February 20, 1998 |
Chief U.S. District Judge Norma Holloway Johnson, whose authority over federal grand jury disputes includes the question of White House executive privilege, is known for her austere demeanor, tough courtroom discipline and deliberative manner in deciding cases. A former teacher in the rough-and-tumble District of Columbia school system, Johnson often takes no more from lawyers than she once did from the junior high school students she taught for four years. "She's very evenhanded.
October 15, 1988 |
A former Agency for International Development financial officer who admitted embezzling $1.37 million was sentenced Friday to five years in prison. U.S. District Judge Norma Holloway Johnson ordered William J. Burns, 48, to begin serving his sentence immediately. Under a 1984 sentencing law, he cannot be paroled before serving the full five-year term.
August 1, 1996 |
Former Rep. Joseph P. Kolter (D-Pa.) was sentenced Wednesday to six months in prison for conspiring to defraud taxpayers in the House post office scandal. Kolter, 69, pleaded guilty in May to conspiring to trade government-purchased postage stamps and vouchers for personal cash. U.S. District Judge Norma Holloway Johnson said she will recommend the sentence be served at a prison hospital in Rochester, Minn. Johnson freed him pending availability of a space at that facility.
March 21, 1998 |
Independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr and White House lawyers squared off Friday over the invoking of executive privilege to block the testimony of key presidential aides. The closed hearing before Chief U.S. District Judge Norma Holloway Johnson represented a sharp escalation of the battle between the White House and Starr in the 2-month-old grand jury investigation.
August 1, 1998 |
An IBM Corp. subsidiary agreed Friday to pay $8.5 million in federal fines for selling powerful computers ultimately destined for a Russian nuclear weapons laboratory. IBM East Europe/Asia Ltd., the Russian subsidiary of IBM, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Washington to 17 criminal charges. Judge Norma Holloway Johnson imposed the maximum fine allowed under the law, which is designed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapon technology. Prosecutors said the IBM subsidiary sold $1.
June 30, 1996 |
A judge ordered former Rep. Dan Rostenkowski to report to a federal medical prison in Rochester, Minn., July 22 to begin serving a 17-month sentence for mail fraud. The Illinois Democrat, who underwent prostate surgery in May, wanted to report to a federal prison in Oxford, Wis., which is closer to his native Chicago. U.S. District Judge Norma Holloway Johnson granted him the extra time to recuperate but refused to allow him to report to Oxford.