May 1, 1995 – A Settlement Reached, A Search Continued, A Trade Ban Imposed
May 1, 1995 – A busy news day, this First of May.
Beginning with news that a settlement had been reached in the trial of Malcolm X’s granddaughter Qubilah Shabazz, who was accused of a murder-for-hire scheme targeting Nation Of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. The trial was schedule to begin on this day. Shabazz admitted responsibility to her role in the plot to kill Farrakhan; in exchange, the trial was postponed for 2 years while Shabazz underwent a Psychological and Chemical Dependency Program and evaluation. If she stayed out of trouble with the law during that two year period, then the charges would be dismissed and the case would be dropped.
Eleven days after the Oklahoma City Bombing and the search for bodies was entering a new phase. Rather than use people and dogs to search for remains, police were planning on using machines to replace them. Meetings were held on this day to determine if they would be used. Concern was voiced that, through continuing physical search through wreckage, already dangerously unstable pieces of the building would collapse and bring the numbers of injured and dead higher. Officials were meeting to weight the pros and cons of the issue before going ahead with the grim task.
And President Clinton made it official that the U.S. was cutting all remaining trade deals with Iran. He made that announcement during a meeting of Holocaust survivors the previous day in New York. He explained that it would be wrong to continue any trade with Iran as long as they were in pursuit of nuclear weapons, and it would be wrong to stand pat in the face of overwhelming evidence of Tehran‘s continuing support of terrorists.
And that’s a small sample of the news this day, which also covered the seemingly never-ending O.J. Simpson Trial and the Oklahoma City Bombing investigation which was busy uncovering more evidence, all from The CBS World News Roundup.