Dalmas Nelson Wins Injunction
Professor Wins Court Suit Against State Loyalty Oath California's loyalty oath and certain State Government Code requirements on the teaching of "subversive" sub- ;jects have been successfully challenged in Los Angeles Superior Court. . The challenges were contained in two suits heard sepa- ( rately by Superior Judge Robert S. Thompson. Judge Thompson on Friday .ordered the State Dept. of Education to issue a junior college credential to 35-year- old John J. McManmon, an English professor who refused to sign the oath on grounds he felt it was unconstitutional. Cites Precedents .* McManmon, of 3155 S. Barrington AvÂ«. in the Mar Vista section of Los Angeles, complained his refusal to sign the oath resulted in his application for a credential being denied last March 27. ! . Judge Thompson, in order- Ing the writ of mandate, said Arrest Seven In Shooting Over Drugs Three adults and four juveniles were'-arrested on charges of attempted murder in the shooting of a 23-year-old San Fernando man, police reported. The victim, James Guadagno, 543 Harding Ave., remained in "very critical" condition at Holy Cross Hospital following the 9:30 am. shooting Friday in his home. Refused Rebate The suspects, all of Sylmar, were arrested at midnight Friday by San Fernando and Sheriff's officers and booked ' at San Fernando Police Station. he based his ruling on Supreme Court precedents. Dep. Atty. Gen. Edward Belasco, who opposed issuance of the credential, said office did not contemplate appeal since Supreme Court decisions on the loyalty oath directly govern the matter. Grants Injunction Attorneys A. L. Wirin Fred Okrand of the Civil Liberties Union represented both McManmon the three San Fernando Valley State College professors who brought the second complaint. Judge Thompson granted the trio a preliminary injunction prohibiting the state college trustees from enforcing laws which prevent the teaching of subversive subjects. Drs. Vern L. Bullough, a history professor; C. V. Metzler, an engineering professor; and Dalmas H. Nelson, political science professor, contended the laws "inhibited" them in presenting doctrines of Karl Marx, Communist Manifesto" and other revolutionary works. * Limit Given In addition, the professors contended the laws hampered teaching engineering developments in Russia and other Communist countries. The injunction is good until the matter comes to trial, however. At stake is the constitutionality of four State Code sections and on* State Education Code section concerning disclosing past or present membership in subversive organizations, and advocating or teaching programs of sabotage, force sedition. No trial date has been Judge Thompson said he issued the injunction to "maintain the status quo thÂ« laws concerning this subject are not being enforced."