Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on January 29, 1988 · 17
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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Friday, January 29, 1988
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, LINCOLN, NE. JOURNAL riEDRASKA Hhaiiahnii oritioWR mpaign I Karnes to confront law corroboration By Leslie Boellstorff Journal Writer Nebraska Supreme Court Judge Thomas Shanahan sharply criticized Ne-' braska's requirement for corroboration of a sexual assault victim's testimony in a decision issued Friday. ' The high court unanimously upheld the third-degree sexual assault conviction of Charles Schon of Omaha in an in-cident involving a 6-yearold child. The court majority ruled that the child's claim of sexual assault was corroborated by changes in her habits, "crying and fear of the defendant, followed by the report to the police that was made within a reasonable time after the as-saulL" . V , ; - ; Judge C. Thomas White concurred with the majority opinion, written by Judge William ColweD, a retired district judge sitting with the high court Although Shanahan agreed that Schon's conviction should be sustained, he said the court's requirement of corroborating evidence is anachronistc , "(T)he outdated and discriminatory corroboration rule is most assuredly a derogatory comment about a victim's testimony in a sexual assault case," Shanahan wrote. "As a result of the corroboration rule, the sexual assault victim comes into the court stigmatized as untrustworthy, because the victim is one in a class of witnesses whose credibility is suspect and who are not entitled to the same credibility otherwise accorded a victim testifying about a crime other than a sexual assault" Nebraska now is the only state in the Union that requires corroboration of a victim's testimony, Shanahan said. "By retaining the antiquated and unnecessary corroboration rule regarding a victim's testimony in sexual assault cases, this court has never been more alone than today, when we are wholly alone, and, thus, have realized (Greta) Garbo's wish," he said. Conviction is upheld in bomb-threat case the Nebraska Supreme Court Friday affirmed .the conviction of a Burwell second-grade teacher who was found guilty of sending a bomb threat to her boss. ' ' : y''.' ''...:.-. The teacher, Cindy Roberts, was given two years' probation when she was convicted of threatening the use of explosives. : Roberts, who maintained her inno- cence in testimony in Garfield County District Court, appealed the case to the high court, saving there was not enough evidence to convict her and that she should have been granted a new trial because "a juror used information ob- f Looking Inward1 class '. at Gathering Place The, Rev: Gordon Scott will present a three-session class on "Looking Inward" from 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays at the Gathering Place beginning next week. The class is one of nine planned through ApriL ' Co-dependency, the creative processing of anger and journaling are among a variety of study sessions scheduled. . . The Gathering Place, 1448 E St, also has speakers each Wednesday noon. Dr. Randall Bradley, a naturopathic physician, will speak Wednesday. A complete list of classes and speakers is a vailable by calling 476-7398. tained outside the evidence to reach her verdict" .', ,: Lloyd Lamb, administrator of Burwell Elementary School, received the bomb threat in the March 10, 1986, morning mailtotheschooL The note, composed of letters that appeared to have been cut out of magazines and taped to the paper with cellophane tape, read, "The bomb will go off today no one is safe Loyd (sic)." i The school was evacuated, but no bomb was found. Evidence against Roberts included her fingerprint on the sticky side of one of the pieces of tape. Witnesses said she had expressed resentment toward Lamb after he sent her a letter, at the direction of the school board, criticizing her teaching skills. The high court said the evidence was sufficient to support the jury's verdict and that the juror in question had no more knowledge of the case than what she had heard or read in the paper, as she told attorneys who questioned her during the jury selection process. In other decisions Friday, the high court: . Affirmed Gregory McCoy's conviction on tampering with a witness in Lancaster County District Court. Affirmed Arthur C. Patrick's conviction and sentence on two counts of sexual assault of a child In Lancaster County District Court. Affirmed Alvle Carlson's conviction and sentence on attempted first-degree sexual assault and burglary in Platte County District Court. Daub in three debates . - By Associated Prm The campaign chairman for Sen. David Karnes has said Karnes would ' participate in three debates with GOP Senate rival Rep. Hal Daub between March 14 and April 22. -- n think it's terrific" said Daub, who has been calling for the debates. Daub said be accepted the proposal for three debates but wanted at least six. Three debates "aren't nearly enough," Daub said. "This is a big state." " Dallen Peterson, chairman of the Karnes campaign, did not rule out additional meetings between the two candidates before the May 10 primary. ' Peterson said statewide organizations such as Nebraska Press Association, the Nebraska Broadcasters Association and the League of Women Voters should sponsor the debates. He said it would be less helpful to have debates in February because most Nebraskans have not begun to think about the GOP primary candi-' dates yet ' . "That's an excuse," Daub said. He said voters would become better informed and more interested if early debates were scheduled. ; State senator switches back to GOP party OMAHA (AP) - With Gov. Kay Orr by his side, state Sen. Brad Ash-ford of Omaha announced Thursday that he has switched his party registration back to the Republican Party after being a Democrat for six years, . Ashford, who had the support of Democratic former Gov. Bob Kerrey when he ran for the non-partisan Legislature, hesitated Thursday night when asked whether his switch meant he would back the Republican Senate candidate against Kerrey, the likely Democratic nominee. 41 When pressed, Ashford said, "I win back the Republican nominee for the Senate against the Democratic nominee.''' - ' '- Ashford, a lawyer, said Orr's accomplishments in economic development and education, two issues he campaigned pn in 1986, persuaded him to change parties. Ashford, son of the founder of the Nebraska Clothing Co., was raised as a Republican. He switched to the Democratic Party in 1982. Kerrey applands treaty to reduce nuclear arms SIDNEY (AP) - The intermediate nuclear weapons treaty signed by President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev is a major breakthrough in reducing nuclear weap- ons, former Gov. Bob Kerrey said Thursday. Kerrey, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Senate, said the ability to verify a reduction in nuclear weapons is crucial especially among those who see nuclear weapons reduction as a sign of weakness. "The world would be much safer without any nuclear weapons," Kerrey said. "It also would be less expensive." More resources would be available for addressing education, industrial development and other concerns, he said. Doctor says THieszeh suitable for treatment By Betty Stevens '. Journal State Bureau YORK Sydney Thieszen can be treated and fits the admission criteria for an adolescent high-risk offender program at the Lincoln Regional Center, a psychiatrist testified on Thursday. ; Those two points amenability to treatment and its availability are to be considered under Nebraska law when a transfer to juvenile court is under consideration. ' : " Thieszen, 15, has been charged with first-degree murder and the use of a firearm to commit a felony in the shooting death of his sister, Sacha, 12, on Sept 17..:, Ji Dr. William Logan, head of the department of law and psychiatry at the Menninger Clinic of Topeka, Kan, testified at the third day of a hearing to transfer Thieszen's case' to juvenile court He said he evaluated Thieszen and diagnosed him as having a solidarity-aggressive conduct disorder. Appropriate treatment would be hospitalization, Logan said. He said both Dr. Klaus Hartmann, former superintendent of the regional center, and Bill Zinn, current superintendent, thought the high-risk offenders program would be appropriate for Thieszen. Logan said Thieszen is too young for imprisonment in an adult male prison because he is fairly impressionable, would be used by other inmates because he is lacking in sophistication and would be subject to sexual harassment because of his size and age. Logan also described Thieszen as immature, much younger in appearance than most 15-year-olds and slightly above average in intelligence, . ', He said the three years and eight months until Thieszen would leave the jurisdiction of the juvenile court would "generally" be long enough for successful treatment to be completed in the high-risk offenders program, which focuses on treating those who commit sexual offenses and show violence toward others. Under cross-examination by York County , Attorney Charles Campbell, Logan said he could not guarantee that Thieszen would satisfactorily complete treatment by the time he reaches age 19. . A description of the Sept 17 crime was entered into evidence, and Mark Sipple of Columbus, Thieszen's attorney, asked that the document be sealed, a motion York County District Judge Bryce Bartu said he would rule on later. Earlier Thursday, a classmate of Thieszen's, Brent Goertzen, testified that Thieszen often threatened to kill himself and his mother, Joyce Thieszen. . Bonds, street to fund Omaha OMAHA (AP) The city plans to finance its $8.6 million share of the riverfront development project by delaying some major street and sewer projects and issuing a $2. million redevelopment bond. The financing plan will not raise city taxes and city services won't deteriorate, officials said Wednesday. ConAgra Inc's office and laboratory complex will anchor the project which will be built in the downtown area. The project win include a park and other private development "It's not voodoo financing; it's good, sound financing," Mayor Bernie Simon said. However, City Finance Director Bill Miskell said the money shifted to riverfront redevelopment could have gone to other city projects or a tax decrease. : City officials have said previously they would' use $4 million in savings ' gained by refinancing previous bond ject delays redevelopment issues and from favorable interest rates on bond issues for the riverfront Of the remaining (4.6 million, $2 million will come from the issuance of a redevelopment bond and $2.6 million from the proceeds of earlier bond sales that were going to be used on seven street and sewer projects around the city. Meanwhile, the City Planning Board Wednesday endorsed the riverfront redevelopment plan that will destroy the historic warehouse district : ; On Thursday, Simon asked 50 to 55 business leaders to help the Omaha Foundation raise $2 million in private money for the project WE'REMOVING! AS OF FEBRUARY 1,1988 MOSI ERTI MPERLEY CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC is pleased to announce the relocation of our facilities. 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