Rentschleer Appeals Contempt Sentence
Rentschler appeals contempt sentence ... the County's needs a and out life from what the NORFOLK, Va., (AP) -William H. Rentschler, President Nixon's 1968 Illinois campaign manager, has been fined $300 and sentenced to 30 days in jail on a contempt of court charge. The charge arose from bankruptcy hearings concerning the collapse of a Norfolk sporting goods chain he operated. Rentschler is originally from Hamilton. Rentschter, who is under indictment in Chicago on mail fraud, charges, immediately announced an appeal after being sentenced by U. S. District Judge Richard B. Kellam. He was released on $1,000 bond. Rentschler, 48, a two time unsuccessful candidate for the GOP Senate nomination in Illinois, managed Nixon's successful Illinois campaign for President in 1968. He worked briefly for a White House agency af(er s Nixon's election before returning Chicago in 1970 for another try for his party's Senate nomination. Kellam, refusing a plea that the jail time be suspended, said Rentschler had angered the federal bankruptcy court here on two counts -- his failure appear at three hearings and failure to produce records of the now defunct sporting goods chain. The sporting goods chain, U. S. Distributing Inc., brought before bankruptcy Judge Hal J. Bonney Jr. Aug., 1973, on an inv o l u n t a r y petition filed by three creditors. The court action came 16 months after the chain was purchased by' Chicago holding company conlroled by Rentschler. At a hearing in the Bonney had maintained the chain was "milked mismanaged to ruin."