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Verdict Watch – The Death of Freddie Gray – William Porter Trial

freddie-gray-arrest-video.pngTwenty-five year old Freddie Gray was arrested April 12 after he ran from police in his West Baltimore neighborhood. His hands and feet were shackled. He was placed in the police van and not belted in. He suffered a spinal injury and died a week later. At Porter’s trial, medical experts for both sides said that Freddie’s injury was likened to one sustained when someone dives headfirst into a shallow pool of water.

The public has only heard bits and pieces of trial testimony because no cameras or electronic devices are allowed in the courtroom. Today, there is a bit more reported about the trial that we would have to have kept track to know.  For example, there were 20 witnesses and about 100 pieces of evidence. The jury saw the van that Freddie died in.

William PorterWilliam Porter is the first officer to stand trial. He has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.

The jury of three black men, five black women, two white men and two white women now decide whether Porter is guilty or innocent. Judge Barry G. Williams told jurors they could stay as late as they would like each day to deliberate.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis canceled leave for officers through Friday. “The community has an expectation for us to be prepared for a variety of scenarios,” Davis said.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has urged residents to remain calm. “Whatever the verdict, we need everyone in our city to respect the judicial process,” Rawlings-Blake said. “We need everyone visiting our city to respect Baltimore.”

Our committed and precious Yahtzee took time to put the tweets of Kevin Rector in chronological order from today regarding closing arguments and jury instructions. Read the rest of this entry

Justice for Jonathan Ferrell – Closing Arguments

We are following the trial of Randall (Wes) Kerrick the Charlotte/Mecklenburg police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the killing of unarmed Jonathan Ferrell.

Closing arguments are scheduled for today.  It will be live streamed. I’ve found conflicting times.  Court Chatter has their live stream scheduled for 8:30 a.m.  A news source reports that closing arguments are scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. EST.

The link to court chatter is!randall-kerrick-trial-stream-1/c6ga. 

Some live streams have horrible sound, so I will continue to look to see if other sources are live streaming.  If anyone else finds another source, please post the link in comments. Read the rest of this entry

Jurors Begin Deliberating in Porch Shooting Case

Closing Arguments – Ted Wafer Trial

Closing arguments in the Ted Wafer trial start at 9 a.m. The judge has allotted one hour to each side.

This thread is open for following closing arguments and discussion.  We will then be on jury watch for the verdict.

If I come across any videos from the courtroom, I’ll update by posting them here.

Justice for Renisha!


UPDATE from today’s closing arguments.


Michael Dunn Trial – Day 6, Wed, February 12, 2014

Jordan Davis parents 2 Closing arguments are scheduled for today, along with the reading of jury instructions.

Here is a link to the live stream.

Court starts at 9 a.m. EST.

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O’Mara’s Lesson on Common Sense

The Zimmermans leaving the courtroom after closing arguments and jury instructions are read


On July 12, 2013, the defense in the George Zimmerman 2nd degree murder trial presented closing argument.

It was presented by attorney Mark O’Mara.   The following video consists of excerpts where O’Mara speaks to the jury about common sense and presumptions, in addition to some other interesting snippets.


George Zimmerman Trial – Day 13

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Jury Instructions and Closing Arguments are scheduled for today.

Don West argues that the State pulled “a trick”

The first video is partial and doesn’t start from the actual beginning.

Audio cuts in and out because of the live streaming.

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