AS THURSDAY. JUNE 4, 1998 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL T PRESIDENTIAL SCANDAL Lewinsky moves for immunity New lawyers contact prosecutors in move to ward off indictment By LARRY MARGASAK The Associated Press . WASHINGTON — Moving ; quickly in an effort to ward off an -, indictment, Monica Lewinsky's , ;-new defense team has contacted ; prosecutors in a prelude to negotiations for an immunity deal, le- j gal sources said Wednesday. While the initial contacts could not be characterized as negotiations, serious talks were on the horizon, said sources familiar with the development. Starr is well acquainted with Lewinsky's new lawyers, Plato Cacheris and Jacob Stein. In fact, Stein and special prosecutor Kenneth Starr worked with each other — although in different roles — during the Senate investigation of former Sen. Bob Packwood, R-Ore. Prosecutors could gain in their investigation of President Clin- LEWINSKY CLINTON ton if they secure Lewinsky's cooperation through Cacheris and Stein, something they could not do with the former intern's former lawyer, William Ginsburg. Ginsburg came close in the opening days of the controversy to sealing a deal for full immunity for Lewinsky. He provided a written offer outlining her testimony and received a letter back indicating prosecutors could accept the terms, according to people close to the situation. But the effort fell apart at the last minute, and relations soured as Ginsburg went to court claiming Starr reneged on the deal. Starr won that legal battle. By the end, Ginsburg was calling Starr names and demanding Clinton fire the prosecutor. Sources familiar with the original offer have said Lewinsky offered to change her public story and acknowledge a physical relationship with Clinton but was vague on whether she was asked to lie or obstruct justice. Ginsburg, a Los Angeles medical malpractice attorney, left the defense team Tuesday saying he had failed in his major objective — negotiating the immunity deal — and was worried an indictment might be imminent. A lawyer familiar with Lewinsky's defense said her new lawyers will make a fresh pitch to Starr by saying "we don't know what has gone on before." Also on Wednesday, White House officials said a presidential aide who previously refused to answer questions before the grand jury, Sidney Blumenthal, was expected to return to testify on Thursday. Blumenthal had declined to answer certain questions about Clinton on grounds of executive privilege, but the White House withdrew that claim this week. Starr is investigating whether Clinton and Lewinsky lied under oath when they denied in the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit that they had sexual relations. Prosecutors also want to know whether Clinton and presidential friend Vernon Jordan encouraged Lewinsky to lie by finding her a job and lawyer, and whether other presidential aides tried to obstruct the investigation. Prosecutors have secret tape recordings made by a Lewinsky friend, Linda Tripp, in which the former intern alleged she had an affair with Clinton and was asked to cover it up. Charles Bakaly, a spokesman for Starr, said Wednesday he could not comment on specific contacts with Stein and Cacheris. He pointed out that Starr worked closely with Stein after Starr was chosen to review Packwood's personal diaries during the ethics investigation of the senator's sexual and official conduct. Stein was Packwood's lawyer. T OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING Nichols could tell all and receive lighter sentence By The Associated Press DENVER — Terry Nichols, convicted as a junior partner in the Oklahoma City bombing, will have one more chance to reveal what he knows about the deadly terrorist act before a judge imposes his sentence today. U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch said he is NICHOLS leaning toward a life sentence for Nichols, but he has offered to reconsider if Nichols answers lingering questions about the blast. Defense attorneys have said Nichols is hamstrung because any information he provides could be used against him in a state trial in Oklahoma. tttittfy During the hearing, prosecutors will ask Matsch to sentence Nichols to life. They will re-emphasize their argument that Nichols was a key player by acquiring bomb components, raising money for the operation and helping convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh stash a getaway car. Defense attorneys, who have recommended a maximum term of seven years, likely will refer to the jury's rejection of the prosecution's theory that Nichols worked "side by side" with McVeigh, and hammer their image of Nichols as a family man. Bombing survivors or victims' relatives are expected to tell about the effect of the blast on their lives. "There are two mysteries: whether he actually talks and what exactly the sentence is ...," said attorney Andrew Cohen, a legal analyst who has monitored the trials. &0any Mon.-Fri. 8-5:30 Sat. 8-4 827-5581 528 Kenwood Park Drive, Salina. KS T AUTO SATISFACTION Ford, Honda, Toyota top satisfaction list DIC:KINSC>N 'ri-iK/vrRjeS! QOC QIA^ For MOVIE Selections and SHOWTIMES Call: °^ J ' ' V J \A/e've gone world wide web! www.dickinsontheatres.com By The Associated Press DETROIT — Ford, Honda and Toyota scored the most top rankings in J.D. Power and Associates' latest survey of new car and truck quality. 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