Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on August 4, 1993 · Page 1
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Wednesday, August 4, 1993
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VALLEY G STATE SPORTS QB battle heats up U.S. dropping charges against 10 in Navajo riot Iced tea makes waves in the '90s f v i Partly cloudy High 109 Low 84 Details, A14 for Cardinals PAM IE? ml FOOD - mmmmmmMl om. V i ! CJkM 1 ballot Final Edition 'he Amuzona mepub: 500 e Copyright 1993, The Arizona Republic Wednesday, August 4, 1993 Phoenix, Arizona 104th year, No. 78 Tomassoni girl's guilty plea in slaying upheld But she now denies role, high court told By Susan Leonard The Arizona Republic The Arizona Supreme Court decided Tuesday that a Maricopa County judge acted properly when she accepted a guilty plea from Tammie Tomassoni, an 11 -year-old girl who now says she didn't kill her mother. The court also decided the judge did nothing wrong when she let the girl choose her own attorney over her father's objections. The girl's father had wanted her to plead innocent but the lawyer she chose entered a plea of guilty. A lawyer hired by her father said the decision means that parents in Arizona have little or no say in how their children are represented. Meanwhile, The Arizona Republic has obtained court records that Tammie, who once confessed that she helped carry out her mother's slaying with her 12-year-old sister, Kathryn, now claims she is innocent. According to additional information obtained by The Republic, neither girl's fingerprints was found on the gun used to kill their mother, Lydia Tomassoni, and gunpowder tests done on both girls and their clothing did not prove positive. Tammie has said she handed Kathryn the gun, stayed nearby while Kathryn pulled the trigger, and then took the gun and hid it under a couch. Tom Shorts, a Maricopa County Sheriffs detective who has been a lead investigator in the case, has declined to discuss the lack of fingerprints or gunpowder residue with The Republic, saying that he can't discuss a pending case. Kathryn has been found guilty of killing the girls' mother. John Klock, an attorney hired by the girl's father, Sergio Tomassoni, to represent Tammie, said that the ruling apparently means that Tammie's guilty plea stands. It also means that a public defender who filed the eirl's guilty plea over her father's objections will be See GUILTY, page A6 Tammie Tomassoni Reportedly now says she had no part in mother's killing. Tent city: Canvas replaces bars for inmates An inmate heads into one of the tents at Maricopa County's Estrella Jail grounds in south Phoenix. The In-Tents Jail is surrounded by a 16-foot-tall fence topped with razor wire. White rocks mark the paths between tents, which are equipped with swamp coolers and house 20 or 40 bunks. Dan MilnorThe Arizona Republic 'A place to punt the bad guys By Frederick Bermudez and Richard F. Casey The Arizona Republic Under a searing sky, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio stood in his canvas jail Tuesday and proclaimed that housing inmates in tents is the way to "get tough" with jail crowding. But some of the new residents said later that a little more planning would have helped them warm up to the project. "It's the right thing to do," Arpaio said of the 37 tents erected at the county's jail complex in southwest Phoenix. "We're going to do it, and it's time to get tough around here. And to get tough, you have to have a place to put the bad guys." Answered one of the "bad guys" Tuesday night, "If they want to set a program up, start when it's cool. "Somebody could have a heatstroke out here," added the prisoner, who didn't want his name used. The In-Tents Jail, which opened for business Monday night, eventually could house as many as 1,000 work-release inmates and trusties. The tent city was promised by Arpaio during his fall election campaign as a way to create more room in the nation's fifth-largest jail system, which already is over capacity with more than 4,900 inmates. The In-Tents Jail, behind the Estrella Jail at 29th Avenue and West Durango Street, is surrounded by a 16-foot-tall fence topped with razor wire. It resembles a small military post, with white rocks marking the paths between tents equipped with swamp coolers. The tents, which house 20 or See PUTTING, page A 7 It's the right thing to do. We're going to do it, and it's time to get tough around here. SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO ON THE TENTS ERECTED AT ESTRELLA JAIL Vince Coleman "I take full responsibility for a very childish act for which I am suffering." Mets player charged in explosion By Steve Farr The Associated Press LOS ANGELES New York Mets outfielder Vince Coleman was charged Tuesday with a felony for tossing the equivalent of a quarter-stick of dynamite outside Dodger Stadium, an explosion that injured two children and a woman. Coleman, 31, described as "distraught" Tuesday night by Mets' Manager Dallas Green, was granted a request to leave the club indefinitely, See BALLPLAYER, page A2 Ginsburg will join high court Republic Wire Services WASHINGTON The Senate approved Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the 107th justice, and second woman, on the Supreme Court on Tuesday, completing one of the most harmonious court confirmations in recent history. "It feels wonderful," Ginsburg told reporters as she visited the Supreme Court on Tuesday afternoon to plan for her swearing-in next week by Chief Justice William Rehnquist. She smiled and waved at reporters and photographers on her way into the building. President Clinton predicted that Ginsburg, a pioneering women's-rights advocate, will move the court "not left or right, but forward." Ginsburg, a federal appellate judge, will be sworn in next week, the first justice chosen by a Democratic president since 1967. The 96-3 Senate vote completed one of the See GINSBURG, page A8 .. J f .,r-,l,MinlrrMtii,i-'1lliltii-.iJt.l Dennis CookThe Associated Press President Clinton is amused by new Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's answer to a reporter's question. U.S. Clinton asks to back deficit plan Courts Arizonan's 'yes' as showdown votes loom By David Hess and Robert A. Rankin Knlght-Ridder Tribune WASHINGTON President Clinton asked Americans on Tuesday to rally behind his economic program as it faces showdown votes in Congress that promise to define his young presidency. In his third Oval Office address, Clinton sought to win the vote of Sen. Dennis DeConcini, D-Ariz., for his economic plan. "We're on the eve of historic action," Clinton said in an earnest 20-minute speech televised nationwide from the Oval Office. "I need for you to tell the peoples' representatives to get on with the peoples' business." Clinton said his economic program would arrest the growth of federal deficits that otherwise would "put the economy and our standard of living at further risk." He stressed that his program represents a break from the "trickle-down" economic philosophy that See CUNTON, page A4 BUDGET BILL AT A GLANCE Total: $496 billion in deficit reduction over the next five years. Of the total, $255 billion would be in spending cuts and $241 billion in tax increases. Spending reductions: A promise to reduce domestic, defense and foreign-affairs programs by $102 billion, with the bulk expected to come from the Pentagon. Tax increases: Savings would include $115 billion from raising the top income-tax rate; $29 billion by extending the 1.45 percent Medicare payroll tax to wages exceeding $135,000 a year; $25 billion by raising taxes on the benefits of Social Security recipients making more than $34,000 a year for individuals, $44,000 for couples; $24 billion from raising the top corporate rate; $24 billion by boosting the gasoline tax by 4.3 cents a gallon. DeConcini astride pivotal fencepost By Martin Van Der Werf The Arizona Republic It wasn't a mistake that the only member of Congress mentioned by name in President Clinton's address to the nation Tuesday night was Sen. Dennis DeConcini. The Arizona Democrat, who makes a habit of sitting on the fence in close, highly charged votes, has once again become the target of high-stakes deal cutting by the White House. On Tuesday, Clinton gave in on two fronts to DeConcini's demands: first, the establishment of a trust fund to collect all revenues from tax increases to pay off debt, and second, an increase in the income of Social Security recipients that is allowable before they are subject to a tax increase. Whether DeConcini will reciprocate by changing his vote remained unclear Tuesday night. Privately, several sources said they expect DeConcini will announce as soon as today that he will vote for the president's plan. Clinton's approach Tuesday night appeared to be plain old-fashioned flattery: "Because some in the Senate have used technicalities to block Senator DeConcini's amendment to See CRUCIAL, pae AS Inside INDEX: Life & Leisure Dl Obituaries CL14 Astrology Bridge Business Chuckle Classified Comics D5, CL8 Dear Abby B4 Editorial A12 B4 B4 CI A2 CL1 O'Steen Prayer Puzzles Short Takes Solomon Sports Television Weather B4 A2 B4 D3 B4 El D6 A14 John Demjanjuk A federal appeals court rules that America must allow his return from Israel. Story, A2. i I rg

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