Hear­ing on Bal­ti­more con­sent de­cree sched­uled for Thurs­day

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO - — An­drea Noble

A court hear­ing at which the pub­lic will be able to com­ment on a pro­posed agree­ment to re­form the Bal­ti­more Po­lice De­part­ment will go for­ward Thurs­day, de­spite an at­tempt by the Justice De­part­ment to post­pone it.

Cit­ing the “sub­stan­tial lo­gis­ti­cal hur­dles” a fed­eral court has over­come to pre­pare for what is ex­pected to be a packed hear­ing, U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar de­nied the Justice De­part­ment’s re­quest to push back the hear­ing by 90 days.

The Justice De­part­ment this week re­quested a de­lay of the hear­ing to re­view the pro­posed con­sent de­cree in light of new guid­ance is­sued by At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions.

Late Mon­day, the at­tor­ney gen­eral an­nounced sweep­ing re­view of Justice De­part­ment in­ter­ac­tions with lo­cal law en­force­ment, to in­clude the courten­force­able con­sent de­crees used to over­haul trou­bled po­lice de­part­ments.

Judge Bredar wrote that hun­dreds of peo­ple are ex­pected to at­tend Thurs­day’s hear­ing and that nu­mer­ous changes have been made by court em­ploy­ees and judges to ac­com­mo­date the “ex­tra­or­di­nary pro­ceed­ing.”

He called the Justice De­part­ment’s re­quest “un­timely” and noted that gov­ern­ment at­tor­neys had not pro­vided ev­i­dence of any prej­u­dice if the hear­ing were al­lowed to go for­ward.

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