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Criticism For Marilyn Mosby After 3rd Officer Acquittal

BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- Three strikes, and some say all remaining charges against the officers charged in the Freddie Gray case should be thrown out.

With no sign of a shift in strategy and a third full acquittal announced Monday, emboldened critics -- including Governor Larry Hogan -- are saying the continued prosecutions are a waste of time and money.

Supporters of the Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby say justice means every officer should stand trial.

So, what should happen next?

"You shouldn't be forging ahead to make a point, to send a message," lawyer and courtroom observer Warren Brown tells WJZ. "That's not the basis of a prosecution. That's an abuse of prosecutorial discretion, and prosecutors have a great deal of power."

The crowd at the Republican National Convention even booed Mosby Monday night, when Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke took the stage in Cleveland to announce Lt. Brian Rice's acquittal.

"There is some good news out of Baltimore, Md., as Lt. Brian Rice is acquitted on all charges and the malicious prosecution of activist State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby," Clarke told the audience.

Baltimore's NAACP president Tessa Hill-Aston, on the other hand, spoke to WJZ from Cleveland, where she's also attending the RNC. She says Mosby has her support.

"Each court case is different regardless if we get a conviction on any of the other ones. They still need to go through, I don't want to say pain, but they still need to go through the process of the court system."

Congress Elijah Cummings calls Mosby a brilliant prosecutor, and says "she made a judgement call."

It's not just Mosby under fire, though.

A Geroge Washington University law professor is trying to get two of her prosecutors disbarred.

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