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Shooting suspect can be forced to take medicine

 
Published July 28, 2001|Updated Sept. 10, 2005

A man accused of killing two U.S. Capitol Police officers in 1998 can be forcibly medicated to make him mentally competent to stand trial, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

Russell E. Weston Jr., who has a 20-year history of paranoid schizophrenia, is charged with murder in the deaths of Jacob J. Chestnut and John M. Gibson, who were shot and killed as they manned their posts inside the Capitol July 24, 1998.

For nearly three years, Weston, 44, has refused to take medication to treat his mental illness. His lawyers contend that forcible medication would violate his Fifth Amendment right to due process and violate his right to a fair trial.

Kennedys pay tribute to big issue with little bundle

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico _ Environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife have named their newborn son partly after Vieques Island, where Kennedy was arrested for protests against U.S. Navy bombing.

Aidan Caohman Vieques Kennedy, who is less than two weeks old, was born after Kennedy began serving a 30-day sentence for trespassing on U.S. Navy lands in April during protests on the Puerto Rican island.

Kennedy is scheduled for release on Monday.

He signed the birth certificate Thursday after seeing the baby, his wife and five other children at the federal detention center in suburban Guaynabo, said his wife, Mary, who spoke to reporters after the reunion.

"I think that when he is older, the child will understand why he has the name of Vieques and how important it is . . . and he'll be proud to be a part of that history," she said, cradling the baby born July 13.

Report reveals spending spree with military credit

WASHINGTON _ Armed with 1.8-million credit cards, Pentagon employees went on a $9-billion shopping spree last year that congressional investigators found was filled with fraud.

Military personnel did personal shopping at Wal-Mart and Home Depot, partied at Hooters and Bottoms Up nightclubs and charged personal items like DVD players, computers and pet supplies to their government cards, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press.

Congress intends to make the materials public at a hearing Monday.

In the past two years alone, there have been more than 500 purchase fraud cases filed involving military credit cards, according to information gathered by Sen. Charles Grassley's office. One bank company has been forced to write off $59-million in fraudulent debts from military cards.