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Judge In Freddie Gray Case Denies Request For Mistrial

December 15th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

Jury deliberations have resumed at the trial of Baltimore City Police Officer William Porter, as Judge Barry Williams has denied another request for a mistrial from the defense.

Around 9:15 this morning defense attorney Gary Proctor made the request for a mistrial, and to move this trial out of Baltimore City.

 Proctor told the judge his motion was based on the letter that Baltimore City  Schools CEO Gregory Thornton sent home to parents Monday, warning them of possible unrest.

In the letter, Thornton said the school won’t tolerate any students leaving class to protest if Officer Porter is acquitted. 

In court, Proctor praised Judge Williams for making sure the jury is not impacted bu outside influences, but he told the judge, "I didn't think their (the jurors') children's homework would be one of them,"

Proctor said barring the mistrial or change of venue, he asked the judge question jurors individually to determine if they have seen the letter or would it influence their decision.  

Judge Williams quickly denied the request for the mistrial change of venue and  additional questioning saying he is satisfied the jury will base their decision only on the evidence presented. 

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