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News Wrap: Justice Department opens case on Baltimore police custody death

In our news wrap Tuesday, the U.S. Justice Department opened a civil rights investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, a Baltimore man who died in police custody. Also, a court in Egypt sentenced ousted former President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Elsewhere today, a court in Egypt sentenced the ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison. He was found guilty in the killings of protesters in 2012. Morsi and about a dozen other Muslim Brotherhood defendants stood in a soundproof cage as the court made its pronouncement. It was the first verdict against Morsi since the military overthrew him in 2013.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    The Boston Marathon bombing trial took up the question today of whether to impose the death penalty on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. He’s already been convicted of the attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260.

    Today, a prosecutor showed a photo of Tsarnaev making an obscene gesture in his jail cell. She said it proves he is unrepentant and unchanged.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The U.S. Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation in the case of a Baltimore man who died in police custody. Freddie Gray was arrested April 12 and died Sunday from a severe spinal injury. Six white officers involved in Gray’s arrest have been suspended with pay, pending an investigation.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Drug Enforcement Administration Chief Michele Leonhart announced today she is stepping down. Attorney General Eric Holder praised her years of service to the agency, but she came under fire from both parties in Congress after reports surfaced that DEA agents attended sex parties with prostitutes.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    A full-scale recall is now under way for all products from Blue Bell Creameries. They’re being pulled from shelves in 23 states and overseas because they could be tainted with listeria.

    Overnight, the Texas company expanded an earlier recall after the deadly bacteria turned up in ice cream at two plants.

  • JOE ROBERTSON, Blue Bell Creameries Spokesman:

    Originally, in this facility, we had positive tests on some snacks. And we thought it was isolated to one machine in one room. And so we shut down the machine and closed off the room. And what this — the positive test on the cookie dough half-gallon did was let us know that it was in other areas of the plant also.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    So far, federal health officials have linked the contamination to three deaths in Kansas. It’s the first recall in Blue Bell’s 108 years of operation.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    The state of California may have encountered a roadblock as it tries to conserve water in the face of extreme drought. A state appeals court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano’s multi-tiered water rates are illegal. The pricing structure makes major users pay more, to promote conservation. Two-thirds of the state’s water districts use similar rate plans.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Wall Street struggled to make headway today, as major companies turned in a mixed batch of earnings reports. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 85 points to close back near 17950. The Nasdaq rose 19 and the S&P 500 slipped three.

    And the world’s fastest passenger train set a new speed record today in Japan. The magnetic-levitation train, or maglev, reached 375 miles an hour on a test track near Mount Fuji. It uses powerful magnets to hover just above the rails. Japan aims to build a 250 mile maglev link between Tokyo and Osaka. There’s already one in Shanghai, China.

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