Maryland's laws prohibit cameras and recording devices from court rooms
Audio or video recording or transmitting equipment are also not permitted and electronic devices including cell phones, laptops and tablets, must be turned off inside the courtroom and court overflow room. Cell phones can't be used in the lobby outside of the courtroom.
Reporters are only allowed to send updates during breaks, or if they are in a media room.
Leave canceled for Baltimore officers
Baltimore police have canceled leave this week for officers "out of an abundance of caution," as jurors are expected to begin deliberations as early as Monday in the case against Officer William G. Porter.
All sworn personnel will be assigned to 12-hour shifts, under a plan by Commissioner Kevin Davis to ensure the Police Department is adequately staffed. Read more »
The Baltimore sheriff's office has obtained a months-long "special event" permit to keep the sidewalk clear in front of the downtown courthouse as six police officers are tried in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray — a move that has raised concerns from civil liberties advocates.
The permit from the city's Transportation Department runs through May 1, a period that covers the scheduled trials of the officers. The permit states that it is in effect from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Maj. Sabrina Tapp-Harper of the sheriff's office said the permit allows deputies to move protesters if "we deem necessary." She noted that some protests have taken place on the sidewalk during the trial of Officer William G. Porter, the first of the six to be tried.Read more via Sun Investigates »
To try one of the biggest cases in Baltimore's history, the state has turned to two unconventional choices with lawyers who have more experience representing corporate and criminal defendants than prosecuting them.
Chief Deputy State's Attorney Michael Schatzow and Deputy State's Attorney Janice Bledsoe, who are presenting the case against the first of six officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, both joined the city state's attorney's office less than a year ago.
Schatzow once prosecuted one of the largest espionage cases in American history but has spent the past three decades representing corporate clients, mostly in complex financial cases, counting Enron Corp. among his clients.
Bledsoe prosecuted police misconduct in a brief stint, but the majority of her experience has been as a criminal defense attorney. She once represented a police officer accused of raping a woman at a police station.
"They're not homicide prosecutors, but this is not your typical homicide prosecution," said David Jaros, a law professor at the University of Baltimore.
Read more of The Sun’s profile of the prosecutors »
Who is the judge?
Before he was the judge overseeing the Freddie Gray trials, Barry G. Williams investigated and prosecuted police misconduct cases across the country for the federal government.
In Missouri, he prosecuted three officers charged with beating a high school student. In Florida, he won a conviction against an officer who pistol-whipped a teen fleeing a drug bust. He was dispatched to the Virgin Islands to prosecute — and convict — an officer there for violating the civil rights of a dozen people over a four-year period.
Douglas Molloy, a former federal prosecutor in Florida who worked on the pistol-whipping case in 2004, said Williams at that time was "basically on a tour of the eastern United States" assisting with police misconduct cases.
"His expertise in all aspects of investigating, prosecuting these kinds of cases is certainly an advantage" in the Gray case, Molloy said. "I don't know anybody better suited for this trial."
The @BaltimorePolice have cancelled officer leave next week. Here's full statement: http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CV-6GhFWsAAAl51.png
Mayor's office says Hopkins report on riot "confirms that no stand down order was given to police by the mayor." http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CV-VD6mVEAAwnWd.jpg