Criminal Justice

Baltimore Protesters Get out of Jail Free After Police Miss Deadline for Filing Charges

More than 100 released after public defender's office files habeas corpus petitions.

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Many people detained in conjunction with Monday's protests and riots were released without charges Wednesday evening, after Baltimore police failed to file necessary paperwork in time. According to the Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD), 101 people were released.

A little more than 200 people had been arrested Monday, according to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Anyone arrested in Baltimore gets taken to the Central Booking & Intake Center to have formal charges filed against them, meet with a district court commissioner, and have bail set.

On Tuesday, the OPD filed habeas corpus petitions for individuals detained Monday, demanding they be released if no formal charges were brought within the next 24 hours. Mass arrests might strain police and prosecutorial resources, but "we still have rules that need to be followed," public defender Natalie Finegar told the Baltimore Sun.

"The courts must not create an appearance of lawlessness at this time," OPD said in a statement, "but rather they must dilligently observe the important safeguards to liberty that are sacred in our society." 

As of Wednesday afternoon, many of those taken into custody on Monday had not been notified of charges filed against them, nor had they appeared before a judicial officer or court commissioner as required under Maryland law. Typically this must take place within 24 hours, but Gov. Larry Hogan signed an emergency order Tuesday extending the allowable processing period to 48 hours—a deadline the city still failed to meet.

"We've come up on a timeline,"  Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts told reporters yesterday. However, Batts said, the department was keeping "future prosecution in mind" and "not giving up on" filing charges against those released.

Meanwhile, Batts announced that the department's internal report on Freddie Gray, who died in police custody earlier this month, would not be made public on Friday as planned.

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  1. “The courts must not create an appearance of lawlessness at this time. . . .” At this time.

    1. Right. There is lawlessness, as in the cops will do whatever they want, but they don’t want the appearance of lawlessness. That’s just bad PR.

      You need to learn to parse cop-ese better, ProL. I’d have thought that as a parasite lawyer, you could already do that.

      1. It’s fucking like that with everything now. Andre Agassi was right–appearance is everything. At least, it is to far too many people.

      2. That was the Penitentiary Direct….er, Public Defender’s Office saying that…

        1. What difference does it make? They’re all in it together.

          1. “What difference ? at this point, what difference does it make?”

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  2. Off topic: But that picture, the slightly chubby professional white girl with the ruggedly handsome mixed race guy with the leather jacket and goatee?

    Caption contest: Girl: “I just got my trophy boyfriend out of jail, Lol!” Boy: “Who needs a job when you can just date a lonely white nerd girl?”

    1. With that hair? Nobody is handsome with that hair.

      1. Are you kidding? girls love slightly longer haired guys. It stops being cute when your pony tail gets longer than hers. But that falling over the eyes thing? Dreamy …

        1. That’s not long hair, that’s a poodle.

          1. And so is he.

        2. On the downside guys with long hair often seem to be vain.

          1. My sister used to say she wasn’t interested in guys who spent more time in front of a mirror than she did.

            1. …and then drooled all over Jon Bon Jovi…

          2. It’s their X-chromosome acting out.

    2. Talking about people’s appearances is always on topic.

      1. I bet he plays the guitar …. *swoon*.

        1. We need to find you a nice libertarian boy. Perhaps sloopy, now that polygamy is almost legal.

          1. *looks around for Nicole, raises hand cautiously*

            1. Better let your hair grow out and learn to play the gui-tar.

              1. I own 8 guitars.

                AND a double stack Marshall with a 100 Watt head….

                *stares*

                1. Very well, Thunderdome it is. Y’all enjoy. I’ll go get Warty, who is this week’s Thunderdome MC.

                2. I already have a boyfriend, and he plays the guitar.

                  1. Does he have luxurious locks?

                    1. Sadly no. And it wouldn’t work on him because he’s white and has straight hair.

                    2. Well, life is all about compromises, but at least you got the guitar. I hope he’s a good libertarian boy who is nice to his mother.

    3. Caption: “She might be really good at intake and release, if you know what I mean”

    4. “Check out the habeas on that corpus.”

      1. “Some couples find each other through a dating service, we found each other in prison.”

        1. “I’m dating her for her trust fund, her big titties are just a bonus”

    5. I don’t understand how you guys see it that way. If she was Jewish, I’d be enraged at the insult to my people’s honor.

      1. He could be Jewish, but he looks more like Palestinian or Morrocan. Some place in North Africa.

        It’s so sad that all the Middle-Eastern guys are into Islam.

        1. I just assumed he was a Black whose great great great granny got raped by her owner.

          1. There are many ways people come by that skin tone.

            1. What the hell happened there? International Jew got deleted, I think? He didn’t seem like a racist troll or something. I got the impression that he was, in fact, an international Jew.

              1. “I got the impression that he was, in fact, an international Jew.”

                I didn’t. Pretty sure it was one of the frequently-deleted trolls under a new sock. The posts in the M/W thread were typical troll stuff.

                1. Well, I see IJ’s posts are still in that thread. ‘Tis a wonder.

                2. Could be. I wasn’t paying too close attention.

                  I wish they would just delete the sub-coments too when they do that. Or put in some placeholder so you don’t get comments totally out of context.

              2. Yes. I too, thought that International Jew was actually an International Jew. I mean, he even admitted to being part of the conspiracy and everything. I’m pretty sure he mentioned that he was a banker, too.

                1. And that hook nose!

        2. It’s so sad that all the Middle-Eastern guys are into Islam.

          Uhm what?

          No! 😉

      2. Lame and you’re not getting better.

      3. Oh, I get it. You think you’re clever.

    6. He looks like he smells bad.

      1. Just having been released from jail, that is probably the case.

        It is possible to bathe, even when you have long hair, I can tell you from experience.

      2. He probably smells, but it could go either way. Either Gross or musky and alluring.
        Or like incense, cause of all the hookah bars and hippie drum circles he hangs out at.

        1. That look is just style at this point. He probably smells like everyone else: deodorant and fabric softener. At least when he hasn’t just been released from jail.

    7. White girls are a total emotional mess. They have zero self esteem. When they talk about “rape culture” what they mean is white guys who dare to flirt or ask them on a date. When they are actually raped (odds are it’ll be a black man raping them) they act like they’ve just had a spiritual awakening.

      1. Well, you are good at making bizarre and absurdly broad generalizations.

      2. Sometimes I read mildly stupid things on the internet. Sometimes I read absolutely retarded things. This is one of the latter.

    8. Caption:
      When we get back to the dorm at Hopkins I am going to have him fuck me in the butt. Then he’s going right back in jail after I file rape charges.

  3. “Get out of jail free”?
    Intimidation, harassment, false arrest all stand, but look on the bright side!

  4. So we can add one more thing the Baltimore wallopers cannot do right!

  5. I think this was the whole point of arresting them in the first place. They’ve already been punished by being locked in cages for 2 days.

    I doubt Baltimore ever intended to charge them. That’s a lot of paperwork.

    1. That’s what I was thinking. Unless you actually caught them with the firebomb in their hand, or pulled them off of somebody they were beating up, I thought the point of arresting generic rioters was for them to cool them down for a day or two, then let them go.

      1. Pretty much. Same deal as with mass civil disobedience protests that don’t get violent.

  6. “The courts must not create an appearance of lawlessness at this time,”

    Fucking Hell.“

    1. Do they announce when the appearance of lawlessness can recommence?

  7. What’s going on here? Did something happen in Baltimore?

    1. Not recently. I have heard some disturbing rumors about Lou Reed, however.

      1. Lou Reed had a concert in Baltimore and no one showed, and then there was a disturbance….or something?

      2. Is he getting together with that guy that Francisco is always looking for?

      3. At least Elvis is still alive, right?

    2. twitter.com/search?q=#chimpout&src=tyah

  8. Do they announce when the appearance of lawlessness can recommence?
    .
    I think we’ll be able to tell.
    “Don’t worry, we’ll find something to charge you with, one of these days. In the meantime, you’re not going anywhere.”

    1. Ah, back to normal. I feel much better.

  9. Yeah, but has Vince Vaughan weighed in on this topic? I think I need to hear from him before I decide what to think.

    1. He thinks the protesters are posers and not as consistent as Ron Paul

  10. “Meanwhile, Batts announced that the department’s internal report on Freddie Gray, who died in police custody earlier this month, would not be made public on Friday as planned.”

    Maybe there’s stuff in there which might prompt more rioting?

    1. Or maybe, as with Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Haven Monahan the initial story will be refuted by later evidence and they’ve got to delay it. Blacks need to be sufficiently enraged so they will show out to vote for Hillary.

    2. Freddie Gray killed after head ‘slammed into bolt in back of police van’, say reports
      http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/…..ar-BBiXIAC

  11. You know, when the national guard arrested that curfew breaking guy, I said I would like to know if he was brought promptly before a magistrate and given bail. So I suppose the answer is no.

  12. Cops dramatically admit Freddie Gray police van made mystery extra stop after his arrest ? and they only found out because of a private security camera at scene

    Police report on Freddie Gray’s arrest and death handed to State’s Attorney at 8.50am ET on Thursday
    It includes news that police van made a previously unknown stop
    Commissioner refused to elaborate on the information
    A prisoner in the van had speculated that Gray tried to hurt himself by slamming his body against the walls
    An officer’s relative said he was hurt before he was put in the van

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…..scene.html

    Interesting. The official report and investigation didn’t mention this. I’m sure that there will be a new investigation to find out what happened in the van while it was stopped, and the officers will be punished appropriately. Not only for lying on the report and to investigators (assuming that they lied, and not that the investigation covered it up for the sake of the narrative), but for the murder that they committed in the van.

    Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ha ha ha ha ha ha! Yeah right.

    1. Wait – you think the COPS are lying??!!

      *recoils in horror and disbelief*

    2. Weird that they stopped. I dont see a Dunkin Donuts on that corner. Maybe they paused to shoot a stray or something.

    3. Avoiding self-incrimination?

      Or two simple words?

    4. “The official report and investigation didn’t mention this.”

      The Ministry of Truth is understaffed, and took a while to get to writing the True History.

    5. Interesting. I also want to hear more about what happened afterwards. Supposedly he was taken to a hospital where he died a week later, so what happened in that week? If he was in the hospital, wasn’t he getting medical care? Was he awake and talking? Did he somehow slowly die of injuries sustained a week earlier, or what?

    6. The link provide this link to Jessica Alba. I have never seen her looking better.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvs…..s-cry.html

  13. police van made a previously unknown stop
    “Unknown”?
    Unreported
    Undisclosed
    But everything we need to know about the circumstances surrounding Gray’s death will be fully revealed and explained in the official police report. Like, honest, for sure.

    1. The Police Commissioner called – he said the check is in the mail

  14. Batts announced that the department’s internal report … would not be made public on Friday as planned.

    Elizabeth, I suggest you double check this assertion. IIRC, it was never planned to be made public on Friday.

    1. “as planned”

      … as originally promised to stall for time while they worked out the most advantageous “true” story.

  15. Another repercussion from the festivities: Baltimore City cops are resigning because they are so disgusted with the Mayor’s handling of the situation.

  16. White progressives (a.k.a communist agitators) are a major part of the problem. And yet these lawless scum bags NEVER face consequences for their actions. That’s why they act like spoiled rotten children. I’m going to fight back. I’m mad too.

    1. Well, agitating isn’t a crime, communist or otherwise, unless is rises to actual incitement of violence. Which actions are these that you think should have consequences? Are there any particular incidents in Baltimore you can point to?

      1. Pretty much every demonstration that turns into a riot involves RCP or other Communists etc. inciting and perpetrating violence. In SF/Oakland/Berkeley, I’d say it’s 100% of the time in the decades I’ve been here.

  17. Baltimore City cops are resigning because they are so disgusted with the Mayor’s handling of the situation.

    Pissed off she won’t let them break out the Gatling guns?

    1. Phase plasma rifles, in the 40 watt range.

  18. Baltimore City cops are resigning

    yeah right.

    1. Yeah, the thought that civil “servants” would resign pinged my bullshit detector as well.

    2. Well, it sounds better than to say “they’re revolting”, because everyone knows they are.

  19. Batts announced that the department’s internal report on Freddie Gray, who died in police custody earlier this month, would not be made public on Friday as planned.

    I am Jack’s complete lask of surprise…

  20. I wonder if the Mayor issued a “stand down” order on this too?

  21. Good. I may not like the theme of the protestors, but if the State doesn’t follow the law, then out they go.

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