The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 25, 1998 · Page 10
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 10

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; 10A THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 1998 High court heads off crooks at the bankruptcy pass J o DEVELOPER CLOSE OUT Deep Water Private Docks No Fixed Bridges To Ocean Three - 1 3 Acre River Access Homesites Remaining $24,900 One - 12 Acre Riverfront Homesite Remaining $70,000 Sports We're doing our part to make the world of sports a little less confusing. Palm Beach Interactive sorts out the big picture without leaving out the fine print. Catch up-to-the-minute scores, stats and schedules. Get breaking stories from the Marlins, Dolphins, Heat, Panthers and all the major Florida college teams. The Associated Press WASHINGTON" Crooks and cheats can't use bankruptcy protection to escape paying the awards won by the people they defrauded, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. ; Voting unanimously in a New Jersey case, the court's nine justices ruled that federal bankruptcy law requires debtors to pay off "all liability arising from fraud." Although the decision did not specifically mention "punitive damages" awards meant to punish or deter wrongdoing its rationale seemed to include such awards. among those that cannot be avoided by filing for bank- ruptcy protection. Lawyers for Edward S. Cohen, who was found to have charged excessive rents for a Hoboken, N.J., apartment building he owned and managed, had argued that bankrupt debtors should be forced to pay only compensatory damages. Tuesday's decision means Cohen must pay tenants three times the more than $31,000 in excessive rents he collected, plus lawyer fees and court costs. The bankruptcy judge, a federal trial judge and the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals all ruled for the tenants, and Tuesday's decision upheld those rulings. Your window Into the Palm Beaches. www.GoPBI.com Ask for Bonnie 561-692-1674 M J) In brief Clinton lawyers take up issue of executive privilege Palm Beach Post Wire Reports WASHINGTON President Clinton's lawyers appeared before a federal judge behind closed doors on Tuesday to argue for a broad definition of executive privilege that would shield internal White House discussions on how to respond to sex-and- perjury accusations involving a former intern, Monica Lewinsky. Four lawyers for the president and the White House presented to Federal District Judge Norma Holloway Johnson an expansive SroN -j r I . r" I reading of previous court rulings that limited the claim of executive privilege, according to lawyers who have helped prepare the president's arguments. Tuesday's 90-minute hearing rnnHnrlprl tVip armimpnta nn the privilege question, according to lawyers involved in the" case. Johnson is expected to issue her decision shortly, they said. , The president's claim is based on a liberal reading of court decisions that permit the use of executive privilege to protect confi- 3)o yJJ apy t dential executive branch discussions regarding matters of national policy or military security. But the courts have narrowly circumscribed the privilege and have never extended it to discussions of potential illegality by the v WHEN YOU OPEN: NEW 11 -month CD $10,000 Minimum NEW 11 -month IRA $2,000 Minimum president or nis aiaes. Johnson, with the acquiescence of the White House, has conducted a series of hearings on the privilege question under seal, preventing public disclosure of the legal and factual basis on which Clinton is pressing the assertion of privilege. The judge has closed all discussions on the issue and rejected news organizations' pleas to open them. Vt. man sends letters with gunpowder to senators BURLINGTON, Vt. Secret Service agents questioned a Ver IRA BONUS: 1 1 Earn an additional .20 APY on a NEW IRA deposit, transfer or rollover. $10,000 Minimum AND THERE'S MORE: Open a Customized Checking Account today. mont man Tuesday who admitted sending packages that contained gunpowder to two U.S. senators. The agents did not arrest the man or release his identity after interviewing him at his home in the northeast Vermont town of Island Pond. "There was a return address on the package, and the individual who was responsible for sending it has been interviewed," said Charles Tetzlaff, the U.S. attorney in Vermont. "No one is in custody, and the matter is still under investigation." The gunpowder discolored and temporarily numbed the hands of two aides and another person in the office of Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, when they opened a package that arrived Monday at his Columbus, Ohio, office. Staff members in the Burlington office of Sen. James Jeffords, R-Vermont, opened a package that arrived there but not the box inside. Free for 1 year. Act fast because this special won't be around for long. To find out more, visit your local First Union. The Secret Service took over the investigation because the packages reportedly contained threats toward former President Reagan, butTetzlaff said he didn't see anything threatening in the rambling letters. However, it is illegal to send gunpowder through the U.S. mail. Police: Mom suffocated 3 children with duct tape DALY CITY. Calif. A 25-year-old mother has been charged with killing her three young daughters, suffocating lss. t rv each child with duct tape as they slept together in a large bed. police said Tuesday. The girls. Alexandra Hogg, 2. Angelique Roberts. 3. and Antoinette Marden. 7, were found dead Monday and police initially sus 1 JUJJ f ..,.. V- ... Ml,-- 1.'; I r a''- !' pected carbon monoxide poisoning. Ii. Steve Lowe said. Further investigation allegedly revealed evidence that their mother. Megan Hogg, methodically suffocated them by sticking duct tape over their noses and mouths. Lowe said. (jit T r.,-.r ( t

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