Archive for Saturday, March 31, 2001

Nation Briefs

March 31, 2001


JonBenet's parents sue police investigator

The parents of JonBenet Ramsey have filed a libel and defamation lawsuit against a former Boulder, Colo., police detective who accused the couple of having a role in their daughter's death.

The 51-page complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta alleges Steve Thomas made false accusations about the couple in a book he co-wrote and in TV interviews promoting the book, "JonBenet: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation."

John and Patsy Ramsey are seeking $65 million from Thomas, publisher St. Martin's Press, and several other defendants, including unidentified Boulder police officials who the Ramseys allege supplied Thomas with material for his work.

Trade barriers documented

The Bush administration, searching for ways to lower a record $369 billion trade deficit, pointed to Japan, the 15-nation European Union and China as top offenders in an annual review of trade barriers Friday.

The administration's list of complaints, included in a 471-page report titled "Foreign Trade Barriers," covered 52 separate nations and three trading blocs. As in past years, Japan came in for the largest amount of criticism, when judged by the 58 pages the report devoted to it.

The list of countries covered ranged from Argentina to Zimbabwe. In terms of length, Japan's 58 pages of complaints were followed by the European Union, with 36 pages, and China, with 28.

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