FOP claims conflicts of interest in Freddie Gray coverage

FOP casts aspersions on entire Baltimore press corps for alleged conflicts of interest

In alleging Friday that Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby should appoint a special prosecutor because of “conflicts of interest” in her office, the Fraternal Order of Police cast aspersions on the entire press corps covering the Freddie Gray case.

Among other charges involving campaign contributions and Mosby’s marriage to City Council member Nick Mosby, the FOP said in a letter, “These conflicts … include the lead prosecutor’s connections with members of the local media. Based on several nationally televised interviews, these reporters are likely to be witnesses in any potential litigation regarding this incident.”

The FOP Friday did not respond to requests from The Sun for specifics and clarification on which “members of the local media” it was referencing.

Janice Bledsoe is the deputy state's attorney who led the Freddie Gray investigation.

Jayne Miller, investigative reporter for WBAL-TV, confirmed to a Sun reporter Friday that she is in a relationship with Bledsoe.

When contacted later by another reporter, however, she declined to comment and referred him to Dan Joerres, general manager of WBAL.

“I can assure you our news department operates at the highest level of ethical standards as does every department at WBAL,” Joerres said when asked about the conflict of interest allegations.

“Jayne Miller’s 30-plus years of award-winning reporting on the City of Baltimore speaks for itself.”

“Anytime we have a potential conflict of interest, it’s discussed and vetted in an appropriate manner,” Joerres said.

When asked if the station had ever disclosed Miller's relationship with Bledsoe on stories involving her office, Joerres repeated, "Anytime we have a potential conflict of interest, it’s discussed and vetted in an appropriate manner."*

Calls to the state's attorney's office seeking comment from Bledsoe were not immediately returned Friday afternoon.

Baltimore Sun reporter Doug Donovan contributed to this post.

* This story has been updated. A previous version incorrectly stated Joerres' response to a question whether the station had ever disclosed the conflict.

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