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Baltimore Police Trials Postponed by MD High Court

Baltimore Police Trials Postponed by MD High Court

Porter was the first to have his case heard in Baltimore City Circuit Court and the case ended in a mistrial in December because of a hung jury.

The high court will hear arguments on March 3.

The court wants to decide the issue of whether Officer William Porter has to testify in the cases against the other officers. The prosecutors insist, however, that the state's immunity statute is sufficient to protect his rights.

Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera outlined legal questions for court consideration regarding the appeals. Gray suffered a broken neck in police custody and died a week later, prompting some of the worst riots in Baltimore's history.

This photo from the Baltimore Police Department shows the six police officers charged with felonies ranging from assault to murder in the death of Freddie Gray.

The order stalls the trial for Officer Edward Nero, whose trial was scheduled to begin with jury selection Monday.

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Neither side is at liberty to comment on the case as a result of a gag order opposed by Williams.

Thursday's ruling will streamline the process for resolving the issue of compelling Porter's testimony, which had prompted opposing motions in the Court of Special Appeals.

Porter's retrial has been scheduled for June 13. Porter's attorneys are pushing back, saying that forcing their client to testify violates his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent and jeopardizes his chances of a fair hearing.

Goodson also is charged with involuntary manslaughter; second-degree negligent assault; manslaughter by vehicle (gross negligence); manslaughter by vehicle (criminal negligence); misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

The incident drew national media coverage, and set off both peaceful demonstrations and rioting.


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