William Porter

Goodson Trial: Did Porter hurt or help prosecutors

Jun 13, 2016
P. Kenneth Burns

  Police Officer William Porter testified Monday that Officer Caesar Goodson said, “Sure,” when Porter suggested he take Freddie Gray to the hospital on April 12, 2015.

Goodson Trial: Prosecutors begin at distinct disadvantage

Jun 8, 2016

When the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson, one of six charged in the Freddie Gray case, begins Thursday morning at Courthouse East, prosecutors will be at a distinct disadvantage.

Circuit Judge Barry Williams ruled during pre-trial motions that prosecutors cannot mention a phone call between Officer William Porter and an investigator in the case in which Porter said he told Goodson that Gray “couldn’t breathe.”

A fellow officer or two could be called in Nero trial

May 15, 2016
Baltimore Police

Prosecutors could call one, or even two, of police Officer Edward Nero’s colleagues to testify against him today as his trial on charges in the Freddie Gray case goes into a third day.

Porter Must Testify

Mar 8, 2016
Baltimore Police

The Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that police Officer William Porter must testify against five fellow officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray.

Baltimore Police

Two Baltimore police officers charged in the Freddie Gray case are opposing the state's motion to delay their trials until appellate courts decide whether another officer can be compelled to testify against them.

Baltimore Police

A judge has rejected prosecutors' request to force a Baltimore police officer to testify against three of his colleagues facing charges in connection with Freddie Gray's death.

Goodson Trial On Hold

Jan 11, 2016
Porter and Goodson: Baltimore Police; Courthouse East: P. Kenneth Burns/WYPR

The Court of Special Appeals – Maryland’s second highest court – halted Monday morning the trial of police Officer Caesar Goodson; the second of six officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray.  Circuit Judge Barry Williams announced the order in court before jury selection was to begin in Goodson’s trial. 

Goodson Trial Begins With No Guarantee of Porter

Jan 10, 2016
Goodson Mug Shot: Baltimore Police/Graphic: P. Kenneth Burns

The trial of police Officer Caesar Goodson begins Monday with a cloud of uncertainty around the prosecution’s star witness – fellow police Officer William Porter.

The Court of Special Appeals, Maryland’s second highest court, blocked Friday an order from Judge Barry Williams forcing Porter to testify in the upcoming trial to allow time for an appeal of the order to play out.

Baltimore Police

A Maryland appeals court has issued a temporary order that says a police officer doesn't have to testify against a colleague who is going on trial in the death of Freddie Gray.

The court says it issued a temporary decision because it wants to give prosecutors time to respond to whether Officer William Porter should be forced to testify at Officer Caesar Goodson's second-degree murder trial. Prosecutors want Porter to testify.

How The Porter Ruling Changes Things

Jan 7, 2016
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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