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2- The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, December 2, 1998 NATION/XORLD
Committee seeks to broaden inquiry


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Los Angeles Times The broad
WASHINGTON - The Republican majority on already bitterp
the House Judiciary Committee, armed with four sub- bers clashedo
poenas approved yesterday, urged a federal judge to either destroyc
turn over internal memos from the Justice Republican
Department's campaign financing investigation so it ated to determ
could broaden its impeachment inquiry against campaign fun
President Clinton. impeachment
The search for fund-raising memos allegedly detail- "We just wa
ing evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the Clinton they lead," sai
administration comes about 10 days before the com- "and see if the
mittee is slated to vote on articles of impeachment He argued
related to the president's attempts to conceal his affair Amendmenti
with Monica Lewinsky. Democratic f
The Republicans' effort to obtain the campaign "fled the cour
finance information also represents a departure into gressional an
an area that two other congressional committees "We're goin
already have investigated at length, and it creates take a look,"s
doubts about what connection, if any, the new focus ment to concl
might have on their push to punish Clinton for But Democ
allegedly lying and obstructing justice in the poenas send th
Lewinsky matter. matters."

ening of the probe only deepened the
partisan divisions on the panel, and mem-
over the righteousness of their efforts to
or salvage the Clinton presidency.
s insisted they are authorized and oblig-
nine whether Clinton was involved in any
d-raising violations that would warrant
ant to look at the documents and see where
d committee Chair Henry Hyde (R-Ill.),
y lead back to the White House."
that 95 people had taken the Fifth
in refusing to answer questions about
fund-raising tactics, while others had
ntry" to avoid scrutiny by previous con-
d Justice Department investigators.
ng to take a look, and it's justifiable we
said Hyde, who reiterated his commit-
lude the inquiry by the end of the year.
crats warned that the fund-raising sub-
te impeachment inquiry into "unrelated

"We're hurdling headlong into a constitutional cri-
sis which the American people, in their wisdom, have
begged us to rein in and reject," said Rep. Charles
Schumer (D-N.Y.). "These new subpoenas wave a red
flag that common sense and common wisdom are not
welcome here."
Added Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.): "This is the
last desperate gasp of a group of people who were
determined to impeach the president and haven't yet
gotten their way. It's a desperate effort that demeans
this process. It's just one last cry of, 'Oh my God what
are we going to do?"'
The Judiciary panel also heard yesterday from legal
experts and two convicted perjurers on the subject of
the strongest charge against Clinton, and it now awaits
word from the White House today on whether it will
accept an offer to defend him at a session tentatively
scheduled for Dec. 8.
The president already has decided not to appear
personally before the committee, a determination his
supporters defended in light of the rank political
infighting of yesterday's hearing.

Panel: Implants, disease not linked
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A court-appointed scientific panel said yester-
day it saw no proven links between silicone breast implants and disease,-a
finding that could hurt the claims of thousands of women suing implant
Testimony by the independent,-four-member committee will be video
taped for use nationwide in courts where women have filed suit contending
implants made them sick.
"This adds to the trend of the past couple of years of courts rejecting the
hypothesis that breast implants cause disease," said Doug Schoettinger, a
lawyer for Dow Corning Corp., once the largest implant makers.
But Ralph Knowles, an attorney for women suing the implant makers,
predicted the scientists' conclusions would not hold up under the scrutiny of
cross-examination and wouldn't affect lawsuits.
Appointed by U.S. District Judge Sam Pointer of Birmingham to review
conflicting scientific claims about implants, the scientists found no definite
links between implants and systemic disease in four major areas: toxicolo-
gy, immunology, epidemiology and rheumatology, the study of diseases o*
connective tissue such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Pointer oversees 8,600 implant cases nationwide.

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Supreme Court ruling
narrows privacy laws

Supreme Court ruled yesterday in a
narrowing of privacy rights that people
who visit someone's home for a short
time do not have the same protection
against a police search as the residents.
Three justices said the ruling ignores
the home's importance as "the most
essential bastion of privacy."
"An overnight guest in a home may
claim the protection of the Fourth
Amendment, but one who is merely
present with the consent of the house-
holder may not," Chief Justice William
Rehnquist wrote for the 5-4 court yes-
The constitutional amendment pro-
tects against unreasonable police
searches and seizures, but the nation's
highest court over the past three
decades has grown less willing to
invoke the amendment to restrict

Led by Rehnquist, the court voted
6-3 to reverse a Minnesota Supreme
Court ruling and reinstate two men's
cocaine convictions.
The justices split 5-4, however, in
deciding the scope of visitors' privacy
Writing for the three dissenters,
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the
decision undermines the security ofres-
idents as well as their guests.
"A home-dweller places her own
privacy at risk, the court's approach
indicates, when she opens her home to
others, uncertain whether the duration
of their stay, their purpose and their
acceptance into the household will earn
protection,"Ginsburg said.
James Backstrom, the Minnesota
prosecutor who won the case, called
the ruling "good news for the pro-
tection of public safety in this coun-

New painkiller
reduces side effects
SILVER SPRING, Md. - Millions
of Americans may soon get to take the
first in a new class of painkillers that
promise to relieve aches and inflamma-
tion with fewer stomach-damaging side
Advisers to the Food and Drug
Administration recommended unani-
mously yesterday that Searle Corp.'s
celebrex be allowed to sell, by pre-
scription, for arthritis relief.
Celebrex is thus expected to be the
first in a new class of painkillers called
"cox-2 inhibitors" to hit the U.S. mar-
Wall Street views Celebrex as the
next potential blockbuster drug,
because of hope that it will cause fewer
ulcers, stomach bleeding and other gas-
trointestinal side effects commonly
caused by today's most popular
painkillers. Analysts predict that tens of
millions of people will take cox-2
inhibitors to relieve a variety of kinds
of pain.

But the FDA's advisors dampened
sonmc of those expectations. While the
panel said Celebrex may help arthritis
sufferers, it stopped short of recom-
mending the drug's use for other kinds
of pain.
Search for death
row inmate escalates
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Texas
prison officials still searching for the
death row inmate who escaped late
Thanksgiving night brought in a
National Guard helicopter equipped with
high-tech heat-detecting gear yesterday,
and they shifted the main search area.
The helicopter joined at least twoW
other aircraft and a ground effort of
about 500 officers and 70 tracking dogs
in the search for condemned killer
Martin Gurule in the dense woods and
swampy terrain.
"We are reconfiguring our search
area at this point and that's really all I
want to say," said Larry Fitzgerald,
spokesperson for the Ellis Unit of the
Texas Department of Criminal Justice.*

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Pen : Opposition
won t be tolerated
BEIJING - The detention of two
of China's most influential dissidents
and three other pro-democracy
activists underscores the government's
stated determination to crush any
challenge to one-party Communist
Legislative chairperson Li Peng,
the Communist Party's No. 2, was
quoted as saying yesterday that
Western-style democracy was inap-
propriate for China and that opposi-
tion groups would not be tolerated.
Police in two cities went to the
homes of Xu Wenli, Qin Yongmin
and other members of the fledgling
China Democracy Party on Monday
night and took them away, relatives
and a human rights group said yes-
The police action was one of the
most severe since dissidents
announced their attempt to form an
opposition group in June to challenge
the Communist Party's monopoly on
power, Since then, police have ques-


toned, briefly detained and harassed
the activists.
If organizations seek "the multi-
party system and try to negate the
leadership of the Communist Party,
then they will not be allowed to exist,"
Li said in an interview carried yester-
day by the official Xinhua News
Cuba re-establishes
Christmas holiday
HAVANA - Christmas is comng
to Cuba this holiday - officially, that
The Communist Party used the
entire front page of Cuba's only daily
newspaper, Granma, to recommend
yesterday that "from this year on" Dec.
25 be a permanent holiday in Cuba.
Adoption by the Communist govern-,
ment is assured.
Ordinary Cubans - whether reli-
gious or not - welcomed the news,
which re-establishes a custom the com .
munist government abolished in 1909.
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