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

From my post over at Legal Insurrection:

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 of those other trials, and can therefore not be compelled to provide testimony in them.

This also means that Porter’s statement to investigators shortly after Gray’s death and his testimony in his own trial will not be admissible in these subsequent trials of the other officers, as the defense counsel in the other trials would not have the ability to “confront the witness.”

The next Freddie Gray trial is to be that of police van driver Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., which is scheduled to begin in just two weeks, on January 6, 2016. Goodson faces the most series charges brought against the officers, that of second-degree murder. He has also been charged with second-degree assault, two counts of vehicular manslaughter, and misconduct in office.

For the whole thing, click over to Legal Insurrection.

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