- Newsmaker: US Serviceman to be Tried for Rape in Japanese Court - In Okinawa City, Japan, today, the US military delivered 24-year-old Staff Sgt. Timothy Woodland to Japanese police. They arrested him and charged him with raping a young Japanese woman. The case has been a sensation in Japan, and the transfer was approved at the highest levels. That's according to Ambassador Howard Baker, who said in Tokyo that Washington had given the go ahead.
- Reporter's Notebook: Compulsive Shopping as a Medical Defense in Federal Court - In our consumer culture, "shopaholic" is no longer a term of derision. In federal court, it's become a criminal defense. A Chicago woman named Elizabeth Roach pled guilty to embezzling 250,000 dollars to pay for extended shopping sprees. When it came time for sentencing, the judge agreed with psychiatrists that Roach had been self-medicating for her depression. She'll serve no time in jail.
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