Friday, December 02, 2005

AP: Felony conviction prevents Stant's SEAL bid

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A judge refused to clear the record of the man who whacked Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan on the knee in 1994, likely ending his hopes to become a Navy SEAL.

Multnomah County Circuit Judge Julie Frantz told Shane Stant at a Thursday hearing that the law does not allow an assault conviction to be expunged.

Kerrigan had opposed the request, saying in a letter that to grant it "would send a message to others that such a crime can ultimately be swept under the rug."

Stant, 34, said he made the request because the Navy's special warfare unit will not accept anyone with a felony conviction.

The Tonya Harding-masterminded attack remains one of the most cowardly acts I've heard of.

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