On-site media contacts:
Angelita Plemmer Williams
Cell: 410-562-3620
Terri Charles
Office of Communications and Public Affairs
2001-E/F Commerce Park Drive
Annapolis, Maryland 21401


November 23, 2015


Media Advisory:
  Jury Selection for State of Maryland v. William Porter
on November 30, 2015

Jury selection for State of Maryland v. William Porter begins on Monday, November 30, 2015.
The trial starts immediately following the selection of the jury.
The Hon. Barry G. Williams, presiding judge

Monday, November 30, 2015, 9:30 a.m.

Circuit Court for Baltimore City
Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr., Courthouse
100 N. Calvert Street, Courtroom 400
Baltimore, MD 21202

Editor’s Note:
A limited amount of courtroom seating will be reserved for the media for jury selection.  To request a reserved seat, media representatives must contact the Maryland Judiciary’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs via email at communications@mdcourts.gov.  Emails requesting reserved seating must include: the first and last names of the media representative, the name of the media outlet, work and cell telephone numbers, and email address.  Media seats in the courtroom will be reserved on a first-come, first-served, one media representative per media outlet basis until the reserved space is filled.  The Office of Communications and Public Affairs will allocate seats in the order that requests are received and will communicate to the Sheriff’s Office the names of those media representatives who are assigned reserved seats.  Media representatives must arrive by 8 a.m. in order to be seated.

The names of additional or alternative media representatives may be submitted, but they will be assigned a seat only if reserved capacity allows or if there is sufficient public seating.  Media representatives who do not get a seat in the courtroom will be offered a seat in the overflow room, Courtroom 406, as space for the media and the public permits.  A live closed-circuit audio/video feed from Courtroom 400 will be provided in the overflow room.  The use of electronic devices is prohibited in both the courtroom and the overflow room.  The media will be provided a designated media room, Room 450, where electronic devices can be used.  Wi-Fi is not available in the courthouse.  Media representatives should bring their own Wi-Fi connection devices.

During jury selection, parking will be prohibited around both courthouses, the Mitchell Courthouse and Courthouse East.  Parking restrictions will be strictly enforced.  A staging area for media trucks will be located at City Hall Plaza.  Media representatives must not block pedestrian walkways and sidewalks and cannot restrict any public areas for media use.

All media representatives should read the Security/Media Protocol Order (Jury Selection) to learn about the processes and procedures in effect during the jury selection phase of the trial, as well as the Maryland Judiciary’s policy on Cell Phones, Other Electronic Devices, and Cameras in Court Facilities.  No audio or video recording or transmitting equipment, including cameras, shall be permitted inside of the courthouse, except as permitted in the Security/Media Protocol Order (Jury Selection).

Copies of all filings made in these cases after September 14, 2015, are posted to the Baltimore City Circuit Court High Profile Cases webpage.


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