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A Baltimore circuit judge ruled Tuesday that the jury in the first Freddie Gray trial will not be sequestered.  Judge Barry Williams did rule that they will remain anonymous, however.

That was one of several rulings on pre-trial motions Williams made before the trial of Officer William Porter begins on Monday.

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Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Monday that a report from a police think tank confirmed many of the same concerns the department had after unrest last April in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray.

The report prepared by the Police Executive Research Forum, PERF, said the department was hampered by poor planning and poor communication.

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Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams issued Tuesday a gag order in the Freddie Gray trials; ending a day of pre-trial hearings that saw blows to the defense and a smack to prosecutors.

Williams, before issuing the gag order, ordered prosecutors to turn over the rest of their investigative files to the defense by Oct. 28.  He found prosecutors did not turn over the files in a timely manner.

The hearings marked the first time that all six officers involved in the case were in court together.

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Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams has scheduled Officer William Porter to be tried first among the six officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray. That trial is to start Nov.30.

Trials for all of the officers were originally scheduled Oct. 13. But after Williams ordered separate trials earlier this month many believed that date would be postponed.

Porter, who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment and two other offenses, was the only one of the officers to not attend Tuesday’s scheduling hearing.

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Protesters say they won a victory today when Judge Barry Williams decided to keep the trials of the six indicted police officers in the Freddie Gray case in the city.

Just before the judge announced his decision, it was a tense scene. About three dozen protesters and the news media were corralled by the sheriff’s department onto the sidewalk in front of the courthouse.  

The Baltimore City Law Department has reached a tentative $6.4 million settlement with the family of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man who suffered a fatal spine injury while in police custody.

The proposed settlement still has to be approved by the city's Board of Estimates, which is comprised of five city leaders including the mayor and the president of the city council.

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Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams ordered Wednesday separate trials for the six officers accused in the death in police custody of Freddie Gray.

Williams said a joint trial would “not be in the interest of justice” and ordered the separate trials.

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Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams denied defense motions Wednesday to dismiss the charges against the officers involved in the Freddie Gray case and to remove State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and her office from the case.

  When police officers are accused of misconduct – whether it’s excessive use of force or other lesser abuses – the internal police investigations are governed by the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights. The rules were written into law in 1974 to protect the due process rights of accused officers, but they’ve become a flashpoint for activists who argue they impede transparency and accountability from their police departments. Yesterday, a panel of state lawmakers took up the question of reforming the so-called LEOBR.

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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake honored Wednesday students who wrote a song promoting the positive things about a city that has been reeling from the fall out of the death of Freddie Gray from an injury while in police custody in April.

The result was “Believe in Baltimore” composed by students in the Living Classrooms’ Believe in Music program.