Senators, Lawyers & Choppers

Neocons can't claim Scoop Jackson, says his son; and bikers will be bikers, especially when there are guns involved.


The media have dubbed Joe Lieberman the heir to the "Scoop Jackson wing" of the Democratic Party. But with his decision to run an independent campaign after his defeat at the hands of Ned Lamont in the Connecticut Senate primary, he loses that honor. "I imagine Scoop would have been disappointed by Lieberman's decision to run as an Independent," says Jackson's 40-year-old son, Peter, "just as he'd be appalled at the judgment of Connecticut Democrats for tapping a left-wing yuppie with a Dupont-style pedigree." Adds Jackson, a former speechwriter for Govs. Gary Locke and Christine Gregoire who is currently working on a book about his father: "My gut says he'd be Murtha-ish in his approach [to Iraq]. I try to be very careful with my 'Scoop would have' statements. All the while, I remind Iraq war boosters that Scoop was outspoken in his opposition to the Reagan administration's deployment of Marines in Lebanon in 1982. Scoop specifically feared that forces on the ground in the Middle East would stir up indigenous anti-American feelings and put our troops at risk." So it seems pretty clear that the neocons, Republicans, and Iraq war boosters don't have exclusive rights to the Scoop Jackson legacy after all. KNUTE BERGER


Preston Gates & Ellis Chairman William H. Neukom, former lead counsel for Microsoft, has been named president-elect of the 410,000 member American Bar Association. Neukom may be best remembered for heading up Microsoft's defense in the epic federal antitrust case which led to a classic legal exchange between Neukom's client, Bill Gates, and U.S. litigator David Bois. During a video deposition, Bois asked an under-oath Gates to more clearly define something he'd said earlier. Gates responded by asking Bois what he meant by the word "definition." "What I mean by definition is what you meant by definition when you said that you wouldn't have answered this question unless you had a definition of the word," replied Bois. Gates went on to dispute the meanings of the word "concerned" and "browser," and at one point asked what the prosecutor meant by the term "we." Neukom's client felt that he answered every question completely and truthfully—including the 200 times he said he didn't know, didn't remember, or didn't recall. To other attorneys, it was a bravura performance. It seems only natural that Neukom should rise to the top of his fine profession. RICK ANDERSON


The 66th annual Sturgis, S.D., motorcycle rally got off to a bullet-flying start last week, as 30-year-old Chad John Wilson of Lynnwood—a member of a local Hells Angels chapter called the Nomads—was one of two bikers charged with attempted murder after exchanging gunfire with members of a rival gang, the Outlaws. Six Outlaws were wounded as other campers dived for cover. The motive is unclear, but it's easy to surmise that it takes little more than an insult, real or perceived, to set bikers' guns afire. Wilson is one of 10 members of the Washington Angels who, along with Bellingham's Bandidos Motorcycle Club, are facing dozens of charges in federal courts here and in Nevada as the government undertakes its latest biker-gang crackdown. A subsequent story in the Sioux Falls, S.D., Argus Leader—quoting me among other "experts" on bikers (I wrote one story)—notes that local authorities have been bracing for violence at Sturgis. "It isn't rocket science," says a plain-speaking Mead County Sheriff Ron Merwin. "When they're shooting each other nationwide, then they're probably going to do it here." Now that's policing. RICK ANDERSON

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