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i I J'l NEW MEXICO BUSINESS El Paso Times C R Thursday, July 6, 2000 Sex-torture trial jurors view graphic videotape By Deborah Baker Associated Press ( TIERRA AMARILLA, N.M. Jurors in the rape and kidnapping trial of David Parker Ray saw key prosecution evidence Wednesday a graphic videotape of a naked woman lying strapped to a table. Somber-faced jurors watched intently as a man who appeared to be Ray and who prosecutors say is the defendant repeatedly stroked the woman's body. The video camera was positioned near the woman's feet, which were placed in stirrups, as though she were on a gynecological examination table. In the silent, six-minute segment of video, the woman's arms and legs are restrained, and only her head moved back and forth. The man could be seen placing a wide piece of tape over her mouth. At one point, he releases the restraints around her wrists, .and she moves her arms and folds them over her chest. Ray is being tried on criminal sexual penetration, kidnapping and other charges. The alleged crimes occurred July 25-28 in 1996. Sgt. K.C. Rogers, a criminal investigation supervisor with the state police, said he viewed the tape just after it was retrieved from a utility trailer on Ray's property in March 1999. "The woman was strapped to a table, her feet in what appeared to be stirrups, legs spread wide apart ... Mr. Ray was touching her, fondling her," Rogers told jurors before they viewed the tape. "Her face was duct-taped." A distinctive tattoo of a bird on the woman's leg and her cornrow braids eventually led to her identification, Rogers said. The woman lived in Truth or Consequences at the time and now lives in Colorado. She may testify as early as today, prosecutors said. Patrick Murphy, to whom she was married at the time of the alleged crime, testified in a videotaped statement watched by the jury that his wife walked away from their home after an argument. Murphy said she reappeared a few days later, smelly and disheveled, driven home by Ray, who said he found her on the beach. Ray claimed not to know where she had been. Singing for their supper r " rrz . : 50-120 i ,40- H00 !30- lqo 20--60 Gwyn Matthews Clovis News Journal A trio of baby swallows stretched their necks and appeared to be yelling for mom as they waited to be fed during the warm Tuesday afternoon in Clovis, N.M. Sunny weather in the area heated up to the low 90s. Weather mapTforecastSA Fire contained in Santa Fe watershed SANTA FE It was a small fire just 3 acres but it burned in the thickly wooded watershed for the city of Santa Fe, highlighting fears of what could happen if a large wildfire hit the area. The blaze, started by lightning, was contained by Tuesday evening, said U.S. Forest Service dispatcher Todd Richards. A passenger on a glider plane above the watershed Monday afternoon spotted a small column of smoke. Richards said firefighters arrived about an hour later. Forest officials for years have feared a fire in the heavy forest of the 18,000-acre tract east of Santa Fe, where trees have not been thinned for 80 years. The watershed is the source of about 40 percent of the city's water. UNM policy to cover conflicts of interest ALBUQUERQUE The University of New Mexico will put a new policy into effect Tuesday to cover conflicts of interest in research. Under the policy, the university will comply with laws and regulations and protect investigators who might be exposed to conflicts of interest. The policy is intended to protect UNM, its academic community and its research activities. Disclosure requirements apply to sponsored research, research with human or animal subjects, and research financed through an award from UNM sources based on a proposal. The policy applies to investigators, faculty and staff members, and students. Many members of UNM are contracted to consult or advise other universities, government agencies and private entities. In other news: SHIPROCK - The Navajo tribe is looking for a more educated police chief. Tribal Public Safety Division Director Herb Clah Jr. raised the requirements for the , job from an associate's degree to a bachelor's degree at the request of other tribal officials. Current po- lice Chief Leonard Butler, who has an associate's degree, will remain . in office until July 14, Clah said. BOSQUE FARMS, N.M. - A Bosque Farms police officer who pulled up to a convenience store Tuesday night for a coffee break fatally shot a pistol-wielding man who reportedly had just robbed the store. The names of the officer and the man were withheld pending an investigation. i Times wire reports Lee defense issues new challenge By Richard Benke Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE - Defense lawyers filed a new challenge Wednesday against the warrant used to search a scientist's home, saying any evidence seized from Wen Ho Lee should be barred from his trial. The lawyers filed a separate challenge Wednesday to the government's refusal to use Wen Ho Lee's computer files as evidence. The defense lawyers told US. District Judge James Parker the government was seeking to skirt the "best evidence" rule, which says original documents, rather than copies or summaries, are to be used as evidence when available. "We expect to raise significant challenges to any summary the prosecution offers," defense lawyers Mark Holscher and John Cline said in their filing Wednesday. The lawyers are preparing for a closed hearing next week on which classified evidence may be introduced. Lee has a right to be confronted with "concrete and particular" evidence, defense lawyers said. "Vague substitutions drafted by the prosecution cannot possibly vindicate these basic rights." The defense enclosed a copy of a July 3 letter from Assistant U.S. Attorney George Stamboulidis saying: "We do not intend to offer the classified materials (Lee's computer files) into evidence at trial." The defense response came on the day the government had been ordered to reveal which nations were allegedly intended beneficiaries of Lee's actions at Los Alamos National Laboratory. A prosecution spokeswoman said it would probably be left in a court drop chute overnight, unavailable until today. 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The fever of activity is the result of new federal legislation giving electronically signed documents the same legal validity as paper documents. The law, signed by President Clinton on Friday, opened the door to a market potentially worth billions of dollars to the companies that provide the digital signature technology and services. "Eventually, we're all going to have digital signatures," said Brad Harvey, signOnline's co-founder. "You're going to see the whole world transformed. This really does change the world." The new law certainly promises to change online commerce. Electronic signatures can be used for online transactions as simple as routine credit card purchases. The real lure for companies that provide the technology are high-value transactions such as home purchases, online stock trading, government procurement and big corporate contracts. The law also poses a challenge for Federal Express and United Parcel Service. As the use of digital signatures catches on, the demand for their overnight document delivery service is likely to drop. "Many of the components of their volume that are paper are going to take some more compelling digital form. They have to be more than just pas'sively friendly to this. I think they have to be all over it," said Robert Hamilton, a former head of FedEx.com, the shipping company's online business and co-founder of Proof-Mark, a developer of software that allows companies to track the handling of electronic documents. Two categories of companies stand to profit from the trend. The first is established e-commerce security companies such as VeriSign Inc. and Entrust Technologies Inc., that provide universally recognized digital certificates. The second group includes dozens of companies, such as Irvine, Calif.-based signOnline, that will sell technologies and services that let individuals and businesses affix a signature. Continued from 8B and an online newsletter, Leach said. The archaeology magazine site, which contains the magazine's entire content, now generates 300 to 500 subscribers a month. And the Egypt Revealed site "generates several hundred a month," Leach said. "We always establish a primary goal with a client," O'Rourke said. "Like the magazines' (Web sites), they are geared toward new sub-"scriptions. "We do a lot of legwork; we make sure you should be on the Web. Say you have a shoe store and you just want to sell to El Pa-soans, it's better (for customers) to just go to the store. If you have a unique product and you could market to a national or international audience," then a Web site is needed, he said. Mahmood said having an Internet strategy is a good idea But he doesn't recommend a business delay getting on the Web if it has to spend months developing a strategy. "A business shouldn't be afraid of getting involved in electronic commerce if they don't have a strategy per se," Mahmood said. Most businesses should aim for an e-commerce site, but "as a starting point, at the minimum should have a site to give relevant information about the business," Mahmood said. "It's another form of advertising." Stanton Street Design does two main types of Web sites: brochure sites, chiefly aimed at providing information about a business, and e-commerce sites. It charges $1,200 to $2,500 to design a brochure site and $10,000 to $50,000 for e-commerce packages. It has yet to do a $50,000 site, which would involve an extensive number of products, O'Rourke said. The Web-design business, which has about 20 clients, is helping to pay for O'Rourke's true passion: StantonStreet.com. He hopes to eventually attract outside funding to help operate the online magazine, which is now losing money. Paredes at year-old Chips, Bits & Bytes said, "My experience is that (many) businesses in the local area consider a Web site a luxury right now and not are not willing to spend as much money as on traditional marketing strategies. Money does become an issue." Paredes kept that in mind as he priced his Web-page design packages, which cost about $600 for a Web site aimed at delivering information. An e-commerce site design package starts at $1,000. "You don't need a full e-commerce site right away. You can experiment and see how it works," Paredes said. More information: Stanton Street Design at www.stantonstreetdesign.com; Chips, Bits & Bytes at www.imerlin.com. Online magazine dream helps drive publisher's efforts By Vic Kolenc El Paso Times Web-page designs are paying "the bills, rbut Robert O'Rourke V heart is in another Internet venture: StantonStreet.com, an El Paso online magazine. Publishing a magazine is O'Rourke's longtime dream. The Internet made it financially feasible. "I was so struck that no one was doing this when I came back to El Paso," said O'Rourke, 27, who received an English degree at Columbia University in New York and worked at New York Web-page design firms before, returning to his hometown two years ago. Since StantonStreet.com debuted in September, others have moved into online publishing of local news and information, including El Paso's TV stations and the El Paso Times. Mo Adam Mahmood, Mayfield professor of information and decision sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso, said making a local online magazine fly won't be easy, but it should be easier than publishing a print version. "I think there will be more and more of an audience because the younger generation is more used to computers," Mahmood said. The magazine is a mix of arts and entertainment reviews, restaurant reviews and opinion columns, including one frequently written by O'Rourke's father, former El Paso County Judge Pat O'Rourke. The elder O'Rourke is now posting daily reports and photos on the site as he makes a cross-country bicycle -trek- O'Rourke and Grace Madden, 25, a Maine native, started the 10-month-old magazine and Stanton Street Design, a year-old Web-page design business, in O'Rourke's apartment. The venture recently moved to the 10th floor of the Bassett Tower Downtown. Mike Stevens, also an El Paso native with degrees in English and Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin, is the magazine's editor and writer. The magazine, which is losing money, is being supported by. revenues from Stanton Street Design. O'Rourke plans to eventually seek outside funding for the magazine. It recently revved up efforts to sell ads on the site. And it recently made a co-marketing agreement with KTSM-TV, Channel 9, which will allow StantonStreet.Com and the station's Internet site, KTSM.com, to share content and TV ads for the sites. "I like it (StantonStreet.com) because it's very smart. 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