BALTIMORE — In the wrenching drama that has engulfed this city since the death of Freddie Gray, one figure seems caught in the middle: Marilyn J. Mosby.
Ms. Mosby, as Americans learned when riots broke out after Mr. Gray, a 25-year-old black man, was fatally injured in police custody, is Baltimore’s state’s attorney, its top prosecutor. Her impassioned speech announcing charges — including murder — against six Baltimore officers was widely credited with helping to keep the peace, as armored National Guard trucks still rumbled through the streets.
But when a judge acquitted Officer Edward M. Nero of all charges against him on Monday, it was Ms. Mosby’s second trial without a conviction. And that puts the prosecutor, a 36-year-old daughter and granddaughter of police officers who once so captivated the national imagination that she was featured in Vogue, in a tough spot.