Human Race

Human Race

Issue: "Shattered dreams," April 5, 2008

DISBARRED: The District of Columbia Court of Appeals disbarred I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby from practicing law in the nation's capital. Libby was convicted last year of lying to a grand jury in a CIA leak case. According to the court, "When a member of the Bar is convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude, disbarment is mandatory."

RECOVERING: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. underwent surgery March 20 to remove a pre-cancerous tumor from his colon. Although Mohler, 48, is expected to make a full recovery, in February he dropped his bid to become president of the Southern Baptist Convention due to the surgery.

RESIGNED: Tim Goeglein, well known among evangelicals as White House liaison to faith-based organizations, resigned his position as a longtime Bush aide after admitting he had plagiarized portions of columns he wrote for his hometown newspaper. A fellow columnist for The News-Sentinel in Fort Wayne, Ind., where Goeglein had written guest columns for more than a decade, uncovered the deception.

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RESIGNING: Paul Hunt, a UN official who first sparked controversy in 2004 by arguing that states are obligated to help women get abortions, will step down in June as Special Rapporteur on the Highest Attainable Standard to Physical and Mental Health. Hunt was also involved in drafting and endorsing the Yogyakarta Principles, an international document redefining human rights to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

DIED: Jacob DeShazer, a Doolittle bombardier, former American POW in Japan, and missionary, died March 15 at the age of 95. While participating in Doolittle's famed April 18, 1942, raid on Japan, DeShazer was captured after his plane ran out of fuel. During his 40 months of imprisonment, he was tortured, beaten, and starved but found solace in the Bible: "I discovered that God had given me new spiritual eyes and that when I looked at the enemy officers and guards who had starved and beaten my companions and me so cruelly, I found my bitter hatred for them changed to loving pity." After his release in 1945, DeShazer obtained a degree in biblical literature and then returned to Japan as a missionary. One of his tracts resulted in the conversion of Mitsuo Fuchida, the Japanese naval flier who led the attack on Pearl Harbor.

DIED: A French woman whose face was severely disfigured by tumors was found dead March 19 two days after a French court denied her euthanasia request. Chantal Sebire, 52, had fought a rare, incurable nasal cancer for eight years and said she wanted help dying "because I don't want this tumor to have the last word." Her death is now under investigation.


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