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Joplin Globe (Newspaper) - May 16, 1990, Joplin, Missouri Wednesdays weather forty percent Chance of rain High near 85. Details and color map Are on the Back Page. Sold one of the worlds largest chemical firms buys Atlas powder co. A Page 7a lightning Bolt a strike of lightning forces a trucker to Dodge Concrete shrapnel blasted from . Highway 71. A Page 1c Voi 94, no 286 copyright a 1990 the Joplin Globe Joplin Missouri May 16, 1990�?thirty-six pages suggested Price daily 35c sunday 1 00 7& a a a a a a a a a a a a a local judge draws 15-Day suspension by Debby Woodin Globe staff writer judge l. Thomas Elliston a knowledge of the Law is highly regarded but his career is clouded by a dark Side of vengeful abuse meriting a 15-Day suspension without pay the Missouri supreme court ruled tuesday. The states High court voted unanimously to discipline the Jasper county circuit court judge ruling that Elliston committed 18 violations of parts of four canons in the judicial code of conduct and an article of the state Constitution. The suspension begins june 1. Elliston a Contention that he is no More than ill tempered elicited this response from the seven member court Quot a review of this Case paints a Darker picture. Lurking just below the surface is the portrait of a judge whose desire to even the score with those who confront him personally or question his Legal judgment Clouds his judgment and jeopardizes the ability of litigants who appear before him to receive full and impartial circuit judges earn $73,847 a year. The unpaid suspension amounts to a Fine of approximately $4,. The court also ordered Elliston to pay the costs of the Case which could not immediately be determined. Elliston said tuesday that until he decides whether to ask for a rehearing the Case is considered pending and that he should not comment. Quot in be about decided to take my licks and go on Quot he said. Elliston is entitled to ask for a re hearing but the court would not look at any new evidence if one were granted. Elliston a attorney Robert Russell Sedalia could not be reached for comment. The court acted upon findings filed by the commission on retire see local judge 10a court emphasizes cases of 2 lawyers retired judge by Debby Woodin Globe staff writer the Missouri supreme court on tuesday issued an decision to suspend judge l. Thomas Elliston from work in Jasper county circuit court for 15 Days. In finding that Elliston violated judicial canons in 18 incidents the court paid particular notice to cases involving attorney David Robards retired judge Herbert Casteel and attorney Phillip Glades. Elliston the court wrote dogged Robards in a series of cases to seek revenge for a Case in which Robards had subpoenaed Elliston and the judges wife. Robards had sought the testimony of the Ellis tons in a Case in which a defendant Jerry Loughlin was charged with a Misdemeanour of failing to return to confinement in the county jail after a temporary release. Elliston according to the court decision threatened action against associate judge m. Keithley Williams if she did not throw out the subpoenas badgering her four times in two Days. The judge did so without the attorneys involved in the Case being present. Elliston according to court records called Robards office and told a Secretary Quot by god you Tell Robards if he does no to get those subpoenas pulled i will fight him on it All the Way to the supreme the court cited a series of cases that followed Loughlin a in which Elliston badgered Robards or denied him routine court procedures to defend other clients. Also cited were cases involving Elliston and Casteel. Casteel had set aside a defendants plea in a Post conviction review of the Case ruling that Elliston had failed to fully advise the defendant of certain rights he had. In a later Case Elliston set aside a defendants plea of guilty in a murder Case citing Casteels ruling in the earlier Case. Casteel s decision was upheld on Appeal but Elliston a was not. The appellate court ruled that Elliston took Casteels ruling in the first Case out of context. Citing a Case involving Glades the court wrote that an opposing attorney filed for a change of judge the Case then fell in Elliston a division and Elliston overruled Glades request for a change of judge. Glades then obtained a writ from the court of appeals to remove Elliston from the Case. Elliston. According to the court then phoned Glades office and said he would enter the change of judge but the Case would go to trial the Day the other attorney could not be there. The court said Glades client bore both the additional expense of obtaining the writ and the Brunt of Elliston a Wrath. Wrote the court Quot the record leaves no question but that judge Elliston is a Man of substantial Legal Talent. He is Able diligent and intelligent. Intelligence ability and Diligence Are minimum qualifications expected of every judge. They do not serve to mitigate when the Public a Confidence in the impartiality integrity and even handedness of the judicial Branch is at stake. The facts of this Case show a pattern or personal insult and invective and a pattern of Petty n \ \ \ \ \ \ v my a v a. A Ivy we of a a it a \ Naa \ \ v 4 \ a a 4 a v 1 \ Vav \ x it \ \ a Quot a a a a \ \ \ \ 55� a a a Oil a a a it a j Quot i a a a a a j \ \ \ Globe photo Mike Gullett a Lawn tractor is even better than a Trike when it comes to attracting the attention of a Trio of tykes. Group places Atlas High on list of polluters anti Independence crowds protest in Latvia Estonia Vilnius .s.r. Apr soviet loyalists converged on the secessionist parliaments of Estonia and Latvia on tuesday and one Baltic Premier broadcast an Appeal to stave off a Quot coup attempt As protesters raised the Hammer and sickle Flag Over his office building. Quot people come Here to save Estonia a prime minister Edgar Savisaar said in a Tallinn radio address As a crowd estimated at up to 6,000 took Over parts of the too pea Palace government building and a Square outside. Quot there is a coup attempt Here a he said in the broadcast monitored in Moscow. C Tallinn and the latvian capital of Riga were described As peaceful tuesday night although soviet foreign minister Eduard a. Shevardnadze warned of Quot anarchy Quot in the Baltic states. By Mark Wigfield Ottaway news service Washington a environmental activists Here say that chemicals that made their Way into Grove Creek from the Joplin area s Atlas powder co. Made the Plant one of the worst Industrial polluters of surface water in 1988 in the nation. The explosives manufacturer discharged 1.6 million pounds of nitric acid 771,200 pounds of ammonium nitrate and Small amounts of other chemicals in 1988, according to a report by a group called citizen action. The plants discharge of 2.4 million pounds of toxics that made their Way into the water was the 19th highest amount 20,000 plants in the nation the group said. Plant manager Jerry Fisher said the company is continuing to reduce its discharges through a cleanup program that began in Earnest five years ago. He said that the company is in compliance with its Federal water discharge permits. Quot i consider it a health problem at the Levels we Are at a Fisher said. Quot we have the permits if indeed it were a health nitric acid is used in the manufacture of organic chemicals and fertilizers. It can cause lung irritation local group sees ranking As ammo against incinerator posed by Atlas by Wally Kennedy Globe staff writer Atlas powder growing reputation As one of the worst Industrial polluters in the nation is the kind of ammunition that could help Stop construction of a proposed hazardous waste incinerator at the company a Plant South of Carthage opponents of the project say. Citizen action a National environmental group on tuesday released a report that said Atlas released 2.4 million pounds of toxic substances into the environment in 1988. As an Industrial polluter of surface water Atlas had the 19th highest level of emissions among 20,000 plants nationwide. Linda Poe spokeswoman for citizens to save our environment presented that information to about 25 people who attended a meeting tuesday night at the Scotland Church of god. Quot Isnit that horrible a said one woman. Another woman said Quot it la be worse than that in the future if they put that incinerator in is. Poe said Quot we re not surprised. That reinforces what we Are saying and it should make the Missouri department of natural resources sit up and take a look at it. Quot we have to look at the existing problems before we Start creating new citizens to save our environment has organized a local Campaign to Stop Atlas from constructing a $15 million commercial incinerator that would bum up to 15 million pounds see petitions 10 and possibly fatal accumulation of fluids in the lungs. Ammonium nitrate used in making explosives and fertilizers can cause skin Eye nose and Throat irritation As Well As weakness faintness and collapse. No Long term a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a inside budget talks president Bush opens the Domestic budget Summit by calling the . Economy a not As Strong or secure As it should a Page 2a eagles win Joplin High schools base Ball team defeats Springfield Hillcrest 2-1 in a semifinal of the class 4a District 12 tournament. A Page 1b features Bridge. 8d Calendar. 7b classified. 3d-8d comics advice 8c deaths. 5b Economy. 7a-8a editorial. 6a entertainment 7b food. 1c-10c sports. 1b-4b lottery winning numbers in tues Days pick 3 drawing 7, 5, 7. A a a a a a a a a a a Baker targets pre Summit differences Moscow apr Secretary of state James a. Baker Iii backed by three dozen advisers arrived in the soviet capital tuesday to try to overcome deep differences Over missile reductions that could impede Success at the Washington Summit. Soviet president Mikhail s. Gorbachev is due to see president Bush in Only two weeks and senior Baker aides said on the flight to Moscow that at least four key issues were unresolved. Already the two sides have decided to resume negotiations in Geneva right after Baker concludes his visit on saturday take a break for the May 30-june 3 Summit and then work through the summer. This suggests there is Little Hope that Baker in his talks with Gorbachev and foreign minister Eduard a. Shevardnadze can Settle All the remaining issues in time for a Summit declaration. The differences Are Over restrictions to be placed on cruise missiles aboard fighter planes and warships on Mobile missiles with multiple warheads and on heavy land based missiles. Gorbachev is to arrive in Washington May 30 after visiting Canada the previous Day. After his Summit meetings with Bush at the White House and at the presidential Retreat at Camp David md., he is to Fly to Minneapolis on june 3, to visit with business and agricultural leaders and then on to san Francisco for a speech at nearby Stanford University. Two . Officials who spoke to reporters travelling with Baker on condition they would not be identified said the soviets had backtracked in talks in Washington last month after considerable headway was made in t february talks in Moscow. A Colo photo a woman and Man watch demonstrators in Paris where tens of thousands of people marched monday in silent protest Over desecration of jewish cemeteries it was one of Frances largest rallies against anti semitism. A a health effects Are known. Robert Brandon vice president of citizen action said the technologies to reduce toxics Are Quot Well known. Only a shortsighted focus on the Bottom line and an appalling India see Atlas 10a venue change granted by Debbie Robinson Globe Neosho Bureau Neosho to. Judith Brock accused of securities fraud in Newton county was granted a change of venue monday to Greene county. Mrs. Brock publisher of the former in. Joplin Magazine appeared before associate judge j. Edward Sweeney with Dee Wampler a Springfield attorney who last month was allowed to withdraw As the woman a counsel. Wampler apparently had requested some fee payment in Advance and told the court that he had not received that payment. Sweeney also sustained a defense motion for disclosure of evidence. A motion made by Wampler to allow mrs. Brock to leave the state and return to Massachusetts was denied. Sweeney last month ordered mrs. Brock not to leave the state with travel limited to 100 Miles of Neosho. Sweeney ruled that mrs. Brocks residence at Concord mass., contributed to her failure to appear for a hearing on april 11. Wampler said that mrs. Brocks 15-year-old son is living in Massachusetts and that she needed to go there to make arrange see venue 1c/\

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