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Baltimore policeman's decision to forego jury trial paid off, experts say

The U.S. Constitution guarantees all criminal defendants the right to a jury trial — but it's a right that can be waived.
Baltimore police officer Edward Nero, along with his attorney Marc Zayon, leaves the courthouse after being acquitted of all charges in the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Md., May 23, 2016. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA)
Baltimore police officer Edward Nero, along with his attorney Marc Zayon, leaves the courthouse after being acquitted of all charges in the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Md., May 23, 2016.
The decision by Baltimore police officer Edward Nero and his defense lawyers to stand trial before a judge — not a jury — was a smart legal tactic, legal experts said after he was acquitted Monday in the death of Freddy Gray.