The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 20, 1996 · Page 9
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Salina, Kansas
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THE SALINA JOURNAL NATION SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1996 A9, T CRIME Drug prosecutions level off Cases rose under Reagan and Bush, and steadied under Clinton By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Federal drug prosecutions rose sharply under Presidents Reagan and Bush, then leveled off during the Clinton administration, statistics released Saturday by a university-based research group showed. Analyzing computerized case records kept by the Justice Department and the federal court system, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, based at Syracuse University, found that federal criminal drug enforcement more than doubled during President Reagan's eight years in office and continued to rise under Bush. The number of federal drug cases rose from 8,775 in 1981 to 19,038 in 1988, according to U.S. attorneys' records detailed in the study. In 1989, Bush's first year, prosecutions jumped to 24,149 and reached an all-time high in the 1992 election year, 28,585. Under Clinton, federal drug prosecutions dropped for the next two years, then rose again in 1995, the last year for which statistics are available. The annual average number of cases under Bush and Clinton were similar: 25,990 under Bush, 25,672 under Clinton. The Clinton administration did post better conviction totals than Bush, averaging 17,767 convictions per year from 1993 through 1995 compared to a Bush administration annual average of 16,714. Statistician Susan Long, who compiled the data, noted that federal court records, as opposed to T VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE Federal drug cases Federal drug prosecutions rose sharply under Presidents Reagan and Bush, then leveled off during the Clinton administration. In thousands . 28.585 Drug prosecutions (Individual '81 '83 '85 '87 '89 '91 '93 '95 Bush Source: TRAC/DEA AP those kept by presidential^ appointed U.S. attorneys, showed more of a flattening out of drug prosecutions under Bush. But even these numbers indicate a sharp increase in Bush's first year, leading to a peak in 1992. Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole has contended that Clinton de-emphasized drug control efforts mounted by his Republican predecessors. A Justice Department spokesman, Gregory King, said the data analyzed fail to take into account two major administration anti-drug efforts. "The comparison in this study ignores the fact that the Clinton administration has brought signifi- cantly more complex drug cases targeting large drug gangs and violent organizations," King said. "That shows up in the increased number of court-approved federal wiretaps." The study also totally misses the increase under Clinton in cases on which federal agents worked with state and local police to prosecute drug criminals in state and local courts, King said. The study characterized enforcement patterns during the Bush and Clinton administrations as erratic, with fewer cases per resident in some major cities than per-resident totals in lightly populated rural areas. Among the lowest rates of prosecution per capita were those in federal districts that include Los Angeles, Boston, Newark, N.J., San Francisco and Chicago. Among the highest rates of prosecution per resident were those in federal districts covering West Virginia, northern Mississippi and western North Carolina. "Comparing the number of cases to the population ignores the fact that some lightly populated, rural areas, such as those along the southwest border, have major drug trafficking cases," Justice Department spokesman King said. "Also, some small cities may have higher rates of federal prosecution because state and local resources there are limited." The study found that conviction rates were higher in cases investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration than those of all other federal investigative agencies combined. Convictions were won in 55 percent of DEA cases, compared to 37 percent of the drug cases referred by all other federal agencies including the FBI and Customs Service. Female cadets learn the ropes VMI students don't see what the big deal is as school admits 1st women By The Associated Press LEXINGTON, Va. — Angelica Garza and Amy Abraham are spending the weekend at Virginia Military Institute to learn what life will be like as Sister Rats. VMFs first coed open house since deciding to admit women a month ago included a tour of the 157-year-old campus, a night spent on wooden cots and television cameras, of course. "I don't see what the big deal is," Abraham said. "We're just normal people who are wanting to look at a great college." The Supreme Court ruled that excluding women at state-supported VMI was unconstitutional, and the school decided to admit women rather than try to become a private college. Garza, who lives in northern Virginia, refused to answer questions and Abraham, a Tennessee resident, spoke only briefly. "The reason I'm applying to VMI is not because I'm a women's libber and that women have to go where males' are and stuff," Abraham said. "VMI's honor and integrity and leadership training, I feel, can develop you as a whole person and that's what college needs to do." The two women haven't yet filled out applications to VMI. The school holds six open houses each year for prospective students, telling them about the physical and mental rigors cadets ex- perience. They even watch a upperclassman harass a first-year Rat, although the performance is scripted. "This is obviously a very unusual college," Superintendent Josiah Bunting told the two women and 54 men Friday. The high school seniors spent one night in the spartan barracks, but the women stayed in a building next door, where the cots used by cadets were the only pieces of furniture. A female ROTC instructor slept nearby. Km It's easy...!fse your credit card and PAY AT THE PUMP! AMOCO GUSH OR CREDIT SAME PRICE ^-^ersonalization /t Ani ^ /^onograms For Christmas! "Sail It With Thread' 2S2-B S. Santa Fe Salina 800-282-4055 •••^•^•^••^•^•••••^•^•^•^•^•^•^•^•^•^•^•^•^^•^•^•^•^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ City of Salina Street Department Announces N IODSE LEAE PICKUP SCHEDULE — —— Cily LimlU 77 «yEWE.. ^##«$#««#j«^«#/«?// V/////////////////S//////S/////4 ^--•-•••---•--••-A//////////////vi Jv//x//////////j a)'''"'"''./^.^ r?//////////i^* '*»»»//» 7 t ft tut/ft f _ T/ ft J // / / / XX / 2 Rake leaves into piles in the parking (between curb and . sidewalk). The Salina Street Department will remove leaves" according to the schedule below. LEAF PICKUP WEEKLY SCHEDULE Zone 1 All of City North of Ash Street begins October 28,1996 Zone 2 Between Prescott Avenue and Ash Street begins r7 November 4,1996 j \ Zone 3 Between Republic Avenue t *~ and Prescott Avenue begins November 11,1996 Zone 4 All of City south of Republic Avenue begins November 18,1996 After first scheduled pickup is complete, the Street Department will collect leaves until December 13,1996, no pickups after this date. Remember, No Special pickups of leaves ' will be made by the Street Department. PLEASE DO...rake leaves Into piles between curb and sidewalk or immediately back of the curb. PLEASE PONT...put leaves In bags; mix trash, brush or limbs; rake leaves Into street; park vehicles In front of leaf piles; put leaves in alley. These leaves will not be picked up. Raking leaves into the street causes blockage of storm sewers. For additional information, call the City of Salina Street Department, 826-7380. sauna Re-Elect State Representative Carol Edward Beggs Do YOU like more money in your pocket? Or Do YOU want the bureaucracy spending your money? Over the past two years, Republican Carol Edward Beggs has voted to: • Lower our property tax mill levy • Lower new construction taxes • Lower vehicle taxes caroi Keep Government Out of Your Pockets. Represeiitathre Ho? Jfefff£S£flf YOU! r Adv. Paid for by Beggs for State Representative • Adley E. Johnson, Treasurer. X" BEN ELECT PROVEN EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP ( WATCH FOR SENATOR BEN'S RED, WHITE & BLUE Moving Billboard It is your reminder to vote for continued PROVEN EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP Senator Ben would appreciate your vote to continue his work for this district. Pol. Adv. Mary Liby, Treus. IN THE EIGHTEENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT; DISTRICT COURT, SEDGWICK COUNTY, KANSAS; CIVIL DEPARTMENT Cheryl J. Donelan, etc., Plaintiff, vs. Case No. 94 C 709 Abbott Laboratories, et al., Defendants. NOTICE OF PROPOSED SETTLEMENT DIRECTED TO: ALL PERSONS WHO PURCHASED INFANT FORMULA FROM A RETAIL STORE IN KANSAS AT ANY TIME FROM JANUARY 1, 198O TO DECEMBER 31, 1992. This Notice may affect your rights. Please read it carefully. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT your rights may be affected by this suit pending In this Court before the Honorable Richard Ballinger. This Notice is given pursuant to KSA 60-223, and an Order of the Court, to inform you of settlements reached with the defendants, and to advise you of the steps you may take with regard to the settlements. This Notice should not be regarded as an expression of any opinion by the Court with regard to the settlements or the merits of the claims or defenses of the parties. THE LITIGATION Plaintiff brought this class action lawsuit against Abbott Laboratories (including its Ross Laboratories division), Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and Mead Johnson & Company (collectively, the "Defendants'). The Defendants have manufactured and sold infant formula under several brand names, Including Similac, Enfamil, Isomil, Prosobee, Nutramigen, Pregestimil, Alimentum, and Advance. Plaintiff claims that the Defendants combined and agreed to raise and fix the prices they charged retailers and wholesalers for infant formula, In violation of the Kansas antitrust laws. Plaintiff also claims that persons who purchased Defendants' infant formula from retailers in Kansas (such as grocery stores, drug stores, discount stores, and others) during the period January 1,1980 through December 31,1992 paid higher prices than they would have paid if Defendants had not engaged in the alleged price-fixing. The lawsuit seeks the recovery of money damages. The Defendants deny any wrongdoing or liability and deny that any plaintiff or class member is entitled to damages or any other relief. The case was tried to a jury, resulting in a verdict for the Defendants, and Plaintiff has filed an appeal seeking a new trial. MEMBERS OF THE CLASS On March 2,1995, the Court determined that this suit would proceed as a class action on behalf of a Class of all persons who purchased infant formula manufactured by the Defendants from a retail store in Kansas at any time from January 1,1980 to December 31,1992 (the 'Class Period"). In June 1995, notice of the Court's ruling was published In numerous newspapers, and persons were given the opportunity to exclude themselves from the Class. You are a member of the Class, and thus will be affected by the proposed settlements, I (1) you purchased Infant formula from a relay store in Kansas at any time from January 1,1960 to December 31,1992, and (2) at least some of the infant formula you purchased was Similac, Enfamil, Isomil, Prosobee, Nutramigen, Pregestimil, Alimentum, and/or Advance, and (3) you did not previously submit a timely request for exclusion from the Class. Obtaining infant formula with a WIC voucher is not a purchase. THE PROPOSED SETTLEMENTS Plaintiff has now reached settlements with Abbott Laboratories ("Abbotr), and with Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Mead Johnson & Co. (together "Bristol"). The attorneys for plaintiff and the Class have fully investigated the facts and law, have tried the case unsuccessfully, and have concluded that the proposed settlements are fair, reasonable, adequate, and in the best interests of the Class. Under the terms of the settlement agreements, and subject to the Court's approval: •Abbott and Bristol will deliver Infant formula products to food banks in Kansas, free of charge. Abbott will provide products having a total wholesale price as of January 25,1996 of $600,000, and Bristol will provide products having a total wholesale price as of June 7,1996 of $400,000. The food banks, affiliated with a charity called Second Harvest, will distribute the Infant formula free of charge to needy persons in Kansas according to their customary procedures. •Abbott and Bristol each will make available an amount of cash for payment of expenses relating to the settlements (such as the cost of publishing this notice), for reimbursement of litigation expenses (such as expert witness fees and deposition costs), and for an award to the plaintiff for her services to the Class (which included attending the two-month trial). The amount of such settlement and litigation expenses Is expected to be about $840,000 and will be specified In the application of plaintiffs counsel for reimbursement and payment of such expenses to be filed with the court at least seven days before the Settlement Hearing. No expenses will be paid or reimbursed and no award given to the plaintiff without court approval. Plaintiffs counsel do not seek any attorneys' fees in connection with this settlement •Both settlements provide that, upon final approval, all claims of plaintiff and Class members based on the sale or marketing of the Defendants Want formula during the Class Period and arising under the federal or slate antitrust laws, state unfair competition laws, common law relating to fraud or unfair competition, or any similar laws will be released and dismissed. The settlements will not become final unless the Court approves them. If a settlement is not approved, or is not consummated for any reason, the pre-settJement status of the litigation will be restored as to the applicable defendants), and the lawsuit will continue against such defendants). Plaintiffs attorneys have conducted this litigation without receiving any compensation for their services, and they have advanced funds on behalf of the Class to pay the necessary litigation expenses. As noted above, plaintiff's attorneys do not seek any attorneys' fees in connection with these settlements. They will apply to the Court only for the reimbursement and payment of their litigation and settlement expenses borne on behalf of the Class and for an award to the Plaintiff of $8.000. SETTLEMENT HEARING AND STEPS THAT MAY BE TAKEN BY CLASS MEMBERS The Court will hold a hearing at 9:00 a.m. local time on December 10,1996, before the Honorable Richard Ballinger, Sedgwick County Courthouse, 525 North Main Street, Wichita, Kansas, for the purpose of determining: (1) whether the settlements with Abbott and Bristol are fair, reasonable, adequate, and in good faith, and should be granted final approval; (2) whether the application of plaintiff's counsel for expenses and an award to Plaintiff should be approved; and (3) whether a judgment should be entered dismissing this litigation against Abbott and Bristol with prejudice as to the claims of plaintiff and Class members, and without costs to any party. If you arp satisfied with the proposed settlements, and the related matters described In this Notice, you need not take any steps in response to this Notes. Any Class member who did not submit a timely request for exclusion from the Class may attend the hearing, in person or through counsel, and show cause why the settlements should or should not be approved, why the application for expenses and an award to the Plaintiff should or should not be granted, or why a Judgment and dismissal as to Abbott and Bristol should or should not be entered, all as requested. However, no class member will be entitled to contest the foregoing matters unless, on or before December 2,1996, such class member shall have sent by first class mail, postage prepaid, such class member's statement of position or objection and any supporting papers to: Settlement Administrator, Infont Formula Litigation; P.O. Box 1802; Minneapolis, MN 55440-1602. Be sure to write "Donelan v. Abbott, No. 94 C 709' on your envelope. All comments and objections thus submitted will be filed by plaintiffs counsel with the Court. Any objection must also be served upon counsel for Abbott and Bristol: For Abbott: For Bristol: , Leslie M. Smith, Esq. Max R. Shulman, Esq. WrWand& Ellis Cravath Swaine & Moore 200 East Randolph Drive 625 Eighth Avenue Chicago, IL 60601 New York, NY 10019 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION This Notice presents a summary of the settlements and related matters. For further information on these matters or the lawsuit, you may inspect the documents and records filed In this action during regular office hours at the Office of the Clerk, Rm. 616 Sedgwick County Courthouse, 525 N. Main Street, Wichita, Kansas. You may also send questions in writing to the Settlement Administrator, Infant Formula Litigation, P.O. Box 1602, Minneapolis, MN 55440-1602, together with a self-addressed, stamped (320) envelope, or you may seek the advice of your own attorney at your own expense. PLEASE DO NQJ DIRECT INQUIRIES TO THE COURT OR TO THE CLERK OF THE COURT BY TELEPHONE OR IN WRITING. Dated: October 15,1996. BY ORDER OF THE DISTRICT COURT, SEDGWICK COUNTY, KANSAS, CIVIL DEPARTMENT.

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