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Nation in brief: 3 officers indicted in killing of groom

Sat., March 17, 2007

Three of the five policemen whose 50-bullet barrage killed an unarmed man on his wedding day were indicted Friday in a case that heightened racial tensions and renewed allegations that the city’s officers are too fast on the trigger.

Attorneys for officers Marc Cooper, Gerscard Isnora and Michael Oliver said their clients had been indicted, but they did not know what offenses the officers had been charged with. Grand jurors had considered charges including murder, manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide.

The three officers fired the most shots – Cooper, 4, Isnora, 11, and Oliver, 31 – in the Nov. 25 confrontation that killed 23-year-old Sean Bell and wounded two of his friends as they left Bell’s bachelor party at a strip club in Queens.

District Attorney Richard A. Brown said only that the grand jury had reached a decision and it would be announced Monday.

Fort Campbell, Ky.

Soldier convicted in Iraqi deaths

A military panel found a 101st Airborne soldier guilty of three counts of negligent homicide but not guilty of premeditated murder in the deaths of three Iraqi detainees.

After four hours of deliberations, the panel returned the verdict in the court-martial of Staff Sgt. Ray Girouard, 24. He also was found guilty of obstruction of justice for lying to investigators and a conspiracy charge for trying to conceal the crime.

A negligent homicide charge carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison.

Columbia, S.C.

Requirement for abortions posed

Women seeking abortions in South Carolina would be required to view an ultrasound image of their fetus before the procedure under a proposal gaining support from lawmakers. If enacted, it would be the first law of its kind in the nation.

Some states make ultrasound images available to women before an abortion, but South Carolina would be alone in mandating that women see the pictures.

Proponents say women would change their minds after seeing an ultrasound and choose instead to keep the child or offer it for adoption.

The measure has picked up 20 co-sponsors in the House. A matching bill in the Senate remains in a committee.


 

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