Jackson judge to unseal documents
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The judge who placed a tight lid of secrecy on evidence in Michael Jackson's molestation trial said Thursday he intends to release virtually every sealed document and also ordered that authorities return the pop star's passport.
Superior Court Judge Rodney S. Melville said he had accomplished his goal of providing a fair trial to both sides. He was still considering whether to release videos that were shown during the trial, and he allowed time for attorneys to object to unsealing specific documents.
Judge: Cancer patient's parents to remain in custody
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A judge ruled Thursday that the state will retain custody of a 13-year-old girl who was taken from her parents after they refused to continue her cancer treatments and the cancer, which appeared to have been eliminated, returned.
Katie Wernecke, who has Hodgkin's disease, will remain with Child Protective Services pending another hearing late next month, juvenile court Judge Carl Lewis ruled. Katie was scheduled to see doctors at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston on Thursday.
Katie's parents tried to convince Lewis during a custody hearing that they would not resist efforts to resume her treatment. But he refused to return the girl to their care, noting that Katie's mother had previously fled with Katie and her father had rejected several doctors' findings.
Schiavo's parents not swayed by autopsy reports
n LARGO, Fla. - An autopsy that found Terri Schiavo suffered from severe and irreversible brain-damage has done nothing to sway her parents' position that she deserved to live and may have gotten better with therapy.
The long-awaited report Wednesday found that the 41-year-old woman's brain had shrunk to about half the normal size for a woman her age when she died March 31 after her feeding tube was disconnected. The autopsy also determined she was blind.
Bob and Mary Schindler disputed the results, maintaining that their daughter interacted with them and tried to speak. Their attorney said the family plans to discuss the autopsy with other medical experts and may take some unspecified legal action.
Convicted drunken pilots to remain in jail until sentencing
MIAMI - Two fired America West pilots convicted of operating a jetliner while drunk were denied bail Thursday and must remain in jail until sentencing next month.
Judge David Young ordered pilot Thomas Cloyd, 47, and co-pilot Christopher Hughes, 44, held at least another five weeks and set their sentencing hearing for July 20. He said he would issue his decision the next day.
Defendant in civil rights killings case taken to hospital
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. - One-time Klansman Edgar Ray Killen was removed from court on a stretcher and treated for high blood pressure Thursday, the opening day of testimony in his trial for the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers.
The court went into recess to await Killen's return, but not before courtroom observers wept as the widow of one of the slain men described her reaction when her husband's car was found, burned and abandoned, in the Mississippi countryside.
'Deep Throat' signs book, movie deals
SAN FRANCISCO - The man who recently revealed himself as ''Deep Throat,'' the key source for the Washington Post during the Watergate investigation, has agreed to a book and movie deal about his life, his publisher and agent confirmed Thursday.
Mark Felt, 91, and his family have chosen PublicAffairs Books to release a combination biography and autobiography, according to Peter Osnos, publisher and chief executive.
Tentatively titled, ''A G-man's Life: The FBI, Being 'Deep Throat' and the Struggle for Honor in Washington,'' the book, co-authored by Felt family friend and attorney John O'Connor, should hit shelves by February 2006.
Government: AIDS drug experiments violated federal rules
WASHINGTON - The government has concluded
at least some AIDS drug experiments involving foster children violated federal rules designed to ensure vulnerable youths were protected from the risks of medical research.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Human Research Protections concluded that Columbia University Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, where several foster children were enrolled in drug studies in the 1990s, failed to obtain and evaluate whether it had proper consent, information and safeguards for the foster kids.
- From wire reports