The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 11, 1997 · Page 4
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iU SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1997 WASHINGTON THE SALINA JOURNAL ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND CO. ADM executive pleads guilty Whitacre pleads guilty to 39 counts of stealing from company By GREG STOHR Bloomberg News WASHINGTON — Former Archer Daniels Midland Co. executive Mark Whitacre Friday pleaded guilty to 37 counts charging he stole $9 million from his former employer. Under a plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend a jail term of 78 to 97 months for Whitacre, a former FBI mole whose relationship with the government soured after ADM accused him of stealing from the company. Whitacre could have faced even more prison time had he gone to trial. Whitacre still faces separate charges that he conspired to fix prices for lysine, an animal feed additive. Whitacre and two other ex-officials of ADM — former company Vice Chairman Michael Andreas and former division president Terrance S. Wilson — are scheduled to go on trial May 1 in Chicago on those issues. The guilty plea raises the specter that Whitacre might resume cooperating with govern. ment officials as they press their case against Andreas and Wilson. Although the plea agreement doesn't say whether Whitacre would help prosecu- File photo Former Archer Daniels Midland Co. executive Mark Whitacre Is shown In December on his way to federal court In Chicago. Whitacre pleaded guilty Friday to stealing $9 million from his former employer. tors prove the price-fixing allegations, he could be a useful source of information and a pivotal witness at trial. Whitacre's secret tape recordings of ADM meetings are the key piece of evidence in the case. The tapes helped Justice Department lawyers secure a guilty plea from ADM, which a year ago agreed to pay a record $100 million fine for price-fixing. Whitacre, 40, pleaded guilty to wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service, filing false income taxes and interstate transportation of stolen property. He entered the plea in a federal court in Urbana, 111. Lawyers for Andreas, Wilson and Whitacre all couldn't be reached for comment. An ADM spokeswoman didn't have any immediate comment. Attorneys for the other defendants had been expecting a Whitacre guilty plea. At a hear- ing last week, Wilson's lawyer Reid Weingarten said "there is a great likelihood (Whitacre) will make peace with the government." Whitacre has had an on-again- off-again relationship with prosecutors. As an FBI informant, he secretly taped conversations of executives from ADM and other companies during a three-year investigation. He subsequently was fired amid charges that he embezzled money from the company. That charge created the odd situation where the Justice Department's criminal unit was investigating fraud allegations against the central witness in the antitrust division's price-fixing investigation. Whitacre's relationship with the Justice Department deteriorated, and he eventually was charged in two separate indictments. In his plea agreement, Whitacre admitted he stole money from his former company through an elaborate scheme that involved front companies, false invoices and Swiss bank accounts. The plea represents a switch for Whitacre, who originally pleaded not guilty to both sets of charges. He previously said the money was part of company-approved, off-the-books payments to top executives to avoid paying income taxes. Y LATE-TERM ABORTIONS Clinton vetoes ban on abortions Republicans vow to override Clinton's veto of ban of some late-term abortion procedures By SANDRA SOBIERAJ The Associated Press -WASHINGTON — Defying the Republican Congress a second time, President Clinton vetoed a ban on certain late-term abortion procedures Friday. Conceding the operation seems inhumane, he said denying it in "rare and tragic circumstances" would be worse. "Republicans instantly vowed a fight to override Clinton. One lawmaker said he had now earned the title, "Abortion President." . ; -The president, who signed the veto papers privately and without fanfare in the Oval Office, chastised Congress for ignoring his oft- stated demand that the controversial procedure be allowed in cases where a woman's health was endangered. "As a result of this congressional indifference to women's health, I cannot in good conscience ... sign this legislation," Clinton said in his official veto notice to the House. Acknowledging that the procedure "appears inhumane," Clinton added that "to eliminate it without taking into consideration the rare and tragic circumstances in which its use may be necessary would be even more inhumane." Last year, Clinton vetoed similar legislation V LINE-ITEM VETO for the same reason. It was an election-year issue then, and he had an emotional veto ceremony surrounded by women who testified to the necessity of the late-term surgery. Congress could not muster the votes to override him then. And the Senate passed this year's bill in May by three votes less than the two-thirds majority that would be needed to override his veto. The House's separate vote on Wednesday, 296-132, was by a margin that would be more than enough to override. But both chambers must vote by two-thirds ma-' jorities. Within moments of Friday's veto, Rep. Charles Canady, chief sponsor of the House bill, pledged that abortion opponents would "work tirelessly to get the last few votes needed in the Senate." "Now Bill Clinton will go down in history as the president whose veto had to be overridden in order to protect the innocent babies from a brutal, heinous death," Canady, R- Fla., said in a statement. Though Clinton prevailed last year, Republicans revived the bill after learning the procedure they call "partial-birth abortion" was more common and used earlier in pregnancy than previously believed. The legislation would ban the surgery — : CLINTON which involves the partial delivery of a fetus, legs first, through the birth canal followed by the drainage of its skull — except when needed to save a woman's life. It would not permit such an abortion even when the pregnancy jeopardizes a woman's health. There is a "small group of women in tragic circumstances who need (the procedure) to avert death or serious injury," Clinton said. Echoing the graphic and emotional debate that surrounds the issue, Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee, said, "President Clinton's veto means that each year, thousands of living babies will be pulled feet-first from the womb and their heads punctured." Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., said that Clinton had, through his second veto, earned the title "Abortion President." Supporters of the ban compare the procedure to infanticide and insist there is no medically justifiable reason to use it. They also maintain that the procedure, more complicated that first-trimester abortions, is common and often elective. Abortion-rights supporters countered Friday that the Republican majority was hunting for a campaign issue to use in the 1998 elections and was playing politics with women's health. Some also said the focus on one procedure wouldn't do anything to reduce abortions nationwide. Clinton considering more military vetoes Pentagon sends Congress new list of line-item veto targets By TOM RAUM The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Clinton administration privately notified Congress on Friday to brace for another round of military line- item vetoes next week, cuts the Pentagon's No. 2 official said could make lawmakers "white-hot mad." John Hamre, deputy secretary of defense, compiled a list of 70 projects and programs — totaling about $300 million — that are possible veto candidates and about which the administration wants additional information. Among programs on the list: funds for converting two military bases in California to civilian use, , for developing a military "space pl^ine" and for modernizing National Guard aircraft. The "list of items for potential veto" was included in a memo to top staff members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the memo. At issue is a $248 billion defense spending bill sent to President Clinton late last month. Clinton must decide next week whether to exercise his line-item veto powers on the measure. Clinton is the first president to exercise the line-item veto, passed by the Republican-led Congress in late 1996. His use of the power earlier this month to kill 38 spending items in a military construction appropriations bill has drawn fierce fire from congressional critics. "I have to get the cards out on the table," Hamre said in the memo. "We are working on the line item veto issue for the defense bill, I know that is going to make everybody white-hot mad." White House spokesman Mike McCurry said Friday that Clinton had not made up his mind on any additional line-item vetoes, but would soon "be receiving some sort of recommendation from his advisers." But Hamre's memo and list of projects was the clearest suggestion yet that additional line-item vetoes would be forthcoming. The Pentagon official broke his list down into two categories: items not included in either House or Senate bills but added to the legislation by House-Senate negotiators and items "we don't understand very well" and on which the administration needed additional information. Among the programs in the first category: $7.5 million each for converting two California military installations, Fort Ord and San Diego, to civilian use; $16 million for improved electronics for National Guard aircraft; $8 million to procure all-terrain cranes for the Army. Among programs in the second category, on which the administration needed more information: a $10 million New Mexico project to develop a military "space plane" and $10 million in research and development on two satellite miniaturization programs. At the same time Hamre notified the spending committees of possible veto candidates, he conceded the administration had made some "mistakes" in its selection of the 38 items that Clinton vetoed in the military-construction bill. The Pentagon has acknowledged it provided Clinton with inaccurate information on about half the 38 construction projects he killed with the line-item veto. Congressional critics have accused Clinton of abusing the power, including killing worthy projects based on incomplete information. McCurry said Friday that Clinton "had very clear criteria and acted on that criteria based on information we had from the Pentagon." I GRAM)" 1 OPENING!! ® Best Chinese Cuisine! New Manager "OVER 60 HEMS! ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT!! 1 Lunch Buffet,. .'4.95 ' Super Salad Bar 11:00 am - 3:00 pm »Shrimp Cocktail' Dinner Buffet,,,%95 I MENU VARIES DAILY-DINE IN* CARRY OUT I 640WestportBlvcL-Salina NOTICE! Security Savings Bank F.S.B. Capitol Federal Savings -WILL BE CLOSED- Monday, October 13th in Observance of Columbus Day | T CONGRESS PAY RAISE Clinton signs pay-raise bill By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A $12.8 billion spending bill signed by President Clinton on Friday clears the way for a boost in pay for members of Congress. The bill covers the Treasury Department and several other agencies. It never mentions giving lawmakers more money. But under a 1989 law, they get cost-of-living raises unless they take action to prevent them, as they have done in this spending bill from 1993 through 1996. They didn't do that this year. The Uncommon Florists" "House Speaker Newt Gingrich got exactly what he wanted," sSid Gary Ruskin of the Congressional Accountability Project, a watchdog group affiliated with Ralph Nader. "He wanted to take advantage of the taxpayers to give himself and his overpaid colleagues 'a- raise, and they're going to get it." Gingrich and Senate Republi-, can leader Trent Lott had no itfi- mediate comment. Senate DemoB j ratic leader Tom Daschle "has ifi-, dicated that he will give the cost-, of-living increase to South Dakota charities," said spokeswoman. Ranit Schmelzer. 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