NO ADVERTISING, GOVERNMENT OR CORPORATE FUNDING
DONATE TODAY
HOT TOPICS ▶ Climate Change     Undoing The New Deal     The Real Baltimore     Reality Asserts Itself     United Kingdom    


  September 29, 2015

First Defendent in Freddie Gray Trial May Prove Key in Prosecution's Case


TRNN gets reactions to the judge's decision to postpone the trials for the six officers charged with killing Freddie Gray. A technical issue in an earlier version of this video has been fixed
Members don't see ads. If you are a member, and you're seeing this appeal, click here
   



audio

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter



Amongst "independent" media the only one which (so far) has served only insight and versatility. - HÃ¥kan
Log in and tell us why you support TRNN


transcript

TAYA GRAHAM, TRNN: This is Taya Graham reporting for the Real News Network in Baltimore City, Maryland. I'm here in front of the Mitchell Courthouse where Judge Barry Williams just postponed the trials of the six officers charged with the in-custody death of Freddie Gray. We have a reaction from J. Wyndal Gordon, a defense attorney who was in the courtroom during the scheduling hearing.

SPEAKER: How would Porter affect their case, [or] help their case? Was it a conflicted statement [he made] about, he said that he asked for help?

J. WYNDAL GORDON: Well, yes. If that type of evidence comes in, then that was just, that's just one more piece of evidence that the jury would have to consider to determine whether or not this was some depraved indifference to the life of Freddie Gray when he was in the back of that vehicle. So if he's saying that he appeared as though he was in bad condition and he needed help and everyone just ignored him, I mean, that really speaks very badly on the police department. So absolutely, they will want that type of evidence coming in. And he's probably the only one in the whole wide world who can provide that type of evidence. So he's essential to their case. So it is very crucial, I believe, to the State's Attorney's office that they convict Porter. And if Porter doesn't get convicted then I think this case is going to fall like a house, like a house of cards.

SPEAKER: Unusual that Porter, we didn't see him in the courtroom. Everybody else was there.

GORDON: The question that it begs is, is there a chink the armor. You know, and I'm not trying to just put it out there, but it's very curious to me that he didn't appear. I mean, that solidarity that these officers had in the very beginning, it wasn't--at least in his absence, it wasn't noticed today. So maybe I'm just looking into it too deeply or maybe, maybe there are some talks taking place in the back room whereby Porter may be able to provide that testimony that the state is looking for, and he's trying to distance himself from his co-defendants. But that's speculation on my part. I have no facts to prove it, but it is very interesting that he didn't appear today.

GRAHAM: In front of the Mitchell Courthouse with Jaisal Noor. Jaisal, can you explain what happened in court today?

JAISAL NOOR, TRNN: So today Judge Barry Williams, he heard different motions about changing the date or keeping the date for the six officers charged with killing Freddie Gray. The first and most critical officer whose motion was heard was Officer Porter. Now, the defense has said that Porter is a necessary and material witness against Goodson, who was the driver of the van in which Freddie Gray was transported.

The other officers, they all put forth motions to keep their original trial dates, October 13. But the judge denied all of those motions for the other five officers. Officer Porter's trial date was set for November 30, and the other officers' trial dates were set after that.

GRAHAM: Since there were five officers in court today, could you tell anything about their demeanor? Did they have an opportunity to speak?

NOOR: Sure. They did not speak, but I was sitting right behind the defendants. And their moods varied from solemn to, in the case of Officer White, she seemed--she flashed a few smiles before the proceedings started. But as soon as her motion to keep the original trial date was denied, and subsequently for the other officers, their expressions turned very, very serious, and they seemed disappointed, I think, is a fair thing to take away from their, their--fair thing to take away from that.

End

DISCLAIMER: Please note that transcripts for The Real News Network are typed from a recording of the program. TRNN cannot guarantee their complete accuracy.



Comments

Our automatic spam filter blocks comments with multiple links and multiple users using the same IP address. Please make thoughtful comments with minimal links using only one user name. If you think your comment has been mistakenly removed please email us at contact@therealnews.com

latest stories

For 2018, Top Democrats Follow the Big Money
The Nation's Strongest Charter School Regulations Are Under Attack
What's Behind the Taliban's Call for Talks?
Will Trump's Latest Attack on Obamacare Strike a Death Blow?
Russian Espionage, or Clickbait? (1/2)
Baltimore's Metro Shutdown Underscores City's Transportation Problem (2/2)
Improving Baltimore's Schools Will Take More Than Just Money
Safe Streets in America's 'Most Dangerous City'
How Billy Graham Evangelized for American Empire
State's Attorney's Office fires prosecutor amid Gun Trace Task Force controversy, lawyers call shenanigans
Saudi Arabia's Unholy Alliance with Israel
Can Trump's Neocons Exploit Russiagate? (2/2)
Once a Poster Child for Austerity, Latvia Becomes a Hotbed of Corruption
Is Russia a Threat?
Why is a Russian Troll Farm Being Compared to 9/11?
Wilkerson: The Trump-Netanyahu Iran Plan Means War
President Ramaphosa: From Militant Revolutionary to Corporate Magnate
Were Baltimore's Corrupt Cops High When They Made Attempted Murder Arrest?
Baltimore's Metro Shutdown Underscores City's Transportation Problem (1/2)
Empire Files: In the Deadliest Country for Unions & Social Leaders
A New 'Cancer Alley' for Appalachia
Colombian Peace Agreement with FARC on the Brink of Collapse
Philippine War on Drugs a Cover for President Duterte's Fascism?
Mother of Woman Shot by Baltimore County Police Speaks Out
South Africa: Criminality and Deep Rot in the ANC Will Continue Under New President Ramaphosa (2/2)
Do Russiagate Skeptics Go Too Far?
The Return of Berlusconi: Can A Fractured Left Defeat Him?
Potomac Pipeline Would Be 'Another Contradiction' From Larry Hogan
Police Union Keeps Audit Secret Despite Allegations of Massive Overtime Fraud
Guns, Toxic Masculinity, and the Alt-Right

TheRealNewsNetwork.com, RealNewsNetwork.com, The Real News Network, Real News Network, The Real News, Real News, Real News For Real People, IWT are trademarks and service marks of Independent World Television inc. "The Real News" is the flagship show of IWT and The Real News Network.

All original content on this site is copyright of The Real News Network. Click here for more

Problems with this site? Please let us know

Web Design, Web Development and Managed Hosting