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DENVER (AP) — Timothy
McVeigh’s lawyer demanded an inves
tigation Monday of The Dallas Morn
ing News, accusing the newspaper of
stealing hundreds of files from his
computer, including a purported con
fession from the Oklahoma City
Stephen Jones, while denying that
the statement was a confession, said:
“There is no justification whatever for
this criminal act.”
Morning News lawyer Paul Watler
said the newspaper “met the highest
“We did not break any laws,” he
said. “We have no fear of criminal re
Jones said that the newspaper
broke into the defense’s computer files
and obtained hundreds of documents
about McVeigh and co-defendant
Terry Nichols, as well as 25,000 FBI
files. Jones offered no proof that theft
In a story the newspaper published
online Friday—the deadline for 1,000
potential jurors to respond to a court
questionnaire — the newspaper cited
what it said was a defense memoran
dum that said McVeigh admitted to
driving the explosives-laden truck that
demolished the Oklahoma City federal
building in April 1995. The memo
said he chose a daytime attack to en
sure a “body count.”
Jones said he is considering ask
ing for a 90-day delay in the trial as a
“cooling-off period.” He also said he
would seek to have the trial moved if
the newspaper published any more sto
ries from the documents.
He also said he would file a com
plaint with the Texas Supreme Court
asking for an investigation into
whether the reporter, Pete Slover, who
is also a lawyer, should be disbarred.
Before Jones’ news conference,
Morning News executives filed a state
ment in court saying they would not
report any more information “from
material used as the source of the pre
Editor Ralph Langer said the state
ment was in answer to concerns about
disrupting the trial. He said the infor
mation already published by the news
paper was of overriding public signifi
cance, but “any further articles based
on the defense reports would not rise
to the same level of importance.”
All copies of the materials were
turned over to the newspaper’s law
yers for safekeeping, the Morning
News said. Jones demanded that the
documents be returned, saying they
belong to the U.S. government.
Monday, an unidentified source
told the “CBS Nightly News” that the
defense had faked the statement as part
of an attempt to get a witness to
change his story by confronting him
with McVeigh’s “confession.”
We did not break any laws. We have no
fear of criminal repercussions.”
Dallas Morning News lawyer
English-only issue unresolved
_ WASHINGTON (AP) — The
thorny issue of English-only laws was
left unresolved Monday after the U.S.
Supreme Court sidestepped an Ari
zona case that had been expected to
decide the constitutionality of such
measures in 23 states.
The justices unanimously ruled
that the Arizona dispute over efforts
to make English the official state lan
guage became moot years ago when
the state employee who brought the
challenge left her government job.
The net effect of the Supreme
Court ruling: reinstatement of a 1988
measure that made English Arizona’s
official language and required state
government actions to be taken in
The limited, procedural decision
also leaves the situation unchanged in
other states. In California, that means
no additional momentum for an “En
glish only” initiative approved by vot
ers in 1986 but never enforced.
The court’s ruling noted that the
English-only measure is the subject of
another challenge now before the Ari
zona Supreme Court. The state court
“may now rule definitively,” she said.
Both English-only supporters and
Arizona Attorney General Grant
Woods, who opposes the law, lauded
“he federal decision as a victory for
Stephen Montoya, an attorney for
those challenging the law, said he’s
confident about going before the state
court with a class-action lawsuit
brought by several state employees.
Woods said his office is ready to
argue before the state court to uphold
the law’s constitutionality, but with “a
narrow reading of law,” not with the
broad and passionate arguments heard
from the amendment’s backers.
In the case sidestepped by the high
court, Maria-Kelly Yniguez, who
helped people with their medical mal
practice claims, had claimed many of
her clients were more comfortable
Woods already had interpreted the
amendment, however, to allow such
use of another language. ,
Yniguez quit her government job
in 1990 for reasons unrelated to the
In other action Monday, the court
refused to derail a huge class-action
lawsuit that accuses Home Depot, the
home-improvement retailer, of illegal
job bias against women in 10 Western
states. Home Depot now must defend
itself in a two-stage litigation.
Itoenlytfwee states have measures making English the officialstate language. Typicaiy,
such measures require Engfeh to be used on baliots, in puttie schools and in the government.
Satellite radio stations OK’d
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new
breed of radio stations will offer lis
teners top-quality sound that can be
heard anywhere in the country. But the
latest advance in broadcasting is still
several years away.
After five years of work, federal
regulators approved a plan Monday
that would bring a new form of news
and entertainment to people who
spend a lot of time in their cars: radio
stations that travel with them.
The Federal Communications
Commission’s action creates two li
censes for CB-quality digital radio that
is transmitted nationally or regionally
Like cable television, customers of
the new service will probably have to
pay to listen. The broadcasting indus
try opposes the action, saying it’s a
threat to local radio service.
“The bottom line is that satellite
delivered radio threatens the thou
sands of community radio stations,
which provide local news, weather and
sports and have made the U.S. system
of broadcasting the envy of the world,”
said National Association of Broad
casters spokesman Dennis Wharton.
The FCC says the new service is
unlikely to divert enough listeners to
jeopardize conventional local broad
The FCC will auction the licenses
beginning April 1. The four compa
nies expected to bid are CD Radio of
Washington, American Mobile Satel
lite Corp. of Reston, Va., Digital Sat
ellite Broadcasting of Seattle and
Primosphere of New York.
To receive the service, a customer
would need a special radio and a tiny
disc-shaped antenna. Ideally, a single
radio would receive both the new ser
vice and local broadcast signals.
The broadcast industry plans a
switch to digital technology so local
stations also will have top-quality
Proponents of the new radio ser
vice-say they want to work with broad
casters and radio makers cm creating
a single radio.
Gore admits soliciting campaign donations
WASHINGTON — Vice President A1 Gore, under fire for his ag
gressive role in campaign fund raising, acknowledged Monday he so
licited donations from his White House office but insisted he did not do
“anything wrong, much less illegal.” Yet, he said he would never do it
“Everything I did, I understood to be lawful,” Gore said, adding
that he made only a few calls in search of contributions from his office,
around the comer from the Oval Office. It is illegal for federal employ
ees to solicit money in federal buildings, but Gore said he was not
subject to that restriction.
He defended his actions in a high-stakes White House news confer
ence, markedly different from his occasional appearances on behalf of
administration initiatives. This time, Gore was trying to protect his
political honor as he looks ahead to the presidential race in 2000.
Standing ramrod straight, he remained cool under sometimes argu
Flooding forces people in four states from homes
FALMOUTH, Ky. — Rising water inundated entire towns in Ken
tucky and turned others into islands Monday as flooding kept thou-:
sands of people out of their homes across a four-state area.
Hie bloated Licking River receded slowly Monday, its muddy water
still lapping 6 to 8 feet high against the wadis and windows of down
town businesses and keeping residents out of their hemes.
“We lost everything we had,” said Jimmy Williams, who sat on a
chair outside a shelter at a hilltop high school gymnasium, waiting
with his dog, Sandy, and his bird, A J. They were the only things he
and his wife could get out of their house when Falmouth was flooded
The town was among the hardest hit as flooding forced thousands
of people from their homes in Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and West
Virginia. TWenty deaths were blamed on flooding and tornadoes —
including many who drowned or were washed from their cars — in
addition to the 24 tornado deaths in Arkansas.
Clinton questions plan for new Jewish neighborhood
WASHINGTON—President Clinton chided Israel Monday for de
ciding to put up a new Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem. Such a plan
“builds mistrust” with the Palestinians, he said, as an emotional Yasser
Arafat vented his objections at the White House and State Department.
“The important tiling is on both sides to be building confidence and
working together,” Clinton said at a picture-taking session with Arafat
in the Oval Office. “And so I would have preferred the decision not
have been made because I don’t think it builds confidence. It builds
Clinton’s brief remarks concerned the timing of Prime Minister Ben
jamin Netanyahu’s decision last week and the impact it may have on
talks the Israelis and Palestinians are to begin soon on Jerusalem’s
future and other touchy issues.
The president did not deal directly with the merits of Israel’s claim
to the city and its outskirts as the eternal capital of the Jewish people.
But his stance conflicted with Netanyahu’s view that Israel can take
unilateral actions altering the character of the city before negotiating
with Arafat’s Palestinian Authority.
Peru calls on Cuba for help in ending hostage crisis
HAVANA—Peru’s president made a surprise visit to Cuba on Mon
day, trying to see if Fidel Castro could help end a nearly three-month
hostage crisis in Lima. He came away saying Cuba might accept the
Tupac Amaru rebels who have been holding 72 VIPs since December.
After a red-carpet welcome that underlined how rarely heads of
state visit Cuba and his talks with Castro, Peruvian President Alberto
Fujimori said Castro had expressed a willingness to accept the rebels if
asked to do so.
Fujimori did not say whether such a request was made, and there
was no immediate comment from the Cuban government.
While his comments appeared to open a door to a possible solution,
it was not clear if the Tupac Amaru rebels demanding freedom for 300
jailed colleagues would agree to go to Cuba. Cuba and Jamaica have
been named as possible havens for the rebels if a deal can be reached to
end the standoff.
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