Charges dismissed against Michael Johnson

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Charges dropped in Phylicia Barnes murder case.

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The judge in the trial against Michael Johnson, the man who was charged in Phylicia Barnes’ murder, has dismissed all charges, according to WJZ media partner The Baltimore Sun.Defense attorneys for the man charged with killing 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes accused prosecutors of intentionally tanking the second trial in the case last month, and a judge is considering whether to throw out the charges altogether. The Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Marilyn Mosby tweeted via BaltimoreSAO, ” I want to be clear that there was no prosecutorial misconduct in this case. Kaye Beehler, one of the attorneys for Michael Maurice Johnson, said prosecutors had to have known that they were playing inappropriate material for jurors — a move that caused the judge overseeing the case to declare a mistrial.

We respectfully disagree with the Court’s decision today based on the fact that the defense waived their right to a ruling on a motion for judgment of acquittal.” “According to State v. The jury in his 2013 trial convicted him, but then the judge threw out the conviction, saying prosecutors did not disclose key information about a witness.

App. 290, 294, 339 A.2d 697, 699 (1975) , the Court had no jurisdiction to grant the acquittal and we will be seeking an appeal on those grounds,” Mosby said in a state via Twitter. Now Beehler charges that prosecutors sensed the case was “going down the tubes,” and the mistake was intentional so that a new trial would be ordered. She said there’s no other explanation for how prosecutors could assert they had listened to the tapes and the material in question had been redacted, when it was not.

Goldberg said she couldn’t explain how the mistake occurred, but said the state had invested substantial time and would not have intentionally defied the court.

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