ANNAPOLIS -- A lawyer for a group...


ANNAPOLIS -- A lawyer for a group of midshipmen accused of using LSD or marijuana is questioning the credibility of a key witness and calling on the Naval Academy to give the witness a lie-detector test.

Annapolis attorney William M. Ferris, who represents a half-dozen midshipmen, wants a polygraph test of the senior in hopes that the results will "vindicate some of my clients." But in a letter to The Sun and two other papers, he said he has been "stonewalled."

Academy officials have turned down his request, saying all the witnesses against his clients had testified in court or administrative hearings. Officials also pointed out that the results of a lie-detector test could not be introduced at a court-martial hearing and that many of those implicated in the drug scandal had pleaded guilty.

JESSUP -- A fight between Patuxent Institution inmates and correctional officers put an officer in the hospital and led to assault charges against four inmates.

The skirmish broke out just before 2 p.m. yesterday at the maximum-security prison when an officer refused to let an inmate through a checkpoint, said Leonard A. Sipes Jr., spokesman for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. The inmate, who is serving an eight-year sentence for assault with intent to murder, punched the officer in the mouth. A scuffle broke out, and another officer was hit above the eye with a folding chair, Sipes said.

The officer, who was not named, was taken to Howard County General Hospital. Three other officers were treated for minor cuts and bruises, Sipes said. The prisoner who started the fight received seven stitches on the mouth and will be charged with assault.

Pub Date: 6/26/96

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