Maryland AG Wants Freddie Gray Case to go to State’s Highest Court

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Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Officer Edward M. Nero, Officer Garrett E Miller (top L-R), Officer William G. Porter, Lt. Brian W. Rice, Sgt. Alicia D. White (bottom L-R),
Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Officer Edward M. Nero, Officer Garrett E Miller (top L-R), Officer William G. Porter, Lt. Brian W. Rice, Sgt. Alicia D. White (bottom L-R),

Maryland’s Attorney General is asking the state’s highest court to rule on whether one officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray should be ordered to testify in the trials of his fellow officers.

 

In a brief, AG Brian Frosh asked the state’s Court of Appeals (which is essentially the state’s supreme court) to take up the case. The disagreement comes over whether Officer William G. Porter, who faces a retrial after a jury deadlocked in his December trial, should be forced to testify in the upcoming trials of the five other officers charged in the case. The state wants him to testify, but Porter has argued that the testimony could amount to self-incrimination.

There were already appeals to the state’s second highest court, which delayed the trials of Officer Caesar Goodson and Sgt. Alicia White. Even before that court rules, the Attorney General’s office wants the issue to be sorted out at the next level in five of the six cases.



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