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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 3

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Thursday, March 26, 1998
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S c THE PALM BEACH POST THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 1998 3A f rf Clinton: Wrld shares blame for Rwanda Boca sexual harassment case argued 1 "nr:i 'it MOV LEGAL Video, audio and updates at Palm Beach Interactive: More than a half-million Rwandans were slaughtered in 90 days nearly four years ago. DEFENSE AND There was the Catholic relief worker who suffered the murder of her parents and four siblings-witnessed the rape of a friend by: 10 soldiers and save"d herself by. hiding for several days at the. home of a neighbor. : Mi V J I m CATIO UND The Washington Post KIGALI, Rwanda Four years ago this spring, when Rwanda suddenly became awash in blood, Clinton administration officials resisted appeals for intervention and spent weeks debating whether the mass killings carried out by Hutu extremists should properly be called "genocide." Wednesday morning, President Clinton came here and ac THE ASSOCIATED PRESSFILE PHOTO At issue in the sexual harassment case of former Boca Raton lifeguard Beth Ann Faragher is whether the city is liable even if it was unaware of the harassment. former lifeguard's lawsuit against Boca Raton reaches the LT.S. Supreme Court. By Natalie Hopkinson Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WASHINGTON Boca Raton should pay damages to a female lifeguard who was sexually harassed by two supervisors even though high-ranking city officials were unaware of their activities the U.S. Supreme Court was told in oral arguments Wednesday. But an attorney for the city argued that it should not be responsible because the supervisors were acting as individuals, rather than in an official capacity. -! . The case of Beth Ann Faragher vs. City of Boca Raton was one of two heard by the high court Wednesday revolving around the issue of ,an employer's liability for the actions of its employees. Faragher, who worked as a part-time lifeguard in the mid-1980s while attending Florida Atlantic University, claimed that lifeguard supervisors William Terry and David Silverman groped and tackled her and made lewd comments about her body. Faragher reported the harassment to another supervisor who failed to notify higher officials. The lifeguards were ordered to pay damages of $10,500 while the city was penalized $1 plus court costs. , ;' The other case involved a teacher, a 14-y'ear-old girl, and the Lago Vista Independent School District in Travis County, Texas. In that case, the court was askpH rn rWirlp And there was Venuste Kara-sira, who told Clinton that when0 the killing began on April 6, 1994, he joined some 4,000 people who.-fled to a local college, confident that U.N. peacekeeping soldiers there would protect them. When: the U.N. troops departed, he was 1 one of just 400 people left alive after a gun and machete rampage.' "I lost my right hand," Kara-, sira said. "We died because we;, were left by the U.N. soldiers." ' ' Clinton swallowed and; clenched his jaw. But he said, nothing, apparently unable to respond. Instead, he simply nodded for the next speaker to begin. . ; i The stories, Clinton later declared, showed anew "the capacity of people everywhere, not just , in Rwanda, and certainly not just-in Africa, to slip into pure evil." ; While acknowledging that the; : world had been slow to confront .' the evil, Clinton took only an in-; ; direct responsibility himself. ; ; The problem, he said, was one; ; of information. "All over the"; world, there were people like me?"-sitting in offices, day after day af- ter day, who did not fully apprecK, ate the depth and the speed with which you were being engulfed; knowledged that the answer should have been simple. In just 90 days, more than a half-million people died in what Clinton called the most rapid "slaughter in this blood-filled century we are about to leave." It was a tragedy, he added, for which the United States other members of the "international community" must share blame. "We did not act quickly enough after the killing began," Clinton said. "We did not immediately call these crimes by their rightful name: genocide." Clinton's acknowledgement, during an emotional three-hour stop at Kigali's airport, came shortly after he and first ladv Gordon did not report the harassment to higher authorities, and Faragher said he discouraged her from telling anyone else. Faragher's attorney, William R. Amlong of Fort Lauderdale, argued that the city was responsible even though the harassment took place on the beach rather than at city hall. "You can't say that if the sexual harassment was going on in the IBM plant in Boca Raton they wouldn't be responsible," he said. Faragher, now a public defender in Colorado, told reporters after the oral argument that she didn't inform higher-ranking city officials of the harassment because she feared she would be fired in retaliation. When Rissetto took his turn before the blur of cameras and microphones on the court plaza, he had a different spin. "She should have complained to someone in city hall. As a matter of common sense, she should have given notice," he said. But he acknowledged that the policies preventing sexual harassment could have been clearer. "That was in 1985, and it could have been that a judgment in Faragher's favor would subject employers to a flood of litigation. Several business organizations filed briefs warning that businesses could be unfairly exposed to the threat of sexual harassment suits from employees unhappy about work-related decisions. "All you have to do is allege that 'he threatened to send me off to another lifeguard tower,' " Scalia said. But Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shot back: "It is one thing to be sent off to the lifeguard tower without any windows, but it is quite another to be subject to the kind of leering and groping that occurred in this case." Harry A. Rissetto, a Washington-based attorney representing Boca Raton, argued that the city shouldn't be responsible because high ranking officials didn't know the harassment was going on. Rissetto also said the men were not acting in a supervisory role when they harassed the women. The arguments also centered on whether Faragher went far enough by just telling another supervisor, Robert "Flash" Gordon, and not higher authorities such as the city Hillary Rodham Clinton listened to a cascade of painful recollections from people who survived the campaign by the Hutu-extremist government that then ruled Rwanda to exterminate the country's Tutsi minority. whether the school district should share in the blame for the teacher's 1992 affair with the ninth-grade girl. The court is expected to render opinions in both cases before its term ends in early July. Debate in the Boca Raton case focused on the differences between sexual and racial discrimination, and whether the city should be liable even if it didn't know about it. Justice Antonin Scalia expressed concern by this unimaginable terror. done better. The city is being very pro-active to making it better now, he said. r cast doubt on former agent's claim them, and one detailed "a laundry list ot payments. Pepper said. Ray has argued for 30 years 1 General, Poker Room or Terrace Admission Good for one free admission at the Palm Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room, Congress at Belvedere, West Palm Beach prosecutor in the Ray case. Wilson made his claim Tuesday at a news conference in Atlanta with Ray's attorney William Pepper. Pepper dismissed Scafidi's comments as part of an FBI "disinformation campaign." Wilson was not part of the search team, Pepper acknowledged, but had access to the vehicle. Pepper said Wilson took two slips of paper from Ray's car. Both had the name "Raul" on by a sniper in Memphis on April 4, 1968, but did not tell anyone. FBI records, however, show Wilson was not among the five agents who searched the car. "He is alleging something that as far as we're concerned is a total fabrication," FBI spokesman Frank Scafidi said from bureau headquarters in Washington. A former agent who did search the car supported Scafidi's statement, as did the lead state The Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. A former FBI agent's claim that he found evidence supporting James Earl Ray's assertion of a frame-up in the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a "total fabrication," an FBI spokesman said Wednesday. Former agent Donald Wilson said he discovered the evidence two slips of paper in Ray's car six days after King was killed MCH that he was set up to take the blame for the murder by an underworld figure he knew as Raul. 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