- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 1, 2002

Lindh prosecutors oppose CIA subpoena
U.S. prosecutors asked a federal judge yesterday to quash a defense subpoena for a CIA employee who tried to question accused American Taliban John Walker Lindh at an Afghan prison right before another CIA officer was killed in an uprising.
Prosecutors said the testimony of the employee, identified in court papers only as "CS-1," would not be relevant at the hearing in July during which Lindh's attorneys will seek to suppress statements Lindh made right after his capture. Lindh, a 21-year-old Californian captured during fighting in Afghanistan, has pleaded not guilty to charges he conspired to kill U.S. civilians and military personnel abroad.

Apartment co-op bans smoking
NEW YORK A Manhattan co-op has taken a stand against smoking by barring new residents from lighting up in their apartments.
Real-estate experts called the ban, approved unanimously by the building's co-op board, last week, the first of its kind in the nation.
Under the rule, which affects anyone moving in after April 22, violators could be evicted and forced to sell their units in the Lincoln Towers complex on the Upper West Side. Current residents will still be allowed to light up.

Judge tosses out case against Jordanian
NEW YORK A federal judge threw out a perjury indictment yesterday against a Jordanian college student who knew two September 11 hijackers, citing errors made when investigators applied for an arrest warrant.
U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin dismissed the indictment after concluding that Osama Awadallah, 21, was unlawfully arrested after he was taken from his San Diego home several days after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Mother asks for return of missing toddler
SAN DIEGO The mother of a 2-year-old boy who vanished from a playground in a city park after his stepfather left the toddler alone tearfully appealed for her son's return yesterday.
"We just want to tell the person who has our son that you can just drop him off at a safe place so that someone who is caring can bring him home," said Tameka Jones, 18, at a press conference.
Tieray Jones, has told police that he left Jahi Turner on Thursday afternoon at a playground in San Diego's Balboa Park and left him near other children while he went to buy a soda.
Mr. Jones said he returned about 15 minutes later to discover the children and his stepson gone. Police have said Mr. Jones is not a suspect in the child's disappearance.

Physicist sentenced for illegal exporting
LOS ANGELES A physicist has been sentenced to 40 months in federal prison and fined $20,000 for illegally exporting to Israel tiny electronic components that could be used as triggers for nuclear weapons.
Richard Kelly Smyth, 72, who spent 16 years as a fugitive, was immediately made eligible for parole at Monday's sentencing.
Smyth pleaded guilty in December to one count of violating the Arms Export Control Act and a count of making a false statement to customs agents.

Courts are approving fewer wiretaps, searches
The government requested and won approval of fewer warrants last year for secret wiretaps and searches of suspected terrorists and spies, attributing a slight decline to streamlined procedures that became law after the September 11 terror attacks.
The government received court approval for 934 of the secret warrants, down from 1,003 in 2000. Attorney General John Ashcroft said yesterday the new Patriot Act, which amended the 1978 surveillance statute, made it easier for authorities to request fewer warrants because they don't expire as quickly and can be used in some cases across jurisdictions.

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