In a court motion filed Friday, lawyers for six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray called for the charges to be dismissed and/or for State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby to be removed from the case, according to Time magazine.
The papers filed in Baltimore City District Court list multiple concerns, CNN reports, including allegations of bias and conflicts of interest, as reasons for Mosby’s removal from the case.
In addition, the papers charge that Mosby has a personal relationship with potential witnesses and says that a lawyer for Gray’s family is a friend of and attorney for Mosby, among other potential conflicts of interest, Time writes. The motion also claims that Mosby and her husband, City Councilman Nick Mosby, stand to reap financial and professional gains from the case.
The filing came a week after 35-year-old Mosby, who was elected Baltimore City state’s attorney last November, shocked the nation when she announced charges against the officers, including second-degree murder and manslaughter.
Gray died April 19 from injuries he received in police custody. The case touched off days of sometimes-violent protests. Baltimore’s calls for justice in the case augment ongoing national demonstrations against police violence in black communities.
Read more at Time magazine.