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Nero Not Guilty

May 24, 2016

Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero was acquitted Monday by Circuit Judge Barry Williams of all charges against him in the Freddie Gray case. 

Nero was indicted on second degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct relating to last year’s death of Freddie Gray from a broken neck suffered while in police custody.

Williams took about twenty minutes to explain his reasoning.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams is to issue Monday his verdict in the trial of police Officer Edward Nero.

Nero has been charged with second degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office in last year’s death of Freddie Gray.

Court is to begin at 10:30 a.m.

The Maryland Court of Appeals – the state’s highest court – released Friday its written opinion explaining why it ordered one police officer accused in last year’s death of Freddie Gray to testify against his five co-defendants.


Former GOP speech writer Richard Cross explains to Fraser Smith his high opinion of Democratic mayoral nominee Catherine Pugh.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys presented their closing arguments Thursday before Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams.  And now Williams is examining the evidence and testimony presented at the trial of police Officer Edward Nero.

Gov. Larry Hogan signed 144 bills into law Thursday at his fifth and last scheduled signing ceremony. But the governor’s office is still reviewing nearly 100 bills the General Assembly passed this year.


On the morning of Monday, May 23rd, as Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams delivered his not-guilty verdicts in the trial of Police officer Edward Nero, WYPR was on the air live, providing forty minutes of special coverage anchored by Maryland Morning host Tom Hall. ​ He was joined on the phone from the Courthouse by WYPR reporters Kenny Burns and Jonna McKone. Providing legal analysis of the judge's verdicts were two of the city's top legal scholars: private attorney Edward Smith joined Tom in the studio, and University of Baltimore law professor David Jaros was on the line from the Courthouse.  Joining the conversation were Ray Kelly, leader of the No Boundaries Coalition, and Davon Love, with Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, both sharing their perspectives on how this ruling will be received across the city, and its implications for Baltimore's ongoing struggle to address issues of racial injustice and police misconduct. 

This is audio of WYPR's special live coverage from 10:38am to 11:18am on May 23, 2016.

Since the death of Freddie Gray last April and the protests and unrest that followed Baltimore’s Police Commissioner Kevin Davis has talked about the changes the department needs to make to improve relations between the police and the citizens in the city.

TU Works To Fight Hate And Bias

May 19, 2016

It’s graduation week at Towson University and the campus is crowded with proud families. It’s also filled with signs bearing the hashtag #NotAtTU -- part of an effort to educate students about policies for reporting incidents of hatred and bias.

The long-serving president of the Baltimore Teacher’s Union, Marietta English, withstood her first serious election challenge in years yesterday from Kimberly Mooney, a teacher and union representative. The unofficial results were English winning by about 180 votes out of more than 1,200 votes cast.

Mooney’s campaign focused on issues like teacher retention, reforming evaluations and building greater transparency. But others in the 6,000 member union felt the most recent contract English negotiated was a strong one and that those who are disgruntled should simply get more involved.