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November 30, 2012

Accused serial robber held on $100K bail


As the prosecutor spoke, Porter shook his head.

Before the start of the hearing, he was appointed a local attorney, John Ruehrwein, from the bar advocate’s program. Though he was living in a tent before his arrest, Porter appeared confident that he will be able to afford his own attorney, announcing that he “may” retain private counsel but will think about it.

Ruehrwein urged a lower bail, no more than $1,000, for Porter, who grew up in Beverly and has five children.

Despite his long record, the lawyer said, Porter tends to make most of his court appearances.

Judge Richard Mori granted the request of the prosecutor to set bail at $100,000 cash.

In the event he makes bail, Porter was ordered to stay away from the scene of the crime and the victims.

He’s expected to be brought into Salem District Court to answer to allegations in the Beverly, Salem and Danvers holdups.

He’s due back in Peabody District Court on Dec. 18.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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