Brownwood Bulletin, March 5, 1975

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March 05, 1975

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Brownwood Bulletin (Newspaper) - March 5, 1975, Brownwood, Texas NEW TRIAL SOUGHT Brooks given life |S/mon: Tax cut helps wrong families HOUSTON (AP) - David Owen brooks, convicted mass murderer was sentenced to life imprisonment today by an eight-woman, four-man Jury in Houston. Brooks, a 20-year-old thin, pale bespecatled man stood without visible emotion as the life sentence was read. The Jury deliberated 62 minutes before returning the punishment The sentence was received among the spectators quietly and without outburst. The young defendant's wife, Bidget, sat dry-eyed and alert beside Brooks' fattier. There were several parents of victims in the audience but none betrayed emotion upon hearing G°odGhh AFTERNOON here is a summary of some of today’s leading news stories: WASHINGTON (AP) -Congressional committees are pushing ahead with their own energy and tax proposals in the face of President Ford’s temporary retreat on key parts of his energy-conservation program. PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Rocket attacks halted all commercial flights at Phnom Penh's airport today, but the American airlift of rice, ammunition and gasoline continued unchecked. ★ ★ ★ WASHINGTON (AP) -Oilrich Iran will buy eight nuclear power plants from (Im United States over the next five years as part of a $15-billion trade agreement that was described as the largest ever. Blanket hearing reset March 14 The hearing slated Friday on a suit contesting a Nov. 23,1674 bond election in the Blanket Rural High School District has been postponed until Friday, March 14. The postponement was granted by District Judge William 0. Breedlove at the request of the contestant's counsel, John Gleaton of Comanche. The suit, filed by Claud Godfrey, Frank Evans, Jerry Whatley and Neal McClain, charges election irregularities in voter qualifications, procedure and ballot tabulation. Results of the election indicated passage of a $235,000 bomi issue by a 123 to 117 vote of taxpaying voters, and by a 22 to 13 vote of non-taxpaying voters. The suit was filed Jan. 28. In a response filed by Blanket school trustees Feb. 5, the school district charges the contestants failed to comply with election code provisions and incorrectly identified the school system as an independent district, creating confusion. William W. Bell is representing the school district and Ernest Cadenhead, county attorney, is representing the state in the matter. the sentence. Defense lawyer Jim Skelton immediately filed a motion for a new trial. Skelton said the state was permitted to present evidence on all 27 mass murders, thereby throwing the weight of those crimes on the shoulders of Brooks. Brooks was tried only in the death of William Ray Lawrence, 15. ‘'How in God’s name can you ignore a principle of fairness?" Skelton asked. "No man, regardless of what he’s done, should be deprived a fair trial." Asst. Dist. Atty. Don Lam-bright said that no sentence could ‘‘relieve one heartache" of parents who lost children to the murderous gang. He described Brooks as ‘‘absolutely unprincipled and unconscionable about taking a human life." “It would be the easiest thing in the world to give him the death penalty by just releasing him on bond," said Landright, referring to defense statements earlier that there were people in Houston who wanted to kill Brooks. Landright urged the jurors to “protect yourself" and assess Brooks 99 years in prison. The jury took only 90 minutes to convict Brooks Tuesday. Brooks, a thin, bespectacled young man with brown hair and pale skin, stood impassive as the jurors were polled one-by- one, each replying that guilty was their true verdict. Brigette Brooks, the defendant’s young, pretty wife, watched unbelieving as the legal drama unfolded. She wept quietly into a crumpled handkerchief and, as Brooks was led away, began sobbing audiably, comforted by a friend. Brooks father, Alton Brooks, shaded his eyes with his hand. In a hallway news conference, Brooks’ lawyer, Jim Skelton, denounced the whole proceeding as a “farce" and vowed to carry the appeal into the federal courts. WASHINGTON (AP) -Treasury Secretary William E. Simon said today the $21.3 billion tax cut approved by the House provides too much relief for lower income families. Simon testified before one of two congressional committees pushing ahead with their own energy and tax proposals in the face of President Ford’s temporary retreat on key parts of his energy conservation program. The treasury secretary told the Senate Finance Committee, which is working on the House-approved tax cut bill, that a key factor in the economic recession is the 34 per cent reduction in purchases of such durable goods as cars and household appliances. The principal buyers of such durable goods are families with incomes over $10,000, Simon said. But he noted that only 44 per cent of the relief in the House-passed bill would go to families with adjusted gross income of between $10,000 and $50,000. “It is clear that the purchase of durable goods has to be increased if the recession is to be turned around," Simon saki. He urged the Senate to accept President Ford's own tax cut plan, which would target 57 per cent of its benefits on taxpayers making less than $20,000, but only 15 per cent on those families with incomes under $10,000. Ford backed off part of his program for the time being Tuesday, saying that he was striving to avoid a “time-wasting test of strength" with Congress. He agreed to delay for 60 days the last two steps of a $3-a- barrel special tariff on imported oil. At the same time, the President vetoed a Democratic-spon-sored bill that would have delayed for 90 days all three steps of the special tariff. The House Ways and Means Committee continued work today on energy conservation proposals, with particular emphasis on the committee’s own plan to reduce energy consumption through quotas on imported oil and an eventual 40-cent-a-gallon gasoline tax increase. The tax is now four cents a gallon. Ways and Means Chairman Al Ullman, D-Ore., indicated that Congress would not be able to complete work on an energy program within the 60 days that Ford agreed to delay his program.Brownwood Bulletin Twenty-Eight Pages Today Three Sections Brownwood, Texas Wednesday, March 5, 1975 Vol. 75, No. 121 Ten Cents Daily Sunday Twenty-five Cents Speed bill beads for final vote By LEE JONES Associated Press Writer AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) - Sponsors of a bUl making it relatively inexpensive to break the 55 miles-per-hour speed limit law learn today whether their two-vote majority remained intact. Also hoping the night had not withered a close vote into defeat was Rep. Dan Kubiak, D-Rockdale, sponsor of a bill safeguarding confidences shared with clergymen from forced disclosure bi court. The House advanced the two measures after long debate Tuesday, setting up final votes today. Senate action also would be necessary. Senators, meanwhile, planned to go back to work on a bUl requiring the purging of voter registration lists every two years. The speed limit bill won preliminary approval Tuesday, 71-69. Its provisions included a maximum fine—including court costs—for driving between 55 m.p.h. and the pre-1973 limit of 70 m.p.h. Speeding tickets within that range would not go on one’s driving record and could not be used to increase a driver's car insurance premiums. In Tuesday’s debate, opponents declared the bill would encourage defiance of a law that saved 650 Uves bi 1974 and is designed to reduce consumption of motor fuel. “What you are doing is you are consigning a certain number of people to injury eH death who would not die if you vote the other way," said Rep. Nett Caldwell, D-Angleton. But Rep. John Hoestenbach, D-Odessa, a co-sponsor, declared it was a reasonable response to federal “blackmaU" that would withhold $303 million a year bi highway aid funds if Texas failed to continue the 55 m.p.h. limit. “Let’s stand up and be counts ed for Texas!" he said. Kubiak’s bill would modify the long-standing rule that allows a judge to compel a clergyman’s testimony about information received bi confidence if “necessary to a proper administration of justice." BOXING BASKETBALL - Brownwood Junior High School will present a physical education program Thursday night in the junior high gym involving both boys and girls of all three grade levels. The ninth grade PE boys will play in an exhibition boxing glove basketball game. Participating in foe game will be, from left Ricky Maiming, John McClusky and Brian Cowin. (Bulletin Photo) CIA chief acknowledges I one killed lawmaker's mail opened Iin mishaP By DAVID C. MARTIN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The Central Intelligence Agency kept a file on Rep. Bella Abzug, D-N.Y., which included information obtained by opening her private mail, CIA Director William E. Colby acknowledged today. “A considerable amount of matter in your file should not be bi there," Colby conceded to the congresswoman as he provided her with a copy of the file, which the agency has kept on her activities since 1953. In that year, the congresswoman said, she represented various entertainers as a private attorney before the now defunct House Un-American Acitites Committee. “But there are certain aspects which are legitimate in this file," Colby said. He testified before a House subcommittee about a long list of flies that the agency keeps on U.S. citizens. Colby particularly defended including in the file the congresswoman’s contacts bi 1972 with members of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam, or Viet Cong. “It is perfectly proper for the CIA to follow the acts of that Vietnamese organization," Colby said. He told the congresswoman : We were not f oUowing you." The file also detailed Rep. Abzug's appearances at anti war rallies bi the United States. Colby’s appearance at the subcommittee came as leaders of the Senate investigation of the CIA and other U.S. intelligence operations reported they got a qualified pledge of cooperation from President Ford. Chhirman Frank Church, D-Idaho, and Sen. John Tower, R-Tex. of the Senate Select Committee mounting the inquiry told newsmen after meeting with Ford that the President expressed the desire to aid them, but would weigh their requests for information on a case-bv-case basis. “Right now it’s the position I would expect the President to take," Church said. TRC authority rejected by court AUSTIN (AP) - The state Supreme Court ruled 84) today that the Texas Railroad Commission has no power to set aside natural gas contracts between Lo-Vaca Gathering Co. and Texas Utilities Fuel Co. (TUFCO) and others. The ruling was unanimous, except Justice Ruel Walker did not take part because his wife owns some shares of stock in Texas Utilities. The 35-page opinion was so long and the high court obviously considered it so important that it took the unusual step of distributing a special memorandum on the case. The ruling reversed lower court judgments which held that the commission—which regulates Texas' oil and gas industry-had the power to apportion natural gas bi times of need. “The commission has jurisdiction to regulate and apportion the sale and disposition of gas owned by each utility so as to protect the public interest,” the court said." This, however, “does not mean that all the gas bi Texas is under the full control of the commission,” the court said. “Hie commission may not determine title to land, the title to gas, or operate retroactively upon a transfer of the gas," the memorandum said, “and the commission is without power to set aside contracts. These powers are functions of the court" The opinion also noted that the court would not direct foe commission how it should specifically carry out its functions. Austin, San Antonio and the Lower Colorado River Authority brought the suit to force the commission to cancel Lo-Vaca contracts with TUFCO and others to provide those cities and the LCRA the gas proposed by their contract. The Supreme Court ruled that the commission had the power to consider the gas shortage on a statewide basis, but was not required to deal with the problem piece-meal as it might affect Austin and San Antonio and LCRA customers. Austin, San Antonio and LCRA filed suit after the commission insisted that it had no authority to set aside Lo-Vaca's contracts with TUFCO and others. The Inflation Fighter Featherfoot takes over Develop a new technique in driving. Instead of being a thoughtless “leadfoot”, pretend there is an egg between your fool and the pedal. A gentle touch on the accelerator saves more gasoline than any other single method of economy driving. — T.L., New Orleans, La. Picklsd pleasers Don’t throw pickle juice away when you’ve finished the pickles. Sweet pickle juice can be used to marinate small, whole beets and fresh pieces of cauliflower. Dill pickle juice can be used to marinate mock “dilly beans” by putting uncut green beans in container of dill pickle juice. — J C., Madison. Wis. Kuwait ready to sieze oil One man was dead and a woman injured bi a traffic accident around ll a.m. near the Brown-Coleman county line between Bangs and Santa Anna on U.S. 67-64. John Huckaby, 64, of Bangs, died shortly before noon today at the emergency room of Brownwood Community Hospital following the two-vehicle accident. Lilly Head of Rt. 3, Goldthwaite, was reported bi good condition at the hospital. The two reportedly were in separate vehicles involved in the mishap. Details of the accident were not immediately known this morning. ALGIERS (AP) — Kuwait has decided to take over IOO per cent of all the foreign oil companies operating its huge oilfields, the official Algerian news agency said today, quoting Kuwait’s oil minister, Ab-delmoutaleb Kazimi. Kazbni told the agency the companies have been summoned to open negotiations next week “on the details of the transfer of ownership of the petroleum and gas to the Kuwaiti state and people." Kazimi is attending the current summit conference of the 13-nation Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and could not be immediately reached to confirm the report. Kuwait is the world’s fourth largest petroleum exporter and a founding member of OPEC. It previously took over 60 per cent of the holding of British Petroleum and the Gulf Oil Co., whose Kuwait production peaked at 2,925,000 barrels a day bi 1972. “From this moment on," Kazimi said, “the Kuwaiti state has become owner of the totality of the shares held up to now by the two companies, namely 40 per cent. Consequently, Kuwait’s petroleum has returned to its rightful owners, which will permit us to elaborate a truly national petroleum policy without any foreign intervention.” National leaders of most of the OPEC states were meeting today to complete a “solemn declaration of principles" they think should govern long-term relations with their customers. They may include in the declaration some of the points made by Algeria’s President Houari Boumedienne in a speech open-big the conference on Tuesday. The Algerian leader proposed a freeze in the “real" price of oil until 1980 provided the industrialized countries take part in a massive program of .aid for the developing nations. He also proposed a special OPEC fund of $10 billion-$15 billion to help countries in economic difficulties pay their sharply increased bills. The declaration, drafted by a preparatory meeting of od, finance and foreign ministers last weekend, is to be published at the end of the three-day summit conference, probably on Thursday. Boumedienne’s 70-minute speech also included a denunciation of Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, without mentioning him by name, and an attempt to drive a wedge between the United States and Western Europe. “It appears that those who favor a policy of confrontation are playing foe leading roles on the political stage of foe world," Boumedienne declared. BROWNWOOD AREA -Mostly fair through Thursday except for morning cloudiness and possible fog. Warmer tonight and Thursday. Low tonight bi the 40s, high Thursday bi the 70s. Maximum temperature here Tuesday 57, overnight low 36. Sunset today 7:36, sunrise Thursday 7:57. Goodwin running for school board Henry C. Goodwin Jr. of 2109 12th St., Brownwood, announced today he will be a candidate for place 6 on the Brownwood Independent School District board of trustees in the April 5 election. The Santa Anna native has lived bi Brownwood since 1952, is an employe of foe Santa Fe Railroad and is the father of three daughter and one son, who is a student at Brownwood Highschool. Don Clements has already announced his candidacy for place 6 on the Brownwood school board. Outgoing place 6 board member is John Harkey, who will not seek reelection because his employment will take him out-of-state later this year. “Brownwood has a good school system, and I’m interested bi foe school program here," Goodwin said bi an* HENRY C. GOODWIN • •. place I candidate nouncing his candidacy . “I j no grudges to Mn bito race," he added, “I woald Uke to be a part of educational system here." ;

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