Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby said Thursday that her office will begin working to vacate any criminal convictions since 2015 that relied solely on the word of seven Baltimore police officers recently indicted on federal racketeering charges.
Her office has already identified 150 closed and adjudicated cases that are “possibly tainted” by the involvement of the officers, including 45 in which the defendants are incarcerated, she said.
If prosecutors “cannot identify additional, independent, corroborative evidence separate and apart from the credibility of these officers” — such as forensic evidence, videos or statements from witnesses — they will join with the Office of the Public Defender or the defendant’s private counsel to file joint motions to vacate the convictions, Mosby said.
Mosby said her office also identified 50 active cases for review, and it has already dropped the charges in more than 30 of them. Another 18 are set to be “resolved” by next week, she said.
Thirteen of the active cases involved incarcerated defendants, she said. Ten have had their charges dropped and been released.
Natalie Finegar, a deputy public defender, said Mosby’s “consent to dismiss these cases was a necessary response to the allegations against the indicted officers.”
The seven officers — Sgt. Wayne Jenkins and detectives Momodu Gondo, Evodio Hendrix, Daniel Hersl, Jemell Rayam, Marcus Taylor and Maurice Ward — were part of the Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force.
The federal indictment accuses the officers of shaking down citizens, filing false court paperwork and making fraudulent overtime claims.
They have pleaded not guilty and are in detention pending trial.