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King sentenced to death penalty


John King, accused of killing a
black man, was sentenced to
death by lethal injection
The Washington Post
JASPER, Texas - John William King, an
avowed white supremacist, was sentenced to death
yesterday for the racial murder of James Byrd Jr., a
black man who was chained to a pickup truck in the
predawn darkness and dragged on a winding stretch of
pavement until his head and right arm were torn off.
King, one of three men charged in the killing, was
convicted of capital murder Tuesday by a jury that
deliberated for just over two hours. Yesterday, the
same jurors, 11 white men and women and one black
man - who was elected foreman - met for three
hours before reaching their decision on a penalty.
The foreman, a prison guard who went to junior
high school with King, passed the verdict sheet to
Judge Joe Bob Golden, who looked at it, then at King.
"Mr. King" the judge said, "I hearby sentence you
to death by lethal injection"
The crowded courtroom was hushed, unlike
Tuesday, when a smattering of applause broke out
among spectators after the guilty verdict was read. The

defendant, a former prison inmate covered with racist
tattoos, stared impassively, as he had through most of
his week-long trial.
"Mr. Sheriff," the judge said, "you may take him to
the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to await exe-
cution there."
Moments later King was ushered from the court-
room through a side door, ending the first of three
planned death-penalty trials in the murder last June 7,
a crime that jolted this racially mixed city of 8,000 in
the East Texas timberlands and reminded the world
that backwoods lynchings are not entirely an evil of
America's past.
Then, as he was being led in body armor a short dis-
tance across the courthouse lawn to a waiting sedan -
a routine at the end of each court session - King for
the first time offered a comment to the dozens of jour-
nalists gathered behind a rope line nearby.
It was a crude, barely audible sexual reference.
"It doesn't surprise me, coming from him;' prose-
cutor Guy James Gray said later at a news conference,
after the sedan had left for the state prison at
Huntsville. The death chamber there is by far the
country's busiest. "He has no remorse for what he
did," Gray said.
Byrd, who was unemployed and afflicted with

seizures, lived alone in a subsidized apartment in
Jasper, 120 miles north of Houston. He was walking
home from a family gathering after midnight when he
was picked up, driven into the forest, beaten and
stomped, then chained behind a truck and dragged for
about three miles.
No trial dates have been set for King's alleged
accomplices, Shawn Allen Berry and Lawrence
Russell Brewer.
"I wouldn't expect him to say, 'God bless the Byrd
family,"' said Mary Verrette, one of Byrd's sisters,
referring to King's parting comment. "It kind of sums
up the whole personality of this young man. He has no
remorse, even in the face of death."
King's lawyers said he developed his racist views
while serving a prison term for burglary from 1995 to
1997. They said he was a victim of a racial assault in
the penitentiary and acquired his tattoos there for pro-
tection, hoping they would frighten would-be
assailants.- '
Defense attorney Brack Jones Jr. told jurors before
they began deliberating yesterday that King would not
pose a serious threat to others if he were given a life
term. The jury had the option of imposing that sen-
tence, under which King would have been eligible for
parole in 40 years.

U.S. urges restraint for Kosovo foes

WASHINGTON - The Clinton administration expressed concern yesterday that
both sides in the Kosovo dispute will use the recess in peace talks to fortify their mil-
itary positions. Officials warned Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic that
airstrikes are still a possibility and urged the .Kosovo Albanian side to "show restraint
or risk losing NATO support"
Administration officials told congressional panels a military retrenchment is a
possibility, now that both sides have gone home from the peace talks.
"The threat of force remains in effect" Deputy Defense Undersecretary Walter
Slocombe told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
He cautioned Milosevic, in Belgrade, against using the recess to prepare a new Serb
offensive against ethnic Albanians in the province.
"If Belgrade were foolish enough to attack the KLA in some deluded effort o
destroy the insurgency before an agreement took effect, Belgrade would meet with
strong NATO military action" Slocombe said.
By the same token, he added, Kosovo's independence-minded ethnic Albanian and
the Kosovo Liberation Army "must show restraint or risk losing NATO'S support.
Peace talks will resume in France on March 15. The talks, held in a chateau ir
Rambouillet, near Paris, recessed earlier this week after 17 days of intense negoti

Continued from Page 1
come in and try to make legislation
for their own political gains."
"Sen. Rogers is trying to deal with
something that has nothing to do
with the city of Ann Arbor," Millard
said. "The University is doing
everything the state wants them to
1Millard said although people may
use marijuana at Hash Bash, the
event is not a public endorsement of
"We don't say whether that's right
or wrong," Millard said. "I'm there
forthe freedom of speech. If people
are stupid enough to smoke on
University property, that's their
But Rogers disagreed, saying his-
tory has shown that Hash Bash is
about promoting drugs to young peo-
p'e, not an exercise of the First
""That's not what this is. It's a
sham," Rogers said. "For them to say
That this is free speech is disingenu-
Ann Arbor Mayor Ingrid Sheldon

said she understands the reasoning
behind the proposal.
"Sen. Hammerstrom is very con-
cerned about sending mixed mes-
sages to young people," Sheldon
But Sheldon said the Legislature
should not force Ann Arbor to con-
form with the state laws on this issue
"when the same Legislature has
enabled a city to make its own rules.
"We think we regulate it very nice-
ly now," Sheldon said of the current
Sen. Alma Wheeler Smith (D-
Salem Twp.) said she opposes the
bill because it takes legislative power
out of the hands of the city.
"The political party that insists on
local control is saying that what Ann
Arbor decides is not good enough,"
Smith said. "This is an overreach on
the part of these senators. They need
to get a life."
LSA sophomore Amy Feder said
the state should not involve itself in
issues of local control.
"It seems like if the state has that
law, then Ann Arbor should too;"
Feder said. But "I think Ann Arbor
knows what's best for itself."

'U' computing sites to
get new equipment

Continued from Page 1.
Griffiths said.
"We agree we are looking at areas of
mutual interest so we are not just a
customer and they are not just selling a
product;' she said, adding that some of
the program's goals include reassert
projects that both organizations will
develop together.
LSA sophomore Susan Lee, who
often uses the computers in Angell
Hall, said keeping technology updated
is imperative to students' success.
"At the University level, you need to
have the newest technology to go with
changing times," Lee said.
She added that with thousands of
students using the resources, making
things more convenient is a question
of quantity, not just quality.
"My main concern is that they
should put in more computers;" she
But Business junior Kumar Rao said
ithe University should not be so quick
to spend its money.
"I think most of the computers are
OK right now -- minus the ones in the

(Shapiro Undergraduate Library) that
are horrible and the ones in the
(Michigan) Union that never work;' he
said. "I don't think the are that behind
(on technology) at this point ... the
money could be spent on other things."
About 60 percent of the computers
purchased for the computing sites will
be IBM compatible and 40 percent
will be Macintosh, Anastasia said.
The ratio of Macintosh to IBM com-
patible computers .on campus has
changed in the last few years,
Anastasia said.
Before an upgrade last winter, only
30 percent of computers at campus
computing sites were IBM compatible.
The proportion is now more evenly
split, with 55 percent Macintosh and
45 percent IBM compatible.
ITD began purchasing less
Macintosh computers to provide
more options to students, Anastasia
The department is "shifting the ratio
a bit to be a little more in line with
what students bring in to the
University," he said. IBM compatible
computers "are more likely what
they're familiar with."

ations failed to produce a breakthrough.
Link found to explain
bacteria infections
Researchers say they have for the
first time demonstrated a direct link
between bacterial infection and
heart disease, confirming a suspi-
cion that has been floating through
the cardiology community for the
better part of a decade.
The proof of a link suggests that
at least some of the 961,000 deaths
from heart disease in the United
States every year could be prevented
by treatment with antibiotics or,
even better, by immunization
against the responsible organisms.
It might also lead to new ways to
identify people at the highest risk of
death, experts said.
In the new study, to be reported
today in the journal Science,
researchers from the Ontario Cancer
Institute in Toronto found that
injecting mice with proteins from
chlamydia bacteria can produce
heart disease. As many as 95 per-
cent of people are exposed to

chlamydia during their lives.
The chlamydia protein, which sits
on the bacterium's surface, is virtu-
ally identical to one found -im
healthy heart tissue. When the
mouse's immune system gears upto
attack the protein, it also damage
the heart and coronary arteries.
Leaders call for end
to police brutality
WASHINGTON - Black, Asian,
Latino/a and Jewish civil rights advo-
cates urged President Clinton on yester-
day to add his voice to those seeking an
end to police misconduct.
"We need President Clinton to step up
to the plate and provide leadership. We
seek a meeting and concrete plans on
how to deal with this problem," National
Urban League President Hugh Price tod
a news conference.
Recent fatal shootings of young
blacks by police under questionable cir-
cumstances in New York, Pittsburgh and
Riverside, Calif., have focused attention
on police confrontations that pit minoit
ties against white officers.


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scores of rescuers used long metal probes to search for at least three people still
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Videotapes brought back by rescue teams showed cars crushed by walls of
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Mexican case key in
Drug War
MEXICO CITY-It was all over in
24 hours.
Luis Amezcua was checking out a
used Chrysler Shadow in Guadalajara
when Mexican anti-drug agents
pounced. The next morning, police
swooped down on his brother, Jesus, as
he consulted a Cuban Santeria guru in
Mexico City.
The arrests of the Amezcuas were
hailed as Mexico's biggest anti-drug vic-
tory in years, a crushing blow to the
alleged godfathers of the booming U.S.
market for methamphetamines.
But nine months later, the Amezcua
case has turned into a dance with defeat
for the Mexican government. The broth-
ers have been cleared of charges in
Mexico and remain in custody only
because of a U.S. request to try them in
San Diego. But whether they will ever
face a California judge is unclear.
Mexican authorities have agreed to
extradite them, but the brothers' lawyer
has appealed and Mexican judges in the

past have upheld challenges in similar
The Amezcua case has emerged
as a key issue in President Clinton's
annual evaluation, which is expect*
ed today, of other nations' coopera-
tion in fighting drugs. If Mexico
fails the evaluation, it could face
economic sanctions.
Failure to extradite
teen leads to questions
JERUSALEM - Israel's Supreme
Court blocked the extradition yest&.i
day of a U.S. teen-ager suspected in*
the grisly dismemberment of an
acquaintance, a move that threatened
to revive a strain on U.S.-Israel rela-
The reluctant tones of the judges' 3-
2 decision keeping Samuel Sheinbein
from returning to Maryland to stand
trial reflected wider embarrassment in
Israel over a blanket ban on extraditing
Jews - a ban many now believe to be
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