- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 20, 2002

Lindh asks to query American agent
Accused American Taliban John Walker Lindh asked a federal judge yesterday for a subpoena to question an unidentified U.S. agent present during a prison uprising in Afghanistan in which CIA officer Johnny "Mike" Spann was killed.
Lindh, not charged in the Spann death but facing life in prison if convicted of conspiring to murder U.S. nationals, through his attorneys asked U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III for the name of the agent identified in reports only as CS-1 and for his appearance at a July 15 hearing.
Judge Ellis has set May 31 for a hearing to determine who could be interviewed.

Report shows diversity of September 11 victims
NEW YORK Seven months after the World Trade Center attack, New York has for the first time laid out the grim profile of those who died.
The report by the city's Department of Health covers 2,617, or 93 percent, of the estimated 2,825 attack victims, including those on the two planes that flew into the twin towers September 11. The report is based on 2,617 death certificates filed with the city's Office of Vital Statistics through Jan. 25.
The report released Thursday revealed the diverse backgrounds of those killed.
People from 25 states were killed, as were 25 persons who lived outside the United States. More than 500 people, or 19 percent of the victims, were born outside the United States. They included 53 persons born in the United Kingdom, 34 born in India, 25 in the Dominican Republic, 21 in Jamaica and 20 in Japan.

Records released on Lebanese national
The Justice Department yesterday agreed to release records from closed deportation hearings for a Lebanese national detained after the September 11 attacks, saying the documents would not cause "irreparable harm" to national security.
But Associate Attorney General Jay Stephens said the department would continue to "defend the principle that the Constitution does not require immigration proceedings" to be public and would pursue an appeal in the case.
"We have concluded, in regard to the single individual in this case, that the release of past transcripts of the immigration proceedings, as required by court order, will not cause irreparable harm to the national security or to the safety of the American people," Mr. Stephens said.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds ordered the department to release records from the deportation hearings for Rabih Haddad, detained since Dec. 14.

Ashcroft targets drug network
A seven-count indictment unsealed yesterday in Pittsburgh targeted what Attorney General John Ashcroft called the "largest heroin and cocaine distribution network" in Pennsylvania's history.
The indictment, handed up Tuesday by a federal grand jury, named 11 persons on charges of conspiring to distribute large quantities of heroin and cocaine. Six of the defendants face additional counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine or heroin.
The reputed ringleader was identified as Oliver Beasley. The indictment named Eddie Myrick, Donald Lyles and Pamela Watson as his top lieutenants.
The arrests came in what federal authorities called "Operation Family Store," which resulted in the seizure of 2.6 kilograms of heroin worth $1.5 million.

Police search homes of Blake, bodyguard
LOS ANGELES Investigators yesterday searched the homes of actor Robert Blake and his bodyguard, who are accused in the death last year of Mr. Blake's wife.
Detectives hauled boxes, a shotgun and two gun cases out of the second-floor Burbank apartment of bodyguard Earle Caldwell. They also swept through a home in the gated community where Mr. Blake moved after Bonny Lee Bakley's death.
Both men remained jailed yesterday. Prosecutors have said they would decide by Monday if there was sufficient evidence to file formal charges.

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