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Wednesday, June 3, 1998

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  • California Recap

    Today, a wrap-up of the most expensive non-presidential election race in history, the primary for the California governor’s seat.

  • South Carolina Women

    Last week, the Supreme Court announced it would not review the cases of two women charged with child abuse for allegedly using drugs during their pregnancies. In the case of South Carolina vs. Cornelia Whitner, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that a woman could be held criminally liable for actions taken during pregnancy that could potentially affect her fetus. Additionally, the Court ruled that a viable fetus is a person under South Carolina law and was therefore a child for the purposes of the state’s child neglect statute. As a result of this ruling against Whitner, both she and another woman charged with child abuse— Melissa Ann Crawley— were forced to go back to jail.

  • Mercenaries

    You may remember on Democracy Now, the conversation we had not too long ago on companies that provide soldiers for hire either to countries or to multinational corporations. Today, we’re going to take that conversation a step further. We’re going to look at arms manufacturers that are taking over mercenary companies, in other words they sell weapons and the soldiers to shoot them to whoever is willing to pay.