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Thursday, February 25, 1999

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  • Jasper Trial

    Jurors in the murder trial of John William King, a white supremacist convicted of the capital murder of an African-American man, are considering today whether King will be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty. James Byrd, 49, was dragged for three miles from the back of a pickup truck last year.

  • U.N. Seeks Retrial of American in Peruvian Prison

    The Geneva-based United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention asked Peru this week to take steps to "remedy" the case of Lori Berenson. A native of New York, Berenson is serving a life sentence in a Peruvian prison after being tried by a secret military court and found guilty of belonging to a guerrilla organization.

  • L.A. Eight Face Deportation

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday that illegal immigrants generally have no right to argue that they are victims of selective enforcement of immigration laws. This cleared a large hurdle in the government’s efforts to deport a group of Palestinians accused of supporting terrorism.

  • Levi Strauss Moves Plants Overseas

    Levi Strauss and Company, an icon of popular American culture, said this week that it will close half of its manufacturing plants in the United States and Canada and ship much of the work overseas. The company will lay off 5,900 of its employees, or 30 percent of its North American work force.