N.Y. Murder Trial
Of Police Is Moved
NEW YORK--The trial of four white police officers accused of murdering a West African immigrant in a hail of 41 bullets was ordered moved from the Bronx to Albany by an appeals court yesterday because of "a tidal wave of prejudicial publicity."
The officers are charged in the slaying of Amadou Diallo, a 22-year-old street vendor from Guinea with no criminal record. He was shot 19 times in his vestibule Feb. 4 by members of an elite street-crime unit looking for a rape suspect. He was unarmed. Through their lawyers, the officers--Edward McMellon, Sean Carroll, Richard Murphy and Kenneth Boss--said they mistakenly believed Diallo was reaching for a gun.
The shooting touched off weeks of protests over police brutality and led to hundreds of arrests. It also led to a reexamination of police tactics and race relations.
Guilty on Smut Charge
LOS ANGELES--A former Walt Disney Co. Internet executive was convicted of possessing child pornography. But the jury could not reach verdicts on two more serious charges of seeking sex with a minor.
Patrick J. Naughton, 34, of Seattle, former executive vice president of Disney's Infoseek Internet unit, could be sentenced to 10 years in prison.
U.S. District Judge Edward Rafeedie declared a mistrial on the other counts of crossing state lines to have sex with a minor and using the Internet to entice a minor to have sex. Prosecutors did not say whether they will retry Naughton.
Naughton was accused of arranging to have sex with what he believed was a 13-year-old girl he met in an Internet chat room. The person actually was an undercover FBI agent.
* Remains believed to be from a group of 18 U.S. Marines killed in a raid against Japanese forces on the Pacific island of Butaritari in World War II have been found and are being taken to Hawaii for identification, the Pentagon said. The Marines are from the former 2nd Raider Battalion and are believed to include those of Sgt. Clyde Thomason, the first enlisted Marine awarded the Medal of Honor in the war, the announcement said.
* SAN FRANCISCO--A woman who was raped in a commercial parking garage where no previous assaults have occurred cannot obtain compensation from the garage owner, the California Supreme Court ruled. Because the garage in question had been crime-free for 10 years, the landlord had no duty to provide guards or other security measures, the court ruled, 6 to 1.
* RALEIGH, N.C.--State lawmakers delivered an $836 million recovery package for Hurricane Floyd victims, even chipping in $6 million that had been earmarked to renovate their own building. The package includes $350.2 million for housing; $232.4 million to match federal disaster spending; $213.4 million to help small businesses, agriculture and commercial fishermen; $27.7 million for environmental cleanup and $6.3 million to help local governments with lost revenue.