Haitian Hardball – September 17, 1994
News for this September 17th in 1994 had much to do with wars of words.
In Haiti, a delegation of American negotiators were taking one last shot at a peaceful settlement to the Haiti question. Arriving in Port-au-Prince on this day, the group consisting of former President Jimmy Carter, Senator Sam Nunn and Colin Powell arrived to give Haitian military leaders one last opportunity to step down and quietly leave. The Junta, led by General Raoul Cedras deposed democratically elected Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and imposed Military rule over the country. President Clinton was under pressure to come to a resolution or send in U.S. Marines to evict the dictator.
Meanwhile, the OJ Simpson trial was lumbering along, with reports from Johnnie Cochran saying Simpson wanted to testify for his own defense, but no final decision had yet been made. At another trial, a former minister accused of double-murder at a Pensacola abortion clinic would be allowed to represent himself when he goes before Federal Court. The alleged murderer, Paul Hill was accused of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinics Act and shooting a Doctor and escort. Hill wanted to use Justifiable Homicide as his defense without pleading insanity, however critics said it was doubtful that tactic would work.
In other abortion-related news; a Washington State Trooper who stopped a couple for speeding on their way to an abortion clinic was accused of badgering the couple and then taking the couple to a Church camp, for an anti-abortion lecture. According to reports, they were held prisoner and, in effect kidnapped by an officer of the law for a political/religious purpose. The FBI was investigating.
And Russian President Boris Yeltsin was trying to crack down on an unwanted growth industry; Nuclear smuggling. Yeltsin was set to impose new rules on using, storing and transporting nuclear materials. Weapons-grade plutonium that was seized in Germany and Hungary recently apparently came from former-Soviet stockpiles.
All that, and much-much more for this September 17th in 1994 from The CBS World News Roundup.