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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1995
I found your July 11 editorial on the Susan Smith trial extremely offensive and patronizing. Beginning with the subheading: "Susan Smith is guilty; but would killing her make us all feel better?" you trivialize the desire of most Americans to see justice done. This woman has done what most could not even conceive of doing and you make it sound like the rest of us are crude and vindictive for wanting her to be put to death by execution (a far cry from "killing her," as if it were some vigilante justice)
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December 13, 1994 | Associated Press
The woman accused of drowning her two sons by pushing her car into a lake with them inside was indicted on murder charges Monday. The case drew national attention when Susan Smith claimed that 3-year-old Michael and 14-month-old Alex were kidnaped by a carjacker. She made several tearful appeals on national television for their safe return before confessing that she had drowned them.
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December 17, 2001 | TERESA WILTZ, WASHINGTON POST
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NEWS
August 31, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Susan Smith, serving a life sentence for drowning her two young sons in a lake, apparently had sex with a guard four times while in prison in Columbia, S.C., corrections officials said. Officials learned of the alleged encounters while investigating a tabloid newspaper report that she had been beaten. The guard, 50, was suspended and could be fired, a prison spokesman said. Smith allegedly had sex with the guard at the Women's Correctional Institution in May and June.
NEWS
May 26, 1995 | Associated Press
State experts concluded that Susan Smith is competent to stand trial even though she suffers from a mental disability that could have played a role in the drownings of her two young sons, a newspaper reported Thursday. An evaluation by the state Department of Mental Health says Smith's disability includes severe depression, but she is not insane, the (Columbia) State quoted unidentified sources as saying.
NEWS
July 2, 1995 | Reuters
A judge Friday banned cameras and broadcasters from the courtroom for the trial of Susan Smith, the young mother accused of murdering her two toddlers. "I have come to the inescapable conclusion that . . . there is a substantial likelihood of interference to the process and . . . a substantial risk to this case," Judge William Howard said. Smith, 23, is due to go to trial July 10.
NEWS
February 10, 1995 | Associated Press
The judge who will hear the murder case against Susan Smith asked that no monuments be erected at the lake where her sons drowned until after her trial. The state Natural Resources Department has agreed to the request. Circuit Judge William Howard has set Smith's trial for July 10, a month or two after landscaping was expected to be completed for a playground designed as a memorial to Michael and Alex Smith. The judge said it was likely the jury would visit the shore of John D. Long Lake.
NEWS
July 16, 1995 | From Times Wire Services
Lawyers in the double-murder trial of a young woman who confessed to drowning her sons finished selecting a jury Saturday, clearing the way for trial to start Tuesday. Susan Smith faces the death penalty. The 12-member panel includes nine men and three women who were selected from among 55 candidates over six days. Many of the prospective jurors expressed strong opinions against the death penalty.
NEWS
July 1, 1995 | From Associated Press
A judge on Friday barred TV cameras from Susan Smith's trial on charges she drowned her two young sons. He said small-town witnesses might be intimidated by the attention. "There is an absolute likelihood that broadcast coverage in the courtroom would interfere with the due process of this trial and pose a risk to this case," said Circuit Judge William Howard. The trial begins July 10. Howard had allowed live TV coverage as well as still cameras for all previous hearings.
NEWS
September 27, 2000 | From Reuters
Convicted child killer Susan Smith has been transferred from the South Carolina Women's Correctional Institute amid a widening investigation into a sex scandal at the prison, officials said Tuesday. Four state Department of Corrections employees stand accused of engaging in sexual relations with inmates at the prison, including two male guards charged with having sex with Smith at the facility.
NEWS
September 6, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A male prison guard has been fired for allegedly having sex with Susan Smith, who is serving a life sentence for drowning her two sons in a lake, corrections officials said in Columbia, S.C. During an investigation of a tabloid report that Smith was beaten in prison, she told investigators about four sexual encounters with a guard, Corrections Department spokesman John Barkley said. Lt. Houston Cagle, 50, was fired last week, Barkley said. .
NEWS
August 31, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Susan Smith, serving a life sentence for drowning her two young sons in a lake, apparently had sex with a guard four times while in prison in Columbia, S.C., corrections officials said. Officials learned of the alleged encounters while investigating a tabloid newspaper report that she had been beaten. The guard, 50, was suspended and could be fired, a prison spokesman said. Smith allegedly had sex with the guard at the Women's Correctional Institution in May and June.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1999
As the state faces the possibility of a $7-million-plus penalty for failing to move two-parent families off of welfare, you call for leniency (editorial, Jan. 28). What of the recipient families facing time limits? Should they also be given latitude? Sympathy for the state is misplaced. If, in fact, recipient families face formidable work barriers, perhaps the families should also be exempt from the two-year time limit. It is poor families facing limited job prospects who need a break, not the state!
NEWS
September 2, 1996 | From Associated Press
A family and friends visiting the spot where Susan Smith drowned her two little boys met with tragedy themselves when their vehicle rolled into John D. Long Lake. Three adults and four children drowned. Five of the victims were from one family--parents and their three children. "It's like it's haunted or something. It keeps taking lives," Tommy Vinson, 46, said Sunday as he stood beside the lake six miles outside town. The accident happened late Saturday.
NEWS
July 17, 1996 | From Associated Press
A lawyer who helped convince a South Carolina jury to spare Susan Smith's life has joined Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski's defense team--a move observers said Tuesday may hint at an insanity defense. Federal Defender Quin Denvir said he has filed papers asking U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell to appoint Judy Clarke as his co-counsel. Kaczynski has met with Clarke and wants her on the team, Denvir said.
NEWS
July 18, 1995 | From Associated Press
Susan Smith asked the sheriff to pray with her, and when they were through, she asked for his gun so she could kill herself. When he refused, he recalled Monday, she said, "My children are not all right" and began to tell him how she had killed them. During a hearing to determine the admissibility of statements Smith made to authorities, Union County Sheriff Howard Wells detailed how she broke down Nov.
NEWS
August 29, 1995 | Pamela Warrick, Times Staff Writer
A bullet to the gut can explain a lot. Charles Stuart--bleeding, confused, about to lose consciousness--calls Boston police to report he's been held up. He's shot, his wife is shot--maybe dead, and he is lost. Where are you? asks the dispatcher. Stuart's voice chokes with panic. He doesn't know the streets. When the police finally locate him, by a strange twist of fate, a crew from the television show "Rescue 911" is riding along.
NEWS
August 20, 1995 | Associated Press
Three weeks after Susan Smith was sentenced to life in prison for killing her two young sons, two granite markers were erected Saturday in the boys' memory. The monuments sit about 60 feet from John D. Long Lake, where 14-month-old Alex and 3-year-old Michael were drowned. "If you have a family, you just have to be touched by it," said Gregory Lee of Leesburg, Va., a father of three who visited Saturday.
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