September 29, 1995
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OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma -- Lawyers for federal building bombing suspect Terry Nichols have filed a court motion asking that jurors in the trial not be sequestered, to avoid problems like those at the O.J. Simpson murder trial. The prosecution, in a separate filing, agreed.
"We don't want a trial that treats jurors like that," Nichols' attorney Michael Tigar told the court Thursday.
Prosecutors suggested that jurors' names be kept from the press and public to prevent any improper contact during the trial.
Tigar also asked for a four-day trial week, with all lawyers' arguments heard on the jury's day off, or outside its normal working hours.
In a separate filing, television station KOCO-TV sought to open secret court records in the terrorism case against Nichols and Timothy McVeigh. The two former Army buddies are awaiting trial next May on charges of murder, terrorism and conspiracy in the April 19 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The explosion left 169 people dead and over 500 injured.
DALY CITY, California -- Parents who fail to pay child support in California now face a new sanction -- they won't be legally permitted to drive.
Gov. Pete Wilson signed a new law Thursday that revokes or suspends the licenses of parents who fail to pay child support. California law already blocked the issuance or renewal of business and professional licenses to so-called "deadbeat" parents.
The new law is expected to bring in $84 million in delinquent child support, according to a spokesperson in Wilson's office.
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Aviation Administrations announced Thursday that it was requiring background checks on all applicants for jobs requiring unescorted access to secure areas in the nation's airports.
The new rule will take effect in 120 days. In announcing this change to regulations, the FAA said that it may make further changes aimed at tightening airport security.
Under the new regulation, prospective employees must provide a 10-year employment history. Gaps in job history will be reviewed by the FAA, and certain "triggers" will require a criminal record check.
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