Mistrial for Ex-Principal
Second Jury Deadlocks on Rape Charges
For the second time in two months, a mistrial was declared in the case of a former Fairfax County principal who a woman says raped and sexually assaulted her hundreds of times over several years, beginning when she was 10.
But after deadlocking, jurors said they may have voted to convict Anthony M. Rizzo Jr. if they had been told more about his past. And prosecutor Molly Frio criticized the law that kept her from telling either jury that Rizzo has said he has a permanent sexual disorder. He applied for a disability pension after being fired in 1989 as principal of Edison High School for sexually harassing teachers.
"I don't think I would have come up with the same verdict," said Hilary Carr, a juror in the second trial. "As far as I'm concerned, that's like withholding evidence."
After jurors in Rizzo's first mistrial were told about Rizzo's dismissal and pension claim, one juror who had voted for acquittal broke down in tears, a fellow juror said. Frio said she has not decided whether to try Rizzo a third time.
A Shift in the Suburbs
Loudoun Voters Support Slow Growth
Residents of Washington's sprawling suburbs are no longer worried about getting or keeping their jobs; now, they're fretting over quality-of-life issues such as crowded schools and traffic-clogged roads.
That, anyway, is the analysis of Thomas M. Bolvin, a Republican candidate for the House of Delegates from Fairfax County. Politicians around the region are trying to parse the resounding victory of a slow-growth candidate in Loudoun County's Republican primary--and to figure out what it means for their own prospects.
"I really think the U.S. is slowly going to redefine what we think of as progress," said David F. Hale (R-Owings), who was elected to serve as a Calvert County commissioner in November on a slow-growth platform.
In Loudoun, Supervisor Scott K. York (Sterling) defeated incumbent Dale Polen Myers (At Large) by a nearly 3 to 1 ratio in the race to lead the nation's third-fastest-growing county. He called the tally "a mandate for the message of growth management."
Martha T. Hendley, a community activist in Prince William County, also was keeping an eye on the contest. "It's an indication of how fed up people are with rapid residential growth and with taxpayers having to foot the bill for it," said Hendley, who is running for the Board of County Supervisors in her county.
But Myers isn't giving up yet. She said she plans to run as an independent to keep her job.
Across the Region
Hospital Saved; Tuition Aid for D.C.
* Mike Tyson is a free man, more or less. The heavyweight fighter still must report to a parole agent and submit twice a week to drug testing, but he walked out of the Montgomery County jail after serving 108 days of a one-year sentence for assaulting two motorists in Gaithersburg last summer. "Mike will be fighting shortly," said Tyson spokesman Peter Seligman, declining to elaborate.
* In a new twist on an old theme, the District appears to have saved the life of a hospital. City officials, saying they were determined to keep the doors open at Greater Southeast Community Hospital, extended the hospital corporation an $8.5 million line of credit. In return, the District gets a major say in the hospital's financial rehabilitation.
* The mother of one of two girls switched at birth is trying to make the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville pay--big time--for its mistakes. Parents of the other couple involved in the switch accepted a $2 million settlement for one of the children last month, but Paula Johnson says she deserves $31 million. Meanwhile, the two families are fighting over custody of the girls.
* They placed newspaper ads. They held a rally. They even circulated lawn signs urging Kweisi Mfume to run for mayor of Baltimore, his home town. But Mfume decided to stay on as president of the NAACP, disappointing the high-powered group that was trying to draft him. After months of indecision, Mfume said, "It was absolutely clear as a bell that I needed to . . . finish the job I had begun" at the nation's largest civil rights group.
* Police say a former prison psychologist gave two inmates a lot more than good advice. Elizabeth Feil, 43, of Annapolis, was charged with harboring two prisoners after allegedly picking them up in her car when they escaped from the state prison in Jessup and then allegedly paying for their lodging. The inmates were caught two days later. Feil's attorney said that she is innocent and that she "looks forward" to a trial.
* Government financial analysts say a proposal to make college a lot more affordable for high school graduates who live in the District would cost a lot more than expected. Clinton officials set aside $17 million in the federal budget next year to enable District residents to attend state colleges nationwide at in-state rates. But the Congressional Budget Office says the real cost would be $100 million more than that. So lawmakers are looking for ways to limit the program.
* About 70 people in Charles County have been given antibiotics after possibly coming into contact with an 18-year-old Waldorf man who died of bacterial meningitis. Two other men in the county also have contracted the disease, but those cases aren't thought to be life-threatening. Meningitis, an infection of the fluid and tissues covering the brain and spinal cord, can be spread through close contact with an infected person.
-- Erica Johnston
CAPTION: Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was released from prison in Montgomery County and Intends to resume boxing.