160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – A Russian researcher, delving anew into once-secret Soviet files from the Cold War, says she has found no evidence that Alger Hiss spied or that Soviet intelligence had any particular interest in him. In a speech to be delivered at a New York University symposium today, Svetlana A. Chervonnaya says neither Hiss’ name nor his alleged spy moniker, Ales, appears in any of dozens of documents from Soviet archives that she has reviewed since the early 1990s. Calling her efforts “proving the negative,” Chervonnaya says “a thorough combing of all the said archives combined has not produced a shred of evidence that Alger Hiss had ever been a member of the (American) Communist Party and was engaged in any behind-the-scenes interactions with the Soviets.” Hiss, a top State Department official who played a key role in founding the United Nations, was convicted of perjury in 1950 for lying about being a Soviet spy. He served nearly four years of a five-year federal prison sentence and died at age 92 in 1996.
A Lifford man has been found not guilty by the direction of the Judge of dangerous driving causing the death of a motorcyclist.Hugh Shalvey, 34, was killed when his Honda motorbike collided with a jeep and trailer in Raphoe in October, 2014. The man driving the jeep and trailer, David McCauley, 36, was charged with dangerous driving causing the death of Mr Shalvey.However, following various witnesses being heard over the past two days, Judge Terence O’Sullivan halted the trial at Letterkenny Circuit Court.It follows a plea for direction by Mr McCauley’s barrister Jonathan Kilfeather not to find his client guilty.After reviewing the evidence, Judge O’Sullivan agreed that the evidence had not reached a level to find Mr McCauley, of Drumleen, Lifford, guilty of dangerous driving causing the death of Mr Shalvey.The court had heard that Mr Shalvey had been killed instantly when his Honda 900 motorbike collided with a trailer being driven by Mr McCauley.The trailer was turning right into a farmyard outside Raphoe when the accident happened.Gardai had claimed that the right indicator light on Mr McCauley’s trailer was not working.However, the accused claimed that just weeks before the accident, he had had his trailer serviced and all lights checked.Evidence in the case was given by Garda Forensic officers as well as other motorists who were in the vicinity of the crash when it happened just before 4pm on the afternoon of October 29th, 2014.Judge O’Sullivan ordered the jury of nine men and three women to find the accused not guilty of dangerous driving causing death.He said “There is no case to answer in the case of dangerous driving causing death in the evidence heard. We have a job to do that if a case doesn’t get over a certain level then we withdraw it. These are difficult cases and I would like to express my sympathies to family and friends of Mr Shalvey.Breaking News: Judge orders jury to find man not guilty in death of motorcyclist was last modified: April 28th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Hugh ShalveyLiffordRaphoe