The tragic case of Tamir Rice is coming to a close, as a grand jury has
decided not to file criminal charges against the two officers involved
in the shooting death of Rice. While some activists and Cleveland residents
are upset by the decision, many local attorneys and legal experts feel
that the right decision was made. Following the grand jury decision, local
news outlets including
WKYC have turned to Attorney Ian Friedman for insight into the case.
"If someone were to look at this objectively, as the prosecutor showed
us, there was the one conclusion and it was a no bill." Attorney
Friedman added that the Rice case could not be compared to other high-profile
police shootings, stating that the case “…was looked at in
its independent merits. I would hate to lump it in with cases in which
there were mistakes. This was not one of them."
Controversial Use of a Grand Jury
In many criminal cases, the grand jury will simply give the case a greenlight
to go to trial. In this case, however, the Grand Jury took a thorough
look at the evidence in front of them before deciding whether or not enough
evidence existed to take the case to trial. “This is the way it
should be done,” said Attorney Friedman.
However, others will knowledge of the case have criticized the way the
prosecutor discussed the case with the grand jury. Michael Benza, a senior
law instructor at Case Western Reserve University, feels that the prosecutor
“got the results that he wants.” A former public defender,
Jonathan Witmer-Rich, added that if prosecutors did not want to pursue
charges, they should never have brought the case before the grand jury.
Given the evidence in favor of the officers, it is possible that prosecutors
convened the grand jury due to public pressure.
If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges, it’s crucial to
secure tough, effective representation. Cleveland criminal defense attorney
Ian N. Friedman has built his reputation on successful results and exceptional knowledge
of the criminal process. Regardless of how complex the case may seem,
Attorney Friedman and his team have the skill and dedication to protect
the rights of our clients and ensure that their voice is heard.