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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 160

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Thursday, December 4, 1997
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w THE PALM BEACH POST THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1997 3A Reno must make another ruling on Clinton soon THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Cabin called to the witness stand BUTTE, Mont. Defense attorneys for Theodore Kaczynski say the homemade cabin where the Unabomber suspect spent 20 years as a hermit will allow jurors to see that he was mentally ill. The 10-by-12-foot shack left Montana Wednesday on a flatbed truck and is headed for Sacramento, Calif., the site of the trial. Meanwhile, jury selection for the trial is coming to a close, and opening statements are set for Dec. 29. Several key players including Interior's Bruce Babbitt are under scrutiny. The Associated Press WASHINGTON The political fund-raising controversy still holds peril for key players. Attorney General Janet Reno must make a second decision this month on whether to seek an independent counsel to investigate President Clinton while her task force plans to begin indicting fund-raisers. In addition, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt awaits a decision from Reno, due by Feb. 11, in an Indian casino case that senior officials called the most difficult to resolve without requesting appointment of an independent counsel. In that matter, Babbitt's sworn testimony to the Senate is directly contradicted by a lawyer, who was a close friend. While Republicans continued to boil over Reno's rejection of an outside prosecutor for telephone fund-raising by Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, the 120 lawyers and FBI agents on the Justice Department task force plowed ahead Wednesday on a broad front. They were using grand juries in Washington and Los Angeles, according to people involved in the case. Investigators were examining a host of questionable financial transactions, a coterie of fund-raisers, possible foreign payments and Democratic Party fund-raising practices. At leasts two Republicans also were under scrutiny. ,-' Reno warned that the tele-! phone decision exonerated ho ! one from this broader investiga tion. Officials anticipate indicting! two Democratic fund-raisers this ; month or next on charges of; concealing the identity of the realj1 donors, hoping to pressure them or others into providing evidence against others. Two Democratic fund-raisers former Little Rock restaurateur and longtime Clinton friend Yah'; Lin "Charlie" Trie and immigra- '. tion consultant Maria Hsia, have ' been linked in congressional testimony to schemes to launder contributions through straw doi . nors. ; The most immediate deadline.! is Dec. 15 when Reno must answer a request by House Judicial ry Committee Republicans that, she seek an independent counsel , to investigate the role of Clinton, , Babbitt, White House aide Bruce ' Iindsey and former deputy White House chief of staff Harold Ickes in the casino ruling. In July 1995, the Interior De partment denied three Wisconsin Chippewa tribes a casino license which had been recommended by Bureau of Indian Affairs. Re''' publicans charged the turn-' around was engineered by Clinton and his aides because, tribes opposing the casino donat- '; ed $300,000 to the Democratic National Committee. - Same-sex harassment cases studied by justices A majority on the Supreme Court appears ready to allow such cases. The Associated Press WASHINGTON In an extraordinary session of graphic talk, the Supreme Court appeared ready Wednesday to rule that a law against sexual harassment applies even when the ha-rasser and victim are the same sex. Six of the court's nine justices criticized a ruling that barred a ' federal lawsuit by a Louisiana oil rig worker who said he was sexually pursued and harassed by his male supervisor. A lower court ruled that a federal law banning on-the-job discrimination never applies to same-sex harassment, but Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist said at one point, "I don't see how we could possibly sustain the ruling." Justices Ruth Bader Gins-burg, David H. Souter, John Paul Stevens, Antonin Scalia and Stephen G. Breyer also voiced grave doubts about ruling that the law, known as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, cannot apply to same-sex harassment. In the ornate courtroom, where arguments usually are dominated by references to legal fine points, justices spoke on Wednesday of employers who might pat their workers "on the fanny" and of the "disgusting" sexual allegations made by the oil worker. But the gender of alleged assailants and victims was irrelevant, many justices suggested. "A Jew could discriminate 'against a Jew," Breyer said. "An .African-American against an 'African-American, an Italian against an Italian. Why isn't it possible that a homosexual . . . could discriminate?" The highest court's decision , could have enormous importance for American business. Gay rights groups are watching closely, too, though there is nothing in the court papers to indicate that any of those in the Louisiana case is homosexual. If the court should rule that same-sex harassment never violates Title VII, victims of homo- sexual harassment would be left without a federal remedy. Army officials fear defense lawyers will pull out big guns in court-martial Army officials fear disclosure of the names could harm innocent people and renew the painful debate over whether the brass are treated more leniently than their subordinates in such cases. mi since military law was codified in 1951. On Nov. 6, Gittins gave the court a list of six Army generals he alleged have broken sexual misconduct rules without punishment. And last month, at the court's instruction, Army officials filed a list of officers and senior enlisted personnel who have been formally investigated for alleged sexual misconduct violations in the past two years. A source said the list included 10 generals and about 20 others at about McKinney's rank or higher who had been investigated since 1995. Some on the list had acknowledged their guilt, others had invoked their right to make no statements, and still others may have been innocent According to this source, the most severe punishment any of the 30 received was a letter of reprimand, and none of them was court-martialed. A spokesman for the Army's Military District of Washington, which is administering the trial, declined to comment on the list. The Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON The upcoming court-martial of the Army's former top enlisted man is sending shudders of anxiety through the service because of a growing possibility it will force public disclosure of the names of dozens of others including generals who have been accused of sexual infractions. In an attempt to prove their client has been unfairly treated, defense attorneys for former Sgt. Maj. of the Army Gene C. McK-inney have compiled a list of six generals who have allegedly escaped punishment for sexual violations. They have forced the Army to provide names of some 30 other senior service members who have been formally investigated on such charges in the past two years. Army officials, already in agony over the 10-month-old case, fear disclosure of the names could harm innocent people and renew the painful debate over whether the brass are treated' more leniently than their subordinates in such cases. 1 B V I (OneKeylui J II These key shapes I Moody's Cobble Sfioppe 12794 Forest Hill Blvd.26A Wellington McKinney, a 29-year Army veteran whose former position is one of the most visible and prestigious in the service, faces 20 counts stemming from accusations by six women who are current and former members of the military. The counts include adultery, indecent assault and obstruction of justice. McKinney's lawyer, Charles W. 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