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Executive News Svc. 1 Introduction to the Executive News Service 2 Review Current News 3 Review Late Breaking News 4 Create/Change/Delete a Folder 5 Review folder KFOLDER (7 stories) !5 Executive News Svc. 7 stories selected 1 Scan by story titles 2 Scan by story leads 3 Read all stories !1 Executive News Svc. List of 7 selected stories 1 APnv 09/10 1010 Drescher-Bordenkircher 2 APca 09/10 1010 Drescher-Bordenkircher 3 APmi 09/10 0859 Drescher-Bordenkircher 4 APwv 09/10 0053 Drescher-Bordenkircher 5 APpa 09/09 0635 Krishna Assault 6 APnj 09/09 0319 Krishna Assault 7 APnj 09/08 1915 Krishna Assault !1, 5 Executive News Svc. APnv 09/10 1010 Drescher-Bordenkircher MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) -- A Hare Krishna swami, convicted of one murder and facing another murder charge in California, is "an absolute liar" for claiming in a $50 million lawsuit that he was mistreated in jail, a sheriff says. Marshall County Sheriff Donald Bordenkircher on Wednesday called the suit filed by Thomas Drescher "horse apples." Drescher has said he was mistreated at the Moundsville jail from May 1986 until January 1987, prior to his transfer to the penitentiary. Drescher, 38, of Buffalo, N.Y., is serving a life term without parole after being found guilty of murdering another Krishna devotee, Charles Saint Denis, in 1983. The West Virginia Supreme Court granted Drescher a 60-day stay of his extradition to stand trial on an unrelated murder charge in California last week. He is accused of gunning down Steve Bryant, a dissident Krishna follower, in Los Angeles last year. The sheriff said authorities took away Drescher's religious beads during his stay at the jail because an informant said they may have contained drugs. No contraband was found and the beads were returned, Bordenkircher said in his reply, which was mailed last week but has yet to be filed with the U.S. District Court in Clarksburg. Bordenkircher said jail officials once took Drescher's lawyer to New Vrindaban, the Krishna settlement near Moundsville, to get more beads. "Those beads are imported from India," Drescher said. "If they contained foreign substances, I'm sure the Federal Drug Administration would have caught them long ago." The sheriff added that Drescher was stripped to his underwear and kept in a cell with only a mattress for his last 10 days at the jail because police thought he would try to commit suicide. Bordenkircher's written response said an inmate had told authorities that Drescher had vowed never to serve one day of hs prison sentence. "We're dealing with some very devious personalities here," Drescher said during a telephone interview Wednesday. "They're saying the Krishnas are the ones who are no good. "Well, we'll let a judge and jury decide that." Marshall County Prosecutor Thomas White, who is representing Bordenkircher in the lawsuit, said no hearing date has been scheduled in the case. Executive News Svc. APpa 09/09 0635 Krishna Assault TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- An aggravated assault conviction against a man who punched a Hare Krishna follower was upheld by an appeals court. A two-judge panel in the Appellate Division of Superior Court on Tuesday rejected the defendant's claim that the prosecutor failed to prove he had the state of mind necessary to be guilty of aggravated assault. The defendant, identified as Ronald R. Smith, punched the victim on a street somewhere in Somerset County. The court, citing trial testimony, said Smith "suddenly" threw a punch after the victim, who was soliciting contributions, received a donation from Smith's companion but did not give out a bumper sticker to Smith. "On the basis of the evidence, the jury could reasonably conclude that defendant punched the victim with extraordinary force, that he purposely `blind-sided' him ... and that the blow was delivered recklessly with extreme indifference to the value of human life," the court said. The victim had an "enormous swelling" on the right side of his cheek and a laceration on the back of his head, and faced a "substantial risk" of death, the court said. If he had not been told the victim was punched in the face, the neurosurgeon who treated the victim would have attributed the injuries to a "baseball bat or a tire iron, something carrying great energy," the court said. Smith was sentenced to an indeterminate custodial term not to exceed seven years. The defendant's home town and the date and exact location of the assault were not given in the opinion. Neither the prosecutor who handled the case nor the attorney for the defendant could be reached for comment. !


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