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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - July 13, 1974, Abilene, Texas                               "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT MTH YEAR, NO. 26 PHONE 6734271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, JULY 13, PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS Auecitted Prut (JFl Necessary' Charter Flights May Be AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) By using the "Reasonably necessary" argues that told Sen. Jack-Hightow- flights on charter in effect, sent the flights to. Lubbock D-Vernon, chairman of the by Constitutional right Falls are erratic, Committee, delegates may be W.S Keatly, of flying if it is determined thai Atty. Gen. John Hill said has been reimbursed those points and then charter flights was not private 'flights flights to Paducah, necessary, they The convention's to his home and private planes in may be partially reim- tration Committee asked his vouchers He says his health will at a lower authorized to decide the flights have been him to drive to Ehrlichman Convicted; Plans to Appeal Verdict By DON McLEOD Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) John D. F.hrlichman, once one of the ranking members of President Nixon's While House staff, was convicted Friday of conspiracy and per- jury in the Ellsberg break-in case. Ehrlichman, 49, N i x o n 's chief domestic adviser until he resigned in April, 1973, amid rising Watergate scandals, said after the verdict he had doubted all along he could get a fair trial in Washington and said he would appeal. The verdict made Ehrlich- man one of the most powerful government officials ever con- victed of a crime. Interior Sec- retary Albert B. Fall went to jail for a year in 1931 in Ihe Teapot Dome scandals. Others of such .high rank have been charged in the past but never convicted, including Nixon's former attorney ge- neral and re-election cam- paign manager, John N. Mitchell, and former com- merce secretary and cam- paign fund-raiser Maurice Stans, who were acquitted by i jury.in the Itobert Vesco case in March. Former Atty. Gen. Richard G. Kleindienst pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for his tes- timony in the ITT case but was given a suspended sen- tence. The jury convicted Ehrlich- man, G. Gordon Liddy, Ber- nard L. Barker and Eugenic R. Martinez of a civil rights charge of cospiring to enter Sources Say Nixon, Aides Expect Bill of Impeachment By GAYLORD SHAW Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon has been told by his advisers that the House Judiciary Committee probably will vote a bill of impeach- ment, informed sources said Friday. The sources said Nixon has forbidden his spokesmen from relaying his own views on the outcome of the committee's deliberations, although one source indicated he shares his advisers' expectations. The sources talked with newsmen after a White House spokesman reported then later retracted tat both Nixon and his lawyer believe the committee will recom- mend impeachment. At the daily White House news briefing, Deputy Press Secretary Gerald L. Warren said Nixon lawyer James D. St. Clair maintains it is "un- realistic to believe the com- mittee will not vote out some sort of bill1.? Warren said St. Clair "had informed the-President of his assessment." When asked whether the President agreed with that assessment, tie spokesman replied: "Yes." About an hour later, St. Clair disputed Warren's state- ment. "I don't know how he could form such a St. Clair said. "I met with the President this morning and he didn't say any such thing to me." St. Clair added it was "quite 16-Yeor-Old's Past Is Young Wives' Tale MEXICO CITY (AP) Au- thorities in the southern state of Guerrero are investigating the marital path of Raimunde Slarta Barrera, 16. !le is accused of marrying five times and fathering fix children in the past two years without ever bothering with divorce. According to Chilpancingo Judge Tomas t'ano Blanco, charges were filed by Rai- munde's first two wives, Mar- garita Agoero Garcia, 15, and Ernesta Arbajal Escobedo, 14, after they accidentally met at a dance and discovered they had a mutual husband. Investigations np to now re- veal that Rainwnde married Margarita hi 1973 and fathered two children, in Ihe same year he married Ernestina, who also bore him a son, the judge said. R a i m u n d o continued his spree through 1973 by marry- ing four other young women, all between the ages of 13 and 15, and bad four more chil- dren. Cano said that in !iis juris- diction, it is not uncommon to have cases like this. "It is quite easy for a young roan to marry a number of women in isolated towns where commu- nications are the judge explained. The case has been forward- ed to the state attorney gener- al's office for further investi- gation: Under Mexican law, Kaimundo faces a possible five-year prison term and a fine of presumptuous" to pf e d i c t whether the committee will vote an impeachment resolu- tion. When word of SI. Glair's re- action to (fie Warren state- ment, re ached the White House, Warren hurriedly is- sued a retraction of his own comments. "I made a War- ren said, because of "a misun- d e r s t a n d i n g" of what he thought St. Clair had said. "The President does not [eel it appropriate predict the outcome of the proceedings before the House Judiciary Warren said. But he stated a White House view that "if the matter reaches the floor of the House of Rep- resentatives impeachment will not be voted." A short time later, presiden- tial Press Secretary Ronald L. Ziegler went before television cameras on the House lawn to also say. Nixon does not feel it appropriate to pre- dict what the committee will do. "We are all hopeful tire committee mil assess the evi- dence before them" and agree with Nixon's contention that he is innocent, Ziegler said. Then, giving what he called a personal view, Ziegler said, "I will not be surprised if the House Judiciary Committee does vote out a trill of im- although he pre- dicted sndi a biQ would be defeated by the full House. Ziegler refused to state Nix- on's own assessment of likely committee action. When prod- ded by reporters, be said "the President is confident...thal anyone who toots at the evi- dence with an open come to the conclusion he has See MXON, Pg. i the Beverly Hills, Calif., office of Dr. Lewis Fielding and ex- amine his files on Daniel Ells- berg, tire man who leaked the Pentagon papers. This count carries a maxi- mum prison sentence of 10 years. Ehrlichman also was c o n v i c t e d of three other counts, carrying a potential five years each, and was cleared of the fifth. This leaves Ehrlichman sub- ject to a possible total of 25 years sentence, although lie is expected to receive somewhat less than that, when tj.S. Dis- trict Judge Gerhard Gesell passes sentence, set for July 31. The defendants remain free pending sentencing. Ehrlichman still faces trial in September in the Watergate 'cover-up case, along with Mitchell, former White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman, former Asst. Atty. Gen. Rob- ert Mardian and two others. Liddy, Barker and Martinez, who were convicted last year in connection with the 1972 break-in at Democratic Party headquarters in Washington's Watergate complex, were charged only in the conspiracy count. Ehrlichman, however, alsa was convicted of one count of lying to the FBI and two counts of committing perjury before the Watergate grand jury- Outside the courthouse fol- lowing the verdict, Ehrlkh- man said he had met with his lawyers and instructed them to prepare and file an appeal. "As you know, we have been concerned from the very beginning about our ability to See FAIR, Pg. CO. 1 Inside Todoy Street Posts Big Gain The stock market scored one of its strongest gains on record Friday. The Dow Jones average surg- ed 27.61 points, its big- gest advance since May 24 of last year. Pg. 7C. ui 121 CWtk CtaaffM 5-100 Mntcti Oil 1-4C TV U, tl TV Wtmm'i Men Leaving court Former presidential aide John D. Ehrlichman and his wife, Jean, walk through a crowd Friday as lliey leave the District of. Columbia Court of Appeals after a feder- aljurj'found him guilty in the White House plumbers trial. (AP Promise of More Showers Looks Bright for Weekend Afternoon showers plunged temperatures In Abilene and several Big Country points, mainly to the east, with more precipitation possible Satur- day and Sunday. ISangcr and Gorman, both readings, had the most rain from the afternoon showers. Abilene bad .53 inch al Mu- nicipal Airport and .21) inch at 1026 Cedar. The shower's were caused by a high pressure cell on the Texas-Louisiana border which pushed Gulf moisture lo the west, weathermen said. WHERE 11 RAINED ABILENE Municipal Airport Total for Year Normal for Year BAI.LIXGEI: CLYDE COLEMAX COMAN'CHE Convicts, Police Reportedly at Standoff Hot early afternoon temper- atures squeezed Ihe moisture from the clouds. The mercury in Abilene slid from 87 at 3 p.m., about the time the rain started, to 74 aU p.m., about tlic lime the shower was ending. A rash of minor aulomobile accidents occurred on rain- slick Abilene streets, most of the mishaps happening alter 4 p.m. after continuous traffic turned the rainfall into a slick film. Scattered showers and some thunderstorms popped up over widely separated areas of the stale but without indica- tions of any great amounts of rain. Temperatures seemed a few degrees lower than usual for this lime of the year and were noticeably down in the shower areas. ly DONALD SANDERS AsnctaM Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) Negotiations wwe reported to have tot a snag Friday in ef- forts to end ai armed standoff between pofceiMft and two coavkfe hotdteg seven hos- tages at gwpoint it U.S. District cowtinose. The siege involving hmdrtds of heavily armed of- ficers began at 1 p.m. Thurs- day when one of the convicts produced a gun and he and a .companion seized eight hos- tages in a basement eeHMock. One of the eight, a depuly aursiul, was released before dawn Friday. "The hostages are mine the hostages are going to re- main Frank Gortam, 25, said in a telephone conver- sation with a newsnus. Gorta man other con- vict, Robert Jones, who also uses tke name Otis D. Winter- son, were deaaadng then- freedom and a plane to take them out of the country. They returned to that de- mand after rejecting a propos- al which would have involved release of the hostages un- harmed and transfer of the two men lo the federal peai- tentiary al El Reno, Okla The proposal called For two nien.to accompany Gortam and Jones on a flight from Andrews Air Force Base in nearby Maryland: Norman A. Carbon, director of the feder- al of Prisons, and Jjfn Vance, a local newsman with the Natmal Broadcasting Co. Vance, who was sitting in on the negotiations, told a report- er that Jones agreed to the proposal, and that Gorium asked to talk to members of his family. After he did so via a conference caD, Vance said, Gorkam rejected the sugges- tion. The man's mother, Velnia Gorham, and a sister, Kna, were at the courthouse for the phone call, but they declined to answer specific questions as to what Gorham had said to them. "Free these Mrs. Gortam told reporters. "Give them freedom. Give me my son. That's what I want. My three sons and husband are away AH my sons are in jail. What have they done? I ask God to deliver my boy." Both convicts are under long sentences for a variety of fel- onies, including participation in a mass escape attempt in 1972. Tlie original demand from the two men was that they be given safe plane passage to Venezuela, but they later amended this in a conversa- tion with authorities to say they-want to go to Africa, Al- geria, mainland China or else- where. "We want to go lo Venezue- la, and then disappear from Jones said in an ear- lier conversation with a re- porter. He said the two planned to take with them one female hostage and two of the four deputy marshals they held. A spokesman for the FBI conlirmcd that the agency had an executive-type jet ready as a contingency pbn. Hut lie stressed this did not mean au- ihoiities were about to yield to the demands. Gorham offered al one point to 'et the hostages out of Ihe ttliblock where they are con- iinril to allow them to call their families, if authorities would arrange for them to have a joint news conference and a meeting with Atty. Gen. William Saxnc. The Justice Department said Saxbe was not in the city. Sec HOSTAGES, 1'g. Col. K Final Probe Report To Be Published NEW YORK (AP) Ban- lam Books said Friday that it would publish with the New York Times the final report on impeachment of the House Ju- diciary Committee. The paperback will be pub- lished and distributed immedi- ately after the report is re- leased, Bantam said. Tire publishing house, which will work with the Times, Quadrangle book publishing division, has 1.S5 million, cop- ies in print of "The House Transcripts." -i   

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