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Officer Acquitted In Death Of Freddie Gray

A judge says a Baltimore police officer is not guilty of all charges in connection with the death of Freddie Gray. Officer Edward Nero was acquitted today on charges of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. Nero could have been sentenced to 15 years in prison if convicted. Gray died over a year ago while in police custody. Following the verdict, defense attorney Marc Zayon called for the State’s Attorney to dismiss the charges against the five other officers accused in the case.

Supreme Court Tosses Death Sentence For Black Man In Georgia

The U.S. Supreme Court is throwing out a death sentence for a black man in Georgia. The high court ruled that prosecutors purposefully kept African Americans out of the jury selection process. Justices said excluding jurors based on race is unconstitutional. The ruling was 7-1 in favor of death row inmate Timothy Foster, who was convicted of murdering an elderly white woman. The case is nearly 30 years old and Foster will now be able to petition for a new trial.

Pepper Spray Breaks Up UMD Graduation Party

An investigation is underway after campus police used pepper spray to break up a fight at a graduation party mostly attended by African Americans. There were a lot of posts on social media saying that excessive force was used in the weekend incident which resulted in two arrests in College Park. University of Maryland President Wallace Loh says he understands the anger and frustration and says the investigation will be fair and transparent. Many on campus say pepper spray would never have been used if most of the partygoers were white.

Virginia GOP Lawmakers Sue Over Felon Voters

Virginia Republican lawmakers are suing over Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe’s executive order that gives former felons the right to vote. House Speaker William Howell and Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment say that the governor exceeded his authority last month when he ordered that more than 200-thousand felons who have completed their sentences and supervised release have their voting rights restored. The lawsuit calls on the state Supreme Court to keep the order from going into effect. If ex-felons are allowed to vote in November, many believe there’s a good chance that most of them will vote for Democratic candidates.

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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