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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

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 3:25pm 12/16/2015 at 3:25pm
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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

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 4:00pm 12/15/2015 at 4:00pm
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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
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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
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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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Freddie Gray Trial Day 4: Medical Examiner Cross-Examined by Defense

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Posted by    Monday, December 7, 2015 at 4:15pm 12/7/2015 at 4:15pm

Cross-examination of Medical Examiner Carol Allan, continuing from last Friday, was the highlight of this fourth day of the trial of Baltimore Police Officer William Porter over the in-custody death of Freddie Gray. The officer is charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

Prosecutors based these charges...

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Freddie Gray Trial Day 3: Officer’s Video Statement Played

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Posted by    Friday, December 4, 2015 at 5:00pm 12/4/2015 at 5:00pm

Today is day three (excluding two days of jury selection) of the trial of Baltimore Police Officer William Porter, charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment following the in-custody injury and later death of community drug dealer Freddie Gray.

As part of the day’s proceedings the jury...

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Freddie Gray Trial Day 2: Prosecution’s Case Looks Weak

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Posted by    Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 4:30pm 12/3/2015 at 4:30pm

UPDATE: In response to numerous requests, we provide additional information on the demographics of the jury selected for the trial of Officer Porter:

Three white women (all over the age of 50)
Three black men (all over the age of 50)
Five black women (range of ages)
One white man

And thanks to commenter Ragspierre:  Additionally, three white men and...

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Freddie Gray Trial: Jury Selection Begins Amid Protests

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 11:45am 12/1/2015 at 11:45am

[Correction: An earlier version of this post characterized the defendant, Officer Porter, as the driver of the police van in which Gray was riding. In fact, the driver of the van was Officer Goodson. Porter’s role has been corrected, below.]

Yesterday jury selection began in the first of the six expected trials...

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Laquan McDonald Video Not Dispositive of Police Criminal Misconduct

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 9:00pm 11/25/2015 at 9:00pm

About 13 months ago, on October 20, 2014, Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old 180-pound black male who was non-compliant with police orders and threatening Chicago police officers with a knife, was shot and killed by officer Jason Van Dyke, a white man.

Yesterday Chicago authorities, under orders from a judge, finally released some...

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Texan Who Videotaped His Own “Self-Defense” Convicted on Re-Trial

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Posted by    Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 6:00pm 11/21/2015 at 6:00pm

This past Monday we wrote about the start of the re-trial of retired firefighter Raul Rodriguez who was previously convicted of murder and sentenced to 40 years in jail after shooting a neighbor over a dispute about the neighbor’s noisy party. Rodriquez had claimed self-defense justification for the killing.  That prior...

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