February 19, 1994 |
William L. Webster, the former Missouri attorney general whose once-golden political career was destroyed by scandal, began a two-year sentence in federal prison. Webster reported to a prison camp in Florence, Colo., after being convicted of conspiring to use state resources for his political campaigns. Webster, the 1992 Republican nominee for Missouri governor, accused federal prosecutors of a witch hunt to discredit him.
November 11, 1988 |
The federal government told the Supreme Court on Thursday that a pending Missouri case gives it an "appropriate opportunity" to reconsider the high court's landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion. In what appears to be the Reagan Administration's last chance in the Supreme Court to address the 15-year-old Roe vs. Wade ruling, Solicitor General Charles Fried filed a brief noting that the Missouri case "is free of procedural defects."
January 9, 1989 |
The Supreme Court, acting in an appeal urging reversal of its landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide, today agreed to review a Missouri law regulating abortions. The justices said they will study a federal appeals court ruling that struck down key provisions of the state law. Even before today's action in the appeal filed by Missouri officials, the case had become the most-watched battleground in the continuing political war over abortion.
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December 28, 1988 |
The state attorney general's office is conducting a fraud investigation of two cancer charities that are part of a national direct-mail campaign offering sweepstakes awards to potential donors. James Cordi, deputy attorney general, said Tuesday that the nonprofit firms are being investigated for possible violations of laws governing false advertising. The inquiry was launched three weeks ago after his office received several complaints.
March 27, 1989 |
The Justice Department is facing an internal protest over the Bush Administration's aggressive effort to persuade the Supreme Court to reverse its rulings legalizing abortion, according to department sources. Several dozen attorneys have signed petitions circulating within the department in the last week criticizing the Administration's attempt to turn a relatively narrow abortion appeal from Missouri into an all-out attack on the high court's 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling.