“The Baltimore Sun” stated the attorneys had congregated under the shelter of white noise at the bench of Judge Barry Williams. Williams is the circuit court judge who heard the evidence in the trial of Edward Nero. Nero was one of the six local police officers from Baltimore charged with the apprehension and death of Freddie Gray.
Williams made the decision that the knife Gray was carrying could not be used as evidence because the knife’s discovery came after the victim’s death. The theory of the weapon was then considered to be irrelevant by the judge.
Marc Zayon, Nero’s attorney, argued that it was relevant evidence. He then accused the prosecution of dancing around the knife scenario.
Williams told Zayon to stop complaining and stated he was content with the way the state had been handling the case. The judge said the state had the right to go to the line, however, he would not allow them to cross it. The judge also stated that he would not allow Zayon to cross the line either. When the attorney continued to protest Williams told him to hush.
Written by John A. Federico
Edited by Jeanette Smith
The Baltimore Sun: Freddie Gray case: Private bench conferences reveal bicker and banter with judge, prosecutors and officers’ attorneys
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