Baltimore Prosecution Side Effect
We hadn't heard of this, but it seems like there was an ulterior motive to the railroad job in Maryland:
- The Baltimore Sun reports that the cost of defending the six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray emptied the coffers of the city’s police union. The union was able to stay afloat only because its members voted to double the dues.
The vote was unanimous, according to the Sun’s sources.
Marilyn Mosby has finally dropped all charges in these cases. However, the dues will remain where they are so the union can replenish its treasury and be able to defend against future Mosby prosecutions.
The city’s demoralized police officers will think of Mosby every time they pay their dues.
One would hope that there is a way to recoup these monies via a civil action - you don't want your representation having to decide which cases to defend based on monetary need.