------------------------------------------------------------------- February 1999 Phantom Gallery Schedule (Floyd Ferris Landrath of the American Antiprohibition League posts a calendar of reform events planned this month at the AAL's Portland headquarters.) Date: Tue, 02 Feb 1999 02:37:02 -0800 From: Floyd F Landrath AAL (AAL@InetArena.com) Subject: Feb99 Phantom Sched (last update) as of 02/01/99 LAST UPDATE (I promise) PHANTOM GALLERY *** PORTLAND *** FEBRUARY 1999 EVENTS SCHEDULE Monday 02/01/99 Peace with Cuba monthly meeting, 7pm. Tuesdays 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, & 2/23 Acting Class: Infinity Improv, 7pm. Instructor: Harlan Mayer Fridays 02/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26... ***> KBOO Radio Theater : VICTOR EGO, rehearsals, readers needed, 7pm. Wednesday 02/10/99 Monthly Secret Govt. Seminar, SGS, 7pm The legacy of the late, great Ace Hayes continues: get informed/help inform, learn/teach what your government is doing behind our backs, in our names and with our money. Just because you're paranoid don't mean you're wrong. Tuesday 02/16/99 Pdx/Van Harm Reduction Coalition, 10am. Monthly meeting and volunteer orientation. Saturday 02/20/99 Peace & Justice Works annual meeting, noon - 3pm The name says it all, now get involved. Wednesday 02/24/99 Portland NORML monthly (4th Wed.) meeting, 7pm. National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws, est. 1972 *** SPECIAL EVENT *** Saturday, 2/27/99 PHANTOM VOICES Theatre games, improv, political... live music, food and FUN... proceeds benefit the Phantom Gallery... Produced by Infinity Improv... Doors open 8p.m., $5 cover, 21 & over only "So good it should probably be prohibited." -- FF Landrath Sunday 02/28/99 Event 1 Chiapas Urgent Call slide show, 3-5pm Event 2 Antiprohibition Lg monthly pot-luck, 6-10pm Bring food (call 235-4524 for menu coordination). Tonight planning on city-wide initiative to create an ordinance directing City of Portland to advocate for ENDING ADULT MARIJUANA PROHIBITION. *** "If drug abuse is a disease, then drug war is a crime."
------------------------------------------------------------------- 62 arrested for driving drunk (The Oregonian says state police arrested 62 people on Super Bowl Sunday for driving drunk on Oregon roads.) The Oregonian Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 1320 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97201 Fax: 503-294-4193 Website: http://www.oregonlive.com/ Forum: http://forums.oregonlive.com/ 62 arrested for driving drunk Tuesday, February 2 1999 By Pete Ramirez of The Oregonian staff State police arrested 62 people on Super Bowl Sunday for driving drunk on Oregon's roads. The stronger enforcement was to "make them think twice before getting behind the wheel," said Lt. Gregg Hastings of the Oregon State Police. State police, along with county and city law enforcement agencies, increased their presence from 3 p.m. Sunday to 3 a.m. Monday in an effort to catch drunken drivers and reduce the possibility of tragic traffic accidents. Hastings said troopers might arrest one-third to one-half as many drunken drivers on an average Sunday. "If you look at . . . a normal Sunday, it's a lot more," he said. Hastings said that state police didn't have statistics to compare this Sunday's arrests to previous Super Bowl Sundays.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Trooper faces probe over outburst (The Associated Press says Joseph Michael Jansen, 28, an Oregon state police trooper assigned to the Madras patrol office, has been charged with disorderly conduct in Eugene, where he was attending a wedding. A police report says Jansen appeared to be extremely intoxicated while yelling racial slurs against blacks and Mexicans 2 a.m. Jan. 24 on the first floor of the Valley River Inn.) Associated Press found at: http://www.oregonlive.com/ feedback (letters to the editor): email@example.com Trooper faces probe over outburst The Associated Press 2/2/99 6:04 PM EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A state police trooper accused of shouting racial slurs and obscenities during an incident in Eugene is facing a criminal charge. Joseph Michael Jansen, 28, assigned to the Madras patrol office, was in town for a wedding when he allegedly caused the 2 a.m. ruckus Jan. 24. Jansen, who is charged with disorderly conduct, is on "modified duty status" while police investigate, state police spokesman Lt. Gregg Hastings said. "That type of behavior, whether on duty or off duty, is very serious and it's taken very seriously," Hastings said. Jansen and another man were on the first floor of the Valley River Inn yelling racial slurs about blacks and Mexicans, according to a Eugene police report. Jansen gave his badge and state police identification to the officers, who didn't immediately believe he was trooper because of his behavior. Officers said they tried to calm him down, noting that hotel guests were waking up to see what was happening. They said Jansen appeared to be extremely intoxicated and continued to yell and swear, telling one officer to "shut up" when she asked him to quiet down. As officers put him in a patrol car, they said, they warned him that the car had a recording device, but he continued to yell. Jansen posted $510 bail five hours later and was released. Hastings said Jansen is on paid leave, "duty-stationed at home," meaning he has to be available to perform paperwork-type duties during normal work hours. Jansen, who was hired Jan. 1, 1997, could be fired, Hastings said. However, a decision isn't expected until the disorderly conduct charge is dealt with in court. (c)1999 Oregon Live LLC Copyright 1999 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Wilsonville death brings reward offer (The Oregonian publicizes a $1,000 reward offered by a woman in Columbus, Ohio, for information regarding the heroin-related death of her brother last month in Wilsonville, a suburb of Portland. Christopher Dell, 37, died Jan. 23. Emily Boothe, his sister, thinks someone might have sold her brother a lethal batch of heroin. Her family is offering the reward to anyone who knows who might have sold him the drugs.) The Oregonian Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 1320 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97201 Fax: 503-294-4193 Website: http://www.oregonlive.com/ Forum: http://forums.oregonlive.com/ Wilsonville death brings reward offer Tuesday, February 2 1999 From staff reports WILSONVILLE-- A Columbus, Ohio, woman is offering a $1,000 reward for information regarding the death of her brother here last month. Christopher Dell, 37, died Jan. 23 of an apparent heroin overdose in a room he rented in a Wilsonville home, according to police reports. Clackamas County sheriff's deputies found Dell's body in a bathroom near syringes containing heroin. Emily Boothe, Dell's sister, thinks someone might have sold her brother a lethal batch of heroin. Her family is offering the reward to anyone who knows who might have sold him the drugs. "We feel somebody probably knows" where he bought the drugs, Boothe said. Dell's death is at least the third heroin overdose in Clackamas County in the past six months, according to sheriff's spokesman Damon Coates. "I don't think two or three heroin overdoses could be considered any kind of pattern," Coates said. Anyone with information on Dell's death should contact Coates at the sheriff's office at 655-8218.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Bill requires 'chemical castration' (The Oregonian says state Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Canby has introduced House Bill 2500, which would require that all repeat sexual offenders be chemically castrated with Depo-Provera before they were paroled from Oregon's prisons - but there is no provision for providing counseling in conjunction with the drug. The proposed bill would also grant the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision the discretion to inject first-time offenders when paroled - something that already happens on a case-by-case basis. The proposal also gives inmates "the option" of surgical castration. In 1996, California became the first state to pass a "chemical castration" law. Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Montana passed measures in 1997. Efforts are under way to enact similar legislation in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Wisconsin. A Texas law allows repeat sex offenders to elect for surgical castration under certain conditions. Schrader argues that the shrinking availability of treatment programs for sex offenders is precisely why chemical castration is needed now.) The Oregonian Contact: email@example.com 1320 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97201 Fax: 503-294-4193 Website: http://www.oregonlive.com/ Forum: http://forums.oregonlive.com/ Bill requires 'chemical castration' * Repeat sexual offenders would not be paroled unless they get the testosterone-reducing shots, according to the proposal before the Legislature Tuesday, February 2 1999 By Michelle Roberts of The Oregonian staff In an ordinary gray house nestled in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood, Dr. Barry Maletzky quietly injects a drug -- and a controversy -- into the arms of men who have committed unspeakable acts against women and children. Twice a month, about a dozen male patients slip into Portland's Sexual Abuse Clinic, tucked amid antique shops lining the 8300 block of Southeast 13th Avenue, and roll up their sleeves for a dose of medicine that some lawmakers contend could offer a cure for repeat rapists and child molesters. A bill before the 70th Oregon Legislature would make the state one of a growing number of states to mandate "chemical castration" -- regular injections of a testosterone-reducing drug -- for sexual predators. According to Maletzky, the clinic's director and a professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health Sciences University, the treatment reduces sex drive but doesn't eliminate it. The effect wears off when the injections stop, said Maletzky, who uses the treatment on fewer than 5 percent of his 250 patients. Some of those patients take the shot voluntarily; others take it as a condition of their probation. House Bill 2500, introduced by state Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Canby, would demand that all repeat sexual offenders be chemically castrated before they are paroled from Oregon's prisons. It also would grant the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision the discretion to inject first-time offenders when paroled. "I'm a veterinarian," Schrader said. "I think there's a very straightforward answer to this. Take care of it. Why always beat the heck out of the dog -- or the individual -- when you could modify the behavior? "If we give animals the same tools to be successful in society, shouldn't we at least do that for people?" If released sex offenders stop showing up for their shots, they would be sent back to prison under the proposed legislation. Schrader said the shots would be required for the length of an offender's probation. "This is a direct way to track these people and a huge incentive for them to go to the doctor," Schrader said. "It's a lot cheaper to go get a little tiny shot than to spend the rest of their lives in jail, especially if they're productive members of society in every other way." A similar bill passed the House last session but died in the Senate without a hearing. The proposal also gives inmates "the option" of surgical castration, Schrader said. Depo-Provera -- the drug that would be used under Oregon's proposed legislation -- originally was developed as a contraceptive for women. Its side effects, when used in men, include breast enlargement, nausea and hypertension. Despite the constitutional, medical and ethical questions chemical castration raises, several states have passed laws mandating the procedure. In 1996, California became the first state to pass a measure known as a "chemical castration" law. Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Montana passed measures in 1997. Efforts are under way to enact similar legislation in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Wisconsin. A Texas law allows repeat sex offenders to elect for surgical castration under certain conditions. It is too early to tell what kind of hurdles Schrader's bill will face as the Legislature progresses. But the proposal already has drawn emotional responses from both sides. "I will not be someone who is supporting this legislation," said state Rep. Jo Ann Bowman, D-Portland. "This is cruel and unusual punishment and no data that shows this works for everyone. Besides, sex crimes are not about sex. They're about power." Others said they do not have enough information about the effectiveness of chemical castration to express support or opposition to the bill. Rep. Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg, who said he encouraged Schrader to reintroduce the bill this session, said he thinks the controversial method could help protect children who would be put at risk when sex offenders are released. "This is a user-friendly way to help people change their behavior patterns," said Kruse. "It's not a solution in and of itself, but it's a tool." Some ex-cons take the shots Depo-Provera injections are already being ordered on a case-by-case basis for a handful of Oregon ex-convicts whom the parole board has determined are at extreme high risk of repeating their crimes, said Diane M. Rea, chairwoman of the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision. But there is no formal state policy mandating the practice. The American Civil Liberties Union has argued that "chemical castration is cruel and unusual punishment when forced." David Fidanque, the group's Oregon lobbyist, said the procedure should continue to be used only at the discretion of the parole board. "We would oppose taking that discretion away from the parole board," Fidanque said. "There are numerous potential side effects to these treatments that need to be part of the calculation. In some cases we believe (chemical castration) may be appropriate, but those situations need to be subject to the discretion of the parole board." Although Schrader said most feedback on the bill has been positive, medical professionals have been slow to embrace legislation of the procedure, saying it should not be used as a blanket punishment because it does not work on all offenders. "Our concern about mandating is that legislation makes it sound like a complete treatment when it really is a temporary preventive, rendering a person safer to be at large while they're in treatment," Maletzky said. "It's only the behavioral and cognitive (treatment) methods that can take hold and last for a lifetime." Maletzky is the only psychiatrist in the state who prescribes the procedure, and one of only a few doctors to administer the drug. Legislators who support chemical castration point to European studies, which have shown that reducing the testosterone levels of sex offenders reduced their sexual offenses dramatically. In a Danish study of 900 surgically castrated sex offenders followed for up to 30 years, their recidivism rate was only 2.2 percent. But what the Denmark study doesn't show, according to Dr. Fred Berlin, founder of the Johns Hopkins Sexual Disorders Clinic in Baltimore, is what effect the drug will have on patients who have been forced to take it. The Denmark study only included sex offenders who "volunteered and were interested in having this treatment," Berlin said. "It's out on whether (chemical castration) can lower recidivism in people who have it imposed on them against their will," Berlin said. "It won't work in someone who's not trying their best to help themselves." No conclusive studies fully support the contention that sex offenders are the most compulsive, recidivistic and unrepentant of all criminals. "A vast majority of these guys will get out and do it again," argued Schrader. "They can't stop themselves." Study results vary Recidivism studies have produced conflicting results. Although some studies show the rates in the United States to be as low as 18 percent, experts say the number is much higher. No matter how high the recidivism rate, chemical castration is not the best response, said Berlin, who argued that Depo-Provera is nothing more than an "appetite suppressant." If you want to stick to a diet, an appetite suppressant helps you resist temptation. If you don't want to resist, it doesn't stop you from eating, he said. Berlin also said that not all offenders are sexually driven pedophiles who can be helped by reducing testosterone levels. For example, some sex offenders are motivated by violent urges, rather than by sexual desires, and others are sociopaths who suffer from a lack of conscience, not a surplus of testosterone. Another problem, according to Berlin and Maletzky, is that the Oregon proposal does not mandate counseling, and little treatment is offered offenders inside prison or out. Four years ago, lawmakers shelved an Oregon State Hospital program for imprisoned sex offenders, saying the program was too expensive and produced little proof that it reduced recidivism. Two years later, during the 1997 Legislative session, lawmakers decided to stop funding in-prison programs for sex offenders for much the same reason. Responsibility for treating the state's worst sex offenders after they are released has since fallen on individual counties. But Schrader argues that the shrinking availability of treatment programs for sex offenders is precisely why chemical castration is needed now. Many of the state's worst sex offenders will be released over the next seven years. Measure 11, which created long, mandatory sentences, is now in effect, but is not retroactive to those who were imprisoned before the law was passed, Schrader said. "There are people who will be getting out of prison in relatively short periods of time up until 2006, when Measure 11 will start to phase in with these guys having longer terms," Schrader said. "Our longer sentences don't help us now."
------------------------------------------------------------------- DARE Files Lawsuit Against Rolling Stone Magazine (A press release from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education web site says DARE President and founder Glenn Levant is a co-plaintiff in the $50 million lawsuit, which alleges an unspecified article in Rolling Stone maligned DARE's reputation with fabricated quotes, incidents, and fictitious sources.) found at dare-america.com: D.A.R.E. Files Lawsuit Against Rolling Stone Magazine On February 2, 1999, D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and its president and founder, Glenn Levant, filed a $50 million libel suit against Rolling Stone magazine. In the lawsuit, D.A.R.E. believes its reputation was maligned by an article in Rolling Stone that was filled with fabricated quotes, incidents, and fictitious sources. In the article, D.A.R.E. was falsely and fraudulently accused of engaging in criminal acts and that Levant was operating D.A.R.E. as a criminal enterprise. President Levant has taken this action against Rolling Stone to defend D.A.R.E.'s reputation and recoup the damages incurred by these libels.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Always Keep An Exact Goal In Mind (An op-ed in the Santa Maria Times, in California, by Will Powers, a clinical psychologist, ponders a little wisdom once imparted by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, and how the war on some drug users characteristically lacks tangible goals.) Date: Wed, 3 Feb 1999 16:43:32 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US: OPED: Always Keep An Exact Goal In Mind Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Jo-D Harrison Dunbar Pubdate: Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1999 Source: Santa Maria Times (CA) Copyright: 1999 Santa Maria Times Fax: 1-805-928-5657 Section: Life, On Your Mind Author: Will Powers, Ph.D. ALWAYS KEEP AN EXACT GOAL IN MIND A reporter once asked golf legend Jack Nicklaus what the difference was between his performances and those of others who might have about the same ability as he had. He responded that he felt what distinguished from other talented people was that he always had an exact goal in mind for every shot he attempted. What a great lesson that is for all of us, whether we're making a move as insignificant as a golf shot(though we golfers believe our shots are very significant), or something as weighty as a life choice regarding a career or relationship. It seems to me that a great deal of energy is wasted, and numerous poor choices are made because the individual involved has not thought out what he/she is trying to accomplish. Take the person who is upset with a product or service and either calls or goes in person to the supplying company. Beginning with a desire to "give them a piece of my mind," the customer may have no idea what the goal of the message? And, if there is a goal in mind, is the behavior likely to accomplish that goal, or push the situation further from it? Even worse, clients often tell me that they knew a particular response was not going to achieve the stated goal, yet they went ahead anyway. Sabotaging, self-defeating behavior is not as uncommon as we might imagine, and failure to develop a hoped-for outcome in advance of action is a primary source or such failures. Because we have been conditioned over the years to respond in certain ways, we may follow established patterns despite the fact that we continue to achieve undesirable results. I've often said that the American way is this: If you do something and it does not work, do it harder. Does is not make more sense to consider a different approach instead? Let me tiptoe into a minefield topic related to the above. American society has been working for decades to stop drug abuse among its citizens. Despite lipservice to prevention, the primary "weapon" in the "war on drugs" has been threats of punishment, followed by punishment itself. The outcome? There has been no significant change in the drug-abuse behavior. What, then, should we do? Because our society seems to believe that any other approach would amount to sanctioning drug use, other approaches are not tried. Instead, we attempt to devise more effective ways to find the suppliers and punish them, cut off the supplies and punish those who use the drugs that get past this "net." The result is that our prisons are overflowing with those who have been thereby convicted, leaving the question: What was the original goal and how well-defined was it? Once we have answered those questions, it naturally follows that we must ask: Is what we're doing achieving that/those goal(s)? Many other examples can be cited on the personal, family, and societal levels of problems resulting from actions being taken with-out: 1) adequately defining the goal in advance of the behavior; 2) connecting the behavior to the goal; and, 3) assessing the degree to which the behaior has achieved the agreed upon goal. Reversing the order of those steps, or inadequately pursuing the steps, is sure to result in failure to achieve the desired goals, as individuals, families, and as a society. Will Powers works as a licensed clinical psychologist in Santa Maria. Address questions for his column to: 705 E. Main St., Santa Maria, CA 93454-4558
------------------------------------------------------------------- Inebriated End to Cop's Exemplary Life (San Francisco Examiner columnist Stephanie Salter eulogizes Jake Stasko, a "good" San Francisco police captain who slammed his car into a tree on the way home to Petaluma while driving drunk.) Date: Wed, 3 Feb 1999 08:59:42 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US CA: Inebriated End to Cop's Exemplary Life Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank S. World) Pubdate: February 2, 1999 Source: San Francisco Examiner (CA) Copyright: 1999 San Francisco Examiner Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.examiner.com/ Author: Stephanie Salter EXAMINER COLUMNIST INEBRIATED END TO COP'S EXEMPLARY LIFE ALTHOUGH I barely knew Jake Stasko, I assume no one could have been any angrier or more ashamed than he himself would have been for dying as a drunken driver. I believe this because - long before the police captain's car slammed into a tree on the way home to Petaluma - he was a near-legend in the San Francisco Police Department. I never heard one negative thing about him. Cops I do know always spoke of George "Jake" Stasko with a kind of little-sibling reverence. He was one of the good ones, a smart, decent man with a healthy ego, a good family life, a sense of community and a genuine desire to serve and protect the citizens of San Francisco. Even reporters, who are not quick to admire people they cover, granted Stasko special status. He wasn't a hotdog or cowboy; he was an honorable, stand-up guy whose word was solid; the department could have used 200 like him. But, in the early morning hours of Jan. 16, the 22-year SFPD veteran forever colored his exemplary life with his death: He lost control of his unmarked police car, veered off Highway 101 and crashed into a tree. According to California Highway Patrol Officer Wayne Ziese, preliminary toxicology reports show that Stasko had a blood-alcohol level of 0.26 percent, measured by a urine sample, and 0.36 percent, measured via blood. Both are well above any state's legal limit and at least three times California's limit of .08 percent. Even though the CHP officer who investigated the accident scene said there were none of the usual signs or smells of a drunk driver, the numbers say Stasko was indisputably drunk. When this news broke, many of the people I work with shuddered. Despite the powerful consciousness-raising that has occurred in this country, thanks to groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, many of us did not have to stretch too far into our past (or, in some cases, the present) to identify with the police captain. Stasko's last day was a stress-packed 17-hour work shift that included his tactical squad's role in a downtown bank robbery and fatal shoot-out. After meetings, debriefings and paper work, the 47-year-old cop went to the hospital to visit officers wounded in the gun fight. At some point, he reportedly shared a bottle of wine with his twin brother, an SFPD sergeant. Then he headed up 101 to his wife and three kids in Santa Rosa. Because our society finally has acknowledged that drunken driving takes an ungodly toll on innocent people, it has metamorphosized from hangover joke to serious crime. Everybody knows it is dangerous and wrong. But a lot of people still drink and then drive. And in a state where two glasses of wine can put you over the maximum blood alcohol limit, a lot of people drive legally drunk. Every time we make it home without incident, it reinforces the notion that we know our limit, know when our level of functioning drops from adequate to impaired. The perniciousness of alcohol - especially when aggravated by fatigue, illness or medication - is that it scrambles your "knower." Impaired can seem adequate. Dangerously impaired can seem, "Really, I'm OK." On the highest moral plane, all the good that Jake Stasko did in his life will not be wiped out by the circumstances of his death. Fresh air and fun will not be rescinded for all those poor, inner city kids he hauled up to Lake Tahoe for fishing and camping as part of his Operation Dream. The legions of young cops he trained will not lose their street smarts. His family and colleagues will continue to love and respect the whole person they knew. But the rest of the Bay Area knows only what it reads and hears in the news: The results of a toxicology report attached a tragic addendum to the epitaph of a hero cop: drunken driver. From all evidence, Stasko would have been the first person to see that as a terrible shame - and the first to lay the blame where it belonged.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Prison moratorium bill in Colorado (A list subscriber says Colorado's Senate Judiciary Committee voted to gut SB 95 yesterday, turning it into a study of sentencing practices and recommendations for reform.)Date: Tue, 02 Feb 1999 10:43:25 -0700 From: M Jarril (jarrilm@EAGLE-ACCESS.NET) Subject: Prison moratorium bill in Colorado Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org To: "DRCTalk Reformers' Forum" (email@example.com) Yesterday the Colorado Judiciary Committee voted to move an amended bill SB 95 sponsored by Dorothy Rubert to appropriations.The bill was amended to delete the moratorium. As it stands, it calls for a study of sentencing and recommendations for reform. Chair Dottie Wham cast the decisive vote. She said she could no longer live with the inequity of our rates of incaration - ten times the rate for blacks as whites. One committee member left early and didn't vote. Consensus was that if that member had been there he would have killed the bill. Several people testified for the bill. May Jarril
------------------------------------------------------------------- Ex-Basketball Star Convicted Of Killing Woman Over Drugs (The Philadelphia Inquirer says a Montgomery County jury yesterday convicted Howard McNeil, a Seton Hall University basketball star drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1982, of killing a Norristown drug dealer to get her stash and feed his thirst for crack cocaine. McNeil has faced murder charges before. At a party in 1976 McNeil shot and killed his best friend, but a jury found the shooting accidental.) Date: Tue, 2 Feb 1999 19:34:04 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US PA: Ex-Basketball Star Convicted Of Killing Woman Over Drugs Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: General Pulaski Pubdate: 2 Feb 1999 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer (PA) Copyright: 1999 Philadelphia Newspapers Inc. Contact: Inquirer.Opinion@phillynews.com Website: http://www.phillynews.com/ Forum: http://interactive.phillynews.com/talk-show/ Author: Matt Stearns EX-BASKETBALL STAR CONVICTED OF KILLING WOMAN OVER DRUGS A Montgomery County jury yesterday convicted onetime college basketball star Howard McNeil of killing Frances "Francine" Brennan, a Norristown drug dealer, to get her stash and feed his thirst for crack cocaine. McNeil was found guilty of third-degree murder. With guilty verdicts on related theft and drug charges, he faces 35 to 70 years in prison. The jury declined to convict McNeil of first-or second-degree murder, which could have put him in jail for life. "I think they focused on the fact that he was high on crack when he did it," said Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Davidoff. "But he's facing enough time to keep him in jail for the rest of his life. And that's what we'll be seeking." McNeil's attorney, Stephen Jarrett, said he expected McNeil to appeal. It was the nadir of a long decline for McNeil, 39, whose life has been blessed with talent but marred by violence. A Seton Hall University basketball star from Abington, McNeil was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1982. Poised at the cusp of an NBA career, he was already being compared to Magic Johnson. In the courtroom yesterday, ravaged by addiction, he was a long way from basketball glory. Davidoff convinced the jury that McNeil, high and broke -- but desperate for more crack -- went to Brennan's apartment to get more. When Brennan would not give it to him, the 6-foot-9, 265-pound McNeil took it anyway -- with deadly force. Brennan, who weighed 100 pounds, was beaten, stabbed, strangled and suffocated in her apartment in the 1000 block of West Main Street. Her crack was stolen. Jarrett, while conceding McNeil had taken the crack, had tried to blame Brennan's murder on her drug-dealing partners. Davidoff said: "The jury clearly rejected the defense that McNeil didn't do it." McNeil had no comment as he was led from the courtroom in handcuffs. His sister, Luretha Simms, said she thought the verdict was unfair. "All the evidence pointed to somebody else, and they didn't look at it," Simms said. "I hope there's a retrial." Brennan's family was no happier with the verdict. "I don't understand how all that constitutes third-degree murder," said Frank Golson, Brennan's son. "You stab, beat, strangle somebody. How much worse does it have to get?" McNeil has faced murder charges before. At a party in 1976, while still a standout center at Abington High School, McNeil shot and killed Mitchell Lee Jr., his best friend. A Montgomery County jury found the shooting accidental, and acquitted McNeil. McNeil went on to a stellar career at Seton Hall. While he never made the NBA, he did play basketball professionally in Europe, South America and Israel. McNeil will be held in Montgomery County prison until his sentencing, which has not been scheduled. He also is awaiting trial on unrelated assault charges.
------------------------------------------------------------------- A $475,000 Bribe Is OK, If Paid By DA (Paul Carpenter, a columnist for the Morning Call, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, pans the recent decision by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversing its own three-judge panel in the Singleton case. Prosecutors who "pay" witnesses with leniency should be seen as violating a federal bribery law, and Carpenter, a veteran court reporter, recounts several instances of injustice attributable to such prosecutorial bribery.) Date: Wed, 3 Feb 1999 06:40:29 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US PA: Column: A $475,000 Bribe Is OK, If Paid By DA Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: aahpat (firstname.lastname@example.org) Pubdate: Tues, 02 Feb 1999 Source: Morning Call (PA) Copyright: 1999 The Morning Call Inc. Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.mcall.com/ Author: Paul Carpenter, Morning Call columnist A $475,000 BRIBE IS OK, IF PAID BY DA Please consider the following fictitious scenario: Joe Schmo is arrested and charged with bashing in the faces of several elderly people as a way of stealing all their valuables. Luckily, Schmo recently came into a goodly sum of money, so he hires a crackerjack lawyer, Malignio Savage, who immediately makes an offer to several potential witnesses. ''Now, we don't want anybody to tell any fibs, of course, but we'd very much appreciate it if anyone who can provide Mr. Schmo with an alibi would come forward,'' Savage says. ''We would appreciate it to the tune of $475,000 per alibi,'' he continues, ''provided that your completely truthful [tee-hee] testimony results in Mr. Schmo being acquitted.'' Schmo is later found not guilty by a jury and the defense's alibi witnesses walk away with $475,000 each. Does everything here seem on the up and up to you? No? Why not? Many people seem to think it's a great way of doing things. It's great, that is, if it's the prosecution paying the bribes. I came up with that $475,000 figure, by the way, like this: A fine fellow (nonfictional) named Michael Kuzmann of Gilbert, Monroe County, went to California to acquire 90 pounds of methamphetamine. He returned and gave it to Stephen Konya of Bethlehem for distribution in the Lehigh Valley. Kuzmann, Konya and others involved in the speed selling scheme got caught. Who is more culpable? The wheeler-dealer who gets the dope in California, transports it to the Lehigh Valley and arranges for some wretch to spread it around, or the wretch? I vote for the wheeler-dealer. But Kuzmann got a five-year minimum prison term and, in Lehigh County Court on Dec. 18, Konya got 24 years. Why the 19-year difference? Kuz-mann ''cooperated'' with prosecutors by testifying against Konya. I figure that even wretches, if given a choice between, say, paying $25,000 and doing a year in prison, would come up with the $25,000. That amount times 19 years is $475,000. So prosecutors paid Kuzmann something valued at $475,000 for his testimony, and it's all on the up and up. That case was mentioned in a story that ran Sunday. The story noted that a federal appeals court, ruling in a Kansas drug case, said such deals are not on the up and up. That court said that paying witnesses with leniency violates a federal bribery law. Prosecutors across the land went ape and the ruling was appealed to a higher federal court, which restored the right of prosecutors to bribe witnesses. The U.S. Supreme Court has yet to be heard from, but with the Supremes' present motto of ''the authorities are always right,'' prosecutors probably are not too worried. I have been sitting through court proceedings for many years and most of the people who get prosecuted richly deserve it. But not all. One case has haunted me since 1974. I covered the murder trial of Tony Boyle, national president of the United Mine Workers, and to this day I am convinced he was innocent. He had no reason to kill UMW rebel Jock Yablonski, already defeated by Boyle. Those with a reason included William Turnblazer, who got off with a sweet plea bargain deal after agreeing to be the key witness against Boyle. Turnblazer copped his plea and walked; Boyle died in prison. More recently, Allentown Monsignor Stephen Forish was prosecuted on vice charges based entirely on the word of a junkie ex-con who was in violation of his parole at the time and who lied to police from the start. Had junkie Angel Figueroa made a sweet deal with Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli? Jury members suspected he had, as Morganelli presented Figueroa's testimony with a straight face. Forish was acquitted, but you wonder what might have happened if he had not been a respected priest. How many lesser lights get convicted because a DA is allowed to pay bribes for testimony in the form of years of prison, dangled one way or the other?
------------------------------------------------------------------- Ex-Hialeah Officer Accused Of Drug Trafficking (The Miami Herald says Osvaldo Guillermo Heredia, a former police officer in Hialeah, Florida, has been indicted on charges that he ran cocaine, served as lookout for members of a drug-trafficking operation and gave them information on police activities while on the force. Heredia was fired in 1994 for leaving the city while on duty to help a friend get a driver's license. But the department had been suspicious of his alleged drug activity since 1989.) Date: Tue, 2 Feb 1999 19:12:48 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US FL: Ex-Hialeah Officer Accused Of Drug Trafficking Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: General Pulaski Pubdate: Tue, 02 Feb 1999 Source: Miami Herald (FL) Copyright: 1999 The Miami Herald Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.herald.com/ Forum: http://krwebx.infi.net/webxmulti/cgi-bin/WebX?mherald Author: Damarys Ocana EX-HIALEAH OFFICER ACCUSED OF DRUG TRAFFICKING A former Hialeah police officer has been indicted on charges that he ran drugs, served as lookout for members of a drug-trafficking operation and gave them information on police activities while on the force. Osvaldo Guillermo Heredia, 40, of 4821 Grapevine Way, was arrested Monday morning at his Davie home, after the weekend arrests of four others who have been indicted on related charges. Two more arrests are pending before the nine-year investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals Service and Hialeah Police concludes, said John Schlesinger, spokesman for the Miami-Dade state attorney's office. Heredia, fired by Hialeah Police in 1994 for leaving the city limits while on duty, was involved in a trafficking ring that already has yielded 19 other arrests, authorities say. "We have evidence that while he was a Hialeah police officer, he used his cruiser to transport cocaine," said Pamela Brown, DEA spokeswoman. "He also provided security for cocaine loads and gave intelligence information about law enforcement activities." Heredia, now a real estate agent, is being held at the Federal Detention Center in Miami until a Thursday hearing. Arrested last weekend on drug charges were four Miami men: Miguel A. Martin Jr., 44; Guillermo Cabrera, 56; Sixto J. Farrat, 38; and Jorge Menendez, 43. Schlesinger said all were part of an operation run by reputed kingpin Mario I. Gonzalez out of Miami International Airport. According to the charges, Farrat and Menendez, cargo handlers at Air France, would separate marked cargo boxes that contained cocaine. Heredia was paid to oversee delivery and distribution and keep Gonzalez aware of police activity, Schlesinger said. He also said Martin distributed cocaine and laundered money for the organization and hid Gonzalez, who is a fugitive. Cabrera, who at the time owned AGR Electronics, provided cellular phone service to members under fake names and helped launder money, Schlesinger said. Hialeah fired Heredia after he allegedly left the city while on duty to help a friend get a driver's license. But the department had been suspicious of his alleged drug activity since 1989, according to a written statement released by Hialeah Police. However, Heredia was not fired until Mayor Raul Martinez reviewed the case in 1994, the statement said. Authorities say the ring tried to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of cocaine -- valued at more than $20 million.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Former Officer Arrested On Drug Charges (The UPI version) Date: Tue, 2 Feb 1999 19:56:44 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US FL: Wire: Former Officer Arrested On Drug Charges Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: General Pulaski Pubdate: Tue, 02 Feb 1999 Source: United Press International Copyright: 1999 United Press International FORMER OFFICER ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES HIALEAH, Fla., Feb. 2 (UPI) - A former Hialeah police officer was one of five people arrested Monday by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Osvaldo Heredia had been a member of the Hialeah police force from 1989 to 1995 when he was fired for falsifying worksheets. Investigators said Heredia has been linked to the drug organization of Mario Gonzalez and actually transported cocaine in his Hialeah police vehicle on more than one occasion. Heredia has been charged with conspiracy to traffic in cocaine and intent to distribute. A Hialeah Police spokesman said there will be more arrests within the department in the near future.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Dutch Parliament Votes To Lift Brothel Ban (Reuters says the vote on Tuesday to legalise brothels was based on arguments that proper regulation of the sex industry would help reduce trafficking in women, exploitation of minors and drug-related crime. The draft law now passes to the upper house for "rubber stamping." If the reform becomes law, an estimated 2,000 brothels will become legal January 1 next year.) Date: Tue, 2 Feb 1999 19:56:45 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: Netherlands: Wire: Dutch Parliament Votes To Lift Brothel Ban Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: General Pulaski Pubdate: Tue, 02 Feb 1999 Source: Reuters Copyright: 1999 Reuters Limited. Author: Janet McBride DUTCH PARLIAMENT VOTES TO LIFT BROTHEL BAN AMSTERDAM, Feb 2 (Reuters) - The Dutch parliament voted on Tuesday to legalise brothels, swayed by arguments that proper regulation of the sex industry would help reduce trafficking in women, exploitation of minors and drugs crime. Only the opposition Christian Democrats and three small religious parties came out against the draft law, which now passes to the upper house for rubber stamping. If the reform becomes law, from January 1 next year an estimated 2,000 brothels will be treated exactly the same way as any other business. They will be required to register their workers, meet minimum safety standards and conditions. Labour Prime Minister Wim Kok's coalition government argues that an end to the ban on brothels will bring myriad social benefits, making it difficult for criminals to use illicit sex clubs as a cover and for illegal immigrants to find work. Under existing legislation, prostitution is legal but brothels are not, although they are tolerated in many cities. According to the cabinet, lifting the ban on brothels will strip from the world's oldest profession the evils of drugs crime, trafficking in women and smuggling of firearms. The prison sentence for exploiting minors will be raised to six years from one. Deputies also pushed through an amendment to allow the police to prosecute anyone found having sex with girls under the age of 17 or boys under the age of 16. Prostitutes and sex club owners gave a mixed reaction to the proposals. It was not immediately clear whether prostitutes in Amsterdam's notorious red light district would abandon their street windows for the comfort of a brothel existence. "We will have to wait and see how this pans out. My initial reaction is that are far too many rules," a voluntary worker at an advice centre for prostitutes told Reuters. One Amsterdam prostitute sensed an imminent clampdown by the tax authorities. Brothel keepers welcomed official recognition of their business but were suspicious that the government would begin a drive against foreign workers under the guise of liberalisation. It has been estimated that 40 percent of prostitutes are illegal immigrants from outside the EU.
------------------------------------------------------------------- IOC Panel Proposes Bans for Drugs (The Associated Press says Juan Antonio Samaranch, president of the International Olympics Committee, in Lausanne, Switzerland, opened a world summit on drugs in sport by calling for the creation of an autonomous international anti-doping agency to coordinate drug testing around the world.) Date: Tue, 2 Feb 1999 19:16:42 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: IOC Panel Proposes Bans for Drugs Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: General Pulaski Pubdate: Tue, 02 Feb 1999 Source: Associated Press Copyright: 1999 Associated Press Author: Raf Casert IOC PANEL PROPOSES BANS FOR DRUGS LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch opened a world summit on drugs in sport by calling for a new drive to wipe out "this odious and unhealthy form of cheating." In his opening address, Samaranch also referred to the corruption scandals which have plunged the IOC into the worst crisis of its 105-year history. "As you all know, over the last few weeks the International Olympic Committee has been confronted with a serious situation with regard to allegations of wrongdoing leveled against some of its members," Samaranch said today. "We have swiftly taken all the necessary measures and are continuing our investigations to ensure that Olympic ethics are respected." Nine IOC members have resigned or been expelled for receiving cash payments, gifts and other favors stemming from Salt Lake City's winning bid for the 2002 Winter Games. Turning to the drug problem, Samaranch proposed the creation of an international anti-doping agency to coordinate drug testing around the world one of the centerpieces of the three-day conference. He said the agency should be autonomous and run by a board of directors composed of Olympic officials, scientists and representatives of government and non-governmental organizations and pharmaceutical companies. Critics have insisted that the agency must be fully independent to have any credibility, an issue which will certainly play a major role during the rest of the conference. On Sunday, Samaranch said he would oversee the agency and proposed that IOC medical commission chief Prince Alexandre de Merode should run the body on a day-to-day basis. The proposal has already drawn opposition from delegates and IOC members. Samaranch said de Merode had done "a very good job" as the Olympic drug chief for almost three decades. His detractors claim he has been largely ineffective while doping has become one of the chief issues in sports. In today's speech, Samaranch said athletes had turned to doping in "the pursuit of victory at all costs." On the controversial issue of drug sanctions, Samaranch said the IOC cannot force sports federations to apply specific penalties. "We apply sanctions whenever they are necessary," he said. "But we are not a court and we do not wish to become one. All we ask is for the rules we have set to be observed by all those concerned." He said "corrective and emergency methods" have a limited effect and that a campaign of prevention and education would prove more successful in the long run. He also called on governments and pharmaceutical companies to collaborate in the fight against drugs, including drug trafficking. Among those scheduled to speak today was White House drug czar Barry McCaffrey. On the eve of the conference, McCaffrey said the Olympic movement faced ruin unless effective steps were taken to curb the escalating drug problem. McCaffrey planned to call on the IOC to accept a fully independent worldwide anti-doping agency. He opposed plans that would give Olympic officials effective control of the proposed body. "Independent doesn't mean dependent," McCaffrey aide Bob Weiner said Monday. "He is pushing for true independence with random outside audits and verification." McCaffrey was hoping the meeting would smooth the way for a "level playing field" for all competitors from around the world. But proposals of an IOC working group to streamline drug policies around the globe already ran into obstacles before the meeting started. The panel proposed that athletes face life bans and fines of up to $1 million if found guilty of serious cases of "intentional doping" and suggested selective bans for some first-time offenders. The world soccer federation call the proposals too tough and unworkable while the swimming federation said a unified anti-doping stance would be impossible under such circumstances.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Anti-Drug Chief Zings IOC (The Associated Press says the White House drug czar, General Barry McCaffrey, sharply criticized the International Olympic Committee today in Lausanne, Switzerland, saying its legitimacy had been damaged by "alleged corruption, lack of accountability and the failure of leadership" in the Olympics bribery scandal. McCaffrey and European government officials demanded that a proposed anti-doping agency be kept out the control of the scandal-tainted IOC.) Date: Tue, 2 Feb 1999 19:56:43 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: Wire: Anti-Drug Chief Zings IOC Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: General Pulaski Pubdate: 2 Feb 1999 Source: Associated Press Copyright: 1999 Associated Press Author: RAF CASERT Associated Press Writer ANTI-DRUG CHIEF ZINGS IOC LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The U.S. anti-drug chief tore into the IOC today, saying its legitimacy has been damaged by "alleged corruption, lack of accountability and the failure of leadership" in the Olympics bribery scandal. "These events have tarnished the credibility of the movement," Barry McCaffrey, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, told the opening of an anti-doping conference. McCaffrey and European government officials demanded that a proposed anti-doping agency be kept out the control of the scandal-tainted IOC. German Interior Minister Otto Schily suggested that Juan Antonio Samaranch quit as president of the International Olympic Committee and called the organization a harmful "constitutional monarchy in sports." Schily, in an apparent reference to Samaranch, said on German television, "everyone must know when it's time to go." The IOC's plan to develop uniform drug-related sanctions for all Olympic federations suffered another setback, as even one IOC executive committee member saying that such a system would not stand up in court. In his opening address to the three-day conference, Samaranch called for a new drive to wipe out "this odious and unhealthy form of cheating." But he could not avoid the focus of attention being turned on the corruption scandals, which have plunged the IOC into the worst crisis of its 105-year history. Nine IOC members have resigned or been expelled for receiving cash payments, gifts and other favors stemming from Salt Lake City's winning bid for the 2002 Winter Games. But representatives of several governments said the core of the IOC's credibility had been hurt. McCaffrey urged the IOC "to consider institutional reform, open books and financial records." He called for "an elected membership that is accountable and responsible." The British sports minister was equally blunt. "Their internal system of organization and election must be based on democracy, accountability and honesty," Tony Banks said. "The British government expects the IOC to clean up its act." The government officials repeatedly said the proposed anti-doping agency must be fully independent and not controlled by the IOC. Samaranch said the agency should be "autonomous." Over the weekend, he proposed that the Olympic drug chief Prince Alexandre de Merode head the agency on a day-to-day basis. "We don't believe the IOC should be that agency. The issue of doping goes beyond the IOC," said Banks, who suggested the body be created under the aegis of the United Nations or World Health Organization. On the controversial issue of drug sanctions, proposals of an IOC working group to streamline drug policies around the globe already ran into obstacles and a plethora of different views were put forward at the conference. Following the objections and reservations of several international federations, IOC executive board member Jacques Rogge also came out against a uniform agreement binding all federations to abide by a unified medical code. The IOC proposal includes a minimum two-year suspension for serious doping offenses. "You have to be reasonable. This is not a debate in black and white," said Rogge. "You cannot compare athletes. Some careers span eight years, some span 20 years. Sanctions have to be adapted to that." In case of an imposed uniform code, "civil courts would never accept this," he said. An IOC panel proposed that athletes face lifetime suspensions and fines of up to $1 million for serious cases of "intentional doping" and suggested selective bans for some first-time offenders. The world soccer federation has said the proposals were too tough and unworkable while the international swimming federation said a unified anti-doping stance would be impossible under such circumstances. Olympic skating champion Johann Olav Koss, representing the IOC athletes' commission, said the group supported the two-year sanction and that it should be applied to all sports. On a day when little went Samaranch's way, de Merode partly blamed him for setting the anti-doping program a decade back by opposing the establishment of an anti-doping agency in 1989 on budgetary grounds. "Samaranch opposed this ... as did practically the whole executive committee. It was shot down by 90 percent of the people who favor it now," de Merode told the Paris sports paper L'Equipe. -------------------------------------------------------------------
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