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Webber sees favorable rulings "
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By Gennaro A. Filice IV a regularly conducted business ry," I '0
Daily Sp} Editor activity; (2) kept in the regular 92 . hr<
course of business; (3) as a rs a compa
Although Chris Webber's result of a 'regular practice of
trial begins tomorrow, the for- business' to create documents; E
mer University of Michigan and (4) made by a person with
and current Sacramento knowledge of the transaction 962 Me
Kings superstar seems to or from information transmit- (N I ad i0te
have received a head start ted by a person with knowl- 2L,3 Itgees
through pretrial hearings. edge." to documents (A.L hac4 es
Both Chris and his father submitted to the court, the
Mayce still face up to five defense claimed that "only the PITC A
years in prison and a fourth factor can arguably be
$250,000 fine for perjury satisfied by the government." 1962 t*
charges, but the case has Edmunds also ruled Tues- (N. lad 101
undergone many changes in day that the prosecution can-
the last wo months not receive testimony from the (Al as
On e12, the prosecution three other players who
narrowed its case against both received money from Martin
Webbers by dropping the - Maurice Taylor, Robert 41. NM1
obstruction of justice charge. Traylor and Louis Bullock - 2
According to Chris's attorney unless they are rebuttal wit-
Steve Fishman, Judge Nancy nesses. The government can- y
Edmunds dropped the charges not incorporate Martin's
when the defense made a . T financial records regarding the 6
motion for a Bill of Particu- trio either. Edmunds felt that Numbr , nfna
lars. The Bill forced the prose - because none of the trio
cution to clarify exactly what attended Michigan at the same 1,3
they were claiming the Web- FILE PHOTO time as Webber, referencing Avh. me
berts had done. Without key Chris Webber, seen here in 1993, now stands trial for them would be irrelevant.
witness and former Michigan allegedly accepting $280,000 from former booster Ed Martin. A final pretrial hearing is $ I ,5,00
basketball booster Ed Martin, scheduled today, and y
who died last February, Assistant U.S. Attorney Keith Corbett Edmunds still has many things to address. First, the judge Lo Fatis sj,
decided to dismiss the obstructions count. needs to make a decision on the possible testimony of jour-
"(Webber now) faces fewer counts rather than more nalist Mitch Albom. The defense wants Albom to take the
counts," Fishman said. "Any time you get rid of one theory stand because he followed Webber in high school and col-
of the prosecution, it's significant." lege as a writer for the Detroit Free Press. He also wrote an
Last Tuesday, Edmunds ruled that some of the prosecu- all-access book called "Fab Five," which chronicled the
tion's key evidence - including Martin's hand-written notes basketball careers of Chris Webber and four of his Michi-
which chronicled gifts to Chris totaling $280,000 - would gan teammates from the time they arrived at the University
be disallowed. In the defense's argument to prohibit the evi- in 1991. There hasn't been a final ruling on a wiretapping
dence, they cited United States v Laster which holds that of Martin speaking about the money that Webber owed
"the business record exception is only available if the evi- him, but Edmunds has indicated that she will probably dis-
dence sought to be introduced was (1) made in the course of allow this evidence.
Clarett passes class with 'assistance'
NEW YORK (AP) - Ohio State walked out of the course's midterm Clarett's friend, on its checklist.
running back Maurice Clarett received exam during the fall semester. When asked if Clarett was in jeop- T
assistance to pass a class before the However, Ohio State Athletic Director ardy of being ineligible for all or part
Fiesta Bowl, a university professor told Andy Geiger told the Columbus Post- of the coming season, Geiger told the knows all too
The New York Times for a story pub- Dispatch on Saturday night that Clarett's newspaper: "Not that I know of. That
lished yesterday. two recent meetings with NCAA offi- doesn't mean it won't change. As of
Clarett passed African-American cials had nothing to do with academics. now, he's fine."
and African Studies 101 by taking two According to the Columbus newspa- Sources told the Dispatch that
oral exams, Paulette Pierce, an associ- per, the NCAA instead is focusing on Clarett apparently gave satisfactory
ate professor, told the Times. She said Clarett's finances, and possibly might answers'to the questions from the
she worked directly with Clarett and include his dealings with LeBron NCAA investigator, but that a final
administered the exams after he James, the NBA's No. 1 draft pick and ruling in the matter was still pending.
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