October 13, 2004 |
Violence in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, has claimed at least 46 lives recently -- 17 of them this week, hospital records show -- and the U.S. State Department accused supporters of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of trying to destabilize the interim government. Port-au-Prince has been beset by gun battles and beheadings since a Sept. 30 demonstration marked the 1991 coup that overthrew Aristide for the first time.
October 29, 1997 |
After more than five hours of deliberation, the jury deciding the fate of a British au pair accused of murdering a baby was excused without reaching a verdict. The Cambridge, Mass., panel of nine women and three men, as well as the four alternate jurors, were sequestered, with deliberations due to resume this morning. Louise Woodward, 19, from Chester, England, is charged in the February death of Matthew Eappen, who was 8 months old.
July 26, 2000 |
The parents of convicted au pair Louise Woodward were cleared of defrauding an appeals fund set up in their daughter's name. British Judge John Roberts ordered jurors to find Gary and Susan Woodward innocent of defrauding the Louise Woodward and Family Trust of more than $13,500. Louise Woodward, now 22, was convicted in Massachusetts in 1997 of murdering 8-month-old Matthew Eappen, who was in her care. Her conviction was later downgraded, and she was eventually freed.
December 4, 1997 |
Louise Woodward giggled at a hearing in Boston when a judge sent the prosecution's appeal in her case to the full state Supreme Court and declined to order the British au pair back to prison for the death of an 8-month-old boy. A jury convicted Woodward on Oct. 30 of second-degree murder in the shaking death of Matthew Eappen. The verdict was reduced to manslaughter two weeks later by the presiding judge in the case, Superior Court Judge Hiller B. Zobel, and Woodward was released.
December 15, 1997 |
British au pair Louise Woodward will spend Christmas in the Boston area after a judge denied her request to travel to California. Judge Hiller B. Zobel, who reduced charges against the 19-year-old to manslaughter from second-degree murder, said he saw no reason to allow her to spend 12 days in California. Woodward, convicted in October by a jury for the death of 9-month-old Matthew Eappen, has been staying with her lawyer, Elaine Whitfield-Sharp, whose mother and sister are in California.
June 2, 1998 |
British au pair Louise Woodward has fired one of her lead attorneys after the woman reportedly told a state trooper she now believes Woodward is guilty. In a statement Monday, her three other lawyers--Harvey Silverglate, Andrew Good and Barry Scheck--said the 20-year-old has accepted their recommendation "to immediately dismiss attorney [Elaine Whitfield] Sharp as one of her counsel, and a letter of dismissal has been sent."
March 7, 1998 |
An appeal by the British au pair convicted of killing an infant in her care was postponed Friday when a transformer exploded in the courthouse, injuring five people, authorities said. Three explosions rocked the basement 10 minutes before Louise Woodward's hearing was to begin, and the building began filling with acrid smoke. Authorities ordered about 1,000 people inside to leave. Woodward, now 20, was convicted of manslaughter in the February 1997 death of 8-month-old Matthew Eappen.
November 4, 1998 |
The British au pair convicted of killing a baby in her care has asked for permission to sell her story. In a motion filed in federal court in Boston, an attorney for Louise Woodward asked U.S. District Judge William Young to set aside an injunction that required her to notify a U.S. judge before selling her story. The motion came the same day the family of Matthew Eappen filed a claim for millions of dollars in damages.
June 4, 2002 |
AND FINALLY ... * The French feasted on bargain boeuf bourguignon and cut-rate coq au vin as restaurants slashed prices for the day to lobby national and European Union authorities to lower taxes on eating out. About 5,000 restaurants chopped 5% off bills to show how much customers would save if the value-added tax, or VAT, on eating out was cut to the lower rate that fast-food outlets are charged. France's interim government has pledged to standardize the restaurant VAT at 5.
October 12, 1993
Lt. Gen. Raoul Cedras is to resign no later than Friday as commander in chief of the 7,000-strong military as part of an accord reached last July aimed at restoring democracy to Haiti and reinstating exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide on Oct. 30. Although Cedras has said he will abide by his promise to retire from the army, he has done nothing to prevent anti-Aristide violence by the military and Haitian police that has terrorized the country for two months. The U.N.