- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Jury selection begins in drugs massacre
PHILADELPHIA Jury selection started yesterday for the trial of four teen-agers accused of killing seven persons and wounding three others in a dispute over drug sales.
The massacre occurred after four teen-agers sold crack for $3 a packet instead of the going rate of $5, police said.
The dealers who were being undercut are accused of bursting into their rivals' drug house on Dec. 28, 2000, lining up the 10 persons inside and methodically killing them in what was Philadelphia's worst shooting in decades.

Gay priest's records demanded by court
BOSTON The Boston Archdiocese was ordered yesterday to turn over immediately psychiatric and medical records of the Rev. Paul Shanley, the retired homosexual priest who has been charged with raping a boy.
Middlesex Superior Court Justice Janet Sanders ruled that Father Shanley, 71, had waived any right to keep the records private when he turned them over to the archdiocese. A hearing today will determine whether to make the documents public.
Documents show that church officials knew Rev. Shanley had been accused of sexually abusing children as early as 1967 but did little more than move him from parish to parish.

Boy used by smugglers can stay in U.S.
LOS ANGELES An AIDS-stricken, 4-year-old Thai boy who was used as a prop by immigrant smugglers will be granted a special visa to remain in the United States, it was reported yesterday.
Phanupong "Got" Khaisri can stay in the country for at least three years under the special visa for victims of human trafficking, the Los Angeles Times quoted an unidentified Justice Department source as saying.
Evan Smyth, a court-appointed guardian for the boy, and co-guardian Janet Herold want to adopt Got, but the boy's grandparents in Thailand have fought a two-year court battle for his return.

Fossett sets sixth balloon try
ST. LOUIS Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett said yesterday he will make his sixth attempt next month to circumnavigate the globe solo in a hot-air balloon, one of aviation's last unaccomplished feats.
Mr. Fossett, a 58-year-old former Chicago stockbroker, has scaled the world's tallest mountains, set numerous sailing and flying records and competed in Alaska's Iditarod dog sled race.

Lindh's lawyers ask for dismissal
John Walker Lindh was no more than a foot soldier against anti-Taliban forces and thus cannot be accused of war crimes, his lawyers said yesterday in filings seeking to dismiss much of the 10-count indictment.
"While the indictment alleges a nebulous and far flung-conspiracy to 'kill American citizens around the world,' as well as a conspiracy to kill American military personnel in Afghanistan, the alleged overt acts support only an intent to be a foot soldier" against the Northern Alliance, the defense said.
International law accepts the principle of "combat immunity," and the United States has asserted it for its soldiers against North Vietnam, Yugoslavia and others, said the motion filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.


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