MN Officer Pleads Not Guilty In Shooting Case
A St. Anthony, Minnesota police officer accused of shooting and killing Philando Castile during a traffic stop last summer is scheduled for a jury trial in May. Jeronimo Yanez pleaded not guilty today to manslaughter. Lawyers for the defendant contend their client feared for his life and was left with no other option but to shoot. Earlier this month, a judge denied a defense request to throw out the case.
Judge Refuses To Move Cosby Trial
A judge is ruling that the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial will not be moved out of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. But Judge Steven T. O’Neill did rule that jurors from outside the county will hear the case and they will be sequestered. Cosby’s lawyers argued that the comedian can’t get a fair trial in Montgomery County because his case has drawn too much media attention. The 79-year-old Cosby is facing three charges of aggravated indecent sexual assault after former Temple University employee Andrea Constand claimed Cosby drugged and molested her at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004.
New Parking Rates Kick In Today
Starting today, some DC drivers will be paying a pretty penny to park. A new parking rate policy is now in effect in Washington. Heavily trafficked areas like Chinatown and Penn Quarter will see a range of between a dollar-fifty to three-25 an hour, based on time of the day and demand. DDOT says they hope the new program will push commuters to vacate spots quicker, leading to better turnover.
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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.