- The Washington Times - Friday, March 22, 2002

Rosenstein appointed to senior Justice post

Assistant Attorney General Eileen J. O'Connor, who heads the Justice Department's Tax Division, yesterday announced the appointment of Rod J. Rosenstein as principal deputy assistant attorney general.

Mr. Rosenstein has served as deputy assistant attorney general for criminal matters since Sept. 17 and will continue to supervise the criminal tax-enforcement program while working on other initiatives to enhance compliance with the internal revenue laws.

"Rod's appointment is in recognition of the initiative and energy he has already brought to the Tax Division," Mrs. O'Connor said. "In addition to superb legal skills, Rod has demonstrated great integrity and sound judgment. He is deeply committed to the values of the Department of Justice and the mission of tax enforcement."


Killer mom Yates begins life sentence

HOUSTON Andrea Yates, found guilty last week of drowning her five children while she was deeply psychotic, went to a prison in eastern Texas yesterday to begin a life sentence that will keep her behind bars for a minimum of 40 years, state prison officials said.

Yates was to be evaluated at a psychiatric prison unit in Rusk, Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Larry Todd said. "Yates, inmate number 1087566, was solemn and cooperative and showed no emotion" as she was booked and given her white prison uniform, Mr. Todd said.


Court to reconsider dismissal of lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO A lower court has been directed by an appeals court to reconsider its dismissal of a defamation suit filed against CNN by a source for a report charging the U.S. military used nerve gas on Vietnam-era defectors.

The 1998 report, which was later retracted, said the military used sarin gas on a Laotian village in 1970 as part of a secret mission Operation Tailwind to kill American defectors.

CNN said Robert Van Buskirk was the "primary source" for the story, and gave inconsistent statements during interviews and took medication for a nervous disorder.

In his suit, Mr. Van Buskirk maintained he was defamed, among other reasons, because CNN failed to say the medication wasn't mind-altering.


Utility giant to pay overdue taxes

FOLSOM, Pa. One of the nation's largest energy suppliers has agreed to pay $5.7 million in overdue taxes after its refusal to do so left a suburban Philadelphia school district in the worst fiscal crisis in its history.

Exelon Corp. had refused to pay property taxes while it appealed a $300 million assessment on its Eddystone power plant. The unpaid tax bill represented 17 percent of the 5,700-student Ridley School District's budget.

The disagreement forced the district to borrow $3.7 million to stay open this year.


Second soldier dies in training accident

FORT DRUM, N.Y. A second soldier died from injuries suffered after shrapnel from an artillery training exercise ripped through a mess tent at a military base in rural New York, the U.S. military said yesterday.

Staff Sgt. Eric D. Hall, 34, a linguist with the 110th Military Intelligence Battalion stationed at Fort Drum, died at 10:07 p.m. Wednesday in Samaritan Medical Center in nearby Watertown from injuries sustained in the morning accident earlier in the day, a Fort Drum spokeswoman said.


Bishop faces lawsuit charging racketeering

ST. LOUIS A lawyer said yesterday he planned to use federal racketeering laws to sue Bishop Anthony O'Connell and three dioceses on behalf of a former seminarian. Similar suits against priests have failed.

Bishop O'Connell is the highest-ranking church official so far to resign or be removed because of the sex-abuse scandal that began in Boston. The lawyer, Jeff Anderson, is handling at least one other case against Bishop O'Connell.


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