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Joseph Murtha represented Linda Tripp, in photos behind him, when she was charged in 1999 with illegally recording phone conversations with Monica Lewinsky. The case involved the only Kastigar hearing in Maryland history, where prosecutors were unable to prove they were not using any immunized testimony as part of their case. A similar hearing could happen with Officer William Porter, who is also represented by Murtha.
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Joseph Murtha represented Linda Tripp, in photos behind him, when she was charged in 1999 with illegally recording phone conversations with Monica Lewinsky. The case involved the only Kastigar hearing in Maryland history, where prosecutors were unable to prove they were not using any immunized testimony as part of their case. A similar hearing could happen with Officer William Porter, who is also represented by Murtha. (File photo)

William Porter, Linda Tripp and a rarity in Md. criminal proceedings

The Court of Appeals set the stage for a rare kind of pretrial hearing in ruling Officer William Porter can be compelled to testify against his fellow officers with immunity despite his retrial scheduled for June. Though the court has not issued a written opinion detailing its reasoning, judges during oral arguments questioned the defense's concerns ...

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