- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 5, 2001

Judge prohibits deporting of boy
LOS ANGELES — A federal judge yesterday barred the deportation of an HIV-infected 3-year-old Thai boy brought into the United States as a pawn of smugglers, despite the refusal of immigration officials to grant him asylum.
U.S. District Judge Dickran Tevrizian said he wants Phanupong Khaisri — whose father is dead and whose mother is a prostitute — to remain in the United States at least until he receives a full hearing before a federal immigration judge and possibly until he is 18.

Clark speaks for terrorist

NEW YORK — Former U.S. Attorney General and activist Ramsey Clark took the stand in federal court yesterday to help save a Saudi man from execution for his role in the deadly 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya.
Mr. Clark testified about the damage that the U.S. bombing of Iraq caused in 1991. His testimony was part of defense efforts to explain why Mohammed Rashed Daoud Owhali saw the United States as an enemy of Islam.
Owhali, 24, was one of four men convicted last week of conspiring with Osama bin Laden in a plot to kill Americans that included the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The twin explosions killed 224 persons, including 12 Americans.

Judge declares mistrial in midwife's case

WAUKEGAN, Ill. — A judge declared a mistrial yesterday in the case of a midwife charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a baby boy.
Prosecutors indicated they will retry Yvonne Cryns, whose case has focused attention on the use of what are known as lay midwives. Lay midwives are not certified by the state.
Judge James Booras declared the mistrial after the jury deliberated over parts of five days. The jury acquitted Miss Cryns of involuntary manslaughter of an unborn child but indicated it was deadlocked 10-2 in favor of conviction on a second involuntary manslaughter count.

Elderly woman survives in submerged car

MARIETTA, Okla. — An 86-year-old woman survived nearly 48 hours in her submerged car after it flipped into a creek while she was driving home from the airport.
Wanda Irene McKinnis, who lives in Achille, Okla., drove about 90 miles south to Dallas on Thursday to pick up her husband at the airport.
After failing to find him, she headed home.
About 11:30 p.m., Mrs. McKinnis got lost and drove her 1987 Pontiac Firebird off the road.
The car landed upside down in the creek and Mrs. McKinnis maneuvered until her head was in what she called "a bubble" of air.
Help arrived late Saturday night when passers-by saw the car and notified authorities.


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