Can officers charged in Freddie Gray’s death get a fair trial in Baltimore?
Los Angeles Times - 05/28/2015
Seeking a change of venue is a common defense tactic, but such requests are very rarely granted, said Daniel Medwed, professor of criminal law at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston.
In general, courts try to keep trials in the community where the incident occurred because of two general principles, Medwed said. The first is the idea that a defendant should be tried by a jury of his or her peers — those who come from the community where the crime took place. The other is that the harmed community deserves to be the place where justice is decided, he said