An unusual legal battle in the trials of the officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray could propel the case all the way to the Supreme Court.
Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams ruled that Baltimore Officer William G. Porter could be compelled to testify against his fellow cops, even though he has pleaded the Fifth and has pending charges for which he will be tried. Williams’s decision was called highly unusual by many legal experts, and Maryland’s highest court ruled Thursday to postpone the officers’ trials until the Maryland Court of Appeals decides whether Porter can be forced to testify.
High-profile defense attorney Barry Slotnick told The Daily Caller News Foundation the case’s Fifth Amendment questions makes it “begging to go to the Supreme Court.”
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