- The Washington Times - Friday, September 3, 2004

In a decade, Edwards earned $39 million

Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. John Edwards made almost $39 million in income in a decade, his campaign disclosed yesterday.

Mr. Edwards, a trial lawyer, and his wife made the money from 1994 to 2003, said the campaign as it released portions of the couple’s tax returns. The candidate’s wife, an attorney, stopped practicing law in 1996.

The couple paid 34.8 percent of their income in taxes during the 10-year span, $13.2 million.

The campaign also reported that the Edwards paid 8.6 percent of their income to charity.

Mr. Edwards made over $10 million in a single year, 1997, according to his tax returns. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1998.

Court puts Nader on Michigan ballot

LANSING, Mich. — Ralph Nader should be allowed on the Michigan ballot as an independent candidate for president, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled yesterday.

Mr. Nader earlier had lost a bid to get on the Michigan ballot as the Reform Party’s presidential candidate.

U.S. District Court Judge Bernard Friedman ruled Wednesday that Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land could not be expected to decide which of two rival Reform Party factions in Michigan was the proper representative. One has nominated Mr. Nader, but Miss Land has said she wouldn’t recognize the nomination until the two factions decide which one was the legitimate representative.

GI statue dedicated in Texas

FORT HOOD, Texas — A life-size statue of a GI in mourning made from the bronze of two melted-down monuments to Saddam Hussein was dedicated to the 4th Infantry Division.

Hundreds of soldiers at a ceremony Thursday joined family members and friends of the 75 men and six women from the division killed in the war.

Division soldiers had toppled two 50-foot statues of a heroic Saddam on horseback in Saddam’s hometown of Tikrit.

An Iraqi artist melted the statues down and created a new one depicting a GI mourning fallen comrades as a girl tries to console him.

Soldier gets life term for aiding al Qaeda

SEATTLE — A U.S. soldier was sentenced to life in prison yesterday after his conviction on charges he tried to aid al Qaeda by detailing ways to destroy U.S. weapons and kill soldiers, the Army said.

National Guardsman Spc. Ryan Anderson, 27, was convicted on all five counts of attempted treason and related charges by nine officers in a court-martial that ended late Thursday.

“He was sentenced to confinement for life with possibility of parole and a dishonorable discharge, with reduction to the rank of private,” the Army said yesterday.

The base commander at Fort Lewis, where Anderson’s unit is based, would have to affirm the sentence.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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