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Creech - WITNESS WAS 'THREATENED? Senate Committee May...
WITNESS WAS 'THREATENED? Senate Committee May Take Action; Intimidation Is Charged. WASHINGTON, April 17 (/P)—The senate civil liberties committee considered today whether to take action against a Harlan county, Ky., coal official accused of trying to intimidate one of its witnesses. During the committee's inquiry into anti-union activities in Kentucky's mountainous coal fields, Richard C. Tackett declared Ted Creech of the R. W. Creech Coal company had threatened to have him imprisoned for testimony he had given. Creech, called to reply to the accusation, said Tackett "told me he got drunk and made a statement to the court here and didn't know what he was talking about." Tackett had testified that t'h e chief deputy of the Harlan Coal Operators' association hired him to dynamite" the home of -a union organizer. He told the committee that while he stood outside the hearing room, Creech said to him, "you've fixed the coal operators," and that "he was going to have me back'in Harlan county and have me sent up for; a while." I Robert L. Bonham, U. S. deputy marshal who has custody of Tack- ett because he is under a peace bond at home, testified he overheard the conversation. j Bonham testified he had been with Tackett constantly and had not heard him make a statement to Creech that he had been drunk.

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  1. The Rhinelander Daily News,
  2. 17 Apr 1937, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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