The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 27, 1998 · Page 6
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Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, May 27, 1998
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V l- AB WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 1 998 WASHINGTON THE SALINA JOURNAL SUPREME COURT: LAND The Associated Press Ellis Island will be changing ownership. The Supreme Court has ruled *hat most of the island belongs to New Jersey, rather than New York. New Jersey earns right to Ellis Island Supreme Court rules .that most of the island belongs to New Jersey By LAURIE ASSEO The Associated Press , WASHINGTON — In a decision sure to pierce the Big Apple to its core, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Ellis Island — historic gateway for millions of immigrants — is mainly in New Jersey. Most of the island in New York Harbor from now on must be considered Ellis Island, N.J., the high court ruled 6-3 in resolving a border dispute between New Jersey and New York. "What the Supreme Court has done is said unequivocally that this island is shared — it was New York arid New Jersey," New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman said from the Supreme Court steps. New Jersey Attorney General :Peter Verniero said the dispute "lias historic ramifications be- .cause it is a national treasure that now New Jersey can rightly lay ; some claim to." . For New York, which already lost the Giants and Jets football 'teams to its neighboring state, it ,was a new indignity. •• New York Attorney General Dennis Vacco was unbowed, say- -ing, "For over 100 years, Ellis Island stood as a beacon of opportunity, equality and freedom that is the promise of America. New Jersey's attempts to turn that tradi- V SUPREME COURT: POLICE tion and history into a mere territorial dispute between the states cannot erase that truth." At stake was more pride than money. The federal government actually owns Ellis Island, which was the first American soil walked upon by most immigrants between 1892 and 1954. The island, 1,300 feet from Jersey City, N.J., and one mile from the tip of Manhattan, originally was about three acres. The rest of its 27.5 acres were created by landfill long after an 1834 agreement gave the above- water land to New York and submerged lands to New Jersey. Justice David H. Souter wrote for the court, "We have long recognized that a sudden shoreline change ... has no effect on boundary." Therefore, he added, "The lands surrounding the original island remained the sovereign property of New Jersey when the United States added landfill to them." The Ellis Island immigration center has been restored as a museum visited each year by thousands of tourists who travel to the island by ferry. Under the Supreme Court ruling, the main immigration building, a boathouse and a dormitory building each will be located partly in New York and partly in New Jersey. New Jersey sued New York in 1993, contending the areas around the original island remained part of the Garden State when they were filled. New York argued that the land belonged to the Empire State. Police given leeway in high-speed chases fcourt makes it more difficult for people hurt jn chases to sue police By The Associated Press ' : WASHINGTON — The Supreme £.ourt made it far more difficult ifbr police to be sued by people "hurt during high-speed chases, ruling that pursuing officers are liable only if their actions "shock the conscience." In a decision that applies to fleeing suspects and innocent bystanders alike, the court ruled lijnanimously Tuesday against the parents of a California teen-ager killed by a deputy sheriffs car. , The new legal standard is even i more protective of police than the standard some lower courts had employed. The lower courts' stand had allowed such lawsuits only if police showed a "reckless disregard for life." .'The decision appeared to leave >tjiose hurt in police-chase acci- •dents also without any federal remedy against the state and local governments that employ the police officers. State legislatures are free to V PAULA JONES CASE provide some right to sue under state personal-injury laws, but the political trend is toward giving law enforcement agencies greater legal protection in state courts as well. Justice David H. Souter, a former New Hampshire prosecutor, wrote for the court that police are entitled to considerable legal protection for the "split-second judgments" their work demands. The decision, reversing a federal appeals court ruling, killed a lawsuit by the parents of 16-year- old Philip Lewis against Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff James Smith over their son's 1990 death. Lewis was a passenger on a motorcycle that failed to stop when another deputy tried to flag it down. When Smith saw the motorcycle keep going, he pursued it in his police cruiser. The chase ended when the motorcycle skidded to a halt. Smith tried to stop his car but hit Lewis, knocking him nearly 70 feet down the road. The youth was pronounced dead at the scene. 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"We have to defend ourselves against their unprincipled attacks on our right to attorneys fees," said attorney Joseph Cammarata. f'Our being knocked down only serves to enrich them. I think it's a matter of principle." . Cammarata and Gil Davis, who quit the case last fall, asked the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals SANSUI 40» TV/VCR 10 COMBO HOME THEATER & BIG SCREENS FOR EVERY BUDGET!! • Cable Ready • Built In VCR 1 Remote Control •SCOM1312 $198 SONY 32" Stereo Remote •Remote Control Matrix Surround Sound "" $748 ALL A MITSUBISHI SUPER TUBES & BIG SCREENS No Payment, No Down Payment, No Monthly Payment, No Interest, & No Accrued lnterest FREE TILL MAY 1999 in St. Louis for permission to represent themselves in Jones' attempt to reinstate her sexual harassment suit against President Clinton. U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright dismissed the lawsuit April 1. 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