'She Believed That ... She Could Not Win'
Wednesday, February 2, 1994; Page A9
Excerpts from news conference by Ronald H. Hoevet, attorney for Jeff Gillooly, yesterday in Portland, Ore.
On Motive for Attacking Nancy Kerrigan
In addition, it was clear to both Jeff and Tonya that Nancy Kerrigan was being featured by the promotions leading up to the United States women's figure skating championships [the Olympic trials] -- featured as the inevitable winner. This crime was born of the bitterness that those facts and beliefs created in the mind of Jeff and in the mind of Tonya.
She believed that no matter how well she skated, and this is according to Jeff, that she could not win the U.S. women's figure skating championship and that the deck was stacked against her.
On Harding's Denial of Any Participation in the Plot
On Why Gillooly Implicated Harding
It was not until I asked Norm Frink from the Multnomah County district attorney's office and Jim Russell from the FBI to come to my office with the 46 pages of notes that Jeff finally realized that, in fact, she had been lying to him. ... He understood that no matter what happened, it was impossible for them to ever get back together.
On How Harding Gave Approval for the Attack
On Gillooly's Motives for Pleading Guilty
She should be denied a spot on the team because she engaged from the beginning in a conspiracy to assault Nancy Kerrigan, number one. And number two, she actively engaged in the coverup. Now the question is, how do we give her due process? The answer has got to be found by the Olympic Committee and the U.S. Figure Skating Association before the Olympic Games. We give her a hearing. The evidence is presented. We give her an opportunity to respond. And the Olympic Committee can then make a decision as to whether she should skate.
Ladies and gentleman, it would be unconscionable if Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan were on the same Olympic team in Lillehammer, Norway. I mean, this country, if we can't figure out a way to give Tonya due process between now and then, is morally bankrupt.
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