Dalmas Nelson lawsuit in Los Angeles Times

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T H E N E W S W-N-C-E Van Nuys, (Colif.)--Tueiday, April 9, 1968 3 Valley Professors File Suit Over Subversive Rule . . . . . . . . . . , . . , . . r _ . . 1 . _ , l .!.,, n n i r i U . v i n n t K I I I 1 4}K A l l J I C l P S C I ' l l l C OHtll. I ' e f l U i t P I a f f i c 4, Van of of the i government by force or vio- Thrrr San Fernando Valley State College professors .VPS- ,terday challenged the constitutionality constitutionality of state laws regulating regulating membership of public employes in any subversive group. The statutes disputed in the Superior Court suit, filed hy the American Civil Liberties Union, make it mandatory for any public employe, when subpoenaed before a governing governing body, to answer all questions questions on political affiliations. It also makes it a felony to take the oath of office while i advocating overthrow of the car lence or later to become a member of the Communist Party or any other subversive group. If convicted, a person aces one to 14 years im- jrisonment. The state laws additionally order discharge of any public employe who is a member of at Communist Party or any other subversive organization The suit was filed on bphalf of Vern L. Bullough, a history professor; Dalmas H. Nelson, a political science professor: and C. V. Meteler, an engineering engineering professor. Bullough and Nelson contended contended the state laws cause them to "fppl inhibited'' while teaching the doctrine of Karl Marx, the "Communist Manifesto" and other revolutionary revolutionary works as a part of their courses. MPtzler said he teaches about engineering developments developments in Russia and oihet Communist countries when materials are available. The suit alleged the professors professors feel "uncertain as to what they may say or teach" due to the state's laws, which were termed unconstitutional because they violate freedom of speech and assembly, and the guarantee against self- incrimination. The professors asked the court to grant a preliminary injunction stopping state college college trustees from applying the laws as a condition of employment employment until a determination determination on constitutionality is made. No date was set for a hearing. In a news conference prior to filing the suit, ACLU Atty. A. L. Wirin announced the Ixs Angeles Board of Education had repealed one of its board rules regarding a loyalty oath. The board regaled Rule ]907 concerning three questions questions new employes are asked before they can work for the Los Angeles School District. The questions concern membership or affiliation with the Communist Party or any other subversive group. The reversal of the board rule came after Mrs. A l i c e Ball filed suit against the School District when she allegedly allegedly was refused part-time employment at 1/R Angeles City College. Mrs. Ball, represented by the ACLU, refused to sign the oath. Her case has been continued continued until May 31. A spokesman for Jerry F. Halverson, board legal adviser, adviser, reported another rule, 1901, was amended March 25 as a result of a State Supreme Court ruling the previous Pec. 21. The high court held the Lev- oath, required of all public employes, war, unconstitutionally unconstitutionally vague. The ruling came In the case of Vogel vs. The County o Los. Angeles, another cas« In which the ACLU represented the plaintiff. The board ordered the sec-, ond paragraph of its Rule be stricken. The paragraph also concerns political affiliations. affiliations. FIRST TIME OFFER! ANTIQUE MIRROR BLOCKS EVERYTHING IN GLASS AND MIRRORS WHOLESALE TO THE PUBLIC DISCOUNT CLASS Showroom 4209 Lonkerlhim, No. Hollywood 24 HOUR SERVICE 769-3361 · 877-5850 · 984-0375

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  1. The Van Nuys News,
  2. 09 Apr 1968, Tue,
  3. Page 8

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