New Hearing on Flanigan Is Sought

The eight Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday requested a new public hearing for U.S. Justice Department nominee Timothy Flanigan, citing the need to probe his dealings with indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

"Mr. Flanigan has been nominated to fill the second-in-command job at the Department of Justice, a position that is too important to let these outstanding issues linger without answers," the Democrats, led by Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (Vt.), wrote in a letter to Republican committee Chairman Arlen Specter (Pa.).

The request may delay a committee vote on Flanigan, nominated by President Bush to be deputy attorney general, that is scheduled for today. Specter said he has not decided whether a new hearing is warranted.

FBI Warns of Jury Phone Scam

The FBI warned yesterday that scammers posing as employees of the federal courts have been telephoning people and asking for their Social Security numbers, their credit card numbers and other personal information.

The callers have told victims that they had been chosen for jury duty and that the personal information was required for verification. If the targets refused, the callers threatened them with fines.

The federal court system does not contact jury candidates by telephone or ask for credit card numbers or other personal information, the FBI said. People who believe they may have been a victim of this scam should contact their local FBI office, officials said.

-- From Staff Reports and News Services