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Six officers charged in Freddie Gray death

Source: Baltimore City Police Department / Handout

Up until now, the trials for the officers charged in the Freddie Gray case have been put on hold. In a court ruling early today, Officer William Porter may be “compelled to testify under immunity against fellow officers charged in connection with Gray’s death,” according to CNN (see below).

Via CNN:

“Maryland’s Court of Appeals made the decision in two separate rulings. The first, related to the trials of Sgt. Alicia White and Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., denied an appeal by the defense. The second — pertaining to Officer Garrett Miller, Officer Edward Nero and Lt. Brian Rice — reversed a lower-court decision that prevented Porter from testifying in those officers’ trials.

“Tuesday’s rulings does not mean Porter is now absolutely immune in the sense that he won’t stand stand trial again. To the contrary, he is scheduled to face a second trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment starting June 13, though the date could change.

“But, according to the portion of Maryland law cited in Tuesday’s brief court decisions, nothing Porter says on the stand in the trials of White, Goodson, Miller, Nero or Rice can “directly or indirectly … be used against” him in his own case. He could be charged with perjury, obstruction of justice or failure to comply with the order, though.”

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