- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 19, 2001

The fact that he had lied in legal proceedings in the past is no reason to think he is lying in the trial of six men accused of drug dealing and racketeering, Damien "O-Face" Green, 24, testified yesterday.
"I lied," in 1996 when claiming self-defense under the Youth Act in the shooting of Ira "Idaho" Clayton, conceded Green, when cross-examined by Shawn Moore, attorney for defendant Shelton "Wah-Luck" Marbury.
Green also admitted that his testimony this week, the 10th week of the trial in U.S. District Court, differed somewhat from what he told a grand jury in 1998, and his testimony in the murder trial of Lawrence "ODB" Hunter in D.C. Superior Court.
"I might've lied back then, but that don't mean I'm lying now," Green replied to similar accusations from Mary Davis, attorney for Earl "Tony" Edelin, 51.
Green's testimony involves charges of racketeering, drug dealing, conspiracy and involvement in 14 slayings in the mid-1990s. If convicted, Tommy Edelin, 33, the accused leader of One-Five Mob, could be sentenced to death. Co-defendants Tony Edelin, Marbury, Henry "Blue" Johnson, Marwin "Funky" Mosley and Bryan Bostick could be sentenced to life in prison without parole.
The trial proceeded normally yesterday while a demonstration against the death penalty went on outside the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse on Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
"This case is not an issue of a crime committed against the federal government, or on federal property, but is an issue of an alleged crime committed against the people of the District of Columbia," D.C. shadow senator Paul Strauss said at the demonstration, re-emphasizing that D.C. voters voted down the death penalty in 1992.
When the U.S. government imposes its will over the District, like a state, it amounts to federalization of the justice system, said Quentin Drisco of the National Lawyers Guild.
Demonstrators carried signs reading "Thou shalt not kill," "Don't kill for me," "Democracy not death" and "Abolish the death penalty," while chanting, "They say death row. We say no, no."
The demonstrators also oppose use of stun belts on criminal defendants. The stun belts were under the clothing of the six defendants in the courtroom. A U.S. marshal has a remote control. If a defendant becomes unruly, the officer can press a button, delivering an electrical shock that could render the defendant immobile.
Although nothing has happened to provoke use of the stun belts, Judge Royce Lamberth has warned Mosley about protesting his clothing, and marshals have told him to sit upright when he laid his head down on the counsel table. Also, Mosley and Johnson have been accused of threatening to kill a witness during his testimony.
Yesterday, a medical examiner testified that 10 bullet wounds killed Anthony "Spook" Payton on May 8, 1996; Damin "Day Day" Jennifer died three weeks after he was shot three times Aug. 18, 1996, and four bullets killed Sherman Johnson on Sept. 15, 1996.
The indictment charges Marbury and Johnson in the slayings of Payton; Mosley in the death of Sherman Johnson, and Mosley and the two Edelins in the slaying of Jennifer.
Green, who is serving up to 15 years for assault and has plea-bargained for leniency on a possible life sentence in this case, has testified mostly against Marbury, Mosley and Johnson.

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