Judge cites Clinton in perjury case
ALBUQUERQUE A federal judge who sentenced a convicted perjurer to one year in prison instead of the recommended five said he based his decision partly on the fact that President Clinton asked for leniency when facing perjury charges.
Chief U.S. District Judge James Parker told prosecutors it seemed “terribly unfair” that the Department of Justice was trying to “pillorize” Ruben Renteria Sr. when Mr. Clinton was asking for leniency, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
Mr. Clinton was found in contempt of court and fined $90,000 by a federal judge in Arkansas for lying about his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case. A state court panel has recommended he be disbarred.
Renteria, 49, was convicted of perjury in 1996 stemming from a drug-conspiracy case after he denied signing a consent form that gave investigators permission to search his property.
11-year-old robs bank for food money
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. An 11-year-old sixth-grader flashed a steak knife, demanded money and walked out into a bank parking lot before being detained by a passer-by.
On the morning of Oct. 2, the boy walked from his grandmother’s Largo house to a Seminole bank while she was sleeping. Sheriff’s investigators said the youngster told them he stole the money because he wanted to buy food from McDonald’s.
At the time of the bank robbery, the youngster had just been released from a juvenile detention center, where he had been held since Sept. 8 on an aggravated battery charge in connection with an attack on his mother with a knife. His mother was not injured in the attack.
His father is in Pinellas County Jail serving a seven-month sentence on a possession of a firearm conviction. The man has had numerous battery charges filed against him in the past.
Disabled woman wins $1 million in suit
TACOMA, Wash. A Tacoma boarding house and the Washington Department of Social and Health Services have agreed to pay nearly $1 million to a disabled woman who got pregnant while in their care.
Mary Jane Nason, 28, became pregnant by a man with a lengthy criminal record and a history of trying to solicit sex from residents at a foster home, according to court documents.
The two were placed in the same Tacoma boarding home in the mid-1990s, and she gave birth to a disabled son in March 1997.
Miss Nason has cerebral palsy and an IQ of 40. She functions at the level of a 4-year-old.
Suspect in 3 killings investigated in 4th
AUGUSTA, Ga. A South Carolina man facing murder charges in the deaths of three women is being investigated in a fourth slaying, authorities said.
The latest victim was found in a wooded area near the South Carolina border Saturday after the suspect, Reinaldo Rivera, gave the location of the body to authorities, Columbia County, Ga., prosecutor Danny Craig said. The victim is an unidentified woman who was last seen in July, authorities said.
Rivera, 37, is being held in the Richmond County Jail. He is charged in the slayings of two teen-agers and a 21-year-old Army sergeant. The incidents occurred over the past two years.
Paramedics leave body of man, 76, in driveway
ASHFORD, Wash. The body of a 76-year-old man who died from a heart attack en route to the hospital was left in his driveway by emergency workers.
After Charles Bardsley died, paramedics returned to his home, saying they didn’t want to take the body inside because Bardsley’s wife, who has Alzheimer’s disease, appeared confused.
“We expected to find an ambulance there. But he was lying right in the driveway where someone could have run over him,” said Mr. Bardsley’s daughter-in-law, Cindy Bardsley.
The normal procedure is to deliver the body to the hospital for authorities to examine. The nearest hospital was about 50 miles away.