WBAL's Jayne Miller says she will 'step back' from Freddie Gray coverage

Jayne Miller said it was "always our plan" for her to "step back" from Freddie Gray case.

WBAL reporter Jayne Miller said in a radio interview Tuesday that she is going to "step back" from covering the Freddie Gray story now that it is headed to court.

Last Friday, the Fraternal Order of Police wrote a letter asking Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby to appoint a special prosecutor in the case involving six police officers involved in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. The FOP called for the change because of alleged conflicts of interest in Mosby's office.

One of the allegations centered on the "lead prosecutor's connections with members of the local media."

The lead prosecutor is Janice Bledsoe. She is in a relationship with Miller, the veteran investigative reporter confirmed to the Sun.

As a result of that relationship, I wrote on Friday that Miller either should not be covering the Freddie Gray story or, at least, should disclose the conflict of interest. (Read that here.)

Here's what was said about it Tuesday in an interview with Robin Young for "Here & Now," a public radio show produced by WBUR in Boston that airs on stations around the country.

MILLER: I’m actually going to be covering less of that court case, because I have a personal connection to one of the prosecutors, and because it’s now in that arena, I’m going to be backing away from coverage of that.

YOUNG: Well, Jayne, we wanted to ask you about that. As you well know, the Fraternal Order of Police accused the attorney general’s office of conflict of interest, because she is married to a city council member. But they also made a broad claim of conflict of interest charges against local media. The Baltimore Sun TV critic pointed out that you are in a relationship with a prosecutor in Mosby’s office. He is a TV critic and says you should have disclosed that during your reporting. You’re saying now that you’re going to step back a bit.

MILLER: We have been saying all along that if this case – when and if this case – got to the point of charging, which now it throws it from all of the agencies that are investigating solely into the arena of the state’s attorney’s office, that would be the point that I would step back.

YOUNG: And you are?

MILLER: Yes.

Miller confirmed the interview Tuesday night in a telephone call with The Sun.

When asked to elaborate on the phrase "step back," she said she felt the interview "was really clear."

She stressed that her leaving the story once it moved out of the investigative stage and into the legal process "was always our plan."

You can listen to the full interview here.

A call to WBAL General Manager Dan Joerres Tuesday night was not immediately returned.

 

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