- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 4, 2005

‘Deep Throat’ won’t be prosecuted

NEW YORK — The former FBI man unmasked as “Deep Throat” probably won’t be prosecuted for sharing information with reporters during the Watergate scandal, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales indicated yesterday.

“It happened a long time ago,” Mr. Gonzales said of W. Mark Felt’s conduct 30 years ago, when he was the No. 2 man at the FBI. “The department has a lot of other priorities.”

Mr. Gonzales declined to characterize Mr. Felt as either hero or villain. “I will leave it to history to make that determination,” he said, echoing comments by President Bush, who has also refrained from saying what he thinks of Mr. Felt.

Mr. Felt, now 91, provided critical tips about criminal wrongdoing at the White House to reporter Bob Woodward of The Washington Post during the Watergate scandal. It is not clear whether he broke any laws in doing so, but some former members of the Nixon administration have said the information he revealed was confidential.

The Justice Department is overseeing an investigation into who gave the name of an undercover CIA officer to journalists. The case has led to court rulings viewed by some as having made it more difficult for reporters to conceal the identity of their confidential sources.

Man ordered to pay for healing ritual

LOS ANGELES — A California man who injured three Hmong men in a fight must pay their medical bills including more than $6,000 for animals and herbal medicines used in traditional healing ceremonies, a court has ruled.

Chad Wilson Keichler pleaded no contest to civil rights violations for uttering racial slurs against the Asian men during the brawl in Butte, Calif., and was ordered by a trial court to reimburse them for their medical expenses.

In addition to submitting hospital and doctor bills, the men turned in receipts for herbal medicines and cows, pigs and chickens slaughtered in Hmong “spirit-calling ceremonies.” Mr. Keichler opposed making restitution for the expenses, but a California appeals court on Wednesday ruled that he should pay because the ceremony is the equivalent of Western psychotherapy.

The Hmong are an ancient people with roots in China. They migrated into Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos in the 19th century. Many came to the United States as refugees after aiding U.S. forces in the Vietnam War.

School cook admits making threats

MINNEAPOLIS — A middle-school cook confessed to writing several threats targeting Clearwater Middle School in Waconia, Minn., that closed all four of the district’s schools for three days. She told authorities that the notes were influenced by what she read about the nation’s two deadliest school shootings, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune reported.

Shannon Voeller, 34, was arrested and charged with eight counts of making terrorist threats. She admitted to scrawling threats, including “Hit List on the 2nd Floor,” in bathroom stalls, sending threatening letters to school officials and planting a suspicious-looking package near Clearwater Middle School, where she worked.

Confederate flag to fly at cemetery

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Gov. Matt Blunt ordered the Confederate flag to be flown tomorrow at a state cemetery where former rebel soldiers were buried, a move denounced by black leaders.

Mr. Blunt’s spokesman Spence Jackson said the flag will fly for one day at the Confederate Memorial State Historic Site in Higginsville, where a service is planned to mark Confederate Memorial Day. Mr. Jackson said the Republican governor also supports a scholarly review of whether it would be appropriate to again fly the Confederate flag regularly at the historic site.

Mary Ratliff, president of the Missouri State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was irate when she learned yesterday of Mr. Blunt’s decision.

Missouri never joined the Confederacy, but was a divided state during the Civil War, with some residents fighting for the Union and some for the Confederacy.

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