New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 30, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Amid stormy scenes at the Parliament building, many Iranian deputies boycotted public debate on the American hostages today, leaving the 228-seat legislature short of its 179-member quorum and forcing postponement of the session until Sunday.
Sixty-six deputies defied appeals by Tehran radio and Iran’s chief Judge Sadegh Khalkali that they attend today — many of them protesting any action on release of the captives before the U.S. presidential elections Nov. 4.
Khalkhali, the stern Islamic judge who has sent scores of convicted criminals before firing squads and is known as a hardliner on the hostage issue, stormed to the rostrum, screaming and waving his white turban over
his head, and pleaded for a quorum so debate could begin.
The deputies in attendance shouted that debate should be held even without a quorum, a Danish radio correspondent reported from the scene.
Saying he was “no friend of the United States or Jimmy Carter,’’ Khalkhali said that regardless of the effect of the hostage issue on the presidential election, it was a problem the assembly was obliged to tackle, the reporter said.
Dozens of boycotting deputies milled outside. They sent a message into the hall saying a debate would only “help the cause of the United States, and especially Jimmy Carter,” the reporter said.
A source close to the debate said the
boycotters wanted to stay clear of the U.S. election to avoid any appearance of collusion with the Carter administration over release of the hostages, in their 362nd day of captivity today.
The protest by hardline deputies was joined by a second smaller faction which opposes releasing the Americans on general principle. Some deputies have called for spy trials for the hostages.
After a delay of an hour, only 162 deputies showed up and parliamentary Speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani dismissed those gathered in the assembly hall.
He lashed out at the Western news media and again claimed the United States was involved in the Iran-Iraq war. “At the very moment when we were due to discuss the special
commission’s report on the hostages the defenseless people of Dezful were smothered in blood and dust by ground-to-ground missiles,’’ he said, referring to last week’s Iraqi rocketing of the army garrison town.
“America has received many blows and will not calm down easily, and its provocations against this nation will always continue,” he said. ‘‘I declare that the hostage issue has nothing to do with the Iran-Iraq war and the Americans should bear in mind that such last ditch actions and in terference in the destiny of this nation will not remain unanswered."
Pars, Iran’s official news agency, confirmed the session was canceled and said the discussion of the findings of the special committee is scheduled for 8 a.m. Sunday.
However, reporters for Pars said it was not
clear that all deputies would agree to disco the hostage issue at that time.
Many deputies have said they were more concerned about the Iran-Iraq war and Hat sanjani, President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr a 1 other officials met today with Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to discuss the conflict, Pars said.
Leading political figures in Iran have em phasized recently the Majlis is not concerned with the outcome of the election and intends to make its decision independent of U.S. politii ;. More than one-third of the Majlis voted last Sunday to postpone the hostage debate indefinitely to concentrate instead on the war with Iraq, but the majority voted to go ahead with the hostage issue in private
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Candidates push quest for votes
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Out to gather votes, and obviously no moss in the process, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan are each rolling through five cities today, trying to tie down key states before the election just five days away.
Carter began his day in Pennsylvania and was winding up in South Carolina. His Republican challenger started out in Texas and was ending up in Pennsylvania which, just incidentally, represents the largest bloc of undecided electoral votes.
The president was talking to Polish and Hebrew groups in Philadelphia, visiting New York’s •garment district,-attending rallies in Saginaw, Mich., and St. Louis, and spending the night in Columbia, S.C. For Reagan, the itinerary is Texarkana; New Orleans; Ixidi, N.J.; Philadelphia; and Pittsburgh.
Texas, where Reagan started his day, is considered too close to call for either Carter or Reagan arid has 26 electoral votes. Pennsylvania, where Carter started his day and Reagan ends his, has 27 votes in the electoral college and is also considered a toss-up state.
John Anderson, the independent candidate, was not doing as well as a traveler — hitting just Brooklyn and Stanford, Conn., today — but he was at least saying something neither of the other candidates would.
Anderson said Wednesday that as the man who wasn’t there, he was the loser in Tuesday night’s Carter-Reagan
debate. The contest “skewed the perception,” Anderson said in Philadelphia, transforming the campaign "into a two-man race instead of it being the three-man race I think it should have been.”
Carter and Reagan also talked Wednesday about the debate, each trying to knock down what the other said before more than IOO million viewers the night before, but neither would say who won.
Two surveys taken by The Associated Press indicated both Carter and Reagan picked up an equal amount of support from the debate — 6 percentage points.
A poll taken Monday had the standings of the candidates as Reagan 43 percent. Carter 33 percent and Anderson 8 percent. After the debate, a similar poll put the figures at Reagan 49 percent, Carter 39 percent and Anderson 6 percent.
As for the catch-up after Tuesday night’s rhetoric, Reagan said in Houston that Carter in the debate implied the windfall profits tax on oil would be paid by the major oil companies.
“Who is he trying to kid?” the Republican asked. “That tax will be paid by you and me, by the consumer in this country.”
And, without explaining where his figure came from, he told the Texas crowd, “That tax will be responsible for
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Bush pursues Hispanic vote with promise of aid for aliens
CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) — George Bush was back in South Texas today — continuing the intensive Republican pitch to the state’s Hispanics as the race for Texas’ crucial 26 electoral votes goes to the wire.
Bush told a small crowd at the airport here that school districts burdened by a federal court order to provide a free education to the children of illegal aliens could expect federal aid from a Ronald Reagan administration.
The GGP vice presidential nominee planned to visit the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio before flying north to Dallas later this afternoon.
A Houston federal judge this summer told Texas schools to open their doors to the undocumented children. Several border school districts have complained the additional schoolchildren would overly tax their already strained budgets.
Bush said he supported the judge’s decision, but added that the federal government should help the school districts “so no overburdened school community will be forced to carry a burden they can’t bear.”
“No one of conscience, no one of concern, can say these kids shouldn’t be educated,” he said.
Bush also contended that federal programs designed to bolster minority businesses have diminished under the
Carter administration. He promised that under Reagan, such programs would flourish.
The Republican vice presidential hopeful met with a group of about 20 Hispanic leaders after his arrival in Corpus Christi.
After the meeting, Nelson Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, said the group of about 14,000 businessmen has decided to endorse the Republican ticket.
“We believe that Gov. Reagan ... is the only individual who will insure that Hispanic enterprises in the United States will receive their fair share,” Rodriguez said. “Jiminy Carter’s administration has systematically reduced all government programs which assist Hispanic business persons.”
Bush responded to the endorsement with a promise that a Reagan administration would be more sensitive to the Mexican government in developing business along the U.S.-Mexican border, and in discussions of water rights and other issues.
Bush is scheduled to speak to about 500 supporters at a Corpus Christi rally Thursday morning before traveling to Harlingen and Dallas Thursday afternoon.
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Two Houston juveniles suspects in robbery try
Two juveniles were taken into police custody last night for the aggravated robbery of a convenience store and attempted aggravated murder of a police officer.
New Braunfels Police Department detectives said the two juveniles, aged 15, robbed U-Tote-M on 508 luanda St. of an undetermined amount of cash at
6:50 p.m. yesterday, using a small-caliber revolver.
Approximately three hours later, the juveniles, who were driving a stolen copper-colored 1979 Chevy pickup, fired shots at a city police car on the 500 block of South Academy Avenue, police said adding that vehicle had been stolen from Franklin.
New Braunfels police apprehend! the juveniles while they were eat)ii a motel on IH-35 at approximately 11.20 p.in. last night.
No one was injured in the police detectives said The juveniles, who are fn Houston, are charged with . capital murder and aggrav: bery, police detectives said
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MCKINNEY (AP) — A four-month legal nightmare ended for Candace Montgomery when a jury found her innocent of murder, but her attorney says the summer afternoon she killed a friend with 41 blows from a three-foot ax will haunt her forever.
The 30-year-old suburban housewife was acquitted of murder Wednesday after she confessed she hacked her former lover’s wife to death in self defense.
The sandy-haired, bespectacled defendant began trembling when the
verdict was read at 4:40 p.m., but .stared straight ahead, her hands clenched in her lap.
Ushered quickly from the courthouse, Mrs. Montgomery and her husband, Pat, avoided news reporters and photographers. They soon will move to Atlanta from this North Central Texas city, where residents have talked of little but the grisly killing since Mrs. Gore’s mutilated body was discovered June 13.
The innocent vei dict, returned by a nine-woman, three-man jury that deliberated just over three hours,
climaxed a sensational trial marked by dramatic testimony and legal maneuvering.
Each day, residents of surrounding towns lined up outside the courtroom to get a ringside seat for the show that beat anything on daytime television. The spectators’ reaction to the verdict was mixed.
But lead defense attorney Don Crowder, whose antics resulted in two contempt citations from State District Judge Tom Ryan, said he was, “Very pleased. Very pleased.”
Asked what convinced the jury to find his client innocent, Crowder said, “If I knew that, I would be a millionaire.”
The dapper young attorney shocked a packed courtroom during jury selection by announcing his client had killed Mrs. Gore, but was fighting for her own life at the time.
District Attorney Tom O’Connell said while prosecutors were not surprised by the self-defense angle, “what we didn’t know ... was just what the specifics of the self-defense theory would be.”
O’Connell declined to comment on the verdict itself, saying, “We do our job, and they do their job.”
Jurors and family members also refused to comment on the trial’s outcome.
Crowder based his self-defense cast* on Mrs. Montgomery’s brutally detailed account of her visit to Mrs. Gore’s Wylie home on Friday, June 13
She said the former schoolteacher struck her twice with the ax after confronting her about a 10-month affair she had with Allan Gore.