2- The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 8, 1995
Glitch prevents Simpson defense's conclusion
Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES -Eight weeks and
48 witnesses after launching their de-
fense of O.J. Simpson, his attorneys
effectively concluded their presenta-
tion yesterday without calling their fa-
mous defendant to the witness stand.
A last-minute legal glitch blocked
the defense from formally resting, how-
ever. Prosecutors were infuriated by
Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito's
decision to tell the jury that former Los
Angeles police Detective Mark
Fuhrman - who asserted his Fifth
Amendment privilege not to testify
Wednesday during a hearing outside
the jury's presence - was unavailable
to testify further in the case.
Over defense objections, they per-
suaded Ito to reconsider a decision he
had made just minutes earlier, winning
a temporary stay in the Simpson pro-
ceedings while they pursue an appeal.
Ito gave them until noon today to file it,
and Simpson's attorneys said they
would not tell the jury they had rested
until that matter was resolved.
. Simpson has pleaded not guilty to the
June 12, 1994, slayings of his former
wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her
friend Ronald Goldman.
The day's chaotic developments
stretched the patience of the lawyers
and judge, who at one point abruptly
halted their discussion and summoned
the entire coterie of attorneys into his
chambers, presumably for a dressing
That blowup came after Deputy Dis-
trict Attorney Marcia Clark publicly
accused Ito of forcing the prosecution
to begin its rebuttal case today rather
than Monday. Ito's demand, she
charged, was punishment for the pros-
ecution challenging his ruling.
"Is the court now going to penalize the
People because the People are exercising
their appellate rights, as they are entitled
to do?" Clark asked, her voice soft but
defiant. "It would appear that you are."
With that, Ito dragged the attorneys
back inside his chambers. They emerged
a few minutes later, and without further
comment, Ito called the jury into the
courtroom for the first time all day.
"The good news," Ito told the jurors,
"is that we will be concluding, I antici-
pate, the defense case by tomorrow ...
with no further witnesses." Having said
that, Ito turned to lead Simpson trial
lawyer Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. for con-
"I would anticipate that's perhaps
correct, your honor," responded
Cochran, who had already said outside
the jury's presence that the defense was
finished and only was declining to rest
its case because of the uncertainty re-
garding the prosecution appeal.
The bad news, Ito then went on to tell
the jury, was that prosecutors would not
begin their rebuttal case until Monday,
meaning that the panel will not hear any
more evidence this week.
As with the prosecution case's bumpy
conclusion two months ago, the defense
phase of the trial sputtered to an anti-
climactic ending, effectively conclud-
ing on a day that saw no more testimony.
Instead, the court session was occu-
pied by a host oflast-minute legal argu-
ments and a hotly contested debate over
what to tell the jury about Fuhrman.
With the restlessjury cooling its heels
outside the courtroom, Ito spent the
morning hearing arguments on that
motion and two others. The other two
charged prosecutors with failing to dis-
close evidence to the defense.
Ito did not resolve those issues com-
pletely, but cut offthe defense's effort to
call police and prosecution witnesses in
an effort to show that prosecutors failed
to investigate questions about Fuhrman.
A NATIONAL REPORT
Sheik attacks Egypt, FBI informant
NEW YORK -- Lawyers for Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman charged yesterday
that Egypt manipulated the United States and that the prosecution's chief infor-
mant duped the FBI in an effort to put Abdel-Rahman in prison so he could not
foment revolution overseas.
"There is no jihad in America," Lynne F. Stewart, the chief lawyer for the
controversial cleric, told jurors in closing arguments at the trial of the sheik and
nine followers on charges of plotting a war of urban terrorism against the United
Stewart launched an all-out attack on the credibility of the informant, Emad
Salem, labeling him as untrustworthy and an advocate of torture and planting
"Egypt has duped America and Salem (a former Egyptian army officer) has
duped the FBI," the defense lawyer charged. "... His loyalty is to Egypt. He talks
about protecting his motherland.... You can't trust his testimony."
In contrast, Stewart called the sheik a mediator of disputes and a man of God.
Abel-Rahman and the other defendants are charged with plotting to explode
bombs at the United Nations, two commuter tunnels and the Manhattan headquar-
ters ofthe FBI. They are also charged with planning to kill Egypt's President Hosni
Mubarak during a visit to New York.
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dummy up two flights of stairs to simu-
late a rescue situation.
If the city ends this long-standing
policy, it may become the only city in
the state that does not have a pre-hiring
screening for its firefighters, said Lary
McColl, president of the 111-member
Michigan State Fire Fighters Associa-
Since the city began administering
the test in 1972, 95 percent of Ann
Arbor's 96 firefighters - including
nine women -have passed it, accord-
ing to the union.
The test, however, is only one way to
screen potential fire fighters, said Ann
Arbor Mayor Ingrid Sheldon.
Once the firefighters are selected,
hp aid the- r her- nnod ~ uk
City officials cited the cost of the
agility testing as one of the reasons for
But Vogel expressed concern over
the city adding to its payroll people who'
will not pass training.
"We don't want to hire someone that
could later be terminated," Vogel said.
"We just don't want to be put in that
spot. Even if they fail out, they've still
got to pay them."
Sheldon said that only a handful of
applicants are generally weeded-out
by the agility testing, and the test's
removal could help the city to balance
the fire department by gender and
"The role of fire fighting has
changed so much over the course of
time that I don't think the issue of
agility is as important in hiring,"
Space shuttle in orbit
after 0-ring trouble
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Its
flight delayedamonth byO-ring trouble,
space shuttle Endeavour thundered into
orbit with five astronauts yesterday on
a mission to release and recapture a pair
of science satellites.
The 4.5 million-pound spaceship rose
through thin clouds at the appointed
hour, beating approaching storms.
O-ring seals in the nozzles of
Endeavour's solid rocket boosters had
to be fitted with new insulation last
month after NASA discovered singe
marks on the rings in two other shuttles.
The Challenger disaster in 1986 was
blamed on a leak of hot gas through a
set of O-rings.
NASA officials said it will be days
before they know whether the O-rings
in Endeavour escapedheatdamagedur-
ing the dangerous climb to orbit.
The booster repairs, along with a
power generator that overheated hours
before a launch attempt last week,
had held up the flight almost five
Their first order of business is to
release an $8 million satellite to study
streams of charged particles hurtling
away from the north pole of the sun at
500 miles a second. The satellite, called
Spartan, will be set free today and re-
sto buyback plan
DETROIT - Under pressure from
its largest shareholder, Chrysler Corp.
yesterday accelerated a major stock
buyback plan, saying it would double to
$2 billion the value of shares it would
repurchase by the end of 1996.
The company's board of directors
took the action just two days after
investor Kirk Kerkorian hired former
Chryslerchief financial officerierome
York, a step that fueled speculation
that Kerkorian was preparing a new
buyout bid for the nation's No. 3
Investors reacted positively to the
buyback and Chrysler's stock contin-
ued its recent surge. The stock closed
Thursday at 57, up seven-eighths of a
point in heavy trading on the New York
sne saie, t are nIieaUonaUiv k wK Local 1173 Chief Steward Jack
probationary basis until they complete Germain conceded the removal of the
training at a firefighting academy. The testing would likely help the city hire
city can terminate firefighters who do more minorities and women.
not succeed at that academy. Germain said two of the 16 potential
"Whoever is finally hired will be fit new hires areblack femaleswhilenone
and ready to serve," Sheldon said., of the current firefighters are.
But union members say that training "They want to be able to hire what-
unfit candidates is a waste of time and ever minorities they need," Germain
money. said. "They seem to have this policy
"Ninety percent of our job is physi- where they want the department to rep-
ealy" said Local 1173 President Michael resent the population."
Vogel. "After the fact, what do we do The National Fire Prevention Asso-
then?" ciation required and administered the
agility test until 1992, when it trans-
ferred the responsibility to the local
O CHDAt that time, Vogel said the union
J.":5 negotiated with the city for a policy of
testing applicants on agility standards.
The city, he said, is violating its
Sagreement with the union by remov-
ing the tests from the department's,
~rscreening process in the midst ofmass
:.Sheldon said the city took applica-
to tions from 600 to 800 people this year
to fill Ann Arbor's 16 open firefighter
positions. More people than usual
r were hired this year to fill the union's
minimum staffing requirements,
which now require three-person fire
>::Y::: rescue teams instead of two-person
units. -The Associated Press
contributed to this report.
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AROUND THE WORLD
at Frenu sool-
PARS-A carbomb exploded out-
side a Jewish school in a Lyon suburb
yesterday, minutes before 700 children
ended classes for the day. Fourteen
people were injured in the blast, the
sixth bombing or attempted bombing in
France in less than two months.
The blast, the first carbomb in France
since 1982, appeared to be timed to go
at the clgsing bell, but officials said the
school clock was running two minutes
slow and the students were still inside
"We can thank God that this attack
did not cause total carnage," said Isaac
Elhadad,the deputychiefrabbiof Lyon.
No one immediately claimed respon-
sibility forthebomb in the Lyon suburb
of Villeurbane, about 270 miles south-
east of Paris. Police said they detained
a man seen with two others just before
The prime suspects in the other bomb-
ings are Algerian Muslim guerrillas who
oppose France's support for the mili-
tary-backed government in their north
African nation, a former French colony.
Children were among the 14 injured
in the explosion. The blast destroyed
the car, set fire to another parked car
and started a blaze in an adjacent apart-
ment, officials said.
French police have launched anation-
wide effort to tighten security, sealing
hundreds of trash receptacles, diverting ,
trains, questioning tens of thousands of
north African immigrants and searching
more and more cars at border posts.
Aboriginal dies in
clash with Can. police
TORONTO- Long-si mmering ten-
sions between Canadian police and
militant natives flared into violence
when Ontario riot-squad officers fa-
tally shot an aboriginal who was among
about 40 protesters occupying a public
park on the shores of Lake Huron, au-
thorities said yesterday.
Two other protesters were critically
wounded in the Wednesday night inci-'
dent at lpperwash Provincial Park, about
130 miles west of Toronto. The occupi-
ers are from a group of about 100 who
on July29took over a nearby Canadian
military base, forcing out a small con-
tingent of military police who had been.,
preparing to vacate.
Militant aboriginals across Canada
during the summer occupied parks and
private property, barricaded roads and
organized other protests overunresolved
land claims, fishing rights and other
Although there have been occasional
incidents ofgunfire, Wednesday's con-
frontation was the first to result in casu-
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