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Judge Denies Change of Venue Motion in Trial of Baltimore Officers for Freddie Gray Death

September 10, 2015  | 

A Baltimore judge on Thursday denied a request for a change of venue for the trials of six police officers charged in the in-custody death of Freddie Gray Jr.

Defense lawyers for the officers had argued before Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams that intense publicity made it impossible to hold a fair trial in Baltimore.

"The citizens of Baltimore are not monolithic," Williams told a packed courtroom. "They think for themselves."

Protesters outside the courthouse cheered the decision, Reuters reports.

The hearing came a day after the city's financial control board approved a $6.4 million civil settlement to the Gray family.

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db in AZ @ 9/10/2015 4:33 PM

There is no other reason for this corrupt judge to have made this decision other than he received direct orders from be sure these officers did NOT get a fair trial elsewhere.
Given that the "gray estate" just received 6+million will only encourage more criminal behavior with the anticipation of winning a bureaucratic lotto. In a nutshell; This anti-police rhetoric that originated from top officials in DC will continue to persecute the police to the point where this country will cease to exist in a lawfull manner. I give the Men&Women in Blue so much respect and honor that they go to work everyday faced with not only criminals , but even more critical a situation- no support from this administration and their corrupt officials.

Tom Ret @ 9/10/2015 4:36 PM

About now I assume many on the force are wondering if it is worth continuing
with this city. Maybe a lack of police involvement and a spike in crime will finally dawn on these idiots that they better start backing the police or the scum bags will overwhelm them.

kevCopAz @ 9/10/2015 6:23 PM

The community "thinks for themselves" yes they think "kill cops" "riot" etc. This is yet another reason for an appeal. If this ever happened to me (heaven forbid) I would like the fact that the Mayor, the Prosecutor and now the judge are all incompetent and or prejudice and make an appeal almost a sure thing.

Bob peterson @ 9/10/2015 7:02 PM

OJ Simpson all over again. If the judge will not change venue, someone(s) has decided these officers are going to be convicted.

Jon Retired LEO @ 9/10/2015 8:10 PM

Tell us something that surprises us. They want these officers tried right there so that everybody see them crucified.They are going to make examples of them and after that I hope that Baltimore can't hire any more people. They deserve what they get after that.

cwardlaw @ 9/11/2015 6:19 AM

I don't think that a week or two to thoroughly vet the dozens and dozens of Baltimore citizens who will be notified of jury duty, is out of the question. Wouldn't have been a problem if the trials had been moved to a different part of the state. That's been done across the country many times with law enforcement officers not being the defendants. The belief, which I have heard on the news over and over, that the citizens of Baltimore would be insulted by a change of venue is ridiculous. A fair trial for these officers is going to be tough.

Leonard @ 9/12/2015 6:16 PM

He judge made the right decision. Let's hope in the future that Baltimore city police will stop giving "rough Rides" to suspects. The fact of the matter is this...Freddie Gray was alive when they put in in the van and by the time he got out, his spine was severed. I wonder how that happened?

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