- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 26, 2002

Ex-cop faces charges in Louima case
NEW YORK Former New York police Officer Charles Schwarz, whose conviction was overturned in the case of a Haitian immigrant tortured by police, was charged in a new indictment yesterday with lying on the witness stand.
Mr. Schwarz, freed on bail March 7 after serving almost three years in prison, now faces two additional federal counts of perjury as well as retrial on charges he violated the civil rights of Abner Louima, who was sodomized with a broomstick in a Brooklyn precinct house.
Mr. Schwarz was convicted in 1999 of conspiring to obstruct a grand jury investigation and sentenced to 15 years in prison. But that conviction was overturned last month by a federal appeals court that ruled Mr. Schwarz, 36, had been denied effective legal representation.

Two men acquitted in sheriff-elect's murder
ATLANTA Two men were acquitted yesterday of murder and conspiracy in the 2000 slaying of a Georgia sheriff-elect.
A DeKalb County jury deliberated for four hours over two days before finding Melvin Walker and David Ramsey not guilty of murder in the December 2000 killing of DeKalb County Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown.
Prosecutors had contended that Mr. Walker and Mr. Ramsey, along with two other men, Patrick Cuffy and Paul Skyers, had conspired to kill Mr. Brown on the orders of former DeKalb County Sheriff Sidney Dorsey, who lost to Mr. Brown in a bitter 2000 election.

FCC approves TV lingerie parade
It is OK to strut around in your underwear on prime-time television, at least according to federal regulators responding to a lingerie show broadcast last year that brought in blockbuster ratings as well as scores of complaints.
The Federal Communications Commission has dismissed the complaints registered against ABC over a fashion show featuring scantily clad models wearing Victoria's Secret lingerie during prime time, according to a letter made available yesterday.
"Based on the information you and other complainants have provided to us, you have not demonstrated that the sexual aspects of the material was, in context, so graphic or explicit as to be patently offensive," the FCC said in letters to the complainants.
The show, which aired in November, garnered 12.4 million viewers.

Prosecutors mull trying Russell Yates
HOUSTON Less than a week after Andrea Yates began serving life in prison for killing her children, the district attorney said yesterday that his office is looking into whether her husband had any culpability in the drownings.
To call it an "investigation" would be too strong, Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal said.
Prosecutors have questioned why Russell Yates left his wife alone with the children. The father has said he thought his wife would be fine with the children for the hour between when he left for work and when his mother arrived to help out.
Mr. Yates' attorney, Edward Mallett, said yesterday that "It's a tragedy that Rusty now has to defend himself after standing by his wife."

Employer blames union vote on voodoo
MIAMI A nursing home asked that a union vote be thrown out yesterday, saying a series of voodoo signs may have scared the facility's large Haitian-American work force into voting to organize.
Workers at Mount Sinai-St. Francis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center testified they saw lines of pennies, half-empty water cups and a union supporter twisting black beads in her hands before the Feb. 28 vote.
"If there was a group of people afraid of voodoo, your mind could be swayed," dietary aide Barbra White Bynum testified during the National Labor Relations Board hearing.
Complaining of low wages, unaffordable health insurance and mistreatment by management, the workers voted 49 to 37 to unionize.


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