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-J Nation tVausau Daily Herald 7A Wednesday, August 31 1 994 Danishment Teenagers arrive 'nt ruder attacks civil rights figure for tribal hearing JUNEAU, Alaska Two Tlin-git teenagers facing banishment to uninhabited islands for beating a pizza deliveryman have returned to their village to await a tribal hearing accompanied by their victim. Cousins Adrian Guthrie and Simon Roberts arrived in Klawock HI HI I I ,1 III r-ir f. if iii Police will provide security for Parks indefinitely, he said. Parks was not available for comment. Parks was a 42-year-old seamstress in Montgomery, when she committed an act of defiance that was to change the course of American history and earn her the title "mother of the civil rights movement." On Dec.

1, 1955, a white man demanded that Parks relinquish her seat on a city bus. Jim Crow laws in effect at the time required separation of the races in public areas throughout the South. Parks refused, despite rules requiring blacks to yield seats to whites, and was jailed. The arrest triggered a 381-day bus boycott which resulted in the desegregation of the bus line. The boycott, which came one year after the U.S.

Supreme Court's landmark decision that separate schools for blacks and whites were inherently unequal, marked the start of the modern civil rights movement Parks moved to Detroit in 1957. Rosa Parks robbed, beaten in her home after man breaks in DETROIT (AP) Revered civil rights figure Rosa Parks spent the night under police protection after she was robbed of $53 and assaulted in her home. Parks, 81, was attacked about 8 p.m. Tuesday. She was treated at a hospital for bruises to her face and chest and released a few hours later.

Parks was upstairs in her home when she heard a noise downstairs and went to investigate, said Police Chief Isaiah McKinnon. She found a man inside her house, reeking of alcohol, he said. Her back door had been knocked off its hinges. The man told her someone else had knocked down the door and he was there to protect her, and then he hit her, McKinnon said. McKinnon said the assailant, who remained at large today, probably did not know who Parks was.

by ferry Tuesday night, along with Tim Whittlesey and his wife, Tonya. With the group was Rudy James, the Tlingit man charged with making sure the youths appear at a tribal court hearing Thursday. About a dozen elders from throughout Southeast Alaska are to sit on the Kuye'di Kuiu Kwaan Tribal Court to consider the case of the two youths. But as the hearing nears, questions about James' credibility persist in Klawock, a sleepy fishing village of 758 residents on Prince of Wales Island, about 190 miles south of Juneau. Washington state Judge James Allendoerfer sent the 17-year-olds north last week.

The Tlingit (pronounced CLINK-ut) court is expected to exile them for up to two years to separate, isolated islands in Alaska's vast Alexander AP photo Activist: Rosa Parks, 81 whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man sparked the modern civil rights movement, is shown in a March 1 993 file photo. Parks was assaulted in her Detroit home Tuesday night. NAACP settles lawsuit Board member sued for discrimination WASHINGTON (AP) Just before it fired Benjamin Chavis for secretly settling a former worker's sex discrimination claim, the NAACP quietly resolved a similar lawsuit by another female employee against a member of its board of directors. That board member, Gentry W. Trotter, was present at the Aug.

20 meeting in which Chavis was terminated. It is not known how he voted in the 53-5 decision. In an October 1993 lawsuit, Harriet Diles accused Trotter of harassing her, defaming her and firing her because she filed sex discrimination complaints with federal and local employment and civil rights agencies. She sought more than $2 million in back pay and damages. The settlement was reached Aug.

17 and filed one day later in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Terms were not disclosed. Trotter's conduct, Diles alleged, "was extreme and outrageous and beyond the bounds of decency." It included "false and defamatory remarks" to potential employers, she said. The lawsuit alleges the harassment was part of longstanding "policy and pattern of conduct" at the 85-year-old civil rights group, which has been rocked by claims, both in and out of court, that it treats female employees badly.

The NAACP and Trotter, of St. Louis, denied Diles' allegations in court documents reviewed Tuesday by The Associated Press. Diles had asked for $27,914.34 in back pay, unused vacation and severance. She also sought $600,000 in compensatory damages and $1.3 million in punitive damages for the loss of her job, defamation of character and emotional distress. Chavis was fired as NAACP executive director Aug.

20 mainly because he used the group's money to settle sex discrimination claims raised by Mary E. Stansel, his former assistant That brought calls from women's groups not only for Chavis to resign, but also for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to evaluate its treatment of Lawyers argue against Simpson gag order Case could affect use of DNA evidence SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A drunken driving case before the California Supreme Court could decide how DNA evidence affects O.J. Simpson's trial. The courtroom was packed Tuesday as justices heard arguments on the test of admissibility for scientific methods in a dispute over a sobriety test. Justices were asked to scrap California's tough standard requiring a general agreement among scientists that a method is reliable in favor of a more flexible test adopted last year by the U.S.

Supreme Court. An Orange County public defender argued for keeping the current standard intact. Two prosecutors wanted it modified slightly to allow evidence endorsed by a clear majority of scientists. After the hearing, Deputy Public Defender Alan Crivaro said he would be surprised if the court made a drastic change in the state standard. That could be good news for Simpson's challenge to the DNA evidence that prosecutors are expected to pre sent in his murder trial.

California appeals courts have been divided on the admissibility of DNA evidence, also known as "genetic The most recent ruling found a lack of scientific consensus on whether the person DNA material comes from could be identified at million-to-one accuracy levels. The court's rules require a decision within 90 days. If Superior Court Judge Lance Ito has already ruled on the DNA evidence in Simpson's case, he could reconsider his decision if any new standard is set. In this case, driver William Michael Leahy was given a test in which an officer gradually moved an object out of his field of vision and observed whether Leahy's eyes jerked or bounced while following it A state appeals court overturned his drunken driving conviction last year, ruling that the roadside test called horizontal gaze nystagmus, in use for about 30 years, was inadmissible because it had not been validated by a consensus of the scientific community. Archipelago.

Some people in Klawock, however, are embarrassed that their village and culture are represented by James, who they consider to be less than honorable. They point to $60,000 in out-standing court judgments against him, including $10,000 in child support. They note he has not lived in Klawock for nearly 30 years; he has been living in the Seattle area. They question his self-proclaimed status as a tribal judge. They say some of the other judges who will consider the case are his brothers, and have criminal records.

Doer latches i Tougher standard: The National Highway Traffic Safety Adrmnistration wants stronger rear door latches on rnini-vans, sport-utility vehicles and station wagons. About 150 deaths a year are attributed to passengers being ejected through the rear doors of such vehicles, the agency said Tuesday. The agency proposed that the same standard already in place for side door latches and hinges be applied to the back doors of hatchbacks, station wagons, sport-utility vehicles and vans, which now have no standard. Cuayf 3 for president? Undecided: Former Vice President Dan Quayle says he will decide "sometime after the November elections" whether to run for president in 1996. Quayle said Tuesday he expects a lot of Republican victories this fall, but "if in fact that would not be the case obviously we would have to do some political reassessment." Quayle denied reports he has all but decided to run and brushed aside any suggestion he could not overcome negative portrayals that persisted during his four years as vice president.

The Associated Press Defense loses bid to examine detective's records LOS ANGELES (AP) If Charles Manson, Sirhan Sirhan and the Watergate conspirators could get fair trials despite massive publicity, so can O.J. Simpson, said a media lawyer arguing against a proposed gag order. Judge Lance Ito, who has suggested muzzling lawyers in the case, agreed to hear arguments today from the media, the American Civil Liberties Union and others. Ito already has ordered all filed documents to be sealed until they are discussed in court In cases such as the Robert F. Kennedy assassination, the Manson murders and Watergate, "The reviewing courts nonetheless found that an impartial jury was selected and a fair trial conducted," lawyer Kelli Sager wrote in a motion suggesting that the proposed gag order and the sealing of documents are unconstitutional.

"Certainly there has been widespread media attention to this case, but it is hardly unprecedented," Sager wrote. The motion was filed on behalf of the Los Angeles Times, The Associated Press, The Copley Press, Copley News Service, CNN, CBS and NBC. Simpson, 47, has pleaded innocent to murdering Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Jury selection is to begin Sept. 19.

On Tuesday, Simpson's lawyers lost their bid to examine a police detective's Marine Corps records. Ito ruled that the records had no bearing on defense suggestions that Detective Mark Fuhrman is a racist and a liar. "The court reviewed the military file and found no reports or other information relevant to the issues in this case," Ito wrote. Ito said he would seal the military file and place it in the court record so it would be available only for appellate review. The judge did not rule Lawyer Brent Merritt told KCAL-TV he represented a man who was at the crime scene on June 12, the night of the slayings.

"All I can do is present my witness, my client, to them and they can either use his testimony or not use his testimony," Merritt said. He would not elaborate. The judge was considering whether to release to prosecutors the most tantalizing piece of defense evidence, a mysterious sealed envelope. on the defense's request to review Fuhrman's police records. Fuhrman has been placed on indefinite vacation leave, said police Cmdr.

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