Wednesday, December 3, 1997

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  • The Independent Counsel and the White House

    A US Justice Department official announced yesterday that Attorney GeneralJanet Reno will not seek an independent counsel to investigate campaignfund-raising calls made by President Clinton and Vice President Gore. Themove has sparked howls of protest from Republicans who charge that Reno iscovering up for her Democratic colleagues.

  • FBI Crime Lab

    Thousands of newly released FBI documents show a pattern of racial bias andincompetence at the FBIUs once highly vaunted crime lab — this accordingto the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The FBI memos —-part of 60,000 pages generated by an 18-month investigation by the JusticeDepartment inspector generalUs office into the crime lab -— also showrepeated favoritism towards prosecutors.

  • Landmines and Global Climate

    This week is big week for international meetings. In Ottawa today, morethan 100 nations will sign a treaty banning anti-personnel landmines.Delegates will also be drafting plans for removing the millions of minesnow threatening civilians around the world. But several major producers andusers of land mines — including the United States, China and Russia — aresending only observers and will not sign. At the global warming summitt nowunderway in Kyoto, Japan, the United States is also taking a solitary stand.

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