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    Officers' trials in Freddie Gray case resume after delays


    Monday, May 9th 2016, 11:10 am PDT - Monday, May 9th 2016, 11:51 am PDT
    By JULIET LINDERMAN - Associated Press

    BALTIMORE (AP) - After a five-month pause, the Freddie Gray trials get under way again this week, with one of the arresting officers facing charges of assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.

    A judge will hold a hearing Tuesday on several crucial motions that will influence the scope of the proceedings for Officer Edward Nero, and could significantly limit what information about Gray's arrest will be available during the trial, scheduled to begin Wednesday. Prosecutors have asked to push it to Thursday.

    Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams will decide how much prosecutors and defense attorneys can talk about Gray's troubled past. The officer is also requesting to exclude any reference about the legality of the folding knife found in Gray's pocket when he was arrested April 12, 2015, outside of the Gilmor Homes housing complex. Attorneys for the officers say it was illegal and his arrest was justified.

    Prosecutors say the knife was legal and he should have never been arrested.

    Gray, a 25-year-old black man, was placed in the back of a police wagon with his wrists in cuffs, but he wasn't belted in with a seat belt, a violation of department policy. He suffered a critical spine injury in the van and died a week later at a hospital.

    The death triggered protests, followed by looting and rioting and six police officers were charged in the case. The first trial of Officer William Porter, who checked on Gray several times while he was in the back of the van, ended in a hung jury.

    Nero, Officer Garrett Miller and Lt. Brian Rice were the arresting officers who chased Gray after he made eye contact with one of them and took off running.

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    Freddie Gray case trials resume starting with Nero

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    After months of delays and action by Maryland’s highest court, trials against six police officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray were to resume Tuesday morning at Courthouse East with pre-trial motions. But the actual trial will be put off for one more day.

    Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby asked for a one day delay in the start of Nero’s trial because a power outage in her office over the weekend slowed preparations. Nero’s lawyers said they had no objection.

    Once the trial begins, prosecutors are expected to argue that Nero, one of the arresting officers, did not have the authority to chase Gray on April 12, 2015. That made Gray’s arrest illegal and putting him in handcuffs amounted to assault.

    But former prosecutor Warren Alperstein says it’s a tall order to prove that theory.

    “The Supreme Court has ruled repeatedly that when an individual flees unprovoked from police officers in a high drug trafficking area, the officers are within their legal rights to pursue, apprehend and ultimately frisk that fleeing citizen,” he said.

    Nero, who is charged with second degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment , was on bike patrol around Gilmour Homes in West Baltimore when he made eye contact with Gray and Gray ran. Nero and Officer Garrett Miller chased him, tackled him and found a knife; the probable cause for arrest.

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    Baltimore prosecutors seek to delay Officer Nero trial due to power outage
    May 9, 2016 2:21 PM

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    Baltimore prosecutors have asked that the trial of Officer Edward Nero be pushed back one day after their offices were shut down for utility work over the weekend.

    Nero is the second officer to go to trial in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, and proceedings are slated to begin Tuesday with pre-trial motions. His trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday.

    Prosecutors said in a motion filed Friday that they were told by BGE that their offices at 120 E. Baltimore St. would be shut down and without power from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday. The work would also prevent the trial team from remotely accessing files, "effectively and unexpectedly halting final case preparations during the important last days before trial."

    They asked for a one-day delay, pushing the start of the trial to Thursday. "This short continuance would allow the state to recoup the lost final preparation time," they wrote
    Terri Charles, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Judiciary, said Judge Barry Williams would rule on the motion Tuesday.

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    Judge to hold hearing ahead of trial in Gray case

    The Associated Press Published: May 10, 2016, 4:42 am Updated: May 10, 2016, 4:42 am

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore judge will rule on several motions ahead of the trial for one of the police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

    Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams will hold a hearing Tuesday on several crucial motions that will influence the scope of the proceedings for Officer Edward Nero, and could significantly limit what information about Gray’s arrest will be available during the trial, scheduled to begin Wednesday. Prosecutors have asked to push the trial back to Thursday.

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    Judge to decide Nero’s fate
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    Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams granted Tuesday morning a request from police Officer Edward Nero for a bench trial.

    Nero has been charged with second degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment in the case of Freddie Gray, who died from a broken neck suffered while in the back of a police van last year.



    Nero formally requested the bench trial, also known as a court trial, after his lawyer Marc Zayon, carefully laid out the differences between a bench trial and a jury trial.

    “Listen carefully,” Zayon said.

    A jury would have to reach a unanimous verdict, he explained. If the jury can’t reach a unanimous verdict, his client could face another trial. And this could go on until the jury reaches a unanimous verdict one way or the other.

    In a bench trial, the judge decides guilt or innocence.
    Because of the change, prosecutors withdrew a motion asking for a jury to see the van that transported Gray to the Western District Police Station.

    Williams also ruled that any discussion of the legality of the knife found on Gray during his arrest would be excluded for the moment. And he limited what lawyers can say about Gray’s injuries.

    Williams also ruled that cell phone videos of Gray’s arrest can be admitted into evidence but without the sound.

    The trial is scheduled to begin Thursday after the judge granted the state’s request for a one-day delay because of a power outage at the State’s Attorney’s Office over the weekend prevented prosecutors from preparing their case.

    Prosecutors are to open their case Thursday and the defense will present its side next week. Both sides remain under a gag order issued by Williams.

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    Is Nero arrest of Freddie Gray a mistake or a crime?
    May 10, 2016 6:15PM

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    More than a year after Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby stepped in front of the cameras to announce charges against six police officers in connection with the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, the state has yet to secure a conviction against any of the defendants. And, with the start of a second trial, the prospects of Mosby's team delivering guilty verdicts this spring look about 50-50.

    One charge against Officer Edward Nero looks really weak, another puts him in some jeopardy. Let's take the easy one first.


    On its face, the charge of second-degree assault seems dubious, and it might be a loser out of the gate. The prosecution will attempt to prove that Nero had no business arresting Gray and, therefore, handcuffing him on April 12, 2015, constituted assault.

    In other words, instead of having made a mistake, Nero is accused of committing a crime.


    It appears that he made a wise choice in opting to be tried by a judge instead of a jury because it's hard to imagine any experienced judge buying that argument — that a bad arrest constitutes a crime.

    That doesn't excuse Nero's action, but it makes the common-sense distinction of an alleged error in judgment from a punishable misdemeanor.

    I could be wrong about the judge-versus-jury decision because it might be impossible to persuade a Baltimore jury that Gray's arrest constituted a crime. On the other hand, going with a bench trial, with Judge Barry Williams, gives Nero even more of an advantage.

    Last year, when Mosby decided to charge just about everyone involved in the events leading to Gray's death, the public got the picture of six officers contributing to some aspect of Gray's fatal injury. The citizen-made videos of Gray being held on the ground, then held and dragged, moaning and wailing, to the police van, contributed to that impression of assault.

    But, we've learned new things since then — for one, that the injury that caused Gray's death, according to the medical examiner, occurred during his transport in the police van. (Most of us at first thought the injury occurred on the sidewalk near the Gilmor Homes as Nero and his colleagues arrested Gray.)

    And, with all the defendants granted separate trials, it has been possible to see specifically what each officer is charged with.

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    Freddie Gray case: The key people in the trial of Baltimore police officer Edward Nero

    May 12, 2016, 4:00 AM

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    The trial of Officer Edward Nero in the arrest of Freddie Gray is set to begin Thursday.

    Nero is charged with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office, all related to his role in Gray’s initial detention and arrest. He has elected to have a bench trial rather than a jury trial, leaving his legal fate in the hands of Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams.
    Gray, 25, suffered severe spinal cord injuries while in the back of the van, prosecutors say, and died a week later. Nero is one of six Baltimore police officers charged in Gray’s arrest and death.

    Nero’s trial will focus on whether he was legally justified in helping to stop Gray before officers found a knife clipped to his pants pocket on April 12, 2015 in West Baltimore, and whether he was reckless in allowing Gray to be taken from the scene while unrestrained by a seat belt in the back of a police transport van.

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    Officer Edward Nero, a former New Jersey volunteer firefighter who joined the Baltimore Police Department in 2012, is one of three officers who were on bike patrol when they chased and arrested Gray. He is on paid administrative duty with the police force, per policy, because his charges are misdemeanors. His police powers have been suspended.

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    Day 2 of the trial against Ofc. Edward Nero in the Freddie Gray case
    May 13, 2016

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    The trial resumes Friday for Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero.

    Edward Bailey, a 20-year Baltimore Police Department veteran and member of the inspections unit, took the stand Thursday as the state's sixth witness in the trial of Officer Edward Nero, who faces assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges

    Bailey testified Thursday that he was responsible for generating reports about whether prisoners are buckled in during police transport. He testified that in 2014, he audited 18 wagons, two from each police district, and found that only one, from the Northwestern District, failed the test.

    But Bailey also said that it is the wagon driver's responsibility to make sure the prisoner is secured during transport.


    Gray died April 19, a week after his neck was broken in the back of a police transport van

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    Witness to Freddie Gray arrest testifies in trial of Officer Edward Nero

    UPDATED 1:53 PM EDT May 13, 2016

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    Ross said when he saw Gray arrested, he went to a neighbor and called 911 to report an assault by police. Ross said he used a fake name, Rodney Clark, when he called 911 because he didn't want to get harassed by police.

    Ross identified Officer Edward Nero as one of the officers at the scene of Gray's arrest. Ross showed his own video in which he identifies Nero as an officer who helped load Gray back into the police van.

    Under cross-examination, Ross said Nero was not the officer who handcuffed Gray because he was retrieving police bicycles.

    Nero is the first of six officers to go on trial in the Gray case since Officer William Porter late last year.

    The defense asked Ross whether drugs were sold at Gilmor Homes, where Gray was arrested. Ross answered, "Where are drugs not sold in Baltimore City?"

    The defense asked Ross about claims he made to investigators that officers used a stun gun on Gray. Ross answered, "I said it sounded like a Taser."

    Ross was led away in handcuffs after completing his testimony. According to charging documents, Ross is charged with stabbing a man during an altercation in March.

    University of Maryland law professor Doug Colbert said Ross' testimony helps prosecutors set the scene for the moments leading up to Gray's arrest.

    Ross helps prosecutors describe the events leading up to the arrest of Freddie Gray," Colbert said.


    Baltimore police Detective Michael Boyd also testified. He was part of the task force that investigated the Freddie Gray incident that helped identify all of the officers that came in contact with Gray, including Nero and the other five defendants.


    Nero requested a bench trial instead of a jury trial. Nero and Officer Garrett Miller were the officers on bicycle patrol who were involved in the initial arrest of Gray on April 12, 2015. Gray died a week later, and anger over his death helped spark last year's riots.

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    A fellow officer or two could be called in Nero trial

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    Prosecutors could call one, or even two, of police Officer Edward Nero’s colleagues to testify against him today as his trial on charges in the Freddie Gray case goes into a third day.

    Nero is charged with second degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office for his role in the arrest and death of Gray from a broken neck suffered in the back of a police wagon. Gray was arrested on April 12, 2015 and died a week later from his injuries.

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    Freddie Gray case: Officer Miller takes stand as Officer Nero trial continues

    May 16, 2016

    Trial of Officer Nero, one of six Baltimore officers charged in Freddie Gray case, resumes Monday.

    Baltimore Police Officer [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] took the stand Monday as a prosecution witness at the trial of co-defendant Officer [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], testifying that he handcuffed [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] after a chase and saw Nero help load Gray into an arrest van.

    The testimony is believed to be the first time in Maryland that a criminal defendant has been compelled to testify against a co-defendant. Miller is also facing charges for Gray's arrest, with his trial scheduled for July, and he was granted immunity that prevents his statements or anything derived from them from being used at his trial.

    Miller and Nero were on bicycle patrol in the area of Gilmor Homes on April 12, 2015 when a supervisor called out a foot chase, and Miller testified that he never sought to clarify the purpose for it. Prosecutors said in opening statements that by not seeking to determine the reason for the pursuit, Nero exceeded his legal authority to detain Gray and committed an assault.

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    Prosecution rests in Officer Edward Nero trial

    Officer Garrett Miller testifies in Nero trial

    UPDATED 6:23 PM EDT May 16, 2016

    BALTIMORE —The prosecution in the trial of Officer Edward Nero rested its case Monday afternoon.

    Nero is the second of six officers to go on trial in the Freddie Gray case. Officer William Porter went on trial late last year.

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] instead of a jury trial. Nero, Officer Garrett Miller and Lt. Brian Rice were the officers on bicycle patrol who were involved in the initial [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], 2015. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], and anger over his death helped spark [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].

    Earlier Monday, prosecutors called Miller to the stand, but courtroom observers believe the witness may have helped the defense.

    "I think Officer Miller did a lot more to help the defense than he did to help the state," said Warren Alperstein, a legal expert.

    Nero and Miller, both members of the Baltimore Police Department since 2012, are charged with second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. All the charges are misdemeanors.

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    Defense to make case in the trial for officer in Gray death

    Published on NewsOK Published: May 17, 2016 Updated: 3 hours ago

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The trial for an officer facing charges stemming from the arrest and death of Freddie Gray after being injured in a police van continues with defense witness testimony.

    Officer Edward Nero faces assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges. His trial began Thursday. Prosecutors finished presenting testimony Monday, and the defense called its first witness, former Baltimore commander and recently retired Charlottesville police chief Timothy Longo.

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    Officer Edward Nero trial: Day 3 recap
    May 17, 2016

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    What happened on day 3?

    » Baltimore police Officer Garrett Miller took the stand Monday as a prosecution witness in the trial of co-defendant Officer Edward Nero, testifying that he alone took Freddie Gray into custody after a chase.


    » Prosecutors are pointing to statements both officers gave to investigators last year in which they described the arrest as a collective action. Miller also testified that he watched Nero load Gray into an arrest van, where Gray would eventually suffer a fatal spine injury.

    » Never before in Maryland has a defendant been compelled to testify against a co-defendant with his or her own charges pending. Miller was granted immunity that prevents his statements or anything derived from them from being used at his trial, which is scheduled for July.

    » The prosecution rested its case following Miller's testimony, wrapping up after calling 14 witnesses over 21/2 days.

    What is Officer Nero's case about?

    Nero is not charged in Gray's death, but is accused of putting him into a dangerous situation. He is charged with second-degree assault and misconduct related to Gray's arrest, and reckless endangerment and a second count of misconduct stemming from the way Gray was loaded into the van.

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    Judge Refuses To Acquit Officer In Freddie Gray's Death Despite Shocking Testimony
    May 17, 2016

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    A Baltimore judge on Monday refused a defense motion to acquit a police officer accused of assault and reckless endangerment in last year’s arrest and death of Freddie Gray.

    Circuit Court Judge Barry G. Williams denied the motion after the prosecution rested in the third day of Officer Edward Nero’s trial.

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    Baltimore cop testifies that he arrested, handcuffed Freddie Gray
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    A Baltimore policeman testified on Monday that he, and not a fellow officer on trial for the death of black detainee Freddie Gray, was the one who arrested Gray, in testimony that was the first by another suspect in the high-profile case.

    Under prosecution questioning, Officer Garrett Miller said he and his accused partner Officer Edward Nero had chased Gray after being ordered to do so. Gray's April 2015 death from a broken neck suffered in a police van triggered rioting and protests in the majority black city.

    Prosecutors contend that Nero, 30, pursued Gray without probable cause and then failed to secure Gray in the van. But Nero's lawyers argue that he had little to do with Gray's arrest and never touched him except when he tried to help Gray, 25, find an asthma inhaler.

    Asked in Baltimore City Circuit Court whether Nero had put handcuffs on Gray, Miller told prosecutor Michael Schatzow, "No, he did not."

    Prosecutors rested their case against Nero after calling more than a dozen witnesses. Judge Barry Williams, who is presiding over a bench trial, rejected a defense motion that the charges be dismissed.

    Miller testified that he and Nero, a fellow bicycle officer, had no idea why Lieutenant Brian Rice ordered them to pursue Gray after he fled unprovoked in a high-crime area.

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    Officer Edward Nero trial: Day 4 recap

    What happened on day 4?

    » Baltimore Police Officer [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]'s trial in the arrest of [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] continued Tuesday morning with three officers being called to the witness stand by the defense.

    » Tuesday's proceedings concluded at about 3:30 p.m.

    » Circuit Judge [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] said defense was prepared to conclude its case on Wednesday morning, but that closing arguments from both sides would not occur until Thursday morning.

    » Williams did not say when he would issue a verdict in the case.

    What is Officer Nero's case about?

    Nero is not charged in Gray's death, but is accused of putting him into a dangerous situation. He is charged with second-degree assault and misconduct related to Gray's arrest, and reckless endangerment and a second count of misconduct stemming from the way Gray was loaded into the van.

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    Freddie Gray case: Defense expected to rest Wednesday, closings Thursday in trial of Officer Nero
    May 18, 2016, 11:20 AM

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    Defense attorneys for Officer Edward Nero wound down their presentation Wednesday, calling to the stand another expert to testify about police procedures and an officer who was present during Freddie Gray's arrest and given immunity from prosecution by the state.

    Capt. Justin Reynolds, a former director of training for the Baltimore Police Department, testified that there was "no possible way" to put a seat belt on detainees in the back of police arrest vans without compromising an officer's safety. He said the wagons have "spaghetti-like" straps that require two hands to fasten.


    Earlier, the prosecution had called a police trainer who demonstrated on Deputy Chief State's Attorney Janice Bledsoe how to belt an arrestee, using one of his arms to block Bledsoe while using the other to fasten the seat belt. Reynolds testified that the trainer had demonstrated how to secure an arrestee in a police cruiser - not a van.

    Nero is charged with reckless endangerment and misconduct for not securing Gray in a seat belt.

    The defense also called Officer Zachary Novak, who was present on April 12 when Gray was arrested and called a medic when Gray was found unresponsive at the Western District station. Novak was in the training academy at the same time as Nero, and said officers were taught about when and how they could pursue and detain suspects.

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    Defense rests in Officer Edward Nero trial

    UPDATED 1:03 PM EDT May 18, 2016

    BALTIMORE —The defense in the trial of Officer Edward Nero rested its case Wednesday.
    Nero is the second of six officers to go on trial in the Gray case. Officer William Porter went on trial late last year.

    Nero said he wished to remain silent and declined to testify.

    Closing arguments are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday. Each side will get 45 minutes.

    Judge Barry Williams said he will make his decision Monday.

    The defense asked for a motion to dismiss the indictment against Nero for prosecutorial misconduct because the state did not call Officer William Porter as a witness. Williams denied the motion, saying the state has the right to call whomever they want as a witness.

    Two witnesses testified for the defense Wednesday morning, including Officer Zachary Novak, who first met Nero during police academy training in 2012. Novak testified that Nero was in academy class and present during law training.

    Novak testified that he responded to the Gray arrest call and was present at the first and second stops of the police transport van. Novak testified that the van driver had shackles, and that Gray was detained by Nero and Officer Garrett Miller. He said Gray not struggling initially.

    Novak said he did not see Gray at the second van stop, but he heard Gray yelling and saw the van shaking back and forth for about two to three minutes.

    Novak said he had no knowledge of Gray's conduct outside the van and did not see his actual arrest.

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    Judge to Deliver Verdict in Baltimore Police Officer Trial -
    May 18, 2016

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    The first verdict of the 6 Baltimore police officers cases involving the death of Freddie Gray will come on Monday, May 23. And despite the concerns of some in the police community that Judge Williams might be swayed by emotions, that is a non-issue. Officer Edward Nero chose a bench trial before Judge Barry Williams instead of a jury trial. And his fate will be sealed by Judge Williams’ decision based on sound legal principle and judgment. And the verdict may surprise many who have followed the trial.

    All judges are not created equal. And Judge Williams ranks heads above most judges for his intelligence, judicial temperament, sometimes wit and at all times no nonsense approach. And above all, Judge Williams is fair to wall sides as his previous rulings in the cases of William Porter and Edward Nero will support. That may be the real reason, the defense chose a bench trial—for his fairness and legal intellect.

    I suspect as a former Baltimore prosecutor that Judge Williams will aptly apply the law to the facts or evidence presented in a well -reasoned and well researched lengthy legal opinion which he will read from the bench on Monday. Above all, he will hold the state to their high burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt- one that they may have failed to meet in some of these charges.

    As a legal observer, the Nero trial has some nuances that are rare in a criminal case and particularly in a police officer case charged with assault. And the state is pushing the legal limit on the assault charge, like driving slightly above 60 miles per hour in a 60 mile per hour zone. If successful with a guilty verdict, new legal ground may be advanced by their theory. The assault theory is based on the fact that Freddie Gray’s arrest lacked probable cause—an argument normally reserved for the defense charged with a crime. But in the Nero case, everything is flipped on its head. The verdict will have an impact on the other two bicycle police officers Miller and Rice whose cases and state’s legal theory are similar to Nero.
    And on the charge of reckless endangerment, the state argues use of seat belt police protocol is for the safety of the arrestees. And yet the defense argues the use of the seat belt was unsafe for police officers. The main issue is whether Nero had sufficient contact with Freddie Gray to support a reckless endangerment conviction. Nero’s contact with Gray was minimized by the defense. And although the defense placed blame on the van driver, Caesar Goodson, there may be more than one officer found guilty for the same charge.



    I suspect the misconduct in office charge is where the state might be close to getting a guilty verdict. The assault and reckless endangerment charges are a long shot–at the very least. On the misconduct in office charge, if Nero had the opportunity to restrain Gray, should have known about the recent police order requiring it, but did not follow basic police protocols, including use of a seat belt on Gray, he could be found guilty for misconduct in office. Whether he will be convicted depends on the legal sufficiency of the state’s evidence. The facts must always line up with the law. And that’s the problem with the state’s case and the charges in Nero’s case. If the facts don’t fit the law, the judge must acquit Edward Nero.

    UPDATE: The article was revised to include Monday, May 23 as the day for the verdict. There was a joint stipulation entered after the original posting of the article. The stipulation entered into by both sides states that the area was a high crime area may cause an even more uphill climb for any guilty verdict on the assault charge. Closing arguments are on Thursday, May 19. A follow up article after attending the closing arguments will be posted.

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    Closing arguments Thursday in key Freddie Gray trial
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    The defense wrapped up its case Wednesday in the trial of Baltimore police Officer Edward Nero, one of six officers facing charges in the death of Freddie Gray more than a year ago.

    Closing arguments were set for Thursday, and Judge Barry Williams said he would announce Nero's fate Monday.

    Nero, 30, is charged with assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. He was among a group of bicycle officers who initially pursued and helped arrest Gray, although Nero claims he did not touch Gray except to help search for his inhaler.

    Gray, 25, suffered a spinal injury while in police custody on April 12, 2015, and died a week later. Prosecutors say Gray, who was black, suffered the injury while traveling without a secured seatbelt in the back of the van.

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    Closing arguments conclude in trial of officer charged in Freddie Gray case
    May 19, 2016

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    Closing arguments in the trial of Officer Edward Nero, one of six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, concluded midday Thursday, with prosecutors and Nero’s attorney outlining their cases in both broad and nuanced strokes.

    Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams peppered the attorneys with questions throughout, picking apart their legal theories and challenging their assertions.

    At the conclusion of the proceedings, Williams said the court would reconvene Monday morning, when he has said he will issue his verdict. Nero chose to have Williams decide his fate rather than a jury.

    Nero, 30, is charged with second-degree assault and misconduct in office in relation to Gray’s stop and arrest, which prosecutors say were conducted without reasonable suspicion or probable cause. He is charged with reckless endangerment and a second count of misconduct for his role in placing Gray in a police transport van in shackles but without a seat belt.

    Gray, 25, died a week after his arrest from spinal injuries suffered in the van, prosecutors say. His death sparked protests against police brutality, and his funeral was followed by rioting, looting and arson.

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    Trial Of Freddie Gray Arresting Officer Edward Nero Nears End
    22 May 2016

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    The trial for an officer facing charges stemming from the arrest and death of Freddie Gray after being injured in a police van continues with defense witness testimony.

    With the defense already presenting its case, reports say that the trial may be finished and a verdict could be reached as early as Wednesday.

    Prosecutors have alleged that Nero, who is charged with assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office, assaulted Gray by handcuffing the 25-year-old and that he was reckless by not seat belting him in a police wagon.

    "I saw the van shaking violently" at the second stop, Jackson testified, demonstrating with his hands.

    Sgt. Warren Stephens, who describes himself as Nero's mentor, agreed with Zayon's description of Nero as a "baby officer" who, like all rookies, knows the "the basics" about policing "but really nothing from the street".

    After the judge refused to drop the charges against Nero, the defense called retired Charlottesville police chief and former Baltimore City Chief of Tactical Services Timothy Longo. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article. Closing arguments are scheduled for Thursday. He's one of six charged in the death of Freddie Gray. Sullivan, Nero's field training officer, testified that he never gave Nero any field training in prisoner transport or how to secure an inmate in a police wagon.

    However, a police expert testified that it was up to the officers involved to determine whether it was safe to buckle someone in or if it was less risky to load the person into the van without a seatbelt

    Under prosecution questioning, Officer Garrett Miller said he and his accused partner Officer Edward Nero had chased Gray after being ordered to do so.

    Assistant medical examiner Carol Allan was the state's first witness of the week in the trial for Officer Edward Nero, which began Thursday. But Nero's lawyers argue that he had little to do with Gray's arrest and never touched him except when he tried to help Gray find an asthma inhaler. Stopping him, prosecutors argue, was illegal because officers didn't have or ask for details as to why he was being pursued.

    During cross-examination by defense lawyer Marc Zayon, Miller repeated that he was the officer who detained Gray.

    "Had Mr. Gray been restrained by one of the seat belts available in the van, there is no diving injury because there is no mechanics for the diving injury", he said.

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    Verdict expected in Freddie Gray-officer trial in Baltimore
    Monday, May 23, 2016

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    A judge is expected Monday to hand down his verdict in the case of a Baltimore police officer charged in the arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray.

    Officer Edward Nero faces assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges. Prosecutors say the 30-year-old unlawfully arrested Gray without probable cause and was negligent when he didn’t buckle the prisoner into a seat belt.

    Nero opted for a bench trial, rather than a jury trial. Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams is expected to announce his verdict Monday. The assault charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison and the other charges carry five-year maximums.

    Gray died April 19, 2015, a week after his neck was broken in the back of a police transport van while he was handcuffed and shackled, but left unrestrained by a seat belt.

    His death set off more than a week of protests followed by looting, rioting and arson that prompted a citywide curfew
    Nero’s attorney argues his client didn’t arrest Gray, and that it is the police van driver’s responsibility to buckle in detainees.

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    Official Transcript of Judge Williams' Ruling for Officer Edward Nero

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    Two officers in Freddie Gray case sue Marilyn Mosby for defamation

    May 25, 2016

    Two officers charged in the death of [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] are suing Baltimore State's Attorney [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] for defamation and invasion of privacy, court records show.

    Sgt. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and Officer [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], who are both facing charges of involuntary manslaughter in the 25-year-old's death last April, filed the lawsuit against Mosby, Baltimore Sheriff's Office Maj. Sam Cogen, and the state of Maryland in Baltimore Circuit Court on May 2, records show.

    The officers claim Mosby and Cogen knew the statement of charges filed against the officers and other statements made by Mosby at her May 1, 2015, news conference announcing the charges "were false."

    "These among other statements were made not for the purpose of prosecuting crimes that had allegedly been committed by White and Porter, but rather for purposes of quelling the riots in Baltimore," the suit alleges.

    The officers had asked that the lawsuit be sealed to "avoid any suggestion" that they were "not complying with the spirit of" a gag order issued in their criminal cases by Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams, and to "avoid any additional pretrial publicity in connection with their upcoming criminal trials." They said they had to file the lawsuit earlier this month because of statute of limitations concerns.

    However, Judge Althea Handy denied the motion to seal the case on Wednesday, saying the officers had "failed to provide a special and compelling reason to preclude or limit inspection of the case record sufficient to overcome the presumption of openness" under Maryland law.

    The lawsuit lists the officers' attorney as Michael E. Glass, who could not be reached for comment.

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    Officer Goodson, van driver in Freddie Gray case, challenges key evidence ahead of trial

    June 1, 2016

    Officer [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], the next Baltimore police officer scheduled to stand trial in the arrest and death of [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], has challenged the admissibility of key evidence in the state's case against him — including portions of Gray's autopsy and a disputed statement by a fellow officer that Gray said, "I can't breathe," while he was in theircustody.

    Goodson, the driver of the transport van in which prosecutors say Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury, faces the most serious charges in the case, including second-degree depraved heart murder. It carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

    He also faces manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct-in-office charges.

    Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams has scheduled a pretrial hearing Monday to consider Goodson's motions and others filed in the case, the court said Wednesday. Goodson's trial is set to begin Tuesday with jury selection.

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    Van Driver Charged In Freddie Gray’s Death Heads To Trial Monday

    June 2, 2016 7:45 PM By Mike Hellgren

    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The officer facing the most serious charges in Freddie Gray’s death heads to trial just days from now. It could be the pivotal case.

    The van driver, Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., is facing more than 30 years behind bars for second-degree depraved heart murder.

    WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren has more on what to expect.

    A huge fight over what evidence the jury can hear will start on Monday. Unlike the last trial for Officer Edward Nero, this one will focus more on medical evidence and whether Freddie Gray pleaded for help inside the van.

    Prosecutors have placed primary responsibility for Freddie Gray’s death on Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., who drove the transport van. Among the charges he faces: second-degree depraved heart murder, second-degree assault manslaughter and misconduct in office.

    Legal analyst Adam Ruther says the state is again using a unique legal theory.

    “Officer Goodson is being charged for failing to do something that the state claims he had a duty to do, which is to get Freddie Gray the medical attention that he was asking for,” said Ruther.

    The star witness is expected to be fellow officer William Porter, who is being forced to testify.

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    Freddie Gray case: Caesar Goodson heads to trial


    Posted: Jun 06, 2016 4:09 AM PDT - Monday, June 6, 2016 7:09 AM EDT

    (CNN) - The officer who drove the police van in which Freddie Gray was injured heads to trial this week.

    Baltimore police officer Caesar R. Goodson junior has been charged with depraved heart murder, which is considered a second degree charge.

    It carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

    Goodson also faces three counts of manslaughter and charges of second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

    The judge in Goodson's case will hear motions Monday.

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    Pretrial motions set for Officer Caesar Goodson's trial

    Officer faces murder charge in death of Freddie Gray

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    BALTIMORE —The trial for the third of six Baltimore police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray is set to start this week.

    Attorneys for [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] head back to court Monday for several pretrial motions to challenge key evidence against him.

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    Goodson is charged with second-degree depraved heart murder and related charges in the in-custody death of Gray. Goodson was the transport driver in the van where Gray suffered his fatal injuries on April 12, 2015. Gray died a week later.

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