- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 17, 2001

Gale Norton to speak at gun convention
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Secretary of the Interior Gale A. Norton will speak at the National Rifle Associations convention Saturday, the first Cabinet member to appear at the gathering of the gun lobby in years.
NRA spokesman Bill Powers said Mrs. Norton would be the keynote speaker at the NRA national convention in Kansas City.
The NRA estimates 40,000 of its members will attend, making it one of the largest NRA gatherings in history.

Polygamist wife brings disabled child to court
PROVO, Utah — One of the five wives of an avowed polygamist told a Utah court yesterday she believes she is married to accused bigamist Tom Green.
"I entered into an eternal ceremony with Tom," 31-year-old Shirley Beagley testified.
She also caused a minor drama in the district courtroom when she tried to take the witness stand holding her severely handicapped child. Judge Guy Burningham asked her to leave the child outside the courtroom during her testimony.

Bush daughter enters plea in alcohol case
AUSTIN, Texas — President Bushs 19-year-old daughter Jenna pleaded no contest yesterday to a charge of being a minor in possession of alcohol, and must attend alcohol awareness classes.
Jenna Bush was ordered by Austin Community Court Judge Elisabeth Earle to pay $51.25 in court costs, serve eight hours of community service and attend six hours of classes.

Jail guards indicted in inmate beatings
BOSTON — Seven jail guards were indicted on charges that they beat inmates and blocked an investigation into the incidents.
The federal indictment was unsealed yesterday.
The seven served at the Nashua Street Jail, operated by the Suffolk County Sheriffs Department. They face charges of conspiracy, civil rights violations, obstruction of justice and perjury.

Buildings evacuated near bombing memorial
OKLAHOMA CITY — Buildings near the Oklahoma City National Memorial were evacuated yesterday morning while police examined a suspicious pickup truck with a bumper sticker mentioning Waco. The driver was detained.
On the day bomber Timothy McVeigh was to have been executed, officers stopped the truck while it was being driven erratically near the memorial, said police Capt. Charles Allen.

Judge chastises lawyers for table dance
ATLANTA — The judge hearing the racketeering trial of an Atlanta strip club owner chastised defense attorneys yesterday for courtroom theatrics that included one lawyer standing on a table and stripping off his jacket.
U.S. District Judge Willis Hunt read into the court record a description of Bruce Harveys table-dance during Tuesdays opening statements.
Mr. Harvey, who represents a Gold Club dancer accused of selling sex to professional basketball players, jumped onto a defense table and peeled off his jacket to illustrate his argument that his client is just a successful stripper.
"That conduct could be characterized as disrespectful, as disruptive," Judge Hunt told the defense team as the trial resumed yesterday.
"You do have a situation that obviously goes beyond the legitimate scope of an opening statement."
Later, a key prosecution witness charged that Gold Club owner Steve Kaplan bought protection from the Gambino crime family during the 1980s and met with boss John Gotti and Gottis son at least once to talk about it.
Mr. Kaplan bought cars for a Gambino associate in exchange for the mobs protection of nightclubs he owned, said the cousin, David Alwais, who also identified himself as a former Gambino associate.
Alwais, whose prison sentence on an unrelated federal racketeering conviction was reduced in exchange for his testimony, said Mr. Kaplan would have done "pretty much anything" for the Gambinos protection.

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