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Youth worker refuses to talk to committee - July 31, 1989 - UPI


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Youth worker refuses to talk to committee U.P.I. DISTRIBUTION: Nebraska July 31, 1989, Monday, BC cycle

LINCOLN, Neb. An Omaha youth worker who had cooperated in a legislative investigation of Franklin Community Federal Credit Union has refused to speak to the counsel for the committee. Kirstin Hallberg, who works at a psychiatric hospital in Omaha, said she refused a request from committee Chairman Sen. Loran Schmit of Bellwood to speak with the committee's new interim counsel, Lincoln attorney John Stevens Berry. In a letter to Schmit, Hallberg said information she gave to former chief investigator Jerry Lowe should be available to Berry. Hallberg also is calling on the panel to find out who leaked confidential information to the committee about child abuse allegations.

Hallberg said Monday she is writing members of the Franklin committee to ask them to determine the source of information that was printed in a Sunday Omaha World-Herald editorial on July 23. The editorial said: ''One child, who has been under psychiatric care, is said to believe that she saw George Bush at one of King's parties. This is the same person whose story of a severed head was looked into. Neither tale could be verified.'' Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, former vice chairman of the committee, and Lowe have said the information not only came from confidential committee reports but is wrong in that it attributes two pieces of information to one person. Hallberg said the Franklin committee should determine the source of the leak ''even to the point of putting individual committee members and law enforcement personnel involved in the investigations under oath.''


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