Van Dyke Appears in Court After Prosecutors Seek to Revoke Bond - NBC Chicago

Van Dyke Appears in Court After Prosecutors Seek to Revoke Bond

Van Dyke gave interviews to the Chicago Tribune and Fox Chicago this week

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    A ruling has been delayed after a hearing to determine whether a Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald should have his bail revoked or increased because he talked to the media .

    After the hearing, Judge Vincent Gaughan continued the filing for the revocation of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke's bond until Thursday, and ruled that he will not rule on whether the officer would be held in contempt of court until after the officer's upcoming trial. 

    Saturday's hearing followed a flurry of activity that started when Van Dyke gave interviews with media outlets the week before jury selection was set to begin in his trial.

    Prosecutors quickly filed a bond motion that contends Van Dyke had violated Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan's longstanding order prohibiting the parties in the case from talking about it outside of court.

    In a statement, Van Dyke's attorney, Daniel Herbert, says that Van Dyke was exercising his constitutional right of free speech.

    Jury selection is set to start Wednesday.

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