Baltimore prosecutor wants 790 ‘tainted’ convictions erased

The Baltimore Sun reported Friday that State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s review found 790 criminal cases handled by 22 city officers whom she says she has reason to distrust.

Eight members of the Gun Trace Task Force were convicted of racketeering crimes and sentenced to prison. A majority of the other 14 officers were named during their federal trial, though most of the additional officers have not been charged with a crime.

Mosby said in an email to the newspaper that “our legal and ethical obligation in the pursuit of justice leaves us no other recourse but to ‘right the wrongs’ of unjust convictions associated with corrupt police officers.”

Of the eight Baltimore officers sentenced to prison for racketeering charges, six accepted plea deals and two were convicted. Officers admitted to stealing money from people, lying in police paperwork and claiming unearned overtime pay. Officers found guilty also testified about potential wrongdoing by additional police officers who haven’t been charged.

“It is still very early in the process, and we are hopeful for the swift vacatur of all of the many tainted convictions,” said Melissa Rothstein, spokeswoman for the Baltimore public defender’s office.

City Solicitor Andre Davis has said he’s concerned that many defendants could file lawsuits against the city.

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