- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 18, 2001

2 arrest warrants issued for Sharpton

ST. LOUIS A judge has issued two arrest warrants for the Rev. Al Sharpton because he hasn't paid $600 in fines for his role in a 1999 protest that shut down Interstate 70.

The warrants mean the black activist could be taken into custody the next time he visits St. Louis.

Mr. Sharpton must appear before Associate Circuit Judge Jack Garvey to settle the warrants and pay the fines plus $200 in court costs.

Mr. Sharpton's attorney, Randall Cahill, had no comment on the warrants Tuesday.

Mr. Sharpton had joined more than 120 protesters Dec. 11 in blocking the interstate. Demonstrators were seeking more highway contracts for minorities.

Mother jailed for using her child in extortion

EVERETT, Wash. A woman has been sentenced to eight months in jail for trying to extort money from her ex-husband by hurting their 2-year-old son.

Jehovahy M. Timmermann, was sentenced Tuesday after the judge heard a tape recording of the telephone extortion attempt.

"I thought I'd seen everything dealing with children, but I've never seen anything like this," Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wynne said.

Timmermann, 33, of Lynnwood, Wash., had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree extortion. She originally was charged with one count of first-degree extortion.

ACLU defeats plan for flag displays

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. Mayor James McGreevey, a Democratic front-runner to be New Jersey's next governor, knuckled under to liberal pressure groups and backed away from a proposed ordinance to require new businesses to fly the U.S. flag.

The Woodbridge Town Council Tuesday evening instead opted for the mayor's compromise resolution, which encourages flagpoles and flag flying on commercial properties.

Mr. McGreevey's introduction of the ordinance drew immediate fire from the New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which said the law violated free speech rights and threatened to sue.

"The right to free speech is also a right not to speak, and if someone does not want to display the American flag, then we don't think the government should compel them to do so," Executive Director Deborah Jacobs said yesterday.

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