2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 12, 1998 NATION/ WORLD -
WSU dean chosen for federal post
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Clinton
announced yesterday the nomination of James
Robinson, dean of the Wayne State University Law
School, as the chief criminal enforcement officer for
the Department of Justice.
The Detroit attorney would become the assistant
attorney general for the Justice Department's Criminal
Division if confirmed by the Senate.
Robinson would replace Jo Ann Harris, who left
the department 2 1/2 years ago to return to her
family in New York and teach law. In the interim,
John Keeney has been the acting assistant attorney
Robinson, dean of the Wayne State law school
since 1993, has also worked in Michigan for the
government, several law firms and another univer-
From 1981 to 1993, he was partner at the Detroit
law firm of Honigman, Miller, Schwartz and Cohn
and head of the litigation department, concentrat-
ing on civil litigation and white collar criminal
From 1977 to 1980, Robinson was the United States
Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, over-
seeing criminal and civil cases including narcotics,
fraud and white collar crime.
Robinson was president of the Michigan State Bar
from 1990 to 1991.
He also has published extensively on the law of
Robinson was born in Grand Rapids and is married
to Marietta Robinson, who runs her own law office in
He graduated from Michigan State University in
1965. In 1968, he received his law degree from Wayne
State, serving as editor in chief of the law review in
the 1967-68 academic year.
Robinson also worked at Honigman, Miller,
Schwartz and Cohn from 1972-1977 and at another
Detroit law firm, Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone,
from 1969 to 1971.
From 1983 to 1984, he chaired of the governor's
James Robinson will
serve as the chief
officer for the
Department of Justice if
the Senate confirms him.
Commission on the Future of Higher Education in
Robinson taught at Detroit College of law from
1970 to 1973 and was an adjunct professor at Wayne
State from 1973 to 1984.
Robinson did not respond yesterday to messages
left at the law school seeking comment on his nomi-
AROUND THE NATION
Judge: Iran must pay family $247.5M
WASHINGTON -A federal judge ordered Iran to pay $247.5 million in dan
ages to the family of an American woman killed in a suicide bombing in Gaza
1995. "The court is seeking to deter further terrorist actions," said District Cou
Judge Royce Lamberth.
The ruling yesterday was the first under a new law allowing Americans t4
nations believed to sponsor terrorism for damages caused by such attacks. Whil
the victim's family is unlikely to collect the damage award any time soon, the ru
ing could complicate tentative efforts to improve relations between the Unite
States and Iran.
"Terrorists and the countries which sponsor them should know that w
will continue to increase the price to be paid for acts of terrorism," declare
Rep. Jim Saxton (R-N.J.) who heads the House Task Force on Terrorisn
"This decision clearly shows that we will hit them hard in the wallet s
Iran vehemently denies it has any connections to terrorist groups (
attacks. Although Lamberth said Iranian representatives had been invite
testify at court hearings on March 3-4, a spokesperson for the Iraniani,
sion to the United Nations said yesterday he was not aware of the court cas
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work with Iraq
WASHINGTON - President
Clinton praised U.N. Secretary General
Kofi Annan yesterday as deserving "a
lot of credit" for negotiating a deal with
Iraq over weapons inspections and
renewed administration pledges to lobby
hard for money to pay the U.S. debt
owed to the international body.
In their first meeting since Annan
returned from Baghdad two weeks ago
with an agreement defusing a military
confrontation in the Persian Gulf,
Clinton rejected congressional criticism
that the deal with Iraqi president
Saddam Hussein was a "sellout."
"The agreement on its own terms is
clearly not a sellout," Clinton said,
repeating the administration's position
that what matters is whether Iraq com-
plies with the deal to give full access to
United Nations weapons inspectors. If
so, Clinton added, Annan would have
achieved "what the United States has
always wanted, which is to complete the
In private talks, Clinton pledged t
Annan that he would make a "maximu
effort" to persuade Congress to appro
funds to pay off most of the $1.2 billio
that the United States owes to the Unite
Nations, according to a senior adm
tration official who briefed repor
about the session.
WASHINGTON - Independe
counsel Kenneth Starr has been seekin
President Clinton's testimony in th
Monica Lewinsky matter for more t
month, but lawyers for the preside
far have declined to say whether Clinto
will testify, sources familiar with th
investigation said yesterday.
Starr's office has made seve
requests in writing to the president
lawyers, the sources said. Starr is seekin
Clinton's testimony in the ongoing gran
jury investigation voluntarily.
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AROUND HE WORL
Villagers bury dead
PREKAZE, Yugoslavia-The bodies
lay sacked in coffins yesterday on the
edge of a sloping field thick with mud,
where Serbian police using a bulldozer
had covered the corpses the night before
with a thin layer of dirt.
Villagers gathered throughout the
frigid day to recover the mangled bodies,
identify those who could be identified,
and place them, one by one, back into the
Fifty-two mounds of chopped earth
formed three neat rows, a piece of wood
planted on each grave to serve as a tomb-
stone. When the villagers ran out of
wood, they used broken tree limbs.
Six hours after they started, ethnic
Albanians from several nearby villages
finished the task of burying 52 men,
women and children killed in the dead-
liest spasm of violence to wreck Serbia's
restive Kosovo province since World War
The ad-hoc gravediggers were careful
to turn each body's head toward the
Islamic holy site of Mecca, in keeping
with Muslim tradition. Other elements<c
the Muslim ritual, such as the cleansin
of the body, were left undone in the hast
and chaos of the burial. Most Alba4
"This time we used coffins," sai
Xhafer Murtezaj, a local Albanian off
cial. "Normally we wouldn't (in Muslir
burial), but these are the circumstances
Violence erupts at
West Bank funel
DURA, West Bank-Palesti*
youths hurled stones and gasolir
bombs and Israeli soldiers fired tea
gas and rubber-coated bullets yesterda
on a day of mourning for thre
Palestinian workers shot to death at a
Israeli checkpoint the night before.
At least 30 people were injured in ti
worst unrest in the West Bank i
months, reminding some observers (
the days of the "intifada," the uprisir
against Israeli rule of several years
The funeral for the slain men rema
peaceful and dignified.
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