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Trial of Baltimore Officer in Freddie Gray Case Postponed by Appeals Court

January 11, 2016  | 

Booking photo of Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr. (Photo: Baltimore PD)
Booking photo of Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr. (Photo: Baltimore PD)

Maryland's second-highest court on Monday intervened and postponed the trial of a Baltimore Police officer in the death of Freddie Gray, potentially delaying the trials of all the officers charged in the case for months.

The last-minute order from the Court of Special Appeals came following a request for an injunction by Officer William G. Porter to block a city judge's order forcing him to testify under limited immunity at the second-degree murder trial of fellow Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., the Baltimore Sun reports.

The case had been set to begin with jury selection Monday morning. Prosecutors sought a postponement of Goodson's trial on Friday, saying that not being able to call Porter as a witness would "result in irreparable harm to the People of Maryland by effectively gutting their government's prosecution" of two of the officers.

Compelling a defendant with pending charges to testify under immunity at a co-defendant's trial is unprecedented in Maryland. The appeals court determined that it was in the "interest of all parties" that Porter's request be handled before Goodson's trial began.

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Leonard Mather @ 1/11/2016 6:16 PM

This "unprecedented event" that the Prosecution bemoans derives from the stupidity of the Baltimore Prosecutors who had a hand in the approval of settlement money for the Gray Family BEFORE THE CASE WAS ADJUDICATED! That act was ALSO unprecedented! Are we seeing Alice in Wonderland or is it the Keystone Cops?

Joe Johnson @ 1/12/2016 8:49 AM

This is very scary, in that Officer Porter was "required" to testify against the other officer's and would have been given "limited immunity" for his testimony. If he refused by stating his right under the 5th Amendment, he would have been jailed for contempt of court. His testimony, would have not been used against him at his own STATE trial, but WOULD have been used against him at his FEDERAL civil rights trial and any civil trial that followed. This is an end run to circumvent our 5th Amendment right and ALL should be alarmed at this.

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