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Who Speaks for You?

The Inside Story of the Prosecutor Who Took Down Baltimore's Most Crooked Cops

The true story of how federal law enforcement flipped the playbook and convicted a corrupt unit of Baltimore police.

In 2015 and 2016, Baltimore was reeling after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody and the protests that followed. In the midst of this unrest, a violent, highly trained, and heavily armed criminal gang roamed the city. They robbed people, sold drugs and guns, and divided the loot and profit among themselves. They had been doing it for years. But these were not ordinary career criminals. They were the Baltimore Police Department's Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF). Formed in 2007 to get the guns and criminals responsible for Baltimore's high crime rates off the streets, they went rogue and abused their power to terrorize people throughout the city.

On March 1, 2017, all members of the GTTF were arrested on federal racketeering charges. In Who Speaks for You?, Leo Wise, the lead federal prosecutor in the case, tells you how. Wise gives an inside look into the investigation and prosecution of this group of elite and corrupt cops. He shares the unbelievable twists and turns of the case, revealing not only what these officers did but how they were brought to justice. Wise dramatically recounts how his team put together their case, what happened during the trial and court proceedings, and how his team successfully prosecuted these extraordinary defendants. This is his firsthand story of a once-in-a-generation police corruption case told by the prosecutor who was intimately involved in every step of the investigation.

About the Author

Leo J. Wise is a federal prosecutor in Baltimore, Maryland. He has spent his entire career in public service, serving in all three branches of the federal government and the military. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Law School.

Endorsements

"With his memoir of the federal investigation into one of the most corrupt police units in our nation, veteran prosecutor Leo Wise has delivered a precise and prescriptive verdict on our drug war and what it has wrought. Where once 'protect and serve' was the claimed purpose of American law enforcement, what remains now is a predatory and profiteering culture that brings the worst police to their worst moments. The pages of Who Speaks for You? make clear we must change the mission."

- David Simon, author of Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, coauthor of The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood, and writer-producer of HBO's The Wire and We Own this City

"With punchy writing and salient snippets from wiretaps, prosecutor Leo Wise examines how he and his federal team won convictions against a corrupt posse of Baltimore detectives. Wise's discussion of the decisions and actions his team took during the investigation, prosecution, and trial give valuable insights into this courtroom battle."

- Antero Pietila, author of The Ghosts of Johns Hopkins: The Life and Legacy that Shaped an American City

"This book is a cross between a legal thriller and Shakespearean tragedy. A must-read for anyone who seeks to understand police corruption and to learn how our legal system can sometimes work to deliver justice, even for victims who are themselves less than perfect."

- Carol S. Steiker, coauthor of Courting Death: The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment
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