- Associated Press - Friday, September 6, 2019

BALTIMORE (AP) — Prosecutors in Baltimore plan to ask the courts to throw out nearly 800 tainted cases handled by the Gun Trace Task Force.

The Baltimore Sun reports the Office of State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby found the cases to be compromised by dishonest officers.

Deputy State’s Attorney Janice Bledsoe has been reviewing cases in which eight indicted officers and the others they implicated acted as the arresting officers, served as material witnesses or handled evidence of the crime. Initially, prosecutors estimated thousands of cases might be compromised.

In many of those cases, prosecutors were able to verify the compromised officers’ work through other witnesses.

Officials plan to begin vacating convictions next month.

Eight former unit members were convicted of racketeering beginning in 2017. They were sentenced to federal prison.


Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com

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