- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 24, 2002

Jury indicts ex-judge for rights violations
A federal grand jury in Houston yesterday returned an indictment against former Municipal Court Judge Ernesto Flores Jr., for violating the constitutional rights of four female victims by sexually assaulting them, the Justice Department said.
The four-count indictment said the violations occurred from 1999 to 2001, while Judge Flores was acting in his official capacity as a federally appointed judge in the city of Mercedes. The indictment said Judge Flores used his position to deprive the victims of their federal civil rights by kissing or fondling them in exchange for favorable dispositions of their cases.
If convicted, he faces 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

Hearst calls SLA 'dangerous radicals'
LOS ANGELES Patty Hearst said yesterday that Sara Jane Olson and members of the Symbionese Liberation Army charged with murder in a 1970s bank robbery had their "own little jihad" going, adding she is ready and willing to testify against them.
The kidnapped newspaper heiress-turned-SLA bank robber told CNN's Larry King that she believed Olson, Bill and Emily Harris, Michael Bortin and James Kilgore were "extremely dedicated revolutionaries who wanted to bring down the country."
At one point during the hourlong interview, she compared the SLA to the bombers of the Oklahoma City federal building and the violent 1960s Charles Manson cult.

FBI: 'Oddfather' runs crime family
NEW YORK Imprisoned mob boss Vincent "The Chin" Gigante, who dodged prosecution for years by claiming mental illness, was indicted yesterday on new charges that he still runs the powerful Genovese family from behind bars.
Gigante, 74, and Genovese members are suspected of infiltrating the International Longshoremen's Association and running extortion rackets against companies operating at piers in New York, New Jersey and Miami.
"Vincent 'The Chin' Gigante is truly the boss of the Genovese crime family," said Barry Mawn, head of the FBI's New York office.
Gigante, who is serving 12 years on a 1997 conviction on charges of racketeering and murder conspiracy, was dubbed "The Oddfather" for his habit of wandering New York City in a bathrobe and mumbling to himself. Authorities have long charged that his behavior was a dodge to avoid prosecution.

USS Carl Vinson returns from war
BREMERTON, Wash. The USS Carl Vinson returned yesterday from the war in Afghanistan to the cheers of thousands of flag-waving friends and family members.
The 3,000 crew members waved and shouted as the aircraft carrier inched toward its pier at Naval Station Bremerton.
"We went out there, did our job and this is like icing on top of the cake," said sailor Faustcino Rigunay, 28, of Tulsa, Okla.
First off the ship were the 76 men who missed seeing their children born. The Vinson has been at sea for six months, launching aircraft strikes against the Taliban regime and al Qaeda terrorists.

Jeans may be evidence in Kennedy cousin case
STAMFORD, Conn. Prosecutors trying Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel for a 1975 murder may turn to one of his former summer camp buddies to link him to a pair of jeans once tested for bloodstains.
The jeans were found in the Skakel family's garbage, along with a pair of stained sneakers. The jeans apparently belonged to Dr. William Matthai and were taken home from camp by Mr. Skakel.
"I can confirm we went to the same camp," Dr. Matthai said, noting that an investigator told him years ago not to discuss the case.
Mr. Skakel, now 41, has pleaded not guilty in the beating death of neighbor Martha Moxley. Both were 15 at the time of the slaying. The trial is scheduled to begin April 2.

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