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Anderson Herald (Newspaper) - November 21, 1970, Anderson, Indiana Mitchell first us Soldier tried in my Lai deaths found innocent fort Hood Tex. A the first american Soldier to he tried in the alleged my Lai Mas Sacre was found innocent Fri Day by a military jury after six hours and 50 minutes. S. Sgt. David Mitchell saluted the jury before it announced it had exonerated him of an As Sault to murder charge that had been filed against him oct. 28, 1969. Mitchell s Wile Rosa stood up and shouted As he verdict was read. Col. George r. Robinson Mili tary judge banged his Gavel and ordered sit Down i the Mitchell resumed to his seat and was called on the shoulder by his attorney Ossie Brown. Mitchell 30, a 10-year army Veteran with two Good conduct medals and a Bronze Star awarded for action in Vielmo sat slumped in his chair. Mitchell s father the Rev. Isiah Mitchell who is pastor of the 80-member Raspberry Baptist Church in St. Francisville la. And his Mother also were Liere for Mitchell s trial. After the jury retired Mitch Ell s father the Only thing we can do now is it was a personal Victory for Mitchell s lawyer who handled the Case without fee who collapsed of physical exhaustion ocl. 22, the Day the defense was to begin presenting its Case. Brown s hair inexplicably turned White in the Hospital and he dyed it Black before the court reconvened nov. 16. Brown contrasted sharply in dress with the jurors judge and army attorneys in the Case. Each Day he wore a different and brightly coloured suit with Matching shirt tie handkerchief and socks. His speech was also More col Worful punctuated with gestures and rapid movements of his Bulky body. He blamed his col lapse on a rigorous High protein and Grapefruit diet and Long Houra on the Case. Mitchell had been charged Wilh assault with intent to Mur Der in shooting at 30 unarmed civilians in a ditch in the Viet namese Hamlet of my Lai in 1968. Mitchell tearfully testified he had shot at no one. "1 Don t like to see my coun try prosecute any Young Man who has been sent to said Ossie Brown Mitchell s lawyer in closing arguments. They were Over there fight ing in a country where nobody knows who is an enemy and who is not. They May take Candy from you in the daytime and at night show your enemy How to Booby trap Brown said. God forgive that a jury would find me guilty and de stroy my life and future on the evidence presented Here against Mitchell Brown said in an hour and 27-Minule speech. The army is his life. This is his Brown said he was thoroughly disgusted with the whole Busi Ness of the alleged my Lai Mas Sacre. He said it was an attempt by some element of this coun try to undermine and destroy the military in this capt. Michael Swan pros ecu l pi.1 turn to . 1. The Anderson Herald 7 pledge Al Mcglan be to the e Flag of t he United states of America and to the Republic which it stands one nation under god ind visible and Justice for All. Vol. 103, no. 134 Anderson Indiana saturday morning november 21, 1970 few cuts on tap taxpayers of 27 units get 1971 rate increase Field representatives of the stale Board of tax commissioners completed two clays of 1971 budget and tax Rale reviews for m Madison county axing units Friday and left with approval of increased Overall rates in 27 of the units and decreases in seven. The Overall tax Rale is the amount levied against each 5100 of taxable property to meet the combined civil school county Library and township costs of local government depending on the units assessed valuation. For Anderson in Anderson township the largest taxing unit of the county in terms of population total lacs collected and total local government costs the 1071 Overall Rale was set at per up from the present s8.80 Rale. Components of the Overall Rale for Anderson in Ander son township include a Anderson school rate a civil City rate a tentative coun by rate of a Library rate an township rate and a state rate for a total of due to minor variations of township Rales in Lafayette Richland and Union the 1971 Overall rate for Anderson in Lafayette township is Anderson in Richland is s10.06, and Anderson in Union is a of the final Overall rates will remain tentative until the state Agency acts on recommendations that a partial Cut made in september to he county welfare rate be restored however officials said the change in the welfare rate should not amount to More than two cents. At Friday s hearing the pro posed budgets and rates of Chesterfield Gem co Anderson Library and Elwood Library remained unchanged. Following review the metro school unit which serves Union Richland and most of pipe Creek township was Cut from to due to underestimation of stale excise tax Rev Cune the Anderson school corporation was Cut from to Ami the Elwood school corporation rate was Cut also Friday the Elwood civil City rate was Cut to from the City first pro posed a rate of Duck Creek Boone and Van Buren townships and he town of Summitville Are All in the Madison Grant school Corpora Tion taxing area therefore the Overall lax rates for he four county units in Madison Grant include the Madison Grant school Rale which had been established by the slate Agency in hearings at Marion earlier. The Madison Grant Rale includes general school and debt services rates. Overall rates for Adams township fall Creek township Green township Ingalls Pendleton and Markleville All reflect the s4.95 Legal limit for the South Madison school corporation which has thrown the school corporation some Short of anticipated needs. The greatest Overall tax rate increase for any unit of the county area came for Alexan Dria where a rate increase from to was approved. Other Large Overall rate in creases included Chesterfield up Over the previous Frankton in Lafayette town ship up s2.08 to ss.8i Krank Lon in pipe Creek township up to Orestes up to s7.77 Woor Lawn Heights up to la Fayette township up s2.05 to pipe Crork township up to and Union township up to seven county laying units which came out with Overall properly tax Rale decreases were Pendleton Down from Adams township Down from j8.22 Boone town ship Down s.28 from s6.70 Duck Elwood the Winter of our discontent in age of aquarius frustrations fears still Breed unrest Sinai Kkt a Cuhl stuff writer the photos on Page 10 of to d i. U m. Enl things to different persons. On the surface least the pictures alone do Tell the whole Story. Telephone threats for example cannot be recorded on film. Or a Blosl through a window while a family be in a striker or non striker or someone even involved is Budd Lcarl in a sudden moment of Shock. Even a is limited. And if there is h pro dominance of Union activity in the filmed evidence it is Only because Ninny Oiler incidents occurred All toy suddenly and too Remote from the immediate strike area. The purpose of open ils Case rested. Attorneys said icy did t want the three women to in Criminate themselves by testifying. Manson volunteered to Lake the slant when the women said they Koukl speak Oul Only in the presence of the after he finished his rambling bul some times moving acc Cunt of his life and philosophy the judge asked if he would repeal in for the jury. It s no possible. M an son said because whal i be said a fore i be already forgotten there s a reason to he on a defense but my counsel does t know the questions. He does t know the Case. The women each said softly when asked if they wished to testify. Alloney Paul Fitzgerald speaking for the , said the women gave no reason for changing heir minds Aboul is indicated Char lie had summed up More eloquently than anything they could tic i Ido. Ordered Hie jurors in disregard any earlier references to testimony by the de few plants and old jurors he re regret cd the week Long recess. He noted that a great Deal of time has been saved because of developments of he last few Days conceivably preservation of the defense had been expected to be lengthy. Manson s attorney to vote a mistrial after he stepped from the stand on grounds the jury might somehow get word of wha he said. The judge turned Down. Manson 36j chieftain of a Rov on red ing hippie Type family is trial with the. Others Wilh murder and conspiracy. He is accused of planning the snort ing Sla ubing deaths to touch off a Black while revolution Hen of ordering his followers to exe cute the plan. I have one Law

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