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Sunday, April 27, 1986
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4-C THE BAYTOWN SUN Sunday, April 27, 1 Woman tf recants her earlier spy confession „ LOS ANGELES (AP) — A confessed spy who now denies she 1 was a Soviet agent told a judge she was pressured into pleading guilty by her lawyers and said .she changed her story because , she wants to help her former • lover, a fired FBI agent on trial for espionage. In an emotional speech that began with the words: "Your honor, we are not guilty of this crime," Svetlana Ogorodnikov, a Soviet emigre, poured out her . story to U.S. District Judge David Kenyon 10 months after she stood before him and pleaded guilty to espionage charges. Her comments, made in . .chambers Thursday, were ; released Friday by Kenyon. Jurors were not told of the development, and Mrs. Ogorod- nikov, 35, resumed her defense -testimony in the second trial of : iformer FBI agent Richard ; ;Milier. A jury in November •could not reach a verdict in Miller's first trial. Mrs. Ogorodnikov told the judge she wants to help Miller win acquittal because he is "not a traitor," and said her husband, Nikolay, is innocent. Ogorod- nikov, 53, also pleaded guilty and is serving a federal prison term. "It's hard to help a man that put you into jail," she said of Miller. "But he is not guilty either ... I forgive him, but I cannot forget. And I forgive FBI, also the same. " In a day of shocking twists, Kenyon also threatened one of Miller's lawyers, Stanley Greenberg, with prosecution for attempted obstruction of justice. He accused the lawyer of "the grossest misconduct" and said he also intended to hold him in contempt, presumably when the trial is over. Kenyon claimed Greenberg tried to influence the selection of a new attorney to represent Mrs. Ogorodnikov after her .statements in chambers. ; Greenberg said he could not • comment because of a court- imposed gag order. Mrs. Ogorodnikov, who had been testifying since Tuesday ; about sexuai liaisons with ; another FBI agent, John Hunt, • talked to the judge just before ' she was to tell jurors about her ' affair with Miller. Miller, the only FBI agent ever charged with spying, is accused of giving Mrs. Ogorod- nikov classified documents for the Soviet Union in exchange for promises of $65,000 in gold and cash. The Soviet emigre, who wept several times during her talk . with the judge, told him she had ' been awake in her prison cell ail ; night and decided, "The truth • has to come out. "If I am in prison, I don't want ', somebody who is not guilty to be ' in prison too. "Your honor, we are not guilty this crime.... Richard is not a • traitor of his country. I am not ' Russian spy. I was helping '. (U.S.) government. This is true, ; your honor. We are not guilty in • this crime." '. The transcript of the meeting \ with Kenyon indicated she spoke alternately in English and » through a translator. ; Mrs. Ogorodnikov said she ' pleaded guilty because her at; torneys led her to believe an ; American jury would never ''•- believe the testimony of a Russian and her only choice was to accept an 18-year sentence and hope to get out in 10 years. "I pleaded guilty, and my life is finished," she said. "If I come back to the Soviet Union, they will anyway kill me." Sunday forecast Low Temperatures 7O FRONTS: Showers Ram Fkjrries Snow Occluded -^^. StatK>nary^, Funnel clouds churn close to Sweetwater By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS High winds knocked out windows and caused minor damage to buildings Friday night in Hermleigh, 20 miles northwest of tornado-jittery Sweetwater, and funnel clouds were reported as the storm churned in a northeasterly direction through Fisher and Stonewall Counties. The National Weather Service placed all of the "Big Country" area — of which Abilene is a hub — under a tornado watch that was in effect throughout the evening. A tornado warning was issued for Fisher County after the funnels were reported in rural areas about 10 miles southwest of Roby. Later, Stonewall County was placed under a tornado warning after the storm cell was spotted at 7:45 p.m. about 12 miles south of Aspermont. The storm system was moving northeast at about 30 mph. Sweetwater was hit last Saturday by a tornado that destroyed homes, killed an elderly man, and injured dozens. During the day, skies were partly cloudy over most of the state. Low clouds covered much of the lower and middle Rio Grande plains, the National Weather Service said. Deaths and funerals EDWIN DOSKOCIL HIGHLANDS — Services for Edwin Leo Doskocil, 75, of Highlands will be held ui 2 p.m. Monday ui Eur- ihmun Highlands Funeral Home Chapel \viih ihe Rev. Ronnie Trite Do.skocil, a 46-yeur Highlands resi- dein und a retired welder ui Exxon's Buytown Refinery, died Friday ur a Buytown hospital. He is survived by his \vi/e, Frances Doskocil of Highlands; two daughters, Arlene Clerninons und Judy Hanson, both of Highlands; sons, Elton Donald Doskocil of Pasadena and Kenneth Doskocil of Old River; a s i s I e r , Vclmu Strawbridge of Crosby; and /our brothers, Emil and Louis Doskocil, both of Highlands, Lodd Doskocil of Crosby and Frank Doskocil of Bayiown. Eight grandchildren and one great- grandchild also survive. Burial will be at White Cemetery. Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements are under direction of Earthman Highlands Funeral Home. HJCKS Services for Charles Ray Hicks. 23, of Baytown will be held ai II a.m. Monday at Johnson und Frazier Funeral Chapel with the Rev. J.L. Bates officiating. The wake will be held from 7 (o 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home chapel. Hicks died U'ednesduy u( a Houston hospital. He is .survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mannon Hick.s Jr. of Baytown; six sisters, Dorothy Locke and Belly Fomenole, both of Colorado Springs, Colo., Annie Hicks, Patricia Pace, Virginia Frink and Brenda Joyce Hicks, all of Baytown; a half-sister, Kimberly Hicks of Killeen; two brothers-in-law, Odell Pace Jr. of Baytown und Melvin Locke of West Virginia; his grandparents, Mannon Hicks Sr. of Killeen. and Gertrude Fowell of \at- chitoches. La.; seven amns; three uncles; four nephews; and 10 nieces. Burial will be at Memory Gardens. Services are under direction o/ Johnson and Fru-ier Funeral Home. SIMMONS Services /or Opal Irene Simmons, 82, of Buyiown were scheduled /or 2 p.m. Saturday at Eurthmcm Funeral Home Chape! with the Rev. James Smith officiating. Mrs. Simmons died Friday at a Baytown hospital. She was a member of Trinitv Tabernacle. She is survived by a son, Billy Wayne Simmons of Deer Park; two daughters, Atlene Bridges of Austin, Sue Masierson of La Porte; ami a sister, Margaret Meizger of Liverpool. Five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren also survive. Burial was to be at Memory Gardens. Grandchildren were to serve as pallbearers. Arrangements are under direction of Earthman Funeral Home. Lets dress tip Baytown for the A MESSAGE FROM THE BAYTOWN CLEAN CITY COMMISSION 112S. Dr. S. F. Hartley Podiatrist - Foot Specialist Announces the incorporation of Laser Technology for the Medical & Surgical Management of: •Plantar Warts • Fungus & Deformed Nails •Ingrown Nails •Porokeratosis (DeepRootedc a iio us «) •Other Foot Problems through LASER SURGERY IWM Mvd. 44 OFFICE HOURS BY APPOINTMENT 479-5311 442 UvoWe Houston, T«XM 455-2384 NASA denies allegations WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration says allegations that mismanagement of the space shuttle and other programs has cost the agency billions of dollars and compromised safety are misleading and out of context. NASA, in a five-page statement issued Friday, said the allegations in two articles published by The New York Times "do not accurately represent the way NASA is manag- -ed." Richard Flaste, the director of science news at the Times who coordinated the articles, responded that he was "enormously proud of this series" and defended its accuracy. The Times said the articles were based on a review of more than 500 audits, other government documents and economic reports by outside experts, and from interviews with American space experts. The newspaper reported Wednesday that audits show NASA and its contractors have wasted billions of dollars on the space shuttle and other space programs despite warnings by government inspectors that such *. were occurring through bad management. The Times reported Thursday that NASA cut or delayed $500 million in spending on safety testing, design and development from the time the shuttle program began in the early 1970s to the Challenger explosion Jan. 28, which killed the seven crew members and grounded the shut_ tie program. NASA said in its statement, "The two-article series deals with implications and draws conclusions which, in significant respects, do not accurately represent the way NASA is managed. "The primary focus of the articles is on audits and safety with particular emphasis on the space shuttle program, a uniquely technical and complex spaceflight system — undertaken in an economical manner providing adequate testing to insure that safety was always the first consideration." NASA said many of the allegations were based on the agency's internal audits and "corrective action has been taken or is in the process." Flaste said of the series: "I think it's accurate. It stands on its own. It quoted official sources. This was not The New York Times making allega- ;tions." In today's editions of the Times, the newspaper quotes Harry R. Finley, a top official with the General Accounting Office, as saying his agency's findings were accurately reported in the series. Finley is quoted as saying that NASA had not been responsive to auditors' suggestions for managerial improvement. In addressing allegations of cost increases, the space agency said many of the audits dealt with research and development projects, which are uncertain by their very nature. "Problems of technical development, scheduling and budget estimating can reasonably be expected," the statement said. "In this context, cost increases are not at all unusual in the complex environment of research and development and NASA's record compares favorably with both industry and other federal laboratories." Lawmakers urge Waldheim barring WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Edwin Meese is being urged by two members of Congress to quickly decide whether former United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim should be prohibited from entering the United States because of his wartime activities. Sen. Pete Wilson. R-Calif.. and Rep. Charles E. Schumer, D- N.Y., made their request Friday in a letter to the attorney general. The request from Capitol Hill came after the Justice Department's top Nazi hunter, Neal Sher, recommended that Waldheim be placed on a list of excludable persons because of his activities with the German army in the Balkans during World War II. Justice Department spokesman Terry Eastland said no decision has been made and that he did not know when one would be. Another department spokesman, Patrick Korten. said that Sher's recommendation has not been sent 10 the at- torney general yet. No decision is expected by Meese and Secretary of State George Shultz on the matter before the May 4 election in Austria, where Waldheim is running for president. Wilson and Schumer told Meese that "Mr. Waldheim to his credit has continually stated that he is anxious for the truth about his past actions to be established and that he would welcome a verdict on his case from an impartial source. We agree on both counts." Waldheim's autobiography failed to mention that after being wounded on the Russian front in 1941, he served until the end of the war as a German officer in the Balkans, where numerous atrocities were committed against Jews and Yugoslav partisans. Waldheim has denied he was involved in any of them. But the memo by Sher, chief of the Justice Depart nv :U's Office of Special Investigations, said war records showed Waldheim was a "special missions staff officer in the Intelligence and Counterintelligence branch" of a German army group involved in reprisals against civilians in the Balkans. Meanwhile, Waldheim's son said that Sher's recommendation is based on insufficient evidence, a 1948 U.N. War Crimes Commission report, a short four-page document that places Waldheim on its "A" list of suspected war criminals. The "A" list of suspected war criminals means the U.N. commission felt the evidence against Waldheim was strong enough that he should stand trial Gerhard Waldheim's statement noted that after reviewing the U.N. commission report, "the president of the Republic of Austria, a political opponent of my father, stated that in his opinion, there was no proof against Waldheim and he 'would not dare to file an indictment in a regular court.'" Austrian President Rudolf Kirchschlager did say, however, that the former U.X. secretary- general must have been aware of wartime atrocities committed against Yugoslav partisans. More than 700 prisoners eligible to vote SAN ANTONIO (AP) - More than 700 Texas prison inmates are eligible to vote in the May 3 primaries, state and local "officials say. A legal technicality allows them to register and cast votes by mail because their cases are on appeal and their conviction, therefore, is not final. Statewide, the 38,000-inmate corrections system has 757 prisoners who are eligible to vote, spokesman Phil Guthrie said. He said system officials cooperate when the inmates request registration forms, but no list of those who actually vote is kept. They register and vote by absentee ballot, either in their home county or in the county where they intend to relocate after prison, he said. An attorney general's opinion cleared the way for the system to be set up two years ago. he said. Convicts must be mentally competent, have a case on appeal and not have been arrested while on parole or probation, he added. Also, under changes in the law, a convicted felon is automatically entitled to reregister to vote two years after he has completed the punishment ordered by the court, Gomez said. Bexar County Elections Administrator Tony Gomez said he forwarded a mail ballot to convicted killer Lynn M. Creel, 37, an inmate in the Texas Department of Corrections Darrington Unit in Rosharon. after receiving a notarized voter registration application and verifying that Creel's case is on appeal before the Fourth Court of Appeals. Another convicted murderer, James Buffington. who is in Bexar County Jail without bond %vhile appealing his case, also gets a mailed ballot, Gomez told the San Antonio Light. "I'm almost positive he's voted in every election since I've been here," the administrator said of Buffington. Gomez has held his post about four years. Your US. HasA U.S. Government punched-card checks are being replaced with all new paper checks. If you've been receiving a U.S. Government check for Civil Service Retirement, Supplemental Security Income, Veterans Compensation & Pension, Railroad Retirement, Federal Salary or because you are a vendor, you'll be getting the new check soon. The design is all new. You'll see the Statue of Liberty over a multicolored background ranging from light oJue to pale peach. A pattern of the letters "USA" is printed in pale blue on the reverse side. The technology is state-of-the-art. These new checks are more difficult to alter or counterfeit.And since they're printed on lightweight paper, they save the federal government $6 million a year. They're easy to cash. The folks who've cashed U.S. Government checks before have been informed about the new checks, so you should have no problems. Government Check Brand New Look. Look for your new government check soon! **1—' •-"••- - r - nl mi ffcmi lU fiU»ij> I lain

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