The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 27, 1998 · Page 5
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 5

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Friday, March 27, 1998
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THE PALM BEACH POST FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 1998 5A .. 'I've never seen Tawana Brawley,' accused says Johnson gets refugee post Palm Beach Post-Cox News Service WASHINGTON The Immigration and Refugee Services of America has elected former U.S. Rep. Harry Johnston, D-Boca Raton, to serve as chairman of both the organization and its public advocacy division, the U.S. Committee for Refugees. Johnston has been a member of the Board of Directors for IRSA-USCR since 1996 and has also served as its vice president. "I intend to further our important work which brings a desperately needed national and international spotlight to urgent refugee crises throughout the world," Johnston said. Johnston served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and as chairman of the African Subcom- ( mittee during his tenure in Congress from 1989 until 1997. The IRSA-USCR is an 80-year-old organization devoted to helping immigrants and refugees. The Washington Post POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. Steven Pagones had waited a decade for this moment. Ten years after his name was broadcast to the nation as a rapist of teenager Tawana Brawley, nine years after a grand jury branded her story a hoax and more than four months into a defamation trial of his accusers, he took the witness stand to tell his side of the story. "Did you rape Tawana Brawley?" Pagones' attorney William Stanton asked the plaintiff, who was dressed crisply in a blue-gray suit. "No," Pagones replied solemly. "I've never seen Tawana Brawley in my life other than on television." But in a trial so filled with cacophony that one newspaper Thursday dubbed it "the greatest legal circus since Ringling Brothers," Pagones' testimony was cut short when two defendants walked out to protest a ruling by presiding State Supreme Court Justice S. Barrett Hickman. Hickman suspended court soon afterward when a juror became ill. Pagones, 36, is suing Brawley and her three 1988 advisers Al Sharpton and then-attorneys Alton Maddox and C. Vernon Mason for $39.5 million. Pagones' attorney Thursday showed 20 videotapes of the three advisers quoting Brawley on national TV as having said Pagones and other white law enforcement officers gang-raped the black teenager for four days in late 1987. Pagones has been ruled a public figure he was a Dutchess County assistant district attorney at the time and so must meet the difficult test of proving the accusations not only were false, but also reckless and malicious. Despite a voluminous grand jury report that concluded Brawley was neither abducted nor raped, the defendants have stuck by their claims, branding the investigation a racist coverup. "He is guilty as sin and he knows it and his daddy knows it," Mason declared Thursday from the Dutchess County Court House steps. The trial, which was expected to take about six weeks, has lasted more than four months, with defense attorneys lodging continuing objections to Hickman's rulings and conducting lengthy cross-examinations of Pagones' witnesses. Defense lawyers objected more than 50 times Thursday to Stanton's questions and Pagones' answers. Pagones is the last major witness scheduled for his side and may conclude his direct testimony today before cross-examination next week. Pagones said his legal bills are approaching $250,000, and he acknowledged in an interview that he does not expect to collect much money from the defendants, even if he wins. "I just want a jury to say, 'Yes, they acted recklessly,' " he said. "I've had 10 years of having people . . . accuse me. My own kids have asked me about it. Some people criticize me and say I didn't have to bring this suit. But I did have to." B t "S . p' " - ' ""!' 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