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Porter and Goodson: Baltimore Police; Courthouse East: P. Kenneth Burns/WYPR

Lawyers for Officer William Porter requested an injunction Thursday morning to keep him from testifying in the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson, one of six defendants in the Freddie Gray case.

The motion filed at the Court of Special Appeals by defense attorney Gary Proctor is an effort to quash a ruling Wednesday by Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams forcing Porter to testify. Legal observers say Williams’ decision is unprecedented and hands prosecutors a big victory.

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Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams ruled Wednesday that police Officer William Porter will have to appear and testify during the upcoming trial of Officer Caesar Goodson. But Porter’s lawyers say they won’t let that happen without a fight.

Defense attorney Gary Proctor said he would seek to block the ruling.

Governor begins tearing down city's vacant homes

Jan 5, 2016
Rachel Baye

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and a large construction vehicle flanked Gov. Larry Hogan in Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon as he announced a $94-million plan to tear down thousands of vacant homes in the city over the next four years.

And the plan took effect immediately, with the destruction of a boarded-up house on the 1000 block of North Stricker Street shortly after the officials finished speaking.

P. Kenneth Burns

City Councilman and Mayoral Candidate Nick Mosby released Tuesday his 15-point plan to improve the quality of life for Baltimore City residents and expand economic and educational opportunities.

Mosby chose a spot on the west side of downtown at Howard and Franklin streets; next to the light rail tracks. He described the area of vacant buildings, including one with a caved in roof, as a microcosm of Baltimore.

“It [represents] un-kept promises, unfulfilled potential; but a tremendous opportunity for our city,” he said

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A Baltimore judge is postponing for several days the January trial of a police officer charged with second-degree murder in the death of Freddie Gray.

The Maryland Judiciary issued a statement Monday saying Officer Caesar Goodson's trial will begin Jan. 11 instead of Jan. 6.

On Jan. 6, Circuit Judge Barry Williams will consider pretrial motions. Prosecutors recently filed three such motions, including one seeking to bar the defense from offering evidence about Gray's criminal record before his arrest last April.

P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday that she supports the claim of a coalition of civil rights groups that Governor Larry Hogan’s decision to cancel the Red Line transit project discriminates against African Americans.

NAACP says scrapping Red Line violated civil rights

Dec 21, 2015
P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

A coalition of civil rights groups and Baltimore residents filed a federal complaint Monday claiming Gov. Larry Hogan's decision to cancel the planned Red Line light rail project discriminated against the city's African-American residents.

Hogan canceled plans for the transit project in June, reallocating the more than $1.2 billion the state was expected to pay toward the Red Line toward highways, roads and bridges in rural and suburban areas instead.

P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Monday that officers will be without body cameras for a couple of months as an evaluation committee decides which of the three cameras used in a pilot program to go with.  A camera vendor is expected to be picked in February.

A pilot program that took place in three patrol districts – Central, Eastern and Western - ended Friday.

Davis said the officers who participated in the program have gotten used to wearing the cameras over 54 days.

P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

A Baltimore judge has scheduled a new trial date following the mistrial of one of six officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray.

William Porter's first trial ended in a hung jury last week.

His new trial is scheduled to begin June 13. The other five officers will be tried before that, beginning next month.

P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

A Baltimore jury is deliberating again, a day after announcing a deadlock in case of the first police officer to stand trial over the death of Freddie Gray.

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