I’ve been following the reports coming out of the Baltimore courthouse where Caesar Goodson is on trial–facing a murder charge, three counts of manslaughter, and other charges–for the death of Freddie Gray in April 2015. Goodson was the driver of the van which was transporting Gray after his arrest, and in which he suffered a fatal spinal injury. The state asserted in its opening statement last week that Goodson gave Gray a “rough ride” during the trip that included a number of stops. A “rough ride” would be intentionally swerving, making sudden stops and starts, etc. in order to jostle Gray who was shackled in the back. That, together with a failure to restrain Gray with a seatbelt, is the theory of the depraved heart murder charge. Yesterday, Detective Michael Boyd, one of the 19 witnesses to testify for the…

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