- Coates asks why prosecutors charged cop who had a minimal role in story of Freddie Gray's death rather than focus on those facing most serious allegations
- But she says the defense that worked for Officer Edward Nero might not work for others
Laura Coates is a CNN legal analyst. She is a former assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia and trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.
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(CNN)As a prosecutor, you never try a case you can't win. Which begs the question of why in the world Baltimore prosecutors would even try Officer Edward Nero rather than focus their efforts on his fellow officers, who are facing the most serious charges.