2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 13, 2003
77% of UM students don't smoke cigarettes.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The
Supreme Court blocked Texas yester-
day from executing its 300th inmate
since the state resumed capital punish-
ment in 1982, granting a stay just min-
utes before the condemned man was to
be put to death.
Delma Banks' claims that he was
wrongly convicted of a murder 23
years ago had been backed by three
former federal judges.
His lawyers told justices he was
poorly represented at trial, prosecutors
improperly kept blacks off the jury
and testimony from two prosecution
witnesses was shaky. Banks is black,
his victim was white and the jury was
"I just thank the Lord," Banks said
after being told of the court's decision.
"Give Jesus all the credit."
Relatives of Banks who were wait-
ing outside the prison jumped joyously
and hugged as word spread.
Prosecutors said they would contin-
ue to seek Banks' execution.
"I wish we could have brought it to a
conclusion today," said James Elliott,
who helped win Banks' conviction in
1980. "But I've been here 23 years and
I'm prepared to stay here to see it
"The Supreme Court needs more
time. You really can't draw any conclu-
sion from the granting of a stay."
Defense attorney George Kendall
said in a statement that Banks' case
was "fraught with material and inten-
tional state misconduct. ... We are
hopeful that this delay will allow a
meaningful review of the serious
crimes in his case."
The high court issued the stay with-
out comment about 10 minutes before
Banks, 44, was to be readied for execu-
tion for the 1980 murder of 16-year-old
Richard Wayne Whitehead, a co-work-
er at a restaurant. Banks shot White-
head "for the hell of it" after a night of
drinking, according to a witness at
Banks has been on death row 22
years. With the reprieve, condemned
murderer Keith Clay now becomes the
potential No. 300 with his scheduled
March 20 execution.1
WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeland
security officials told Senate subcom-
mittees yesterday they don't have the
resources to hunt down foreigners who
stay beyond the 90 days allowed those
who enter without a visa.
The United States allows millions of
residents from "low risk" countries
such as Britain, France and Japan to
enter without visas. The government
has now started collecting information
on their arrivals and departures.
Some don't leave the country,
Robert Mocny, director of the Home-
land Security Department's program
tracking foreign visitors, told the Sen-
ate Judiciary Committee's technology
and immigration subcommittees. He
did not know how many actually stay
beyond the 90 days.
"You're not saying nothing happens"
when a violation is discovered? asked
Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.)
"At this point we are not in a posi-
tion to go and to find that person
immediately," Mocny responded.
Asa Hutchinson, the new depart-
ment's undersecretary for border and
transportation security, said after the
hearing he would follow up on the
issue "to make sure there is a proper
After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in
2001, Immigration and Naturalization
Service officials complained that it
was difficult to uncover visa violators
with only 2,000 investigators. The INS
has since been folded into the Home-
land Security Department
Some lawmakers called for an end to
a mutual visa waiver program with 28
countries, but supporters said such a
move would hurt commerce and chill
relations with some of the nation's best
allies in the war on terrorism.
The General Accounting Office con-
cluded last November that ending the
program would burden U.S. consulates
with many more visa applications and
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NEWS IN BRIEF
Israeli troops arrest 18 in West Bank
Israeli forces in the West Bank stepped up operations against suspected
Palestinian militants yesterday, invading villages, arresting 18 suspects and
clashing with gunmen.
One militant was killed, along with an Israeli soldier.
One of those detained was Mahmoud Hasib, a senior official for Yasser
Arafat's Fatah movement. Hasib, arrested in Ramallah, was an assistant to
Marwan Barghouti, the West Bank Fatah leader captured by Israel in April.
Israeli security sources said Hasib recruited young Palestinians to carry
out attacks against Israelis and was involved in two fatal shootings.
Five other Palestinians were captured in an Israeli raid on an Islamic
Jihad hideout in the northern West Bank village of Saida, the military said.
An Israeli soldier and a Palestinian were killed.
Twelve Palestinians were detained in other raids. In Qalqiliya, soldiers
stopped a suspicious car and found two bombs inside. Two Palestinians in
the car were captured after they were wounded trying to escape.
Arafat, meanwhile, held a second day of consultations about the new
position of prime minister. The Palestinian parliament approved the posi-
tion and delineated its powers on Monday.
Manhunt for bin Laden steps up efforts
As the search intensifies for Osama bin Laden, debate is building about what
to do with the world's most wanted man if he is found: Taking him alive raises
the risks of a trial, but his death could make him a martyr.
Since the March 1 arrest of key al-Qaida leader Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, a
manhunt has been under way in a remote 350-mile corridor near where the bor-
ders of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran meet, and officials believe they may be
closer than ever to capturing bin Laden.
Sweeps are being made through the rugged tribal belt that separates Pakistan and
Afghanistan and in the inhospitable peaks of Afghanistan searching for bin Laden
and other terrorists who might attack in the event of war in Iraq. The activity has
resulted in reports of operations - and even one report of bin Laden's capture.
Pakistani and U.S. officials yesterday denied Iran Radio's report that bin Laden
had been arrested in Pakistan but that his capture would not be announced until
the outbreak of fighting in Iraq. The Iranian state radio's external service quoted
the deputy leader of the Islamic Awami Tahrik party in Pakistan, Murtaza Poya,
who also made the same assertion to The Associated Press.
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Fox's surgery prompts
Mexican President Vicente Fox
underwent back surgery yesterday, rais-
ing the question of who is the govern-
ment's second-in-command at a
moment when Mexico weighs whether
to support war in Iraq.
Mexico, a nonpermanent member of
the U.N. Security Council, is under
intense U.S. pressure to support the res-
olution setting a March 17 deadline for
Iraq to disarm or face war.
The herniated disk surgery lasted
only three hours but it was long enough
to cause confusion over Mexico's line
of succession and prompt calls by law-
makers for a constitutional amendment.
Fox left two Cabinet members in
charge, giving Interior Secretary Santi-
ago Creel say over national affairs but
instructing Foreign Secretary Luis
Ernesto Derbez - less than two
months into his post - to carry on with
Mexico's effort to find a compromise to
the U.S.-sponsored resolution on Iraq.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.
Cadets quietly seek
help coping with rape
The U.S. Air Force Academy has had
its own rape counseling hot line for
seven years. Yet dozens of female
cadets have gone outside the system
and sought help instead at a civilian
rape crisis center.
The role of TESSA, the counseling
center in Colorado Springs, illustrates
what some say are pervasive fears
among academy women that they
would be punished or their confidences
betrayed if they reported that they had
"In the majority of these cases,
the victims were seeking out a com-
pletely confidential resource
because they were eager to get the
help they need to heal without shar-
ing that information in a way that
may influence their military career,"
TESSA Executive Director Cari
Mariage afactor in
Unmarried couples - whether same-
sex or opposite-sex - are far more likely
than married couples to mix race or eth-
nicity, Census Bureau data shows.
About 7 percent of the nation's 54.5
million married couples are mixed racial-
ly or ethnically, compared to about 15
percent of the 4.9 million unmarried het-
erosexual couples. The percentage is only
slightly lower for the nation's nearly
600,000 same-sex couples.
Deva Kyle, a black law student who
lives with her white boyfriend, said peo-
ple in interracial relationships tend to be
more liberal so are more apt to share a
home without being married.
Kyle, 24, of Alexandria, Va., has no
plans to marry her boyfriend of five
years. She said they plan a "commitment
ceremony" that is not legally binding but
still makes a statement for family friends.
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