- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 5, 2009

GUANTANAMO

Judge orders release of detainee

A federal judge Monday ordered a Yemeni man released from Guantanamo Bay after seven years’ detention.

U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler said the United States should take all necessary diplomatic steps to release Alla Ali Bin Ali Ahmed. He was picked up seven years ago by Pakistani forces in a prayer house that the United States said was run by a high-ranking al Qaeda operative.

Other Guantanamo detainees have been ordered released by the courts but remain at the prison because no other country will accept them.

The judge gave the United States until June 15 to report back on the status of his release. Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said the decision is under review and that he can’t comment yet on whether the government will appeal.

ABORTION

Palin supports parental consent

ANCHORAGE, Alaska | Gov. Sarah Palin said she’ll sign a petition aimed at letting Alaska voters decide whether girls under 18 should be required to notify their parents before getting abortions.

Sponsors of the ballot initiative applied last week to start gathering signatures. The measure would prohibit doctors from performing abortions for girls under 18 without notice or consent from at least one parent.

Mrs. Palin backed a parental consent measure introduced in the Legislature this year, but the measure stalled. Supporters hope to get the consent measure on the ballot next year.

A Planned Parenthood official in Alaska, Clover Simon, said her organization opposes parental consent as potentially dangerous for teens looking to avoid facing their parents.

DALLAS

Bush raises millions for library

In his first 100 days as a former president, George W. Bush raised $100 million for his presidential library, putting him well on the way to funding the estimated $300 million project.

Mr. Bush’s office in Dallas would not discuss the numbers, but Bush associates said some longtime financial boosters of the former president had raised the money and that none of it had come from overseas.

The library to house Mr. Bush’s official papers from his eight-year presidency is to be built at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

WHITE HOUSE

Obama celebrates holiday a day early

President Obama celebrated Cinco de Mayo a little early.

On the eve of the Mexican holiday, Mr. Obama on Monday had an event in the East Room of the White House with Mexico’s Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan.

Mr. Obama joked that it was “Cinco de Cuatro,” botching a play on the Spanish word for “four” when he meant to say “Cuatro de Mayo,” or the Fourth of May. He tried again, but he still did not get it right.

Moving past the jumbled translation, the president assured his guests that the White House wanted to be early in commemorating the holiday.

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican troops’ defeat of the French on May 5, 1862, at Puebla. Mr. Obama called it a “decisive victory” that inspired a sense of pride that Mexicans feel today.

CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Ex-Boxer aide gets 5 years in prison

A former high-level aide to Sen. Barbara Boxer has been sentenced to five years in prison on child pornography charges.

Court documents show Jeff P. Rosato, 32, was sentenced Friday in Alexandria in a hearing before U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III. He received the minimum sentence allowed under federal guidelines and will have to register as a sex offender.

Rosato was fired from Mrs. Boxer’s office in November after the California Democrat learned of the charges.

He had worked for Mrs. Boxer since early 2005, beginning in her personal office as a legislative assistant and last year becoming a counsel to the Environment and Public Works Committee, which Mrs. Boxer chairs.

Defense attorneys argued Rosato had been molested as a child.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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