May 1963, Indictments
Reds' Indictments Scrapped NEW YOUK (AP ) - Fifleen- year-old federal imiictments agaiast eight convicted top ('om- munist leaders have been scrapped. The eight already have been punished for plotting agaiast the government. UrS. District Court .Judge Edmund L. Palmieri granted Ihe .Tustict Department permission to drop the indictments. The indictments were dropped on the grounds that it is too late now to conduct a successful prosecution and that (he defendants have served time in prison after| The eight released from indict' conviction on other indictments, iments are Gus Hall. Benjamin .1. The .scrapped indictments, un-j Davis Jr., Henry Winston, Robert der Ihe Smith Act, charged membership in a 'party teaching and TRY OUR OIUCIOUS FISH I CHIPS NIDAY NIGHTS advocating violent overthrow of the government. The eighl Communist leaders were convicted with three other first-string party leaders and were sentenced to prison in 1949 for conspiring to leach and advocate overthrow of the government by violence. The indictments dismissed were returned at the same time as the coaspiracy indictments, but never were tried. As the eighe men completed Iheir prison terms they were rearrested on the second charge, land released on J5 ,000 bail ^ach. G. Thompson, Jacob Slachel, John Gales, Gilbert Green and Carl Winter. Hall, fi2, is the top ranking officer of the party as national secretary. Gales quit the party in 1958, Winston, once the party's organizational secretary, went blind in prison and now spends much of his time abroad. The eight were convicted of conspiracy along with Irving Potash, John Williamson and the late Eugene Dennis. A twelfth defendant, the late William Z. Foster, had been granted a separate trial because of a heart ailment, but never was tried.