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Officer William Porter (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Md. appeals court blocks order compelling Porter’s testimony

An appellate court has stayed an order that would have compelled Officer William Porter to testify at a fellow officer’s trial next week while still facing manslaughter charges in June.

The Court of Special Appeals on Friday ordered Baltimore City Circuit Judge Barry Williams’ order be stayed pending a decision by the appellate court on the issue, noting that the state has not had a chance to respond and jury selection Officer Caesar Goodson’s trial is set to begin Monday.

Williams granted the state’s motion to compel Wednesday, finding that a grant of use and derivative use immunity was sufficient to provide Porter the same benefits as his right against self incrimination from the state and federal constitutions.

The immunity would prevent prosecutors from using anything Porter said or any evidence that could be derived from what he said against him during his retrial.

Porter’s defense team requested an injunction from the Court of Special Appeals on Thursday morning.

The appellate case is State v. Officer Caesar Goodson, 2308/15.