The Verdict

May 26, 2011 2:15:40 PM PDT
An exciting day here at Eyewitness News. Adding an hour of daily news coverage will tend to raise the excitement level. And that's what we're doing today. First at 4 O'clock is both the name of our newscast and a venture into uncharted airtime.

We have been following The Oprah Winfrey Show for the past 25 years. Until today.

Now, it's a new newscast.

So that's what's happening as I start this column, looking ahead to our 11 p.m. newscast. And it's been a day filled with breaking news.

We're following reaction to the acquittal today of two New York cops on charges that they raped a drunken woman they were supposed to be helping. It took the jury 7 days to find the cops not guilty of rape, and convict them of official misconduct.

It took NYPD Commissioner just minutes to decide to fire the officers.

We knew that when the jurors took so long to reach a verdict, it was likely a good verdict for the cops. Although facing at least a year in jail or prison isn't a piece of cake for police officers. But the jurors questions and their lengthy deliberations seemed to point to a hung jury or outright acquittal on the rape charges. We'll have the latest on the outcome, tonight at 11.

There's another rape story we're working on - two women attacked by the same rapist in Jersey City. Cops there say they know who their suspect is, thanks to his surveillance picture aired on TV newscasts. And they're now looking for him.

And another suspect wanted in New Jersey - this time for carjacking, and the murder of a Marine, in between deployments to Afghanistan. He was going to tell his family this weekend that his wife was expecting their first child.

Cops say they know who the suspect is, and he's considered armed and dangerous.

We're also following the arrest of Ratko Mladi, Europe's most wanted criminal and the man responsible for the three-year slaughter of men, women and children in the Bosnian war. He directed the worst genocide in Europe since World War II - with Sarajevo, the once beautiful Sarajevo, getting hit the hardest.

And we're taking a closer look at the things people do at work - that are not work related. There was a time when the biggest worry for most employers was workers taking pens. Then it became employees spending too much time on personal email. Now the big worry is workers chatting it up on social networking sites. Talk about while-awaying the hours. Lisa Colagrossi has our story tonight at 11.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast (summer's here, at least unofficially), and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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