Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 15, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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Awaiting word of verdict
Three of the seven defendants in the trial on charges of conspiring to incite a riot during the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago
hold a press conference Saturday after the case was given to the jury. Left to right: Abbie Hoffman, Rennie Davis and Jerry Rubin. (AP Wirephoto)
VALUED AT $1.2 MILLION
600 Pounds of Hashish Seized
CHICAGO (AP) — Judge Julius J. Hoffman began sentencing seven men for contempt Saturday while a jury deliberated their fate on riot conspiracy charges stemming from the 1968 Democratic * National Convention.
Screaming and scuffling erupted in U.S. District Court when Judge Hoffman cited David T. Dellinger, 54, for contempt. He sentenced Dellinger to 29 months and 16 days in prison.
Judge Hoffman sentenced three other defendants to jail terms on contempt stemming from repeated outbursts during the 100-day trial.
He said he would pass sentence on the others and their two lawyers when the proceedings resume Sunday.
Meanwhile, the jury was de-
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (AP)—Six hundred' pounds of hashish valued by treasury agents at $1.2 million was seized Saturday in a warehouse by police and customs agents.
Treasury Secretary David M. Kennedy said it was one of the largest hashish seizures ever made in the United States.
Three men were arrested and charged with receiving and concealing illegally imported goods with intent to defraud the United States government.
Arrested were Anthony W.
King, 32, of Cambridge; Stephen Curwood, 22, of North Andover, three and Norman B. Casas, 22, of ment. Deerfield
hashish was imported by air freight from India, concealed in false-bottom crates marked “Musical Instruments,” and “Incense.”
Officials said the crates were taken by commercial freight from Logan International Airport to the warehouse here.
The hashish was discovered by customs inspectors during a routine inspection of the crates containing incense and also sitars, an Indian musical instrument.
The crates were kept under surveillance until one of the men claimed the ship-
N.H. j On his instruction, authorities
Federal officials said the said, the crates were delivered
to Andover on Saturday and agents arrested two as they loaded two footlockers allegedly containing 200 pounds of hashish into an auto. The third person charged was arrested moments later inside the dwelling where the shipment had been delivered, Kennedy added.
The 20 crates containing sitars were shipped from New Delhi by Bhat Export Inc. and consigned to Afro Import Inc. at
Residents Plain Old
ARKANSAS City, Kan. (AP) — Residents call it Ar-kan’-zus City* but with others it come out Ar’-kan-saw City. That’s tie reason for a petition campaign to change the name to Ark City.
Volunteers began this week circulating 25 petitions in search of signatures of about half the city’s 6,000 registered voters so the matter can be taken to Cowley County District Court. The court can order a name change.
Giving a boost to the
campaign was a pronunciation mistake by an announcer during television coverage of the Rose Bowl parade in Pasadena, Calif., New Year’s Day. The city raised $30,000 to send its high school band to the parade.
And then the announcer called it Ar’-kan-saw City.
Arkansas City is located on the Arkansas River, which is the Ar-kan’-zus until it flows through Oklahoma and into Arkansas, where it becomes the Ar’-kan-saw River.
Some mail addressed here goes to Arkansas City, Ark., and those favoring change say
this would end with the adoption of the name Ark City.
And, supporters say, Ark City already is the commonly used nickname of this community of 15,000 residents.
Officials said changing the name would not affect most legal documents.
Those circulating the petitions expect it to take 60 to 90 days to complete them.
A Chamber of Commerce committee is sponsoring the circulation of petitions, but the chamber says it is neutral on the matter.
“We don’t know how the majority of the people feel but we think it is time to find out,” said S. C. Thompson, committee chairman.
And some people, especially older residents, like the 99-year-old name.
“Maybe I’m just old-fashioned,” said an 80-year-old man, “but we’ve done all right with it for almost a century. Why, probably if it were changed, there would be some new group who thought the
Abilene Man Dies in Crash
Dale Weaver, 57, of 917 Ambler, was killed late Friday night in a car-truck collision about five miles south of Comfort, Tex.
Driver of the car was Eugene Venteicher, listed by Associated Press as being from Abilene. Neither Venteicher nor the driver of the truck were injured.
Funeral is pending at Elliottt’s Funeral Home.
He was born Dec. 20, 1912, at St. Elmo, 111. He was employed by the United Materials Co.
The family moved to Abilene! from Alice in 1966.
Survivors include the wife of
Hashish is a derivative of marijuana and is smoked or eaten. It takes about 265 pounds of marijuana to make one pound
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High and low for 24-hours anding » p.m.: 44 and 37.
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Sunset last night: 4:24 p.m.; sunrise today: 7;22 a.m.; sunset tonight: 4:24
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liberating on charges
Marshals locked all doors during the five-minute melee and three persons, including Dellin ger’s daughter, Natascha, 20, were arrested.
The judge counted 32 separate specification of contempt against Dellinger in the five-month old trial. The seven men were charged with conspiracy to cross state lines with intent to incite a riot at the time of the convention in Chicago.
The trial is the first test of the federal antiriot law which was a rider to the 1968 Civil Rights Act.
Rennard C. “Rennie” Davis, 29, was sentenced to 25 months and 5 days in prison on 23 counts of contempt. Thomas E. Hayden, 30, was sentenced to 14 months and 14 days on ll counts, and Abbott “Abbie” Hoffman, 31, was sentenced to eight months on 23 counts.
After sentencing, each man was immediately removed from the courtroom by federal marshals and taken to jail.
The outburst came when Del-was permitted by the
judge to speak before sentencing.
Dellinger said, “You have tried to keep the truth out of this trial. . .You want us to be like good Jews going to the gas chamber.”
His daughter applauded at that point and marshals went to remove her from the first row of the spectator section. Scuffling began between defendants, spectators and marshals.
Another Dellinger daughter, Michelle, 13, was caught in I he melee. She cried loudly, “Oh my God, Oh my God, Oh my God.”
Defense lawyer William Kun-stler sobbed at the lecture, “God almighty. My life has come to nothing at your hands, judge! My life has come to nothing. Do mine next. Put me in jail!”
Enrollment Said Up to
NEW YORK (AP) - Robert H. Finch. Health Education and
Welfare Secretary, said Satur
the home; two daughters, Mrs.
Louis Wolff of Huntsville, Ala.,
1018Vi^hesInu^a his^mrther!' plan".
Mrs. Clone Weaver of St. Elmo; a
Elmo; and four grandchildren.
day that he was in favor of local decision-making on college
At a news conference before the annual Lincoln Day dinner
brother, Dean Weaver of St.! Tlie4l_an"uai Lincoln Day dinner mo; and four grandchildren. P w York County Republican Committee, Finch said he
Hayakawa Delayed By UW M Protest
believed that it was not the federal government’s place to dictate whether a college or state .should adopt an open enrollment or quota system for minority groups,
“The federal government is not going to play cop on this,” Finch said.
Vice-President Spiro T.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - A speech by President S. I. Hayakawa of San Francisco State College was delayed Saturday night at the University of Wis-consin-Milwaukee by about 250
chanting demonstrators who | new denounced the open enroll-
clogged student union doorways, ment plan on Friday.
Protesters, most of the UWM “He’s entitled to his view,” - - ~ students, chanted “Hayakawa! Finch said of Agnew’s position,
name Ark City had a religious j has got to go,” and carried pla- but added that he w as not tak-
connectjon and the nameboards reading: “Free the Mil- tog issue with the vice-president
would be canned. Waukee Three.” over the open enrollment issue.
The former California Ii. Gov. also said that he favored a equal enforcement of school integration plans in both the North and the South. He said “We have had a hypocritical attitude for years about this.” “Ideally,”, said Finch, “you would have every child within walking distance of his school. But,” he added, “this is just not the case.” He said that 99 per cent of the districts in the country have some type of busing.
Finch said that HEW had not advocated forced busing but that in Charlotte, N.C. and Los Angeles, Calif., federal courts Ag- had ordered such busing.
In Charlotte, a federal district court ordered, that about 12.000 pupils In the state’s largest school system be bused to achieve racial balance. A similar order was handed down by federal court in California.
He fell against the railing at the judge’s bench and marshals returned him to his seat. Another group of marshals restrained Dellinger who was shouting, “Leave my daughters alone! Don’t hit my daughters!”
The judge screamed at the marshals, “Make them sit down! Make them be quiet!” Defendant Jerry C. Rubin raised an open palm and shout ed, “Heil Hitler. He was joined by other defendants.
Each defendant was allowed to speak before sentencing. Davis started to discuss incidents surrounding Bobby G. Seale, a defendant earlier severed from the trial.
The judge said, “You remember what he called me?”
“A racist, fascist pig,” Davis replied.
“Several times,” the judge said.
“Many times,” Davis replied, “But not enough.”
The judge ordered him to end his speech and marshals pushed him into his chair.
Hayden spoke for nearly an hour explaining his version of the contempt citations. He ended by saying, “The only thing I will miss by going to jail is. . .I would like to have a child.”
Ile was led to the lockup with tears in his eyes.
Abbie Hoffman said he could never have respect or dignity for the federal judicial system. “I’ve been tried for what I dreamed,” he said.
One who survived
In the chaos of the emergency room at San Joaquin, Calif., General Hospital a policeman asked, “Who are the survivors?” ... Scott Hauser, 18, holds up one finger to indicate he was alive while eight of his friends Jay dead following a train - minibus collision. For the story, turn to page 4-A. (AP Wirephoto)
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'Rights' Meeting Refused in Rotan
By SIMON BENFIELD While the actual grievances Reporter-News Staff Writer were not discussed, the request ROTAN — A request for a f°r a meeting grew out of an special school board meeting to incident, last week during which be held here within three days to a Latin American girl was hear grievances from the local allegedly paddled by the school I^atin - American community principal, was turned down by officials What happens next was when Latin representatives unclear by the end of Saturday declined to say what the night’s meeting. One member of grievances were. the Abilene delegation merely
The refusal by two board said’ f “Other steps will be
officials, President Clay Fowler taken.”_
and Supt. K. C. McCasland, I however, included an invitation to attend next month’s regular
Presenting the request for the AlVlhlJCh Dal FA I special meeting was Fernando
Calderon of Abilene and Sister SAIG0N (Ap _ North Vj(,t_
N. Viet Troops
Oregon* representing the|namese , ambushed an l,atm - American Commission Ameriean armorpd palrol near
of Abilene. I hey were accum- the cambodian border, killing paniei by j.u nr \ anez and seven y g soldiers and destroy-Carolme Rodriguez of Rotan. ing tw0 ,anks lhp u s Co^.
The whole meeting turned mand said Sunday. Thirty around the question of when to Americans were reported wound-
present the grievances On the one hand were the two board officials who wanted to know what the grievances were about before they decided whether or not to call a special meeting.
The embattled Americans, soldiers of the First Air Cavalry Division, called in artillery and helicopter gunships and the command spokesman said 31 enemy were slain in the Sator
isalderon, on the other hand, day afternoon fight 62 miles said, “I don’t think it is fair to northwest of Saigon, ask us to present the grievances Battle reports said the caval-prior to a meeting,” and he rymen lost one Sherman medi-likened it to a lawyer trying to urn tank and a Sheridan light find out what the opposition’s tank to enemy fire. Another strategy was going to be. Sherman was damaged.
Repeating the request for a South of Saigon, in the central special meeting, Sister Gregory Mekong Delta, government
said that it was too long to wait until the regular meeting and that the situation was too urgent
troops have driven Viet Cong forces from populated centers in four days of stiff fighting, field reports said.
Nixon Announces Bon on Use of Toxins
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — President Nixon announced Saturday that the United States is banning military production and use of deadly toxins as he already has done for other germ warfare weapons.
Toxins include snake venom, food poisons and tetanus.
“I think,” a top-level administration spokesman said, “we are demonstrating by this that we are serious about controlling the arms race; that we are prepared to take risks for peace and that we are willing to fore
go some seemingly unilateral benefits.”
While there Is no direct relationship between the announcement and U.S.-Russian talks on limitation of strategic arms, the spokesman said that:
“It is a testimony to the spirit with which we approach these negotiations.”
Toxins are consigned chemicals but fall somewhere between chemical and biological weapons.
'Hie administration expert, who permitted quotation but not use of his name, said the prob
lem of toxins “fell between the cracks” and it was a slip up that it was not covered in a Nixon policy pronouncement last Nov. 25.
This declaration banned “the use of any form of deadly biological weapons that either kill or incapacitate” and said this country never will be the first to employ them for such purposes.
But Nixon’s statement reserved the right to retaliate in kind if another nation used them first against the United States.
Thus plants at Pine Bluff, Ark., and Ft. Detrick, Md.,
which produce either chemical or Alogical weapons or both, will not be closed down, the administration official said, but may be converted to production for retaliatory or immunization purposes arid nonsecret research and development.
Asked whether the United States is retaining the right to use tear gas at home and abroad, the official replied: “For the time being, yes.” He put defoliates—which destroy vegetation—in the same category as tear gas.
To soma extent the admits-
tration is keeping its fingers crossed on Saturday’s action. The word was that it is not easy to get an adequate picture of what Russia and Communist China are doing in the toxin field.
“To the best of our information,” the administration authority said, “only the Soviet Union has some sort of program and we don’t believe it is of very large scope. Also we would have chemical and nuclear weapons we could use. We are not limited to using toxins to combat toxins. We don’t believe
any country has a major toxin program.”
At present, he said, the United States turns out some toxins commercially—such as antisnake bite products. Only small amounts have been produced for military retaliation, he said, “and we haven’t used them.” Toxins are dead byproducts of germs. Since they are not living, they are not contagious but some are extremely poisonous.
The announcement of the U.S. ban on “offensive preparations for and the use of toxins as a method of warfare” was cou-
pled in a formal statement with assurances that:
“These decisions have been taken with full confidence that they are in accord with the over-all security requirements of the United States.. .The United States hopes that other nations will follow our example with respect to both biological and toxin weapons.
“The renunciation of toxin weapons is another significant step, which we are willing to take unilaterally, to bring about arms control and to increase the prospects of peace.”
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