The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 18, 1995 · Page 5
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 5

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, May 18, 1995
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The Salina Journal Thursday, May 18, 1995 ' A5 Leaders caught in midst of sex, money scandals T^_ _J •* -« . ——. BF Packwood faces sex misconduct charges By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - Sen. Bob Packwood must face a full-scale Senate investigation of allegations that he made improper sexual advances toward women, sought job offers for his wife from lobbyists and businessmen and obstructed an ethics probe, the Senate ethics committee concluded Wednesday. ' In a five-page report, the panel alleged that Packwood committed 18 incidents of sexual misconduct from 1969 to 1990 toward his own and colleagues' staffs, a dining room hostess, a hotel desk clerk, a baby sitter, a campaign worker, a Capitol „ elevator operator and others. The report suggests the five- term Republican senator from Oregon may have altered his per, sonal diaries sometime in Decem- ^ber 1992, knowing it was likely the committee would ask to see them — a possible violation of federal law as well as Senate rules. ; Wednesday's report came at the end of a 2>/ 2 -year preliminary inquiry by the panel. The formal probe it will now launch ultimately could lead to punishments ranging from a rebuke to expulsion .from the Senate. Packwood, who became chairman of the Senate Finance Committee this year, also could be stripped of that title just when the panel is shaping crucial welfare Senate starts Whitewater panel By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Senate voted today to establish a special panel to continue and intensify investigations into Whitewater matters touching on President and Mrs. Clinton. By a vote of 96-3, the Senate adopted a bipartisan resolution establishing the special committee under the supervision of the Senate Banking Committee. Among other things, the new panel will re-explore whether White House and Treasury Department officials improperly interfered with regulators investigating the failure of an Arkansas savings & loan with ties to the Clintons. White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry said the Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton are confident that a complete presentation of the facts in fair hearings "will continue to show that the amorphous and ever-shifting Whitewater charges are without merit." ;. Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr has been investigating Whitewater, a complex web of [financial relationships and tratis- actions that includes Clinton's jfi- nancial affairs as governor ipf Arkansas and the Clintons' investment in an Arkansas real Estate development project. The Senate and House banking committees held separate Whitewater hearings last summer. • Commerce secretary under fire The Associated Press Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Packwood talks to reporters on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. and tax legislation. He seemed shaken Wednesday morning as he emerged from a hearing he held on Medicare, voicing surprise that the ethics panel had listed each instance of alleged sexual misconduct. In a formal statement, Packwood said he will now "have an opportunity to request an appear- ance before the committee to discuss the matter — as I did not have a chance to appear before the committee at this preliminary stage." By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - An independent counsel should investigate Commerce Secretary Ron Brown's finances, including his failure to disclose details of payments from a former business partner, Attorney General Janet Reno said in court papers unsealed Wednesday. Reno asked a court panel to appoint the counsel to determine if Brown improperly accepted nearly $500,000 from the partner and whether he deliberately filed inaccurate disclosure statements and a misleading mortgage statement. A deliberate omission on the annual financial disclosure statje- ment would be illegal. In thj}s case, Reno said evidence indicates Brown "lacked criminal intent in his failure to disclose tn^s information." ;• But she called for the independent counsel to investigate anyway because "I am unable to cofi- clude at this juncture that sutjh evidence is clear and convincing'." Brown called Reno's request "disappointing" and said he wds confident he would be exonerated. Trail of blood pointing to Simpson Blood of victims found in Bronco By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — A DNA expert completed the prosecution's "trail of blood" Wednesday, placing the genetic fingerprints of O.J. Simpson and two murder victims inside his Ford Bronco and on a bloody glove found at his estate. The DNA of Simpson and his slain ex-wife were discovered on a pair of socks found at the foot of his bed. The scientific test results provided jurors with the most startling indication yet that Simpson's blood type can be linked to the blood of his slain ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. - California Department of Justice scientist Gary Sims testified that DNA testing known as PCR showed a mixture of blood types from Simpson and the victims, in varying amounts, on the center console of the Bronco and on a wrist notch of the glove found at Simpson's estate. He also said three blood stains taken at the murder scene, from a gate outside Ms. Simpson's condominium, were consistent with Simpson's DNA type. Nicole Simpson and Goldman could not have been the source of the stains, he said. Although prosecutors pledged in opening statements they would link Simpson to the victims in a "trail of blood" from the crime scene to Simpson's bedroom through DNA analysis, it was not known how they planned to do it. Wednesday, they used color charts, photographs and DNA X- rays — coupled with Sims' scientific testimony. The results came at them in a drumbeat of letters and numbers they would hear again and again. Simpson's genetic type, in a form of PCR testing known as DQ-A1- pha, was 1.1, 1.2. His type under another PCR test known as D1S80 was 24, 25. Sims said one in 12 blacks could have the same genetic markers as Simpson — but only according to one very limited DNA test. When combined with a second genetic test, the figure rose to one in 570 for blacks, he said. He also testified that one test on the glove, multiplied by six genetic markers, sent figures soaring, placing Simpson's gene type as one in 41 billion blacks. Defense attorneys objected that Sims does not have the academic credentials to give population calculations, but Superior Court Judge Lance Ito disagreed and allowed him to testify. Ito reserved ruling until Thursday on whether Sims can combine his figures with those provided by another expert to produce even more astronomical odds that Simpson's is the blood in question. Simpson's lawyers were expected to argue more fiercely than ever that conspirators were seeking to frame him or that his blood was smeared on blood swatches during sloppy evidence handling. "The defense will have to talk about a more global conspiracy theory. I mean that one rogue cop simply will not suffice," said Myrna Raeder of Southwestern University School of Law. EmRE STOCK* of SANDALS for MEN. WOMEN, andCWWRW Execution goes on after power failure By The Associated Press JACKSON, Ga. — Darrell Gene Devier was executed Wednesday in Georgia's electric chair for the rape-murder of an 12-year-old girl. Two days earlier the prison had lost power just when the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked his death. Devier was pronounced dead at 1:28 p.m. at the state prison near Jackson, in Georgia's 20th execution since the state reinstituted the death penalty in 1983. Devier, 39, was convicted of the 1979 kidnapping, rape and beating death of 12-year-old Mary Frances Stoner. He watched as guards strapped him into the electric chair. Asked if he wanted a prayer, he said: "I'll take all I can get when it comes to that." At 1:20 p.m., Devier's body stiffened, his fists clenched and there was a whooshing sound as 2,000 volts of electricity surged through his body. The current automatically was cut back in stages before shutting off after two minutes. OFF! ENTIRE STOCK TEVA and NIKE SANDAL STYLES FOR MEN, WOMEN, and CHILDREN! Technologically advanced warm weather footwear engineered for rigorous outdoor activities, yet stylish and versatile. 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