Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on March 17, 1988 · Page 8
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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 8

Logansport, Indiana
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Thursday, March 17, 1988
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PogeS Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, Indiana, Thursday, March 17, 1988 Former Reagan Aides May Never Have To Go On Trial : WASHINGTON (AP) - Presi- 'dent Reagan's virtually absolute power to grant pardons raises the question of whether his former top aides indicted in the Iran-Contra affair will ever go to 'trial. Reagan has never criticized 'his aides for lying to Congress, shredding documents or participating in a cover-up. And .while he has steadfastly refused to discuss the possibility of pardons, he has been equally careful not to rule them out. Lt. Col. Oliver North, former, national security adviser John Poindexter and two arms dealers were indicted Wednesday on conspiracy charges in the diversion of Iranian arms sales profits to the Nicaraguan Contra rebels. Reagan had no comment on the latest development in the scandal that has haunted his second term, according to presidential spokesman Marlin Fitzwater. But several presidential and Constitutional scholars said that if he decides to pardon any of the Iran-Contra defendants, Reagan probably will wait until after the November election to prevent the issue from hurting Republican candidates. Reagan is weil aware of the example of his Republican predecessor, Gerald Ford, whose Watergate pardon of Richard Nixon on Sept. 8, 1974, sent Associated Press Col. Olliver North talks to media in Washington Ford's popularity ratings tumbling and helped put a Democrat into the White House in the next election. In the case at hand, Reagan has made it clear — particularly in his description of North as an "American hero" — that he is giving the former national security council aide the benefit of the doubt. After Congress completed its Iran-Contra investigation, Reagan went on national televi- sion to say he thought North and Poindexter "believed they were doing what I would've wanted done." And when he was questioned at one point about the law barring direct or indirect military aid to the Contras, Reagan responded: "I don't think that the law was broken." If Reagan chooses to grant pardons to anyone connected with the affair, he would not even have to list a specific crime that is being pardoned. Such sweeping power amounts to a legal grant of absolution, enshrined in the Constitution. The Founding Fathers borrowed the concept from English common law. The Constitution allows a president virtually unlimited authority to pardon involving "offenses against the United tales, except in cases of impeachment." "He's really very free," said C. Thomas Dienes, a professor of constitutional law at George Washington University. A president is able to grant a pardon involving a federal crime solely on his own initiative — he need not consult anyone nor even wait for an indictment or conviction before taking action, Dienes said. Dienes said the principal cost of a Reagan pardon "would be political." Honduran Forces Surround Sandinistas TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Military officials said Honduran soldiers surrounded about 2,000 Nicaraguan troops who crossed three miles into the country in pursuit of Contra rebels, but had not engaged them in combat. The military intelligence sources told The Associated Press that the Sandinista soldiers had been in the border province of Olancho for 24 hours when Honduran troops encircled them Wednesday. The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the entire Honduran military was on alert. "We are only waiting superior orders to enter into action," one official said late Wednesday. "There really is tension and there is crisis, however we are acting with prudence but with strength in these affairs, and we hope that everything will stabilize in the next two days." In a letter to President Reagan released by the White House and dated Tuesday, President Jose Azcona Hoyo says he ordered Honduras' armed forces "to repulse" the Nicaraguan troops and asked for U.S. help "to defeat this new aggression of the Sandinista regime." Foreign Minister Carlos Lopez Contreras said Wednesday that Azcona had contacted President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua to demand a Sandinista withdrawal. Ortega has neither confirmed ^ J*~A->~^_<^l^_^_* v >^,«^_>^*_>_A_»»X V > _^ -A^^k_(t>^>^\_i^>»A - - - llwA^^_^A_K> |[Military in Central America MEXICO Honduras General population: 4.14 million Total armed forces: 17,200 troops Army: 15,500; 16 light tanks and 12 reconnaissance vehicles Navy: 500; 9 patrol craft Air Force: 1,200; 30 combat aircraft; 15 helicopters Paramilitary force: 4,500 EL SALVADOR Chicago Tribune Graphic; Sources: U.S. Department ol Defense, nternalional Institute ior Strategic Studies. Chicago Tribune news reports General population: 4.85 million Total armed forces: 41,650 troops Army: 39,000; 13 light tanks; 18 armored cars; 30 armored personnel carriers Navy: 300; 6 patrol craft Air Force: 2,350; 59 combat aircraft; 9 combat helicopters Paramilitary forces: 78,500 Nicaragua General population: 2.8 million Total armed forces: 62,000 troops Army: 60,000; 150 tanks, 200 other armored vehicles Navy: 300; 13 coastal patrol craft; 1 medium landing craft Air Force: 1,500; 45 combat aircraft; 17 helicopters Paramilitary forces: 34,000 Defense Rests Case In Bowers Trial ByDAVELONG Staff Writer MONTICELLO - The defense rested its case this morning in the murder trial of Marion Bowers, 63, Monticello. Bowers is accused of killing his son-in-law, James (Terry) Harris, 36, whose family resided with Bowers at 408 Northwestern Ave. in Monticello. The shooting took place shortly after midnight on Oct. 30. Final arguments are scheduled to begin Friday morning in White Circuit Court. The jury deliberation is also expected to begin on Friday. A bartender in a Delphi tavern testified this morning that Harris threatened to kill his father-in-law. Mary Ellen Britton, a bartender in The Office Tavern, Delphi, said Harris entered the tavern late on Oct. 30 and asked to use the phone. Britton said Harris had five to eight drinks while he was in the tavern. The bartender said Harris used the telephone in the tavern and slammed the receiver down. Britton said Harris yelled, "I'm going to kill him, I'm going to kill my father-in-law." Britton testified that Harris had a gun in his right pocket. Britton was cross-examined by Deputy White County Prosecutor Robert Guy. Guy questioned Britton about her identification of the gun, and the reason she waited four months to report the incident in the tavern. Britton said the gun she saw iarris handle was a .38 caliber. Guy quickly showed Brit;on two revolvers, and she dentified one as a .38 caliber. Juy showed Britton the gun hat she did not identify. That gun was a .38. Monticello police officer Gary Nunnally testified that .357 magnum revolvers and .38 caliber revolvers are similar in appearance. Harris was shot and killed with a .410 shotgun shortly after midnight on Oct. 30. Bowers claims he shot Harris in self defense. Other witnesses this morning testified that they were next door to the Bowers home when the shooting took place. Three youths have testified that Bowers went outside the house after the shooting. Charlena Chadd testified she was at the home of Dan Clark, next door to Bowers. She said she heard yelling and ran outside the house with Clark and another youth. She said Bowers was in the yard holding a shotgun. Chadd testified that Bowers told the youths he shot Harris after Harris began hitting him. Ed Christiansen, a bartender at Ben's Tavern in Delphi, also testified this morning that he asked Harris to leave his tavern sometime between 11 and 11:15 p.m. on Oct. 30 after Harris got into a scuffle with another man inside the tavern. Christiansen testified that Harris was also upset with him because he would not make a long distance telephone call for him. Earlier testimony j n the trial was that Harris telephoned Bowers from Delphi and threatened to kill him. Prosecutor Robert Mrzlack and defense attorney Jay Hirschauer are scheduled to prepare instructions to the jury this afternoon. The prosecution rested its case Wednesday afternoon following testimony by the victim's brother, Wallace Joe Harris Jr., better known as "Little Joe." Congress Skeptical Of Claims Made By Administration nor denied the presence of Nicaraguan soldiers in Honduras, but he did confirm that heavy fighting was under way near the Nicaragua-Honduras border between Sandinista and Contra troops. In Washington on Wednesday night, White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said the United States was sending 3,200 soldiers to Honduras in a "measured response" to the alleged Nicaraguan incursion. He said they would not be deployed "to any area of ongoing hostilities." Fitzwater said the troops were being sent today at Azcona's request. They were to be deployed at Palmerola Air Force Base, about 125 miles west of the area of hostilities. There was no Honduran response nouncement. immediate to the an- WASHINGTON (AP) Members of Congress are skeptical about whether the reported Nicaraguan military incursion into neighboring Honduras is as large or as threatening as the Reagan administration claims. Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd called President Reagan's decision to send 3,200 U.S. troops to Honduras an "over/reaction," and a number of other legislators said they were still waiting for hard evidence from the White House to back up its claims. House Majority Whip Tony Coelho, D-Calif, said: "I think you have to ask the question of whether 1,200 Nicaraguans going across the Honduran border is a threat to U.S. national security," as Secretary of State George P. Shultz had argued in an earlier briefing for congressional leaders. Sen. John McCain, R-Ari/., a Contra supporter, said he would "reserve judgment" on the wisdom of Reagan's decision but that U.S. combat involvement did not appear to be warranted. "I believe these troops are not and must not be put into combat and to some degree it will shift the focus from what the San- dinistas are doing to what our troops will be doing down there," he said. In announcing Reagan's decision late Wednesday night. White House spokesman Martin Fitzwater said thousands of Sandinista troops had entered Honduras and the Honduran government had appealed for help. He said that for the time being, the U.S. troops would remain about 125 miles from the area of hostilities. Aid Rejection Led To Attack: Lugar WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Richard G. Lugar, R-Ind., says renewed attacks by Sandinista troops can be traced to the rejection by Congress of an aid package for the Nicaraguan Contras. "I think the Sandinistas thought it was a good time to strike and strike decisively and thus terminate the need for any further peace talks or cease-tire talks (with the Contras)," Lugar said Wednesday. "The Nicaraguan government decided to take this opportunity to try to overwhelm elements of the Contra force that were still in Nicaragua and that were perhaps running out of supplies after Congress cut off aid." NOflCE New Location DOUGLAS BODY SHOP With dust free paint room Corner of 19th Street & Erie Ave. Some telephone number 753-2557 NOTICE TO LOT OWNERS OF ST. JOHN CEMETERY Lot owners' annual meeting will be on Tues. April 5th, 1988 at 7:00 pm at Clymers Community Building. Lot assessments (for unendowed lots) are now due. 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