March 14, 2010 |
WASHINGTON -- As Virginia Thomas tells it in her soft-spoken, Midwestern cadence, the story of her involvement in the "tea party" movement is the tale of an average citizen in action. "I am an ordinary citizen from Omaha, Neb., who just may have the chance to preserve liberty along with you and other people like you," she said at a recent panel discussion with tea party leaders in Washington. Thomas went on to count herself among those energized into action by President Obama's "hard-left agenda.
June 11, 1994 |
In a move viewed with some apprehension in the West, Russia announced Friday that it will send 4,000 peacekeeping troops to neighboring Georgia to prevent a resurgence of ethnic warfare in Georgia's secessionist Abkhazia province. Russian Defense Minister Pavel S. Grachev made the announcement in Georgia after gaining approval from the leaders of Georgia and Abkhazia, who had signed a partial peace accord May 14.
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January 25, 1990 |
Defense lawyers for Gen. Manuel Noriega are already claiming that it will be impossible to find a jury of 12 people who have not been influenced by the publicity surrounding his indictment and arrest. "We're going to have a look on the dark side of the moon for people who haven't heard bad things about the general," said Noriega defense counsel Frank Rubino. The claim is not original.
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March 7, 1990 |
Condemned killer Robert Alton Harris, saying a politician "committed to my execution" should not decide whether he should be spared from the gas chamber, is asking Gov. George Deukmejian not to preside at an upcoming clemency hearing. In a letter to the governor dated Monday and obtained by The Times, Harris, scheduled to be executed April 3, said he did not think that Deukmejian could make a "fair and impartial" evaluation of his clemency request.
November 13, 1988 |
The PLO's parliament in exile opened an urgent meeting here Saturday to work out a declaration of independence for a Palestinian state and heard PLO leader Yasser Arafat appeal to President-elect George Bush to formulate a fresh, more impartial U.S. Middle East policy. "I ask President Bush to have a new policy, based on right and justice, not one that is aligned just to Israel," the chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization told the delegates, assembled here under tight security .
December 24, 1991 |
"Hoping to meet guys," two 23-year-olds--call them Sue and Gail--were driving to Palm Springs for a mini-vacation. "We were laughing about men and what they liked," Sue recalls, "and in the process I made a couple of 'flat' jokes about my breasts or the lack thereof." Suddenly the conversation turned serious and Gail said: "You can fix that if you want to, you know--I did." Sue surveyed Gail's breasts and was impressed: "They were wonderful--and just what I wanted!
April 18, 2007 |
It became clear in the second day of jury selection in the Jose Padilla terrorism trial just how raw the wounds of Sept. 11 remained in this city of immigrants and military veterans. Many summoned for jury duty for a trial that is expected to last until August conceded during voir dire -- the process to determine their suitability as jurors -- that they could not be fair and impartial.
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September 14, 2006 |
An appeals court Wednesday removed a federal judge in Los Angeles from a wrongful conviction lawsuit, ruling that U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson's impartiality in handling the case "might be questioned." The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals acted the same day Anderson declared a mistrial after the jury deadlocked over Herman Atkins' damages claim. The case will be retried before another judge.
October 8, 2004 |
Judges should not accept any gifts, including travel expenses, from "any person or entity whose interests are likely to come before the judge in the foreseeable future," the American Bar Assn. says in a draft of its new ethics rules for judges. Moreover, judges should not accept travel, food or lodging if doing so would "cast reasonable doubt on [their] capacity to act with impartiality, integrity or independence," the proposed rules say.