The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 25, 1996 · Page 5
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THfe SALINA JOURNAL NATION FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1996 T, SIMPSON CIVIL CASE impsoris attorney attacks Nicole 's ex-wife aborted a iby, slept around and irew parties, jury told r LINDA DEUTSCH e Associated Press •SANTA MONICA, Calif. — O.J. Sh»pson's attorney opened his c&e-Thursday with a withering affitek on Nicole Brown Simpson's cnaTacter, saying she slept around after, her divorce, aborted a lover's batfy and threw parties attended by Jorug dealers who could have killed her. Robert Baker also claimed she haq a date with Ronald Goldman T MURDER CASE on the night both were slain. Adopting a tactic shunned by lawyers at Simpson's criminal trial, Baker described a woman leading an increasingly wild life in the months before her death, full of men, drugs and unsavory acquaintances. "She was exercising her wings," Baker said. "She had many boyfriends. She was gorgeous, and men loved her." Nonetheless, Baker told the jury the couple shared "a terrific life" and "a love few people have known" before their divorce. At Simpson's criminal trial, his ex-wife's character was never attacked. The defense chose instead to argue that racist police officers framed Simpson by planting evidence. The strategy led to Simpson's acquittal a year ago in the June 1994 slayings. The victims' families are now suing Simpson for unspecified damages, claiming he was responsible for their deaths. Baker indicated during jury questioning that he would use a similar approach as the criminal defense team, so his all-out assault on the victim came as a surprise. "It is very risky," said Loyola University Law School Dean Laurie Levenson. "It was not subtle. It was very direct. It was close to calling her a slut without using the word. It was not a pretty picture of the victim." Levenson said such an approach stakes Simpson's credibility against his ex-wife's character. "This is a swearing contest between O.J. and Nicole," she said. "The only problem is one of them is dead." The risk, Levenson said, is that jurors could perceive that Simpson is "beating up on her again." The attorney for the Brown family, John Q. Kelly, presented a far more sympathetic portrait of Nicole Simpson, accusing her former husband of being a control freak prone to ranges and obsessed with the woman who left him. KANSAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY ADDICTION & /?ECOVERY LECTURE/WORKSHOP SERIES "Ericksonian Hypnosis & Brief Guest: Therapy: Motivating the Addict to Ron Klein, C.A.A.C., WANT to Recover" C.M.H., N.B.C.C.H. For more information, call November 1-2 (913) 827-5541 or FEE: $69 1-800-874-1154 gets life term fpr killing H$;wa$ convicted of Tnurdering his wife with cocaine overdose By The Associated Press DETROIT — A businessman whose mother and three wives died under suspicious circum- stan!ces was convicted Thursday of murdering wife No. 3 with a cocaine overdose. Lowell Amos, 54, faces an automatic life in prison without parole in the slaying of 37-year-old Roberta Mowery Amos, who was found dead in a Detroit hotel room in 1994, her body containing 15 times the amount of cocaine needed to kill a person. The former General Motors plant manager from Anderson, Ind-i had claimed his wife died accidentally of a drug overdose during sex play in which he was inserting cocaine into her body. But investigators pressed ahead 'after learning that his first two wives and his mother had all died mysteriously between 1979 and 1989' while he lived with them in Indiana. Prosecutors said that Lowell Amps knew. Roberta Amos was about to leave him and that he was having financial problems and wanted to collect on her life insurance. The jury that convicted Lowell Amos was allowed to hear evidence involving the death of his second wife, but not those of the two- other women. All three earlier deaths are under investigation, and' no charges have been filed. Police Sgt. Donald Stawiasz testified that Amos was "cool, calm, collected" in talking to police after the| death. Two days later, prosecutors said, he spent $1,000 on dinner' and drinks with two women and went to bed with both. Prosecutors say Amos got more thaji $1 jpillion in inheritance and insurance from the deaths of his first two wives and his mother. T PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES , fprturing tjitor guilty iti porn case By The Associated Press 1—N '. BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A tutor caiight on videotape torturing naked teen-age boys pleaded guijlty Thursday to a federal change of possessing child pornography.^ Lawrence J. Bottone, 38, Norwalk, entered his plea after prose- cutler Thomas J. Murphy gave a graphic account of evidence against the former head of a college preparation program for underprivileged minority students. "Bottone is shown at one point stripping off a loincloth from an individual," Murphy told federal Juc ge Warren W. 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