Judge says Olson’s guilty plea will stand
LOS ANGELES A judge let stand a guilty plea entered last week by Sara Jane Olson after the former Symbionese Liberation Army fugitive appeared in court again yesterday to reaffirm her stand.
Mrs. Olson pleaded guilty Oct. 31 to possessing bombs with intent to murder Los Angeles police officers in 1975. But she later told reporters outside court that she was innocent and only agreed to the plea bargain because the September 11 terrorist attacks made it unlikely she would get a fair trial.
Her remarks prompted Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler to call yesterday’s session to determine if the plea remains valid in light of her public declarations of innocence.
“She is guilty as she has indicated under the concept of aiding and abetting,” Judge Fidler declared yesterday.
Man drives self to funeral home to die
MAPLEWOOD, N.J. An 80-year-old man who told his family he would drive himself to the funeral home to die did just that, his wife said yesterday.
Funeral home workers found Harold Saber, a pharmacist and war veteran from Verona, N.J., dead Saturday slumped over in his car in the parking lot of the Bernheim-Apter-Goldsticker Suburban Funeral Chapel in Maplewood, N.J., a few miles from his home.
“He said many times he would do that,” Mr. Saber’s wife, Sylvia Robinson, told Reuters. “He never wanted to bother anybody. He felt evidently it was his time, and he drove himself there. It was a heroic act of love,” she said.
Rosenthal resigns as Inquirer editor
PHILADELPHIA Robert J. Rosenthal, editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, resigned yesterday amid staff cutbacks ordered by owner Knight-Ridder and disagreements over how to attract readers.
Walker Lundy, editor of Knight-Ridder’s Saint Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press, has been named as Mr. Rosenthal’s replacement.
Frat members dumped for race incident
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Members of an Auburn University fraternity that dressed up in Ku Klux Klan robes and black faces have been expelled from the fraternity, Scripps Howard News Service reports.
“As of right now, the individuals in question have been expelled from the chapter,” said Matt Zinkus, president of the Kappa Chapter Alumni Corp. Board of Delta Sigma Phi. “They are no longer members of Delta Sigma Phi.”
Three sentenced in slaying of girl
MADISON, Ga. Three persons avoided the death penalty by pleading guilty to the 1999 slaying of a 17-year-old girl who had an eye gouged out and her hair set on fire before she was stabbed to death.
Danielle Hubbard, 20, of Athens and Timothy Curtis Cole, 24, and Michael Christopher Teal, 21, both of Covington, were sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty.
Krystal Gail Archer was killed after accompanying the three to a pasture to look for hallucinogenic mushrooms. Authorities said a fight broke out, and she fell or was pushed into a muddy 20-foot ravine and was left by the others.
U.S. witness failed to disclose robbery bid
NEW YORK The government’s chief witness in a recent terrorism trial failed to disclose that he had tried to rob a Montreal currency exchange to raise money for terrorist operations, court papers show.
Ahmed Ressam was arrested entering the country in late 1999 with a trunkload of explosives.
He was convicted in April in Los Angeles for his role in a failed plot linked to the 2000 millennium celebrations. He then became the key witness in the trial at which Mokhtar Haouari was convicted in New York in July in the same plot. He could face 50 years in prison