Milestones Apr. 22, 2002

CHARGED. DARRELL DAVID RICE, 34, with capital murder for the 1996 slayings of two women hikers in Shenandoah National Park; in Charlottesville, Va. Federal prosecutors invoked the 1994 bias-crimes law and plan to seek the death penalty for Rice, who they say chose his victims based on gender and sexual orientation. The case marks the first time the death penalty has been sought under the 1994 law.

CONVICTED. JAMES A. TRAFICANT JR., 60, flamboyant Ohio Congressman known for punctuating his raucous floor speeches with "Beam me up!"; of 10 federal charges, including bribery, racketeering, tax evasion and obstruction of justice; in...

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