Sequestration Request and Politics in Freddie Gray Case

Oct 21, 2015

William Porter
Credit Department of Justice

BALTIMORE (AP) - Lawyers for a police officer facing trial in the death of Freddie Gray are asking that the jury be sequestered.

Joseph Murtha and Gary Proctor represent Officer William Porter. They filed the motion last week in Baltimore Circuit Court. Porter is charged with manslaughter and other offenses. His trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 30.

The motion asks that during sequestration, the jurors' television viewing be controlled, their cellphones taken away, and all correspondence, calls and visits with family and friends be monitored by sheriff's deputies.

Porter's lawyers say they are asking for sequestration because of the intense news coverage expected during the trial.

Porter is one of six officers facing trial in connection with Gray's death. The 25-year-old black man died in April of injuries received in police custody.

Baltimore Mayor - Nick Mosby

Baltimore City Council Member Nick Mosby
Credit Baltimore City Council

The husband of the state's attorney who is prosecuting six officers in Gray's death is considering a run for mayor of Baltimore.

Democratic City Council member Nick Mosby wrote on his website that he would make "an important announcement about the future of Baltimore" on Sunday.

Mosby is the husband of State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby. A spokesman for Nick Mosby would not elaborate on the statement Tuesday.

The Baltimore Sun obtained an email that it said was sent Tuesday to supporters with the tagline, "The best choice for a better Baltimore."

In it, Nick Mosby says, "We're at a crucial crossroads, where we can succumb to the challenges facing Baltimore or elevate this beautiful city. ... I know the path I'm taking. Will you join me?"