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BPD sergeant facing 32-count indictment for alleged pattern of misconduct


A Baltimore police sergeant is accused of a pattern of harassing and forcibly arresting individuals who observed, filmed or commented on police activity over the course of months. Sgt. Ethan Newberg, a 24-year veteran of the department, was indicted Thursday ...

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

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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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 ...

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Porter’s defense lays groundwork for shifting blame

Joseph Murtha, the attorney for police officer William Porter, one of six Baltimore police officers charged with the death of Freddie Gray, walks to courthouse East for the third day of jury selection on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 in Baltimore.  Porter faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. The charges carry maximum prison terms totaling about 25 years. (Kevin Richardson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

Defense attorneys for Officer William Porter presented possible alternate theories about responsibility for Freddie Gray’s death Monday morning through cross examination of the assistant medical examiner who performed Gray’s autopsy. “I think the defense did score some points,” said Baltimore ...

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