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Prosecutors say judge overstepped authority in denying Porter testimony, should stay officers' trials pending appeal

Prosecutors say judge overstepped authority in denying Porter testimony, should stay officers' trials pending appeal

Prosecutors say Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams overstepped his authority in refusing their request that he force Baltimore Police Officer William G. Porter to testify at the trials of three of his fellow officers in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, and have asked him to delay those trials pending their appeal of his decision to a higher court.

The prosecutors argue Williams improperly took it upon himself to decide whether it would be in the "public interest" to compel Porter to testify under a limited form of immunity in the trials of Officer Edward M. Nero — set to begin Feb. 22 — and...

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