3601 S. Congress off E. Alpine Penn Field under the water tower check our site for monthly calendar .1 s ‘3uta NOVI International Headquarters Come Visit us for LUNCH! In addition to our organic coffee, pizzas, empanadas, pastries and pies, we now prepare made to order sandwiches, salads, and even black bean gazpacho. Crawford, continued from page 16 officer who has worked in Grenada, Nicaragua, and Somalia, among other places. In late 2001 she was among the diplomats who arrived in Kabul to reopen the U.S. Embassy. In 2003, she resigned her post as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Mongolia because of her strong belief that Bushadministration policies are making the world not safer, but more dangerous. As for the president, we know that while en route to a Republican fund-raiser, his motorcade passed by the rows of white crosses, inscribed with the names of soldiers killed in Iraq, that line Prairie Chapel Road as you approach the camp. We also know that the president is exceptionally fit, that he bicycles and tells members of the press that it’s important “to be thoughtful and sensitive” to people like Sheehan who have something to say. “But,” he adds, “I think it’s also important for me to go on with my life, to keep a balanced life.” By now, of course, most of the country has tuned into Cindy’s vigil outside Bush’s ranch. The White House press corps, the pundits, the bloggers, and everyone from Agence France Press to People Magazine, as well as Cindy’s opponents, have been busy spinning their versions of her story. By camping out in Crawford while the president vacations, a mother from Vacaville, California, has achieved the celebrity status that our culture seems to demand before it can really pay attention. But it’s not just Cindy Sheehan. It’s also Ann, and the five Cape Codders for Peace, and the two steelworkers from Dallas, and the college student from Lubbock. It’s 64-year-old Carol, who teaches English at a technical college in Wisconsin. And 48-yearold Carmelo from Chico, California, an engineer who heard Cindy on the radio, thought she was exactly “what we’ve been waiting for,” got in his car, and decided to spend his vacation in Crawford, Texas \(“the best vacaTerlingua, one of the Vietnam vets who drove with Cindy from Dallas to Crawford. Sometimes, says Jim, he has the feeling that “we’ve been camping at Gettysburg.” It’s the anonymous donor from Florida, who shipped 35 dozen roses to Camp Casey after a man from Waco drove his truck over those rows of white crosses inscribed with the names of soldiers killed in Iraq. And it’s Fred Mattlage of Hewitt, Texas, who offered Sheehan his land as an alternative place to camp. What lessons they have taught a citizenry swindled by fear. And just thinkit started out small. Margie Becker is a longtime television producer and director. She lives in Austin. litigation, according to Crews, the firm will likely dissolve itself in the a final judgment. The conspiracy and Chapter 253 claims are still outstanding and until they are either severed from the case or adjudicated, there can be no final judgment. “What Judge Hart is saying is that Bill Ceverha has to wait; he gets his [Chapter 253] trial when Colyandro and Ellis get theirs and that’s not going to happen until Ronnie Earle gets finished prosecuting them in the criminal case,” says Scarborough, who believes that could be as late as 2007. In the meantime, on August 5 of this year, the plaintiffs filed their request for attorney’s fees. Feldman, the driving force behind the lawsuit, has claimed 1,874 hours on the case, with Crews coming in a distant second at 486 hours. The firm is asking for a total of $745,849 from Ceverha. According to Scarborough, the former treasurer’s legal fees to date have been paid for with the last of the TRMPAC money, gifts, and from his own pocket. Ceverha has told reporters he may have to declare bankruptcy, although come October, when federal law changes, it could be more difficult. Contacted on the phone last week, Scarborough took issue with the request for fees, believing that Ivy, Crews & Elliott didn’t separate out the time spent on the issues Hart did not rule on. And he still can’t temper his anger at Feldman, who he contrasts with Buck Wood, a trial lawyer also involved in a case against TAB. Wood has already reached several settlements with corporations that gave to TAB. “For [Wood] he’s all professional, it’s about making a few dollars,” says Scarborough. “I bet you Buck has already made $100,000 on this deal.” Crews is more sanguine, both about the trial and the case’s future. “This will be a career case, in that it will take my entire career,” he says. “That’s okay. I can’t think of anything I’m doing that has more impact. By the time Feldman gets to be my age, maybe he’ll see some change.” 26 THE TEXAS OBSERVER AUGUST 26, 2005
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