviewed more than 2,500 criminal prosecutions to date and found those officers to have “material” connections to 790 cases.

State officials began reviewing the cases more than two years ago and had previously requested that a number of convictions be vacated. Those requests were rejected, as existing law did not allow the State’s Attorney General the legal authority to vacate those cases. A new law was passed, which went into effect at the beginning of October, 2019, conferring that authority.

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