- The Washington Times - Friday, June 13, 2003

Jailed Florida woman released after DNA test

MIAMI — A Frenchman searching for his two children who disappeared with his wife six years ago mistook a Florida woman for his estranged wife, sending the woman to jail for six days until a DNA test cleared her name, court sources said.

Nona Cason, 39, and a mother of two, was arrested May 16 in Florida and accused of being Nadine Tretiakoff, Pierre Fourcade’s wife, who took off with his son and daughter.

Mr. Fourcade, who had traveled from France to Florida, told a Fort Lauderdale judge May 19 that Mrs. Cason was his wife.

Researcher resigns amid fraud charges

RALEIGH, N.C. — A leading cancer researcher from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill has resigned amid accusations from colleagues that he faked breast cancer findings, a charge he disputed yesterday.

Dr. Steven Leadon, who was a professor of radiation oncology and head of the university’s molecular-radiology program, said the case is about faulty data rather than outright lies.

A retraction of Dr. Leadon’s 1998 research appeared in yesterday’s edition of Science magazine. It said an ad hoc investigatory committee at the university found that Dr. Leadon had “fabricated and falsified research findings.”

Sheik’s attorney seeks dismissal of charges

NEW YORK — A defense attorney asked a federal judge yesterday to dismiss charges against a lawyer accused of helping a jailed Egyptian cleric disseminate messages to terrorists.

Civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart should be protected by the attorney-client privilege and the First Amendment, said her attorney, Michael E. Tigar.

Prosecutor Christopher Morvillo argued that those privileges do not protect a lawyer from violating the law, especially when it involves national security. The judge said he will decide whether the case should go to trial next year.

Miss Stewart was charged last year with helping deliver messages from her client Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, who is serving a life sentence for conspiring to blow up New York City landmarks and assassinate Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

FBI agents find Oscar during drug investigation

MIAMI — FBI agents on a drug investigation were startled to find one of three missing Oscars stolen three years ago from a loading dock in Los Angeles, authorities said yesterday.

The statuette, found Thursday, has been verified by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as one of 55 stolen after they were shipped from their Chicago manufacturer to Los Angeles, the FBI said.

Fifty-two of the gold-plated statuettes were recovered next to a trash bin nine days after the theft, but three had remained missing.

“There’s still two out there,” FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela said.

She said the statuette was found in the Fort Lauderdale-Broward County area. She declined to say who had it because the investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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