NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Anita Alvarez Withdraws From Laquan McDonald Case. Prince, Prescription Drugs & Pain Management


Anita Alvarez Recused Herself From Jason Van Dyke Trial

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez wants recuse herself from the controversial Laquan McDonald case in Chicago.

In 2014, Jason Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times. After countless demands and protests, the video was released late last year. Alvarez has been accused of showing a bias in the case since she has received campaign funds from the officers’ union in the past.

Alvarez released a statement yesterday asking the judge to remove her from the case. A portion of Alvarez’s statement says quote:

“I believe that the results of the recent election and the impending transition of this office make this the best and most responsible decision. It is my greatest hope that the citizens of Chicago who have been shocked and polarized by this crime and this tragedy will understand and welcome this decision and respectfully support the efforts of all elements of the criminal justice system as the prosecution of Jason Van Dyke moves forward.”

If a judge approves, it will clear the way for the appointment of a special prosecutor, which activists and civil rights attorneys have demanded.

Meanwhile, Jason Van Dyke, the former officer charged for McDonald’s murder also appeared in court. He requested protection as he enters and exits the building for his next court appearance.

While no protesters were present yesterday, Van Dyke’s attorney says he expects the crowds to grow as the trial date nears. The judge did not make a final decision on mandating special protection for all future court appearances.

Rachel Williams, an organizer with Black Youth Project 100 joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss the latest developments in the McDonald case.

Lawmakers In Virginia Sue Over Blanket Restorations Of Ex-Felon’s Voting Rights

Republican lawmakers in Virginia are planning to sue Governor Terry McAuliffe because he overturned a One Hundred and Fifty Year old law giving more than 200,000 convicted felons in the state of Virginia the right to vote.

Governor McAuliffe says he has the legal and the moral authority to take action and argues that according to the Virginia constitution:

“The Governor shall have power to remove political disabilities consequent upon conviction.” 

According to the department of elections, they’ve already seen an impact from the governor’s order, with nearly 2,100 newly registered voters.

Virginia is Democratic State Senator Mamie Locke spoke with Roland Martin during Friday’s edition of NewsOne Now about the controversy surrounding Gov. McAuliffe’s decision.

Prince’s Death Reveals America’s Misunderstanding Of Opioid Dependency, Addiction

It’s been fifteen days since Prince Rogers Nelson died.

Although an official cause of death has yet to be released, reports came out Thursday alleging the painkiller Percocet was found in the pop star’s system during his autopsy.

Prince was found unresponsive in his Paisley Park compound on April 21 and was pronounced dead shortly after. The person who found Prince, pre-med student Andrew Kornfeld, visited Paisley Park to check on the singer in preparation for a drug rehabilitation program.

Investigators confirm Kornfeld had a bottle of buprenorphine when he found Prince unconscious, and it’s believed that that medication was intended for the singer. Buprenorphine is a drug used to treat opioid addiction.

And in the wake of his death, Prince’s alleged addiction to painkillers points to a much larger problem — alarming prescription drug abuse rates in the U.S.

During Friday’s edition on NewsOne Now, Jerrold Winter, Ph.D, Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of New York at Buffalo spoke with Roland Martin about pain management, opioid dependence and the true meaning of addition.

15-Year-Old Student Faces Jail Time For Using Counterfeit Bill He Found

fifteen-year-old Texas teenager faces a felony forgery charge for using a ten-dollar bill to buy a ham sandwich and chips.

In November of 2015, Alec Hunter found a ten-dollar bill on the floor at Elkins High School in Fort Bend, Texas and attempted to buy his lunch with it. After the cafeteria worker ran a special pen across the bill and discovered it was counterfeit, she passed it on to a school police officer.

Two months later, the Hunter family received information in the mail stating that Alec was being charged with a felony.

In the last three years, the Houston area school districts have handled dozens of counterfeit money cases. In every case where race is listed in the files, the suspects have been students of color.

Alec Hunter and his father Louis Hunter joined Roland Martin on Friday’s edition of NewsOne Now to discuss their case, which has been scheduled to begin May 23rd.

Drew Sidora Dishes On The TV One Mother’s Day Featured Film, “Chasing Waterfalls”

On the heels of the success of To Hell and Back and For the Love of Ruth, TV One tells another powerful biblical story. Inspired by the Story of David, Chasing Waterfalls navigates the treacherous, cutthroat waters of the fashion industry (a la The Devil Wears Prada) while gently teaching obedience, faithfulness and God’s grace. It follows the rise and fall of Olivia, a God-fearing woman, who hides behind her faith and is ultimately, brought down by her greed and quest for power.

All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.

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  • Thank you Roland for always seeking out the truth. Sticking to the facts and not the propaganda!! Just thank you.