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Freddie Gray Trial: William Porter ordered to testify in trials of other officers

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 6:00pm 1/6/2016 at 6:00pm

Numerous pre-trial rulings were made today by Judge Barry Williams, the trial judge overseeing the “Freddie Gray” trials in Baltimore.

Most were unsurprising, but one in particular raised eyebrows: Judge Williams ordered that Officer William Porter, whose case just ended in a mistrial and who is scheduled to be retried in June,...

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Obama’s Gun Control “Executive Order” is Political Theater of the Absurd

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 4:45pm 1/5/2016 at 4:45pm

Obama can once again lay credible claim to the title of “Best Gun Salesman Ever.”

His recently announced policy changes on guns not only do nothing to discourage gun purchases, they if anything facilitate even greater volumes of gun sales, and in particular machine guns, suppressors, short-barreled rifles/shotguns, and other highly controlled “NFA”...

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No Indictment of Police in Tamir Rice Shooting

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Posted by    Monday, December 28, 2015 at 3:25pm 12/28/2015 at 3:25pm

Today, a Cleveland grand jury declined to indict two Cleveland Police Department officers over the November 2014 killing of Tamir Rice, as reported by ClickOnDetroit.  We’ve posted repeatedly on the shooting of 12-year-old Rice by Cleveland police officers, including:

VIDEO: Shooting of Tamir Rice by Police Goes to Grand Jury (6/4/2015)

Cleveland Tries Out...

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No indictment in Sandra Bland jail death

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 5:30pm 12/22/2015 at 5:30pm

Various news agencies, including The New York Times, have reported today that there were no indictments issued by a Texas grand jury with respect to the in-custody death of Sand Bland.

By all appearances, Bland had hanged herself in her cell.

Bland was 28-years-old when she responded with anger and non-compliance after being lawfully...

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Freddie Gray Trial: Porter’s Re-Trial Set for June 13

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 10:00am 12/22/2015 at 10:00am

The re-trial of Baltimore Police Officer William Porter has been scheduled for June 13, 2016,according to reporting by The Baltimore Sun.

By that time the trials of the other 5 officers charged in Freddie Gray’s death will have been completed.  Absent immunity, Porter therefore remains vulnerable to criminal prosecution throughout the course...

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“The evidence established that Porter went above and beyond his duty”

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Posted by    Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 7:00am 12/19/2015 at 7:00am

A reader alerted Professor Jacobson that Legal Insurrection and I got a mention on the Mark Levin Show.  Naturally we tracked down the mention in order to crow about it and share it with you loyal readers (but mostly to crow about it).

In fairness, it’s probably more accurate to say that...

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Freddie Gray Trial: The Schadenfreude Edition

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Posted by    Friday, December 18, 2015 at 1:00pm 12/18/2015 at 1:00pm

I have been rather amused the last 48 hours or so watching the Progressive news media (but I repeat myself) in the aftermath of the hung jury in the “Freddie Gray” trial of Baltimore Police Officer William Porter.

The media’s efforts to avoid acknowledging what an unmitigated disaster this outcome was for...

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Freddie Gray Trial: HUNG JURY, ALL CHARGES, MISTRIAL DECLARED

https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/677222494185635840
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Posted by    Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 3:25pm 12/16/2015 at 3:25pm
https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/677222494185635840

The trial of Baltimore Police Officer William Porter ended in a mistrial today, with Judge Williams accepting that the jury was hung on all four criminal charges brought against Porter in the aftermath of the in custody death of Freddie Gray.

Update: For those curious about what the jury vote breakdown might...

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Freddie Gray Trial VERDICT WATCH: Verdict or Mistrial today?

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/11/19/officer-william-porter-to-take-stand-in-freddie-gray-trial/
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Posted by    Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 8:30am 12/16/2015 at 8:30am
http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/11/19/officer-william-porter-to-take-stand-in-freddie-gray-trial/

UPDATE: (12/16/15, 3:16PM):  MISTRIAL, JURY HUNG ON ALL FOUR CHARGES.


UPDATE: (12/16/15, 3:01PM):  Told that both Porter and Mosby are in the courtroom.


UPDATE: (12/16/15, 2:43PM):  State’s Attorney Mosby is in the courtroom, first time since deliber...

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Freddie Gray Trial VERDICT WATCH: Jury Reports It Is Hung

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/11/19/officer-william-porter-to-take-stand-in-freddie-gray-trial/
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Posted by    Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 4:00pm 12/15/2015 at 4:00pm
http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/11/19/officer-william-porter-to-take-stand-in-freddie-gray-trial/

UPDATE (5:37PM, 12/15/15): That’s it for today, folks. No verdict, and jury sent home for the night. Deliberations start up again in the morning.


UPDATE (4:01PM, 12/15/15): In a shocking statement, trial Judge William Barry told the hung jury to “Compromise if you can do so without violence to your own moral judgement,” according to...

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Freddie Gray Trial: Defense Moves for Mistrial After Schools Warn of Riots

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 10:20am 12/15/2015 at 10:20am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=st4IHokD4Jc

The defense counsel for Officer William Porter has moved for a mistrial after discovering that the Baltimore City Public Schools sent home a letter with students cautioning parents in which the CEO of the school system wrote:

I am very concerned about the possibility of civil disorders following announcements of the verdict.

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Freddie Gray Trial: VERDICT WATCH

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/11/19/officer-william-porter-to-take-stand-in-freddie-gray-trial/
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Posted by    Monday, December 14, 2015 at 4:00pm 12/14/2015 at 4:00pm
http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/11/19/officer-william-porter-to-take-stand-in-freddie-gray-trial/

UPDATE (12/14/15, 5:39PM): Jurors dismissed for the day, back to deliberations at 8:30AM tomorrow.

UPDATE (12/14/15, 5:22PM): Both prosecution and defense agree with Judge Williams that no additional legal definitions will be provided to the jury.

UPDATE (12/14/15, 5:11PM): Jury asks for legal definitions of “evil motive,” “b...

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Freddie Gray Trial: Defense Rests, Closing Arguments Monday

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Posted by    Friday, December 11, 2015 at 4:15pm 12/11/2015 at 4:15pm

Today the defense wrapped up their case in the “Freddie Gray” trial of Baltimore Police Officer William Porter. The jury has been dismissed for the weekend, and closing statements will be completed on Monday. I would not be surprised if the jurors went into deliberations Monday afternoon, or Tuesday at...

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Freddie Gray Trial: Defense Witnesses Further Crush State’s Case

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/11/19/officer-william-porter-to-take-stand-in-freddie-gray-trial/
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Posted by    Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 5:05pm 12/10/2015 at 5:05pm
http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/11/19/officer-william-porter-to-take-stand-in-freddie-gray-trial/

We’re now into the second day of the defense’s case in the “Freddie Gray” trial of Police Officer William Porter, and it looks more and more like this prosecution has even less of a leg to stand on than did the prosecution of George Zimmerman.

In the Zimmerman trial one could at...

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Freddie Gray Trial: Defendant Officer Porter Testifies

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 5:00pm 12/9/2015 at 5:00pm

Today the defendant in the “Freddie Gray” trial, Police Officer William Porter, took the stand from about 11:00am to 3:30pm to testify on his own behalf.  He testified both on direct examination by his defense attorneys and on cross-examination by prosecutor Schatzow.  (The following recounting, and particularly any quotes, is largely...

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Freddie Gray Trial: Famous Pathologist Vincent Di Maio terms death an accident

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 11:05am 12/9/2015 at 11:05am

The defense has opened with a bang in the “Freddie Gray” trial of Police Officer William Porter, bringing to the stand as their first witness noted forensic pathologist Dr. Vincent Di Maio, who is testifying that Gray’s death should have been ruled an accident, not a homicide.

As reported by Kalani Gordon...

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Freddie Gray Trial: Mistrial Denied after State Fails to Disclose Evidence (Update – Prosecution rests)

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 1:00pm 12/8/2015 at 1:00pm

UPDATE (2:17pm): The prosecution has rested its case, Judge Williams denied a defense request to dismiss the charges, and the court has recessed for the day. The defense will begin presenting its case to the jury tomorrow.  None of today’s testimony for the State was particularly notable.

The legal arguments remain clear, and the...

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