Jacob Frenkel quoted in The Daily Record: How will judge decide Freddie Gray venue question?
September 3, 2015
“This case probably set a speed record for becoming a street brawl between the lawyers,” said Jacob S. Frenkel, a former federal prosecutor.
It was the duty of the judge to remind attorneys about the Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct as well as encouraging more civility in the future, according to Frenkel, of Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker P.A. in Potomac.
Frenkel said the timing of Williams’ decisions also showed he had a high level of confidence in his analysis.
“The only thing that was somewhat surprising, although a correct ruling, was the decision to provide separate trials for each of the defendants,” he said.
Frenkel said the prosecutors’ request to try Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Alicia D. White and Edward M. Nero — charged with second-degree, depraved heart murder, involuntary manslaughter and second-degree assault, respectively — indicated to him they see evidentiary weaknesses in their case.
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