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Letter: Justice system can prevail over mob

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The Supreme Court said it would hear a challenge to overturn the cap on grounds that it violates First Amendment rights to free speech and association. Photo Credit: Jim Peppler

I read with interest the opinion piece by former Chief Judge Sol Wachtler regarding charges filed against six Baltimore police officers in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray and the statement by State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby that she "heard" demonstrators' voices ["Dangerous lesson for prosecutors," Opinion, May 11].

I agree with Wachtler. I've been a criminal defense lawyer for more than 40 years and have seen indictments ruin people's lives -- even when convictions never happen.

Wachtler is also right about the crowd's cries of, "No justice, no peace!" How do the people who call for justice know what it is before the due process of the system has acted? They don't!

I understand the frustration with the police after my years on the defense side of criminal cases. Police have been known to lie, but then again, so have defendants. Both sides tend to lie in these situations. That's the very reason we need a system to parse through all the evidence and let a group of one's peers decide, not a mob or a crowd intent on vindictive activities.

The whole point of the criminal justice system is to rationally and coolly evaluate evidence under strict guidelines so that mob mentality does not prevail.

Theodore W. Robinson, Hempstead


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