- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 16, 2001

Spy suspect will be indicted, lawyers say
Lawyers for Robert Hanssen said they expect the former FBI counterintelligence agent to be indicted tomorrow on charges of spying for the Soviet Union and Russia.
Mr. Hanssens lawyers had been in plea bargain discussions with federal prosecutors.
Mr. Hanssens lawyers said the talks stalled because prosecutors demanded to know what their client would tell them about his suspected 15 years of spying for Moscow before they would rule out seeking the death penalty.
"We expect he will be indicted Wednesday" on 21 counts of espionage and other charges, said Plato Cacheris, a Hanssen attorney.
Mr. Hanssen was arrested Feb. 18 at a Virginia park where prosecutors said he left a package containing intelligence documents for his Russian handlers.

Jury rehears evidence in teacher shooting

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. A jury composed mostly of parents asked to rehear prosecution testimony yesterday in the case of a teen-ager accused of murdering his teacher in a fit of rage.
Jurors asked for the definition of burglary, the sequence of the shooting and a rereading of testimony from three prosecution witnesses, all students. The judge granted the requests.
The jury of nine women and three men deliberated for about seven hours yesterday without reaching a verdict in the trial of 14-year-old Nathaniel Brazill. They are scheduled to resume deliberations today.
One of the students whose testimony was being read back yesterday, Brandon Spann, had described Mr. Brazill as angry about his suspension before the shooting. Another, Jules Noel, said the defendant told him "you better go home" before the shooting.
The teen-ager, who is charged as an adult, could get life in prison without parole if convicted of first-degree murder in the death of teacher Barry Grunow.

Study shows benefits from heart drug

CHICAGO — A clot-blocking drug given to patients during angioplasty appears to reduce the risk of heart attack and death in the six months afterward by about 37 percent.
Previous research showed that eptifibatide, sold as Integrilin, significantly reduces complications in the 48 hours after angioplasty.
The Duke University study was published in todays Journal of the American Medical Association.

Death row inmate may be released

LINCOLN, Neb. — A white man sentenced to death in the killing of a black girl may go free now that the Supreme Court has decided not to review the case.
The Nebraska Supreme Court ordered a new trial for Jeremy Sheets last year, ruling that the key evidence again him — a co-defendants taped statement — shouldnt have been used because the co-defendant killed himself after making it and could not be cross-examined at trial. The state appealed to the nations highest court, which on Monday refused to hear the case.

Defense opens in strip club trial

ATLANTA — Stripping is not illegal in Atlanta and neither is having sex, the attorney for a Gold Club stripper accused of being paid to perform oral sex told jurors yesterday.
Gold Club owner Steve Kaplan and six associate are being tried on charges of using the club frequented by professional athletes as a base for prostitution, money laundering and racketeering.
Lawyer Bruce Harveys client, Jacklyn Bush, is accused of performing oral sex on an NBA player at the club in exchange for money paid by Mr. Kaplan.

Gunman kills one, wounds three

CINCINNATI — One person was killed and three others were wounded by a man described as angry about people loitering around his building.
Police said there was no indication the Monday night shootings had any connection to the riots which rocked the city last month.
Officers searched yesterday for Gary Smith, 50, named in warrants charging one count of murder and three of felonious assault.


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