Year: 2006

French lab rules out date-rape drug


Testifying over speaker phone at a hearing for Annapolis Midshipman Kenny Morrison who is accused of drugging and raping two women, also students at the Naval Academy, Pascal Kintz, director of the French laboratory ChemTox, said in a heavily accented voice, “we can say with huge accuracy that there was no exposure”.

Hair samples from the two victims were sent by the prosecution to the French laboratory for analysis after previous tests by a Texas lab were called into question at an earlier Article 32 hearing.


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Cheney to testify for Libby


Scooter Libby’s attorney Ted Wells, standing on the left at the podium next to Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, told Judge Reggie B. Walton “we’re calling the vice president”.

Libby’s trial on charges of lying to the Grand Jury and obstruction in the CIA leak case is set to begin January 16.


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Can Rumsfeld be sued for torture?


Deputy Assistant Attorney General C. Frederick Beckner III, representing outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, argued to Chief Judge Hogan that his client cannot be held legally responsible for the  torture of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan as plaintiffs’ lawyers, in the foreground, looked on.


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Use of race in school admissions argued in Supreme Court


Lawyer for Seattle parents, Harry J. F. Korrell, argues against the school district’s “open choice” policy aimed at overcoming the effects of the city’s segregated housing patterns on it’s high schools.

Arguments were also heard in a similar case from Louisville, Ky.


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Heated debate


The Supreme Court yesterday considered for the first time the issue of
global warming and the EPA’s role in regulating greenhouse gases. The case, Massachusetts, et al. v. EPA, brought by twelve states, three cities and several environmental groups seeks to force the EPA to regulate auto emissions.

Massachusetts Asst. Attorney General James R. Milkey is shown delivering his argument to the Justices.

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Extreme amends



In an effort to atone for past wrongs William Beebe e-mailed a woman he had date raped twenty years ago at a University of Virginia fraternity party. The victim, however, was not satisfied with an apology and took the e-mails to the police.

This sketch is from the preliminary hearing on March 24, 2006 where Beebe and the victim came face to face for the first time since they were students at UVA. The case went to the Grand Jury which indicted, and a trial date was set for November 27.  Instead of going to trial Beebe entered a guilty plea earlier this week and will be sentenced March 15.


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Abortion arguments


The Supreme Court today heard arguments in two cases challenging the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003.


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Another Naval Academy rape case


In July Annapolis midshipman and star quarterback Lamar Owens was aquitted of rape charges by a court-martial.  Today another Naval Academy middie, and football team member, faced accusations by two women who testified at his Article 32 hearing.

Midshipman Kenny Ray Morrison, seated between his civilian and military lawyers on the right side of my sketch, listens as victim #1 is questioned by LCDR Colin Kisor, JAGC, USN.



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Tobacco case goes up in smoke


A case before the Supreme Court that was expected to be a major test of the constitutionality of punitive damage awards, Philip Morris v. Williams, instead fizzled out as the issue narrowed to the meaning of a jury instruction that the trial judge had refused to give.

Sketch shows Andrew L. Frey arguing for petitioner Philip Morris.  In the foreground are reporters (LtoR) Joan Biskupic, USA Today,  Charles Lane, The Washington Post,  Nina Totenberg, NPR, Pete Williams, NBC News, and David Savage of the Los Angeles Times.


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Safavian sentenced


Safavian’s voice cracked and his wife wept as he asked for leniency, but Judge Paul L. Friedman showed little sympathy as he sentenced him to 18 months in prison for obstruction of justice.


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