The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 9, 1997 · Page 5
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 5

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, May 9, 1997
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THE SALINAJQURNAL. T SHEPPARD CASE NATION FRIDAY, MAY 9, 1997 AB TO OUR Photos by The Associated Press Sam Reese Sheppard Jr. (left) is trying to get his father exonerated in the 1954 murder of his wife. Sheppard Jr. and the Rev. Alan Davis, a boyhood friend of Sam Sheppard, talk to the media Thursday after a court hearing in Cleveland about the case. Son wants to redeem dad .Sheppard's son wants state to pay for putting •his father in prison By JOHN AFFLECK ', The Associated Press • CLEVELAND — The lawyer for Dr. Sam Sheppard's son says prosecutors are stalling to avoid a trial 'that could exonerate Sheppard in '.the sensational 1954 murder of his Ipregnant wife. * Prosecutors denied the charge : and asked the judge Thursday to •dismiss the wrongful imprisonment lawsuit brought by Sam Reese Sheppard. The 43-year-old case — in which Sheppard steadfastly claimed that a "bushy-haired intruder" beat his wife to death and knocked him unconscious — helped inspire the television series "The Fugitive." The younger Sheppard wants Common Pleas Judge Ron Suster to declare his father not guilty so he can ask the Ohio Court of Claims to pay $250,000 for his father's imprisonment plus compensation for financial losses. The doctor was convicted and imprisoned for 10 years before being acquitted at a second trial in 1966. He died in 1970. In Ohio, to collect damages for T MAYOR'S RACE Dr. Sam Sheppard, shown in a 1954 photo, was convicted and later acquitted of killing his wife. wrongful imprisonment, a person must be declared innocent.even if acquitted in a trial. The prosecutor's office asked Suster to dismiss the case, arguing only a former inmate can sue for unlawful imprisonment under state law. Suster scheduled a hearing for June 2 at which he will hear arguments on the dismissal request and get an update on how much evidence the two sides still need to examine before trial. The 50-year-old Sheppard of Oakland, Calif., sat next to his lawyer, Terry Gilbert, during the 70-minute hearing but did not speak. "It's difficult to be here," he said afterward. "I have some rough memories of this town. But I'm glad there's a new generation around to look at the information in the case." Gilbert believes evidence uncovered in DNA tests on blood from the crime scene will pin the slaying on the family's former handyman and window washer, Richard Eberling, 67, who is in prison for murdering a woman in 1984. Eberling denies killing Sheppard's wife. Gilbert, who wants the trial to begin by October, said the prosecutor's office has been increasingly uncooperative about sharing evidence such as trial transcripts and police reports. "They simply would love this case to disappear," he said. Carmen Marino, an assistant county prosecutor, denied the accusation. "He (Gilbert) has never been excluded from getting anything and everything he wants. They have complete access to whatever they want," he said. Omaha mayor passes polygraph 'Lie-detector test backs up his claims he didn't know about shady acts By DAWN FALLIK The Associated Press : OMAHA, Neb. — A week before ,the election, Mayor Hal Daub's campaign was in trouble. His top safety aide apparently failed a polygraph test about hidden police costs and skewed crime ^statistics. Daub had to apologize •for calling the seven chief Deputies who made the allegations ^unprofessional." The aide re- Signed but accused the mayor of •.making him a political scapegoat. >The city council decided to investigate. 'i. ;The questions turned toward 'the mayor: Did he know a police ^helicopter program would cost ijS250,000 more than the city coun- 'Cil'Was told? Did he know crime "statistics collected by the police were flawed before he released them? "To prove that he was telling the tr.uth, Daub took a lie-detector test Thursday -- and passed. ''Yes. I know the results. No deception. Honest mayor," said Daub, smiling with thumbs up. An independent examiner hired by the Omaha World-Herald gave the mayor the two-hour test Thursday at the newspaper's building. Polygraph politics may seem weird elsewhere, but Omaha voters have seen it before. Three years ago, Omaha congressional candidates Jon Christensen and Peter Hoagland took polygraph tests about accusations leveled at The Associated Press Omaha Mayor Hal Daub says he has nothing to hide from voters. them. Sill, senior political analyst Dave Bositis at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, D.C., called the move "highly unusual." He said he would never advise a politician to take such a test because polygraphs may be unreliable and the test itself may raise suspicions. B.J. Reed, a public administration professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, agreed. "The rule of thumb is if you're telling the truth, you don't take a polygraph and if you're not telling the truth, you definitely don't take a polygraph," he said. He doubted the polygraph would be a big issue in Tuesday's election. Voters interviewed at a west Omaha shopping mall thought taking the test could only help Daub's campaign. "I think this probably was the only way he could convince people that he was telling the truth." said Virginia Kuck, 54, a paralegal. "It's a shame that it had to come to that." Still, she wasn't sure who she would choose. The mayor is running for reelection in Tuesday's vote against Brenda Council, a member of the city council that is scheduled to begin investigating Friday who knew what and when about the helicopter costs and crime statistics. "I think it's an embarrassment to the city that the CEO of the city needs to take a polygraph exam to show that he's truthful," Council said. Daub said the test results should put the issue to rest and the city council should drop its investigation. A former congressman, Daub said the situation was "gut wrenching." "I've never gone through anything more difficult in my entire life," said Daub, who was nervous and scared before the test. The CUPBOARD 2 911 B. West Crawford, Salina lubscribe Today For Only $9,97 Each issue features the people, places, events and heritage that makes Salina so special. Makes a great gift, perfect for your home or office. 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