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April 3, 1969

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Doctor? Sirhan V mGm * SIRHAN HOUSING PLAN v " ' ' A LM Aneeles »SSCm- man Alex P. darr.ia snid Varahille hv the stale fnr Attorney Tangle INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELEGRAM .By MARY NEISWtNDER Staff Writer With slow precision, defense attorneys for Sirhan Sirhan Wednesday attempted to break down the testimony of a psychiatrist whose findings--if believed by the jury- could put the killer of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in the gas chamber. . While the young Arab nalionlaist sat smiling at the counsel table, chief defense counsel . Grant ,Cooper slowly began chipping away at the testimony of USC psychiatrist Dr. Seymour Pollack. Before the first hour of cross-examination of the ruddy-faced psychiatrist ended, Cooper's usual paternal attitude began to fray. * * . *' * AND BEFORE !he second hour was over the doctor made several admissions which made points for the defense; The prosecution psychiatrist, who said under direct examination that although he believed Sirhan had a paranoid personality, he did not consider the young Jordanian psychotic, admitted he wrote two months ago that Sirhan was "psychotic' 1 . The admission was in a confiden- ESCAPED DEATH IN BOMBING Teresa Turner, 13, sifts through debris from a bomb that blew apart .the bathroom of her Palos Verdes Estates home seconds after she had left the shower._ Detectives believe the bombing was part of a price war involving her father, Thomas Turrer, president of a trash-hauling firm. -- St»O Photo by DICK EMERY Rundberg, Ex-Harbor Aide, Dies Former Los Angeles city councilman and harbor commissioner Karl L. Rundberg collapsed and died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack in his Pacific Palisades home: He was 70. Rimdoerg, who had a history of heart trouble, was one of the key figures convicted of a bribery charge last year in connection with a proposed $12 million world trade center on Terminal Island, the center has never been built. A superior court judge heeded doctors' warnings that a jail term would kill Rundberg and fined him $6,500 and placed him on probation for five years. Firemen were called to Rundberg's home about 7 a.m. today by his wife who found him slumped on the kitchen floor. He was treated with a resus- cilatior, then placed in a private ambulance and taken to Santa Monica Receiving Hospital. Doctors at the hospital emergency room said Rundberg was dead on arrival. L.A. HARKOR 13,850,000 Asked by Developer By JACK O. BALDWIN Maritime Editor The Los Angeles .Board of Harbor Commissioners Wednesday refused to recognize as legitimate a claim for $3,850,000 in damages sought by developer Keith Smith, currently under indictment by the L. A. County Grand Jury on bribery and perjury charges. Smith, president of San Sebastian D e v e l p m e n t Corp., filed the claim against the board charging the city had breached its contract to lease 25 acres of land on Terminal Island to his company. Under terms of the lease. Smith was to build a $l2-million World Trade Center building which would also serve as headquarters for the L.A. Har. bor Department. Dep. City Atty. Walter C. Foster stated Smith's claim "is not properly before the board." The legal adviser said the claim was not presented to the city within the time required by government code. ti:il report to Dist. Atty. Evelle Younger. Dr. Pollack, whose temper rose along with Cooper's, admitted he also wrote in the report that with additional interviews with Sirhan he could "probably" find additional symptoms of psychosis. "This defendant," shouted Cooper, "is on trial for his life . . . don't you think you should have asked for more time to examine him if you felt it was probable that more extensive i n t e r v i e w s would reveal more symptoms of psychosis?" "Dr. Diamond (Dr. Bernard Diamond, the ; chief defense psychiatrist) violently . . . asked me not to see Sirhan anymore . . . not to associate with this case any longer," the doctor answered. * * * t "THEN WHY didn't you call me . . .?" Cooper almsot yelled across the courtroom. The doctor's head bowed slightly, and in a voice almost inaudible answered: "I guess I should have, Mr. Cooper." Throughout his testimony, Dr. Pollack maintained his stand his diagnosis of Sirhan was that of a "paranoid personality, but not clinically psychotic." It was the term "clinical" that caused the witness and the defense attorney to clash. Also throughout his three days on the stand, the doctor maintained his theory that Sirhan did not have diminished capacity when he shot Kennedy. * * * * "HE HAD the capacity to form the.intent to kill, to harbor malice and to premediate the killing of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy," the prescution's key witness testified under direct examination. Dr. Poljac tore at the defense contention that the young Jordanian has "diminished capacity" and, therefore, was not capable of planning and executing the murder of the New ~ York senator. Dr. Pollack testified that he was "impressed with the psychological tests conducted on Sirhan -- but I could find no evidence in interviews with him that his mental illness is substantial." * * * * "I CANNOT SAY with any medical certainty that there was mental impairment that would prevent him from being able to maturely and meaningfully form the intent to kill. "Sirhan has some paranoid ideas but they aren't that substantial." A Lo? /neeles assemblyman Wednesday vowed to oppose legislation which would permit Sirhan B. Sirhan to be housed at the California Medkal Facility at Vacaville rather than San Quentin's death row if. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's assassin is sentenced to death. Democratic Assembly- man Alex P. Garcia said he would oppose such legislation, planned by the state Corrections Authority, to assure "there is no excess expenditure of taxpayers monies to. coddle Sirhan." Garcia called for'"less lavish" security facilities than the $5,000 three-cell suite being prepared at Vacabille by the state for Sirhan. A corrcctons spokesman Monday said the suite,would include a kitchen-dining room-bathroom area, a bedroom and a living room with a television set. Own Gun Kills Officer HAVE A SEEN-IN. See the "Homes for Sale" in today's Classified Ads! An off-duty Garden Grove' police officer was faiaiiy wounded Wednesday while cleaning his service revolver, according to Santa Ana police. Officers said William C. Guard, 22, son of Cypress Police Lt. Clyde Guard, was found dead in his Santa Ana home about 5:10 p.m. Detectives said the victim, who had been a member of the Garden Grove Po-. lice Department since November 1968, was shot once in the chest with;his .38-caliber service revolver. Foster said the lease became effective Sept. 8, 1967, but that Smith did not file his claim until Feb. 24 this year and "was not timely to the city." Smith is scheduled to stand trial June 2 on the Grand Jury indictment in which he is accused of five counts of bribery and five counts of perjury. Return Jobs to 43 Social Workers Disciplinary suspensions imposed against 43 social workers in an argument over a union meeting in a Los Angeles County welfare office were withdrawn Wednesday by the county Department of Public Social Services. Howard Holtzendorff, department deputy director, said the auditor has been asked to make up one day's pay withheld from 38 social workers and three days' pay for five supervisors. The deputy also said the county Civil Service Commission was informed the department now has adopted a uniform, policy covering use of county facilities for such purposes. The workers were suspended when they defied an administrator and met in an East Los Angeles office with the local leader of the Welfare Rights Organization. KARL RUNDBERG at 71 THE BEST BUSINESSMEN know it's smart, to advertise for help with a' Classified Ad. Dial HE 25959 todayl B u f f u m s ' b r i n g s you C a m e o ' s n ew.-''"'V:-:'~,i.-.- "Loop-the- Loop" h o s i e r y . . , i t m a t e s w i t h a n y g i r d l e for a s m o o t h p a n t y - h o s e look You never need to blush again over "garter-gap". Loop-lhe-Loop stockings were created to assure an uninterrupted line when wofn with your controller. 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