Tuesday, July 2, 1985

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 2, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas 14 New Braunfels July Court rejects Ports appeal NEW ORLEANS AP Bernard and Odette the Houston couple jailed and fined for contempt for refusing to testify against their son despite being given have lost an appeal in federal A threejudge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday rejected the arguments of the who were jailed in Harris County after they refused to testify to a Harris County grand jury about David Port in June The younger Port was a primary suspect and was later convicted in the murder of Debra a postal Convicted by a Comal County jury after a threeweek Port received a 75year prison sentence March The elder Ports invoked their privilege against selfincrimination and refused to were found in contempt and were jailed and fined In Bernard Port did testify and was freed his wife was released after the grand jury disbanded in The appeals court noted that part of the appeal became moot when they won their freedom from The became another In a concurring Judge Jcrre Williams said the matter of the fine should not be considered because this is a habeas corpus with the matter of the money tacked onto the question of their The said the panel could deal with the question since the issue was still very much live not As to the parent testifying against a the court noted there is no Constitutional right in the just as there is no constitutional right of a person not to testify against a It seems to us that the state of Texas has merely balanced the in terest at stake and found the interest in the search for truth more com pelling than those served by the parental the court That the state did not reach the same conclusion with respect to the marital privilege is not of illicit but of the states recognition of the fact that that privilege is so deeply embedded in the common law tradition that to uproot it would cause undue DEPEN Continued from Page 1 be encouraged to deny landing rights to Middle East Airways the Lebanese government if it continues to use Beirut Emphasizing that the action is directed against the airport and not the official said the United States will not object if the carrier operates exclusively from foreign White House spokesman Larry Speakes was asked today if the United States would try to take action against the TWA now that their identities are We plan to take whatever steps are available to both legally and to bring these people to Speakes He refused to but under questioning from amended his substituting the word judicial for He said the United States would not do anything Robert national security adviser to said Monday there are two or three strategic locations in the Middle East that might be targets of military action but he did not specify The State Department also said Monday that Syria is still officially listed as a supporter of terrorism despite its role in helping to arrange the release of the Continued from Page 1 nearby Wiesbaden for further medical He refused to give their Embassy spokesman Robert Heath and TWA officials refused to release the names of the 29 hostages whose plane took off at Many of the exhostages carried flowers and waved back to the crowd as they boarded the Some were carrying shopping bags after a trip Monday to the military shopping center near the Wiesbaden The 29 former hostages had been driven to the RheinMain base with their relatives in three following the overnight stay in They had arrived there shortly after dawn on following their release in Beirut on followed by the drive to Syria and then the all night flight to Cactus if you can DERYL In addition to the Sheriffs investigators Monday confiscated a quantity of peyote The buttons on the peyote plant are use to produce a powerful Continued from Page 1 powdery Rubio said peyote is an illegal Mexican The main ingredient in peyote buttons is which is classified as a which is extracted from Mexican is also a hallucinogenic If 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