April 4, 1995
Jurors in the trial of Francisco Martin Duran were asked to determine if the 26-year-old Coloradan sought to kill President Clinton when he fired at the White House, or whether he acted out of severe mental illness. Capping a two-week trial, prosecutors and defense attorneys argued about Duran's mental state when he sprayed the White House with 25 to 30 rounds from an assault rifle Oct. 29. If convicted of attempted assassination, he could receive a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.
March 30, 1992 |
A BRIDGE TOO FAR: Elements of the CIA are on the move. . . . Director Robert M. Gates, who wants to make the agency more responsive to requests from the President and other policy-makers, has decided to move top intelligence officers from suburban Langley, Va., to new digs in downtown Washington.
November 2, 1994 |
A note scrawled on a map and statements by a former co-worker have led investigators to believe that Francisco Martin Duran, the Colorado man accused of spraying bullets at the White House, may have come to Washington to try to assassinate President Clinton, federal sources said Tuesday. As a result of the new evidence, federal prosecutors are considering a new and more serious charge of attempted assassination of the President, the sources said.
November 12, 1994 |
Veterans are seriously underrepresented in senior Administration positions, and those who fought in Vietnam have been ignored in the appointment of White House staff, says a study by veterans interest groups. Veterans activist John Wheeler, using Office of Personnel Management figures, said only 21% of the nearly 600 men appointed as of last June to offices needing Senate confirmation were veterans. Among White House staff, the figure was far smaller, he said.
November 3, 1994 |
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Francisco Martin Duran is mentally competent to stand trial for allegedly firing 27 shots at the exterior of the White House on Saturday. Magistrate Deborah Robinson issued the ruling on the recommendation of prosecutors even though Duran cut short his one-day psychiatric exam by refusing to answer all the doctor's questions. He did so after his court-provided lawyer, Leigh Kenny, filed motions--later denied by the court--to halt the examination.
December 5, 1995 |
Hillary Rodham Clinton opened the White House holiday season Monday by peering into an artist's edible rendition of her childhood home on Wisner Street in Park Ridge, Ill. Clad in a kelly-green suit and colorful Christmas jewelry, Mrs. Clinton said her girlhood home's northern exposure was perfect for her and brother Hugh to play in the snow. "If we built a snowman here, the snowman would be there until the bitter end of winter," she said. The 70-pound home is made of gingerbread and icing.