LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — Civil rights leader and former congressional delegate Walter Fauntroy has been released from custody after a judge recalled an arrest warrant for him.
Fauntroy was arrested Monday at Dulles International Airport on an outstanding warrant for writing a bad check in Maryland. On Tuesday, a Maryland judge recalled that warrant and scheduled a new hearing in the case, and a Loudoun County, Virginia, judge ordered Fauntroy freed.
The 83-year-old Fauntroy helped plan the 1963 March on Washington with his friend, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Fauntroy served for 20 years as the District of Columbia's delegate to Congress.
He had been living in the United Arab Emirates for the past four years. The criminal charge stems from a $55,000 check he wrote to pay for a 2009 inaugural ball.
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Rev Walter Fauntroy is released from jail. Hugs his wife he hasn't seen in years. pic.twitter.com/z6sgzF7lUX— Matt Ackland (@mattacklandfox5) June 28, 2016
Maryland judge recalls warrant - Fauntroy will go home with family tonight and report to court later on fraud charge pic.twitter.com/kTK5K3GmS7— Matt Ackland (@mattacklandfox5) June 28, 2016