Wednesday, February 23, 2000

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  • Mccain Trumps Bush in Michigan, Arizona

    Presidential hopeful John McCain has once again shaken up the Republican establishment by beating Texas Governor George W. Bush in the Michigan and Arizona Republican primaries. Arizona is McCain’s home state, although Bush did hope to make inroads there, but McCain’s Michigan victory seems to have depended not on registered Republicans–which Bush captured two to one–but Democrats and Independents.

  • Prosecution’s Closing Arguments in Diallo Case

    Closing arguments concluded yesterday in the Diallo murder trial. Four New York police officers, Richard Murphy, Sean Carroll, Edward McMellon and Kenneth Boss are charged with second degree murder for shooting Amadou Diallo to death on February 4, 1999. Diallo died in a hail of 41 bullets, having been hit 19 times. The officers are white. Amadou was black. Yesterday we went live to the trial in Albany, New York, where we brought you the closing arguments of James Culleton, the defense attorney for Officer Richard Murphy. Murphy shot four bullets at Diallo.

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