Freddie Gray, John Hinckley and the Law

A lack of convictions, a would-be assassin's release: Both are merely the result of officials doing their jobs.

Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

Photographer: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Two prominent legal decisions accidentally converged Wednesday, each likely to be deplored by a different political constituency. Baltimore prosecutors dropped all charges against three police officers who had been accused in the death of Freddie Gray, which will frustrate supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement. And a federal judge is allowing John Hinckley Jr., who tried to kill President Ronald Reagan, to move into his mother’s house in a “convalescent release” -- a decision already criticized by Donald Trump, among others.

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