Page Eight ItOPK (ARK.) STAR Monday, October 14, 1974 Prosecution ready to open case New code calls for lighter marijuana penalty against former Nixon loyalists By DONALD M. ROTHBERG Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The prosecution is ready to open its case against five former Nixon loyalists with a long, step-by- step outline of how it contends they conspired to block the investigation of the Watergate break-in. Richard Ben-Veniste, an assistant special Watergate prosecutor, was scheduled today to deliver what he called "a rather full opening statement" that he predicted would run 214 hours. The defendants include three of the most powerful officials in the Nixon administration — former Atty. Gen. John N. Mitchell and Lx-Whitc House aides H. R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman. The other two defendants are former assistant Atty. Gen. Robert C. Mardian and Kenneth W. Parkinson, one-time lawyer for Nixon's re-election committee. Lawyers for Ehrlichman, Mardian and Parkinson planned to outline their defense cases immediately following Ben-Veniste's argument. Attorneys for Mitchell and Haldeman said they would de- lay their opening arguments until the prosecution had presented its entire case. David G. Bress, attorney for Mardian, said he would move for dismissal of the single charge against his client. If, as expected, U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica rejects his motion, Bress said he then would deliver his opening argument. All five defendants are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. All but Mardian also are charged with obstruction of justice, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. In addition, Mitchell is charged with two counts of lying to a grand jury, one count of lying to FBI agents and one of lying to the Senate Watergate committee, i Haldeman is charged with three counts of lying to the Watergate committee and Ehrlichman is charged with one count of lying to FBI agents and two counts of lying to a grand jury. Each of the perjury counts carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison with fines ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 for each. The indictment returned by a federal grand jury on March 1, 1973, charged the defendants "would corruptly influence, obstruct and impede" the investigation of the June 17, 1972, break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters. It took nine days to seat the jury of nine women and three men that will hear the case. Sirica admonished the jurors to discuss the case with no one and to "give each one of these defendants the same kind of a fair and impartial trial you would want to receive if you were seated in their place." He ordered them sequestered for the duration of the trial, expected to last three to four months. They are lodged at a motor inn about two miles from the courthouse. Saturday the day after the jury was sequestered, special Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski announced his resignation, effective Oct. 25. Aides said Jaworski, who had served for a year, waited until the jury was locked up before making the announcement to avoid any pre-trial publicity. By JOHN CHADWICK Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The maximum penally for simple possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use would be reduced from one year io 30 clays under draft legislation thai rewrites the U.S. Criminal Code. The reduced marijuana penalty is one of hundreds of changes in federal criminal laws found in the proposed legislation, an outgrowth of a massive project begun in 1966 by a commission appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Separate bills growing out of the commission's proposals, one developed by the Justice Department and the other by the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on criminal laws and procedures, have been combined into the draft legislation. Many of the changes the legislation would make are technical simplifications and improvements. Others are of major significance likely to prove controversial. The legislation is being prepared for introduction in the next Congress. Besides the change involving marijuana possession, here are some of the ways in which the present code would be altered. Provision is made for appellate review of sentences in federal criminal cases, on an appeal taken either by the government or a defendant, in an effort to reduce glaring disparities in penalties imposed by judges. Dissemination of obscene ma- terials to minors or to any person, in a way in which there is no opportunity to avoid exposure to it, would be prohibited. Commercial distribution to consenting adults would be banned only if this would be in violation of the laws of the slate in which it was disseminated. ^P | and Best Wishes *& « S Star Publishing Co. $ on your © I 7 Sth Anniversary • of community service in 9 • Hope and Hempstead County. 9 | We're proud of ff ou. f w • S BARRY'S « GROCERY & MARKET 218 East Second 777-4404 Hope, Ark. OUR SINCERE TO.... Star Publishing Co. to have such a good community newspaper with 75 years behind it, which, means a lot to the people of Hope, Hempstead and surrounding counties. T family center 600NO. 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