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BREAKING: 2nd Officer’s Trial Delayed as Attorneys Fight About Key Witness

 
This video and article come from the editorial staff of LawNewz.com, a new Abrams Media website covering law and crime launching next week.

UPDATE: A judge delayed Officer Caesar Goodson’s trial, which was supposed to start this morning.  Right now, attorneys are fighting about whether their star witness, Officer William Porter, will be forced to testify. Attorneys for Porter argue that his constitutional rights protect him from taking the stand because he is also facing a new trial after a jury deadlocked on his charges in December.

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With jury selection scheduled for Monday in the second Freddie Gray trial, prosecutors are awaiting a crucial decision by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals on whether Officer William G. Porter will be compelled to testify against his fellow officers, including Officer Caesar Goodson. Goodson, whose trial is set to begin Monday, is facing murder charges for his role as driver in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

Here is why this could get interesting. A jury deadlocked during Officer Porter’s original trial in December. His new trial is set for April, but prosecutors need him to testify against Goodson.

LawNewz.com’s Editor-at-Large Beth Karas discusses why FORCING Officer Porter to testify could potentially violate his rights and even jeopardize the defense’s case against him.

 
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