In The News @ 3:30

Judge Orders Officer To Testify In Upcoming Freddie Gray Trials

A Baltimore judge is ordering a police officer to testify in the trial of a second officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.  Defense lawyers had argued that forcing Officer William Porter to take the stand would be a violation of his constitutional right against self-incrimination.  Porter says he will invoke the Fifth Amendment if called to the stand in the case of Officer William Porter, whose trial begins on Monday.  His lawyers plan to seek an injunction blocking today’s ruling. 

WJLA News Van Robbed During Robbery Press Conference

While Mayor Bowser and Chief Lanier were discussing plans to clamp down on robberies in the District, a robber was making a good example of why those plans are needed.  WJLA-TV reports a news van was broken into while their crew was covering the downtown announcement of the new “Robbery Task Force.”  The thieves smashed a window and ran off with valuable equipment.  Police are investigating.

White House Skeptical Of North Korea Nuke Claims

The White House is expressing doubt over North Korea’s claim that it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.  White House spokesman Josh Earnest told a briefing that results from an initial analysis are not consistent with the North’s claims.  He noted that China and Russia have also expressed concerns about the North’s behavior.  Earnest said North Korea continues to take provocative actions and further isolate itself from the rest of the world.  Senior U.S. government sources have said it could take several days before they know for sure what kind of nuclear device may have been tested.

San Bernardino Shooter’s Friend Pleads Not Guilty

The friend of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook is pleading not guilty to charges of supporting terrorists.  Enrique Marquez was arraigned in federal court today on five felony charges, including providing material support to terrorists.  He’s accused of buying the assault weapons Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik used to kill 14 people last month.  He’s also facing charges for plotting attacks with Farook in 2011 and 2012.  The two eventually decided not to carry out those plans.  A trial date has been set for February 23rd.

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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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