Sources: Jackson plans to hear man's testimony



Sources: Jackson plansto hear man's testimony
SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- Michael Jackson has decided to attend court when the man prosecuting him for child molestation is on the witness stand, sources said.
Santa Barbara County District Attorney Tom Sneddon will be testifying in an unusual pretrial proceeding Monday.
Reliable sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press on Thursday that Jackson will be at the session. Also expected to attend are his parents, Joseph and Katherine Jackson, sisters Janet and LaToya, and brother Jermaine.
Sneddon was subpoenaed by Jackson's defense team to testify about surveillance he personally conducted at the office of a private investigator who was working for Jackson's former attorney, Mark Geragos.
Jackson is charged with committing a lewd act upon a child, administering an intoxicating agent and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. He has pleaded innocent and is free on $3 million bail.
Jury subpoenas reporterin probe of CIA leak
NEW YORK -- New York Times reporter Judith Miller has been subpoenaed by the grand jury trying to determine who leaked the identity of a covert CIA officer, the newspaper said today.
Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. said the Times would fight the subpoena, which was issued Thursday, according to the newspaper. Miller is one of several reporters asked to testify in the probe.
"Journalists should not have to face the prospect of imprisonment for doing nothing more than aggressively seeking to report on the government's actions," Sulzberger said.
Syndicated columnist Robert Novak disclosed the name of CIA officer Valerie Plame on July 14, 2003, citing two "senior administration officials" as his sources. Disclosure of an undercover official's identity can be a felony.
Plame's name appeared in Novak's column about a week after her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, published a newspaper opinion piece criticizing President Bush's claim in the 2003 State of the Union address that Iraq had tried to obtain uranium from Niger.
Keep Brit terror suspectdetained, judge orders
LONDON -- A judge ordered today that a British man wanted in the United States for reportedly aiding terrorists be held for 28 more days as lawyers prepare for an extradition hearing.
Judge Christopher Pratt at Bow Street Magistrates Court ordered that Babar Ahmad, whom U.S. authorities have accused of using U.S.-based Web sites to recruit fighters and raise support for Taliban forces in Afghanistan, stay in custody pending a hearing Sept. 10.
Ahmad, 30, was arrested in London on Aug. 4 on a U.S. extradition warrant from a federal judge in Connecticut. The warrant accuses him of trying to raise funds for "acts of terrorism in Chechnya and Afghanistan" from 1998-2003.
At a court hearing a week ago, lawyers representing U.S. authorities alleged that Ahmad was in contact with a Chechen rebel behind the October 2002 Moscow theater siege and that he had a document on battle group plans for U.S. Navy vessels supporting operations in Afghanistan and enforcing sanctions against Iraq.
Typhoon death toll rises
SHANGHAI, China -- The death toll from Typhoon Rananim rose to 115 today, after the most powerful storm of the season slammed into the China's southeastern coast, state television reported.
Another 16 people were missing in Zhejiang province, south of Shanghai, where the storm roared ashore late Thursday with winds of more than 100 mph, China Central Television said.
The storm injured more than 1,800 people and knocked down thousands of homes, various state press reported. Rananim weakened to a tropical storm today as it moved west.
Nevada inmate executed
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A Nevada inmate who dropped all appeals of his case was executed late Thursday for strangling a woman in a motel room in 1999.
Terry Jess Dennis looked straight upward after being hoisted atop a gurney, never turning to witnesses, and closed his eyes before the lethal injection was administered.
He made no final statement, a prison spokesman said.
No members of the victim's family were among the seven official witnesses.
Dennis was convicted of killing 51-year-old Ilona Strumanis, a Russian immigrant, after the pair spent several days in a Reno motel room on a beer-and-vodka binge.
He told police he strangled her with a belt after she ridiculed him for being unable to perform sexually and questioned his claim that he killed enemy soldiers while serving as an Air Force clerk in Vietnam.
Associated Press

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