Jury Still Out in State Case Against Tripp
The Maryland grand jury investigating whether Linda R. Tripp broke state law by secretly taping phone conversations with Monica S. Lewinsky met for half a day yesterday without reaching a conclusion, a state prosecutor said.
State prosecutor Stephen Montanarelli said "a lot of things" are pending but he hopes to wrap things up "as soon as we can."
It is illegal in Maryland to tape a phone conversation without the consent of both parties, although ignorance of the law is a defense. Montanarelli's investigation has been complicated by an immunity agreement between Tripp and independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr that prevents Montanarelli from obtaining the original tapes.
Judge Delays Medication of Capitol Suspect
Prison doctors may not give anti-psychotic medications to U.S. Capitol shooting suspect Russell Eugene Weston Jr. before defense attorneys have a better chance to present their views on the subject, a federal judge ruled yesterday.
U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said he may allow federal prison authorities to medicate Weston against his will to make him less dangerous and perhaps competent to stand trial. But the judge wants officials at the federal psychiatric facility in Butner, N.C., to hold a careful hearing first. Sullivan will then make a final ruling.
Teacher Sues Over Incident With Student
An Accomack County substitute teacher has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the school system over an HIV-positive pupil who allegedly bit her and spat blood on her.
Virginia law does not require school officials to tell teachers about students who test positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Vicki Anne Colonna's lawsuit accuses the school system of gross negligence because she was not told about the boy's HIV status and history of violent behavior.
The lawsuit, filed in May, states that in November 1997, the pupil "deeply gouged" Colonna's wrist, bit her arm and spat blood through "bleeding lips." HIV theoretically can be transmitted by contact between a carrier's body fluids and an open wound, but an official said infection in a case such as Colonna's is rare. Colonna has tested negative for HIV since the alleged attack, a newspaper said.
Weight Loss Doctor Gets Jail Term for Fraud
A 58-year-old weight loss doctor was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria to two years in prison for defrauding insurance companies out of more than $1.4 million by submitting fraudulent claims that diagnosed overweight patients with problems such as fatigue and malaise, authorities said.
Samuel M. Green, owner of Green Medical Center in Vienna, pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with the operation of his weight loss and allergy clinic.
As part of an agreement with Green, who was sentenced to 27 months in prison and ordered to repay the companies, prosecutors asked for dismissal of all charges against Bonnie Green, who was indicted with her husband in October 1998, authorities said.