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Baltimore Settle with Gray Family for $6.4 Million

September 10th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

A $6.4 million settlement between the city of Baltimore and the family of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died a week after he was critically injured while in police custody, could play a role in whether a judge decides to move the trials for the six officers charged in Gray's death out of the city. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the settlement Tuesday, just two days before Judge Barry Williams will decide whether the trials should be moved to a different jurisdiction. Defense attorneys have asked for a change of venue, citing pre-trial publicity and concern that the officers will not receive fair trials if they are tried in Baltimore. The settlement was approved Wednesday by the Baltimore Board of Estimates.  David Harris, a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh, says he has no doubt the settlement will make the defense’ case much more difficult…


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