EXCLUSIVE: Questions Surround Details Top Baltimore Prosecutors May Have Shared
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Questions surround details top Baltimore prosecutors may have provided to an attorney representing the family of Freddie Gray.
Notes FOX45 has obtained showing an apparent meeting between the parties during the days following the death of Freddie Gray.
Several sources have independently verified the authenticity of the notes written by Chief Deputy State's Attorney Michael Schatzow.
At least one of the notes is dated Tuesday April 21, 2015. Freddie Gray died on April 19, after being in the hospital for a week.
The note indicates a meeting between individuals with the initials MM, BM, JB, MS as well as Zach. Our source says BM is Billy Murphy -- the Gray family attorney.
One line in the notes state, "BM has it on good authority that the feds will intervene." There's also a notation from a telephone call with another party that reads, "Deal made with Billy Murphy to release autopsy on Thursday." The handwritten notes include reference to a telephone call with City Solicitor George Nilson to discuss “framework of restitution”. Later Schatzow writes, "Didn’t get to numbers” and “Did discuss ground rules, approach etc.”
FOX45 asked the Gray family attorney early Tuesday evening for comment on the notes. William H. “Billy” Murphy, Jr. released this statement: "This story and line of inquiry is ridiculous. It reeks of a desperate political agenda in an election year."
The State's Attorney's Office released this statement regarding the notes: “These documents reflect attorney work product of various discussions between the the Chief Deputy State’s Attorney, the City Solicitor and various other parties. Pursuant to the judges order, it was provided to all defense attorneys in the Freddie Gray Case and placed under protective order. Hence, the timing of the disclosure is rather suspiciously political and has no bearing on the posture or outcome of the case."
Several local attorneys have voiced concerns regarding the conversations referenced in the notes suggesting information that should have been kept private may have been shared. In early September 2015, the City of Baltimore announced a $6.4 million dollar settlement with the Gray family.