- The Washington Times - Friday, June 8, 2001

Killer is denied new public defender

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — A man who pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of a 13-year-old boy is now trying to get the case reopened, but a judge denied a request to grant him a new public defender.

Circuit Judge David Clinger on Wednesday denied the request of Davis Don Carpenter Jr., who wanted a court-appointed attorney to review whether his original public defender was ineffective. The judge said Carpenter is not entitled to a court-appointed attorney for that purpose.

Joshua Macabe Brown, 23, was also convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 1999 rape and murder of Jesse Dirkhising.

ACLU won´t appeal motto decision

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The debate over the constitutionality of Ohio´s motto, "With God, all things are possible," won´t reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

The American Civil Liberties Union has decided not to appeal a March ruling by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that the motto is constitutional, a spokesman for the ACLU´s Ohio branch said yesterday.

'Peanuts´ creator gets congressional medal

Congress awarded its highest civilian honor to "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz yesterday, saying the comic strip characters created by the late cartoonist "embodied human potential."

Mr. Schulz, who was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, died in February 2000 at his home in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Jeffords signals shift on environment

Sen. James M. Jeffords is going to be creating a lot more headaches for President Bush besides turning the Senate over to Democratic control.

The newly independent Vermont lawmaker, who soon will become chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has an environmental and energy agenda sharply different from the White House´s.

"I have been disappointed in the president´s actions so far this year on environmental issues," Mr. Jeffords said yesterday.

Condemned inmate appeals to high court

A federal death row inmate appealed yesterday for a Supreme Court reprieve.

Juan Raul Garza, a convicted drug dealer and killer from Texas, asked the justices to delay his June 19 execution and hear his appeal.

Garza could be the second person executed at the new federal death chamber in Terre Haute, Ind., if Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh is executed as scheduled on Monday.

Garza claims he was denied a fair opportunity to fight his death sentence earlier in his trial and appeals process.

Court throws out death sentence

TRENTON, N.J. — The state Supreme Court reversed the death sentence yesterday of a man convicted of murdering two pizza delivery drivers, saying errors were made during his sentencing.

The court upheld the conviction of Thomas Koskovich in the two murders, but in a 4-3 vote ruled that the jury could have been misled about how to consider statements of one victim´s mother during sentencing. The court ordered a new sentencing trial, during which a jury could reinstate the death penalty.

Science project causes salmonella outbreak

BAYPORT, Minn. — An elementary school science project that involved dissecting owl droppings was probably responsible for an outbreak of salmonella that sickened dozens of pupils, officials said.

Genetic tests of salmonella bacteria from a captive owl at Warner Nature Center show the bacteria match the germs that made the children sick.

The center brought owl droppings and "pellets" regurgitated food to some Washington County schools. Students learn what an owl eats by dissecting the material.

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