- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 29, 2003

OWA

Court restricts anti-abortion activist

KEOKUK — Dan Holman has protested for years outside Iowa abortion clinics, handing out pamphlets with graphic pictures.

Then came the September execution of Paul Hill for the 1994 shotgun murders of an abortion doctor and his bodyguard.

“I haven’t killed anyone yet, but I believe they deserve to die,” he told the Orlando Sentinel.

Those words prompted managers of the Emma Goldman Clinic to obtain a temporary restraining order against him.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Mr. Holman, 57, said he could not bring himself to kill another human being but praised those who would — and said he hopes more abortion providers are murdered.

MASSACHUSETTS

Priest’s attorney seeks more documents

CAMBRIDGE — An attorney for the Rev. Paul Shanley, a central figure in the Boston archdiocese’s clergy sex-abuse scandal, asked for additional documents from prosecutors yesterday to prepare for his rape trial.

During a brief appearance in Middlesex Superior Court, attorney Frank Mondano told Clerk Magistrate Lucille M. Pasquale that prosecutors had turned over the wrong records and had failed to turn over others that he needed to prepare the defense.

Father Shanley has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of rape and is free on bail. No trial date has been set. Mr. Mondano said the discovery process has revealed the existence of additional documents that he needs from prosecutors. In court, and in comments afterward, he wouldn’t specify what the documents were.

ARKANSAS

Mishap-prone driver awarded benefits

LITTLE ROCK — A truck driver fired from his soft-drink delivery job deserves unemployment benefits because his propensity for fender benders didn’t amount to misconduct, the state Court of Appeals ruled yesterday.

At most, driver Bill Clark Jr. could not back up his truck without running into something, the appeals court concluded. The decision overrules an earlier finding by the Arkansas Board of Review and Employment Security Department.

The review board found that Coca-Coca Bottling Co. fired Mr. Clark for misconduct in connection with his work, which under state law is grounds for denying a worker jobless benefits.

The court record showed that Mr. Clark had four accidents in the 11 months he worked for Coca-Coca between February 2002 and January 2003, backing up his truck and running into a Dumpster, concrete posts and another truck.

COLORADO

Officials warned of Columbine killers

GOLDEN — The two students who gunned down 12 schoolmates and a teacher at Columbine High bragged about making pipe bombs and said they were looking for a “ground zero” two years before the blood bath — and authorities knew it, the sheriff said yesterday.

Authorities have said they knew about violent rants by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold in 1998, a year before the shootings, and that a search warrant was not acted upon. But Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink, who took office in July, said yesterday that someone had called the sheriff’s office a year earlier, in 1997, to tip off authorities about a Web site run by Harris.

A deputy investigated the tip and forwarded a report and printouts from the Web site to a sheriff’s investigator in charge of computer-related crimes, Sheriff Mink said.

FLORIDA

Husband challenges euthanasia law

CLEARWATER — The husband of a brain-damaged woman yesterday challenged the legality of a state law permitting Gov. Jeb Bush to keep her alive.

In a court filing, attorneys for Michael Schiavo contend that the law violates Terri Schiavo’s right to privacy and the separation of power provisions of the Florida Constitution.

“It argues that her constitutional right to refuse medical treatment was, in essence, cast aside by a statute that allows the governor to do that under any whim and without any standards and without any review,” George Felos, who represents Mr. Schiavo, said after filing the document.

Mr. Bush’s attorneys have a week to file a response. No hearing date has been set.

LOUISIANA

Teen takes boy, leads cops on chase

MARION — A 14-year-old boy pulled a gun at his high school, drove off in a teacher’s sport utility vehicle and took off with a 12-year-old boy early yesterday, leading police on a high-speed, two-state chase before he was captured.

The teenager drove into Arkansas, sped away when a deputy tried to stop him, and finally was stopped back at the state line after a 15-minute chase that reached speeds of up to 90 mph, Union County Sheriff Ken Jones said.

Both boys were unhurt and the car was undamaged, said Carlton White, spokesman for the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office. Since both are juveniles, their names were not released.

The 14-year-old apparently had not had any specific problem with the teacher or the other boy, who apparently was a hostage, Mr. White said.

MISSOURI

State executes double murderer

ST. LOUIS — The state yesterday executed a man for killing his ex-girlfriend and her stepfather after she broke off their relationship.

John Clayton Smith, 41, was pronounced dead at the Potosi Correctional Center at 1:05 a.m. EST after an injection of lethal chemicals, prison officials said.

He had waived all appeals, saying he deserved to die for the 1997 stabbings of Brandie Kearnes, 22, and her stepfather, Wayne Hoewing, 51, in their home near Canton in northeast Missouri. Miss Kearnes scrawled part of Smith’s name in her blood on the floor as she lay dying.

NEVADA

Ruling could delay nuclear waste site

LAS VEGAS — A federal appeals court ruling could delay plans to open the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump over conflict-of-interest charges facing the government’s former law firm.

A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday sent the case back to U.S. District Court to determine if the Energy Department had ruled out conflict of interest before hiring its counsel, the Chicago-based firm Winston & Strawn.

The firm, which spent two years preparing the department’s application for a Nuclear Regulatory Commission permit, withdrew as counsel in November 2001 after the charges were raised. The firm had lobbied for a pro-nuclear group and had done work for a Yucca Mountain contractor.

NORTH CAROLINA

4 inmates escape from understaffed jail

RAEFORD — Four inmates escaped from an understaffed county jail, including a man accused of kidnapping an 11-year-old girl who was pregnant with his child and holding her captive in Mexico for years, authorities said.

The four escaped late Tuesday from the Hoke County Jail’s annex. One was captured yesterday and the others remained at large, authorities said.

Hector Noel Mojarro Frausto, 23, is charged with kidnapping and statutory rape of the girl, who was pregnant with his daughter. She was missing from 1999 until this March, when she went to the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The four took advantage of understaffing, the sheriff’s office said. The jail and the annex are supposed to house about 71 inmates but typically hold 90 inmates.

TEXAS

Conviction tossed out for ex-CIA agent

HOUSTON — A federal judge threw out the conviction of a former CIA operative who has spent 20 years in prison for selling arms to Libya, saying the government knowingly used false evidence against him.

Edwin P. Wilson, 75, was convicted in 1983 of shipping 20 tons of C-4 plastic explosives to Libya — something he said he did to ingratiate himself with the Libyan government at the CIA’s request.

In a scathing opinion released Tuesday, U.S. Judge Lynn N. Hughes said the federal government failed to correct information about Wilson’s service to the CIA that it admitted internally was false.

It was not immediately clear whether the judge’s decision would free Wilson from prison. Wilson received prison time for three separate convictions, including one for attempted murder.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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