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2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 13, 1995

Gloves at murder scene tied to Simpson

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LOS ANGELES - A former glove company ex-
ecutive told jurors yesterday that gloves worn by O.J.
Simpson during a series of football games in the early
1990s are the same style, size and, in some cases, color
as a pair linked to the double murder with which
Simpson is charged.
That testimony from Richard Rubin marks the
prosecution's most forceful response to the defense
team's contention that the evidence gloves could not
have been worn by Simpson because they do not fit
him - a position graphically bolstered by the
prosecution's own, ill-fated glove demonstration. It
was during that demonstration that Simpson struggled
to put on the evidence gloves, only to announce they
did not fit him.
Although Rubin dominated the day's testimony,
legal wrangling and new jury problems continued to
dog the trial and keep it on its precarious course
toward conclusion.
In the morning, one juror threatened to leave the
panel because she needed to attend to a rental property
that has been vacant and is losing money, sources said,
but was convinced to stay when Superior Court Judge
Lance Ito said he would consider having the county

pay her losses.
The defense, which favors the excusal of that
juror - a retired white woman
who sits in the front row of the
jury box - immediately ob-
jected. Simpson's lawyers later
asked for that juror to be dis-
missed and filed a motion urg-
ing Ito to reconsider his offer to
financially help her. In unusu-
ally sharp language, the motion
asked the court to produce any
"precedent it purports to have."
Then, at day's end, the de-
fense submitted a bombshell Clark
proposal: Simpson's lawyers
asked Ito to end the jury sequestration, which has
isolated the panelists from the outside world for the
past nine months. Ito did not immediately rule, but
some observers called the defense motion, which
would permit jurors to return home at night, a sly
attempt to expose the jury to news coverage of the
case, particularly the widespread reporting of re-
cently retired Detective Mark Fuhrman's decision
to invoke the Fifth Amendment rather than testify

further in the Simpson case.
Deputy District Attorney Marcia Clark clearly
endorsed that view. She cited the furor surrounding
the Fuhrman disclosures and said: "This takes the
cake for the most transparent motion by the de-
fense."
Ito seemed to shrug it off, suggesting it was a "no-
brainer."
Rubin, a former general manager for the Aris glove
company, was the day's only witness. It was his
second appearance on the stand, as Rubin testified as
part of the prosecution's main case, which concluded
in July.
Under questioning from the prosecution, Rubin
reviewed photographs and videotapes showing a
gloved Simpson at football games from 1990 to 1993.
He said Simpson's gloves in those pictures matched
the characteristics of those found at the scene of the
crimes.
In his cross-examination, Robert Blasier, one of
Simpson's lawyers, tried to suggest Rubin was over-
stating the significance of the similarities between the
evidence gloves and those pictured in the photo-
graphs. Blasier further intimated Rubin was doing so
to favor the prosecution.

FBI sniper takes Fifth Amendment
WASHINGTON - An FBI sniper invoked his Fifth Amendment right against
self-incrimination yesterday when asked by a senator about how he shot and killed
the wife of white separatist Randy Weaver at Ruby Ridge.
Lawyers for FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi asked a Senate subcommittee to grant him
limited immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony, but the panel
rejected the request as it opened a second week of hearings into the tragedy on
.Ruby Ridge.
"I think we can get the underlying facts" without Horiuchi but "it obviously
would have been better if we had that testimony," said Sen. Arlen Specter,
chairman of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on terrorism, technology and
government information. Sen. Herbert Kohl (D-Wis.), said he was "very disap-
pointed not to hear his story."
Granting immunity to Horiuchi could have scuttled any future criminal prosect-
tion against him. Federal and state investigators are probing the events surround-
ing the 1992 shootout and 1 I-day standoff in northern Idaho that killed a deputy
U.S. marshal, Weaver's 14-year-old son and Weaver's wife, Vicki.
Horiuchi testified at Weaver's 1993 criminal trial, declaring he killed Weaver's
wife by mistake and intended instead to hit an armed man who was running into
the Weavers' cabin.

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FAIRFAX, Va. - Supreme Court
Justice .Clarence Thomas, who often
works at home when the Court is not in
session, was not there yesterday when
the Rev. Al
Sharpton and 400
other protesters
came to call.
"He had Rush
Limbaugh's wed-
ding at his house,"
shouted Sharptonx
over a megaphone,
referring tothe stri-
dently conserva-
tive radio com-
mentator. "But to-
day, Clarence, guess who's coming to
dinner!"
Sharpton, comedian Dick Gregory,
civil rights leader Rev. Fred
Shuttlesworth and other blacks angry
with Thomas' voting record got no
closer to Thomas' dining room yester-
day than the beginning of the short
suburban street on which he lives in an
upper-class neighborhood where Wash-
ington suburbs meet Virginia farmland.
The $550,000 house that Thomas and

his wife, Virginia, had built for them on
a 5-acre lot after his confirmation four
years ago was well out of sight, around a
corner and behind a thick screen of trees.
The protesters were not allowed any
farther because the street is private prop-
erty belonging to the 22 homeowners in
the Havenwood neighborhood associa-
tion. Fifty Fairfax County police offic-
ers, plus security from the court and the
Justice Department, were on hand to
make sure noone trespassed, but there
were no incidents.
Sharpton said the "prayer vigil" 25
miles outside Washington was in re-
sponse to remarks attributed to the jus-
tice last month by his friend, newspaper
columnist Armstrong Williams. Will-
iams quoted Thomas as saying he had
voted against affirmative action and
legally mandated school desegregation
because they were against "God's law."
"You cannot embrace racism to deal
with racism. It's not Christian," Will-
iams said Thomas told him.
Sharpton said yesterday using reli-
gious beliefs to decide legal questions
violates the doctrine of separation of
church and state.

Satellite shut down
after overheating
CAPE CANAVERAL - A saucer-
shaped satellite trailing space shuttle
Endeavour was shut down by ground
controllers yesterday after it overheated
and began tilting.
It was the latest in a series of prob-
lems with the $25 million Wake Shield
Facility, a giant steel disk on which
scientists are trying to grow ultra-thin
semiconductor film in the pure vacuum
of space.
The five astronauts were supposed to
recapture the satellite today, two days
after they released it. But NASA post-.
poned the retrieval until tomorrow to
give scientists an extra day to do their
work.
NASA controllers had just finished
producing the third of seven planned
wafers of semiconductor film when they
were forced to halt the experiment. The
satellite, 12 feet in diameter, began over-
heating and had pitched forward at least
15 degrees.
Nearly all the instruments on the
Wake Shield were turned off to cool the
spacecraft, orbiting about 40 miles be-
.' ON T HE W
Swiss banks find
dormant accounts of
Holocaust victims
PARIS - Leading Swiss banks an-
nounced yesterday they have discov-
ered $34 million dollars in dormant
accounts that may belong to Holocaust
victims and that they will help Jewish
survivors and their heirs track down
lost assets.
Lifting the veil of secrecy on one of
the most controversial legacies of the
war, the Swiss Bankers' Association
said a partial survey of a dozen major
banks that conducted most of the
country's financial business in 1945
revealed nearly 900 abandoned accounts
containing funds that may have been
deposited by Jews and others who were
persecuted and murdered by the Nazis..
But the World Jewish Congress and
other agencies acting on behalf of Ho- .
locaust victims say the forsaken depos-
its represent only a fraction of the wealth
of Jewish Nazi victims. Far larger as-
sets, estimated by some experts to be
worth several billion dollars, were con-
fiscated from Jewish victims in Eastern
Europe and may have been stashed by
the Nazis in Swiss accounts or safe
deposit boxes.
Nazi SS boss Heinrich Himmler, for
example, is believed to have dispatched a
hoard of paintings, jewelry and money
stolen from Hungarian Jews to Switzer-
land toward the end of the war. New

hind Endeavour.
. Mission operations director Lee
Briscoe said the one-day delay in 're-
trieving the Wake Shield should have
minimal impact on the rest of the 11-
day mission, which ends Monday.
U.S. economy marks
record trade deficit
WASHINGTON - The United
States suffered its worst trade perfor-
mance in history as the depressed Mexi-
can economy cut into U.S. exports and
Americans' appetite for foreign oil, cars
and electronic products continued un-
abated.
In brighter economic news, the gov-
ernment also reported yesterday that
prices at the wholesale level fell by 01
percent in August. The absence of tn-.
flationary pressures cheered Wall
Street, helping to push the Dow Jones
industrial average up 42.27 to a record
closing high of 4,747.21.
The Commerce Department said the
deficit in America's current account
jumped to $43.62 billion in the April-
June quarter from the first-quarter defi-
cit of $39.03 billion.
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information on"Himmler'sTreasure"and
other Nazi booty taken from East Euro-
pean Jews has come to light from the
archives of East German and other com-
munist secret services since the collapse
of the Soviet empire six years ago.
Link sought in deaths
of 7 Mexican women
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico -
Seven women - at least four of whom
looked alike and were raped and
strangled - have been found dumped
in the desert since Aug. 19, and authori-
ties are investigating whether a serial
killer is responsible. ,
"That's still speculation," State Judi-
cial Police spokesman Ernesto Garcia:
said Monday. "We can't determine if
it's one person."
The first victim found was Elizabeth
Castro Garcia, thought to have been 15
to 17. Her body was discovered on
uninhabited land near the city's airport.
Six more bodies have been found in
the same general area, the most recent
on Sunday.
Four of the seven, including Castro,
were young and slim with dark conmi-
plexions and long hair.
The three others had probably been
there for months and were little more
than skeletal remains. Their identities
and cause of death have not been estab-
lished. It was also unknown whether
they had been sexually assaulted.
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