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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - July 25, 1976, High Point, North Carolina Ika High Point Enterprise sunday july 25. 1976 tampering with jury four cases cited hew promises change in Rule making process char9ed Iii Rome a. A by John Stowell associated press writer Washington api David Mathews Secretary of health. Education and welfare announced saturday what he called sweeping reforms of the department s Rule making process to give the Public a bigger voice in forming social policy the project has been Mathews highest priority since he left hts Job As president of the University of Alabama a year ago to become a member of the Ford Cabinet under the new procedure hew will first publish a notice of intent to prepare regulations and seek Public guidance before it actually writes rules Gearhart body sent to states Washington a the body of Daniel Gearhart an american mercenary executed in Angola was expected to arrive Iii Portugal sunday in route to the United states. A state department spokesman said saturday that arrangements have been completed for shipment of the body and it a will be departing Angola in Lisbon a in s. Embassy spokesman said the body should arrive in Lisbon sunday he said it will be put on the first available plane to new York the state department spokesman said details on arrival would require approval of Gearhart a family Gearhart 34. Left his wife and four children in suburban Kensington. Md., in february to fight As a mercenary with pro Western forces against the marxist popular front in Angola. In Angola he was captured by cuban troops aiding the marxist popular front he was put on trial with other mercenaries and he and three britons were executed by an angolan firing squad on july to in Luanda because of alleged War crimes while lighting the Mula David Mathews a we will not put Forward a major proposal until the people affected by it have had their say. Mathews said in a statement the Secretary has expressed concern that hew wields enormous Powers in a vacuum when it writes voluminous regulations to implement a Law passed by truck line Salvage a plastic pipe a building supplies a clothing a groceries a carpet a furniture a cloth a hardware hundreds of items Many below wholesale open Mon. Thru sat. Confederate Salvage sales 3015 North main St. High Point . Congress with Little if any legislative debate and no Public comment until Basic decisions have already been made by bureaucrats in the past regulations prohibiting discrimination against females and protecting the privacy of students records have created so much controversy that Congress has had to Amend the Laws to make its intent Clear. Mathews said he believes that hew s Rule making Powers Are at least As potent in terms of human Impact As the department s $128 billion budget and 135.000 employees a under the previous system when the need for a regulation arose the department consulted largely with the groups having a special interest in a Given program and then proposed a regulation which often reflected their common he said a a policeman has accused Billy Johnson one of nine persons on trial for prostitution charges of talking with a juror during a court recess. Detective Ralph Kilgo said the incident happened about a week ago. According to . Atty James Baker. A hearing on a jury tampering charge is scheduled monday District court judge Albert j Henderson said he could declare a mistrial if the government pushed the matter Johnson accused of heading a prostitution ring operating in several states talked with a male juror during the noon recess july 15, Kilgo said. The detective said he did not know the name of the juror but recognized him As being a member of the panel Baker said if there has been jury tampering he would favor replacing the juror with an alternate. Women s group protests leniency of sentences Morganton apr a women s organization whose Leader says a something s got to be done Quot about crime has protested the outcome of four cases in Burke county District court the cases were a not guilty finding in a charge of assault on an officer reduction of a felony charge to a Misdemeanour in the seizure of a Pound of marijuana a a prayer for judgement continued on a reckless driving charge and a reduction of charges against two youths charged with breaking into to area churches the Burke county women s crusade against crime has protested what it Calls injustice in the handling of the four cases the organization has watched proceedings in District court for about three months and has relayed its protest of the four cases to court officials. A we Don t want the people to think that we Are harsh and have no mercy but crime continues to increase a Blanche Crump Leader of the organization said in a recent interview with the Morganton news Herald. Mrs. Crump said the group has about 20 members and it generally opposes leniency in courts a a we re not mrs Crump says a we Are not Down on any part of the system a she said the group protested the four cases because they involved Legal technicalities which prevented conviction or plea bargaining that the group considered unjustified because arresting officers were not consulted. Assistant District attorney de Crotty prosecuted two of the four cases one of which occurred six months ago. In a recent interview he said he did not see any useful purpose when a a Layman comes and looks at a naked record and has got some questions about it some time plea bargaining was involved in both of Crotty a cases which have been criticized by the group a of the thousands of decisions that i be made if those Are the Only ones they want to quibble with. In be got a pretty Good Crotty said a it is my policy to always consult with the officer whenever possible a a he said. A we make the decision. And. By god. We make mistakes. We make thousands of decisions we re not going to let any other official Tell us How to make that decision Quot Crotty said. Judge Sam Tate of Morganton presided Over three of the cases criticized by the women s group he told the news Herald he sided with Crotty but he said of the organization a i think they re doing a Good Job. And i commend them for it Quot of Pioneer when you want something better Csc. 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