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Judge in officers' trial is biased toward the prosecution

Your report on the officers charged in Freddie Gray's death underscores the obvious point that Judge Barry Williams is determined to help the prosecution obtain convictions against all the officers involved ("Freddie Gray case: Judge orders Officer Porter to testify in fellow officer's trial," Jan. 6).

Maybe Judge Williams needs a refresher course in constitutional law, especially the Fifth Amendment, which protects individuals from being forced to incriminate themselves.

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Could it be that the judge is pandering to mob rule because he has to face re-election in Baltimore City?

And his decision to impose a gag order on prosecutors and defense attorneys in the trial of officer William Porter only exacerbates the perception that he is catering to mob rule.

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What happened to the public's right to know and the principles of the Public Information Act?

Where is the justice for the police officers who were only doing their job trying to protect the citizens of Baltimore from criminals?

I guess it's OK to throw the Constitution away and condone any behavior as long as the mob gets its way. What kind of message does that send to our youth? Is it any wonder the citizens of Maryland have totally lost faith in government at all levels?

Ralph Jaffe, Baltimore

The writer is a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.

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