Judge Recuses Herself During Arraignment For 3 Chicago Officers, Healthcare Protesters Clog Some Senate Corridors

Judge Recuses Herself During Arraignment For 3 Chicago Officers

A Chicago judge presiding over the arraignment of three police officers charged with conspiracy recused herself from the case this morning. The judge gave no reason for the decision announced moments before the arraignment hearing. The three former or current Chicago police officers are accused of taking part in a cover-up to protect the officer who shot and killed Laquan McDonald in 2014. Detective David March and patrol officers Joseph Walsh and Thomas Gaffney are charged with conspiracy, obstruction of justice and official misconduct. A special prosecutor said the trio lied about what happened during the incident in order to prevent criminal investigators from learning the truth. At their arraignment today, all three plead not guilty.

Rich Family Holding Vigil On Anniversary Of Murder

One year after the unsolved murder of a Democratic National Committee staffer, his family is honoring his memory. The family of Seth Rich issued a statement this morning thanking supporters and police enforcement for trying to find his killer. The 27-year-old was fatally shot while walking home on July 10th, 2016. Conspiracy theorists have speculated Rich’s murder is tied to the email leaks of several Democratic party elites, a claim denied by his own family. A vigil will be held at 4 p.m. near the Rayburn House office building.

Baby Found Dead In Van

A four-month-old girl is dead after she was found in a van. Brooklyn Irby was found yesterday morning in the parking lot of a Motel 6 in Gaithersburg on Quince Orchard Road. Police say the girl lived in the van with her family. An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death.

Healthcare Protesters Clog Some Senate Corridors

Healthcare protesters are again trying to clog corridors outside some U.S. Senate offices. They will likely be removed by Capitol Police if they impede foot traffic. Senators are returning today from their July 4th-week recess and the Republican healthcare bill sits atop the legislative agenda. Senate Republican leaders are trying to jump-start stalled efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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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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