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November 17, 2000



OKC bomber seeks new trial

Terry Nichols' lawyer asked a federal appeals court for a new trial in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing Wednesday, alleging the FBI withheld information that could have changed the outcome.

Susan Foreman said FBI "lead sheets" with tips and other evidence had information blacked out before they were turned over to the defense. She said 62 of the sheets contained information that could have helped Nichols.

But prosecutor Sean Connelly told the three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that none of the evidence would have changed the outcome.

Nichols, 45, was convicted in federal court and sentenced to life in prison for manslaughter and conspiracy in the 1995 bombing that killed 168 people and injured more than 500. Separately, Timothy McVeigh was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death.


Juror misconduct alleged in LAPD trial

An alternate juror in the Rampart corruption trial has complained about possible misconduct by jurors who convicted three police officers of conspiracy, prompting the judge in the case to meet behind closed doors Friday with defense attorneys and prosecutors.

Juror Wendy Christiansen, who has criticized Wednesday's guilty verdicts, said her fellow jurors joked about police witnesses and talked about the case outside the courtroom, despite admonishments from the judge not to discuss the case until formal deliberations. In addition, she has alleged jurors were biased against police.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Connor has scheduled an early morning meeting in chambers to discuss the allegations, said Kyle Christopherson, a Superior Court representative.


Newspaper workers threaten to strike

The union representing 1,000 employees at The Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer said workers would go on strike Tuesday unless they are given higher raises than being offered.

Negotiators for the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild, whose members have been without a contract since July, set the deadline Wednesday.

The threat to go on strike at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday was designed to coincide with the Thanksgiving-to-Christmas period, the busiest time of the year for newspaper advertising. The union, whose members are in the advertising, circulation and editorial departments at the two morning dailies, is asking for hourly raises of $3.05, $1.55 and $1.55 over the next three years.

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