In The News @ 3:30 PM

Baltimore Mayor Welcomes DOJ Review Of Freddie Gray Death

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says she welcomes the Justice Department investigation into the police custody death of Freddie Gray.  The mayor says whenever a police force conducts an internal investigation, there are always questions of transparency and impartiality.  Rawlings-Blake says any effort that adds additional transparency and builds community trust in the process is welcomed.

Special Grand Jury Requested In Geer Case

A special grand jury is being requested in the John Geer case.  WUSA-TV reports that Fairfax Commonwealth Attorney Ray Morrogh requested the special grand jury one day after Geer’s family reached a nearly three-million dollar settlement in their wrongful death lawsuit.  A county police officer shot and killed an unarmed Geer after he responded to a report of a domestic dispute at Geer’s home in August 2013.  An internal police review and federal and state criminal investigations into the case are already underway.

Senate Finally Schedules Lynch Confirmation Vote

The Senate will finally vote on the long-delayed confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General on Thursday.  The vote is scheduled to take place at 11 a.m. Eastern time under an agreement reached by Senate Republicans and Democrats.  The path for the vote was cleared when Senate leaders reached a compromise on some controversial abortion language in a human trafficking bill.  President Obama nominated Lynch last November to replace departing Attorney General Eric Holder.  Lynch is a veteran federal prosecutor from New York.

John Hinckley, Jr. To Have Court Hearing

A hearing will be held today to consider whether the man who shot and wounded President Ronald Reagan should be given more freedom.  A federal judge will hear arguments in the case of John Hinckley Jr., who has been spending less time at a hospital in DC and more time at his mother’s home in Williamsburg.  Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 1981 near-assassination.  His lawyers argue he should now be allowed to live full-time with his mother.

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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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