Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore’s state attorney, has joined in on the call to force Officer William Porter to testify for prosecution in the five remaining trials in the Freddie Gray police brutality case.
Mosby filed a motion in front of Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams to have Porter deliver testimony in the trials of his colleagues, Officers Edward Nero, Garrett Miller and Lt. Brian Rice. Mosby also previously accounted Porter as a material witness in the trials of Officer Caesar Goodson and Sgt. Alicia White.
Nero, Miller and Rice were the officers who arrested Gray while Porter, Goodson and White had checked on Gray as he was being was being transported in the back of the police van where Gray sustained fatal injuries. Porter, Goodson and White are facing the most serious charges in the case.
WBAL News Radio reports:
Porter’s attorneys have been fighting this, noting that even though Porter is offered immunity, his constitutional rights against self-incrimination would be violated, and Porter could even face perjury charges at his retrial in June if his testimony in that trial differs. Porter’s first trial last month ended in a hung jury…
Because of a gag order imposed by Judge Williams neither Mosby or other attorneys are allowed to comment on any motion, or any aspect of the case.
Defense attorney Warren Alperstein, who is not involved in the case, told WBAL NewsRadio 1090 that he is not sure why Mosby is making the request. He believes she may be making the request to try to adhere to the original prosecution schedule, where Porter would be tried first, followed by Goodson, White, Miller, Nero and Rice.
Goodson’s trial was originally supposed to begin earlier this week on Monday but it was postponed when the Court of Special Appeals began reviewing whether Porter needed to testify in the case. The court has slated another hearing for this on March 4.
In addition to hearing Mosby’s motion, Judge Williams has been looking over a request to keep Porter from testifying in White’s case by her attorneys.
White’s case is currently scheduled to begin on Feb 8, Nero’s trial is to begin on Feb 22, Miller is to begin on March 7 and Rice on March 9.
[SOURCE: WBAL News Radio]