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Goodson trial: Postponement was the only option

Goodson trial: Postponement was the only option

We don't yet know what the effect will be of the decision by a Maryland appeals court to postpone the trial of the officer who drove the police van in which Freddie Gray was fatally injured. But we do know there was no other good option.

At issue is whether one of the six officers charged in Gray's death, William Porter, can be forced to testify with limited immunity at the trials of two of his colleagues — van driver Caesar Goodson and Alicia White — while his own retrial is still months away. (Mr. Porter's first trial ended in a mistrial last month; a retrial is set for June.) Baltimore Circuit Court...

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