Nation Digest

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Soldier Killed At Recruiting Office

A man with probable "political and religious motives" shot and killed a soldier and wounded another outside a military recruiting office Monday in Little Rock, police said.

William Long, 24, of Conway, Ark., died, and Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, of Jacksonville, Ark., was in stable condition, Police Chief Stuart Thomas said.

The two soldiers had just completed basic training and were not regular recruiters, said Lt. Col. Thomas F. Artis of the Oklahoma City Recruiting Battalion, which oversees the Little Rock office. He said they were serving two weeks in the Little Rock office as part of the Hometown Recruiting Assistance Program, where they "talk to friends, folks in the local area."

Police arrested Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, 23, moments after the shootings.

Muhammad, previously known as Carlos Bledsoe, acted alone, the police chief said. Based on an interview with officers, he added, the suspect "probably had political and religious motives for the attack."

-- Associated Press


Judge Grants Delay To Administration

A federal judge in Washington allowed the Obama administration to delay legal proceedings involving detainees at a U.S. prison in Afghanistan while it appeals his order granting those inmates the right to challenge their confinements in court.

U.S. District Judge John D. Bates wrote that "the issues presented are novel and weighty" and that it would be appropriate to certify the government's request to ask a federal appeals court to review his earlier order. The appeals process could take months.

On April 2, Bates granted three of the four Bagram inmates the right to habeas corpus. The prisoners, two Yemenis and a Tunisian, were captured outside Afghanistan and transported to the prison at Bagram air base. They have been held there since at least 2003. Their attorneys opposed the government's requests.

-- Del Quentin Wilber


Coleman Lawyer Voices Optimism

Ben Ginsberg, an attorney for former senator Norm Coleman, said he was "very encouraged" by oral arguments before the Minnesota Supreme Court, the latest step in the Republican's legal challenge of the results of the state's Senate election last November.

Coleman trails Democrat Al Franken in the Senate race by 312 votes. He asserts that vote-counting flaws were severe enough to deny Franken the victory, suggesting that the remedy is to count more ballots, even if some absentee voters did not fully comply with the law.

Neither the Minnesota Supreme Court nor Ginsberg would offer a timeline for when the court might rule.

-- Chris Cillizza

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