I live near Washington, DC. The big criminal law news here today consists of two cases. One is the SCOTUS reversal of the conviction of a black Georgia murderer on grounds that the government engaged in racially biased jury strikes. Kent has his typically thoughtful and analytic description here. While, as Kent notes, there are grounds to question the procedural setting of the case, the Chief Justice's opinion documents disturbing reasons to think the defendant's claims of racial bias were true.
The other news item is the acquittal on all counts of a white Baltimore policeman in the Freddie Gray case. He had been charged, along with five other officers (two other whites and three blacks) with helping cause Gray's death in police custody. The case was brought by a radical black prosecutor who, after announcing the filing of charges, held an outdoor, campaign-style news conference to congratulate herself, then attended a rock concert (not a typo) ostensibly to laud some sort of "why-can't-we-all-get-along" theme, but actually designed, so it certainly seemed, to further inflame racial passions against the accused. I discussed the prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, and her antics several times, e.g., here.
A number of thoughts come to mind from today's stories.