A media request for broader court transparency and increased access to legal documents in the trials of the six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray will be considered in a downtown courtroom on May 10, according to Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams.
A new schedule of trial dates beginning in May for the officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray was formalized at a hearing Wednesday morning, where prosecutors expressed dissatisfaction with the new lineup.
Maryland's highest court ruled Tuesday that Officer William G. Porter must testify against all five fellow officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, and sent the cases back to the lower court for trial.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the Freddie Gray case will spar today in the highest court in Maryland, arguing whether Officer William Porter should be forced to testify against five fellow Baltimore police officers who, like him, are charged in Gray¿s arrest and death.
Maryland's highest court has agreed to hear arguments in the trials of five of the six Baltimore police officers charged in the Freddie Gray case, preventing lower court proceedings from moving forward.
State attorneys say forcing Officer William G. Porter to testify at the trials of two of his fellow officers in the death of Freddie Gray — prior to his own retrial in the case — is "nothing unusual or inappropriate," and the immunity the order provides Porter sufficiently protects him against self-incrimination on the witness stand.
Attorneys for three Baltimore police officers want their trials in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray to proceed with speed, and have asked two separate courts to dismiss as prosecutorial trickery the state's recent attempts to stall them.
Prosecutors say Judge Barry G. Williams overstepped his authority in refusing their request that he force 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.
Prosecutors intend to appeal a recent court decision denying their request to force Officer William G. Porter to testify in the trials of three other officers also charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, according to court documents.
The next trial of a Baltimore police officer in the death of Freddie Gray could begin as early as next month after a judge on Wednesday rejected a request from prosecutors that could have tied up the cases in the state appeals court indefinitely.
Attorneys for Baltimore Police Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr. say forcing a fellow officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray to testify against their client could lead to scenarios that "completely eviscerate the purpose of their constitutional protections."
Officer William G. Porter has asked the Court of Special Appeals in Annapolis to step in and block a lower court ruling in Baltimore that he must testify for the state in the coming trial of his fellow officer in the death of Freddie Gray.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys were scheduled to appear in a downtown courtroom this morning for a pretrial motions hearing in the case against Baltimore Police Officer Caesar R. Goodson, one of six officers charged in the April arrest and death of Freddie Gray.
A coalition of local and national media outlets has intervened in court to call for broader transparency and increased access to legal documents in the prosecution of the Baltimore police officers in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.
Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams strongly suggested to jurors in the trial of William Porter, one of six city police officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, that they not speak publicly about the case after its conclusion. While the judge is admirably trying to balance the interests of a fair trial with free speech rights, he appears to have gone too far.
Judge Barry G. Williams has taken extraordinary steps to limit the information that becomes public in the criminal case against six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, including asking jurors not to talk about the trial of the first officer even after a mistrial was declared.
Defense attorneys for Officer Caesar Goodson have filed in court an internal police document in which officers wrote that Freddie Gray once complained of a back problem, as part of an effort to gain access to Gray's medical records.
One activist was led away in handcuffs outside the Circuit Court for Baltimore City as protesters faced off with sheriff's deputies shortly after a mistrial was declared in the trial of Baltimore Police Officer William G. Porter.