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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

First trial in Freddie Gray case set for Nov. 30; 5 more in early 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The first trial for six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray will be held Nov. 30, and the other trials are set for early next year.

Judge Barry Williams decided Tuesday that Officer William Porter will go on trial first. He is accused of failing to provide or request medical care for Gray and not securing him safely in a van. Porter faces charges of manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office in the death of Gray, a black man who died after being injured in police custody.

Prosecutors said they intend to call Porter as a witness against at least two other officers.

The judge ruled earlier this month that each officer will get his or her own trial and that they will be held in the city.



Anonymous said...

I'm surprised these trials are being held in Baltimore City. Even when we had the landfill scandal here in our county, those trials were divided into other counties. Can they get a fair trial in the city?

Anonymous said...

At this point in time, it's still not certain the trials are going to be held in the city 4:27. The judge ruled to wait until jury selection to see if impartial jurors can be found.
I think it's going to be hard to find jurors. 12 plus 6 alternates times 6. Only about 30 percent of city residents are in the potential jury pool (about 180,000.) Then you have to find the people as a lot have moved and left no forwarding address, have died whatever. You can immediately eliminate those who are criminals and those who have been a victim or know someone who has been a victim of crime. These 2 factors substantially lowers the pool right at the starting gate.
It's going to be a nightmare and was a very poor decision by no doubt an affirmative action judge who lacks any forward thinking skills whatsoever.
Just the thought that jurors may be inclined to convict for fear of retribution by the city residents should have been enough to move the trials. Juror safety should be the utmost concern but with this judge it's a popularity contest with his peeps. Blacks both the residents and those they elect, have ruined that city and won't be happy until it is a complete war zone.

Anonymous said...

No worries concerning the first trial, regardless of verdict.

Blacks don't "protest" when blacks are involved in killing other blacks.