|Seattle News Bites!
June 6, 2001
In today's edition, we're going to jump right in and show you several of the stories our local news either missed entirely or placed lower in priority.
McVeigh lawyers were seeking the delay because of newly discovered FBI documents, amounting to roughly 4000 pages, and were claiming that the government committed a fraud upon the court by withholding them.
The judge disagreed and had had granted a 5 day delay to allow the McVeigh legal team to file appeal paperwork with the Federal Circut court. It is unlikely that a Federal Circut court will overturn the decision and the case may end up in the US Supreme Court, which is also unlikely to overturn it.
The decision was a shocker because most legal analysts had believed a longer delay would have been granted. But the judge didn't feel that McVeigh's guilt was compromised because he was convicted of several crimes, including conspiracy and murder.
Phillip Morris had argued that he was aware of the dangers in smoking and made the choice to smoke anyway. Mr. Boeken's lawyers had argued that the addiction to nicotine was so strong that it made quitting extremely difficult, if not impossible, and that he wasn't warned of the dangers.
What makes this election different than others in the past, besides the expected low voter turn-out, is their use of American-style negative attack ads. For example, on the issue of crime, they're using ads similar to the Willy Horton one used against Michael Dukawsis.
Will we have a "Florida situation?" Not likely as the ballots are extremely simple to complete with just 3 boxes, one for each party. In addition, votes will be hand-counted and a simple majority wins.