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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 18

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Monday, November 4, 1968
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IB Palm Beach Post, Monday, Nov. 4, 1968 Sirhan's 4Mind' Will Be Factor u Lynn D. Compton, chief deputy district attorney for Los Angeles county, heads up the three-man team which will go to court Dec. 9 unless the trial Is postponed again. "It doesn't take much of a guess," Compton says, "to as- By DICK KLEINER LOS ANGELES (NEA) -The man who will prosecute Sirhan Sirhan for the murder Of Sen. Robert Kennedy believes that Sirhan's "mental make up" will be a prime Issue in the trial. nn fo fffin Li U InJ LTU AN'S YOUR MAN Mote o 0 AN KESSEL if LOW PRESTIGE FOR U.S. RISING CRIME RIOTS MANAGED NEWS BANKRUPT SPENDING FALSE PROMISES FEDERAL CONTROL PEACE THRU STRENGTH RESPECT FOR LAW ORDER IN AMERICA KNOW THE TRUTH ECONOMY IN GOVT. HONEST GOVT. RETURN TO STATES RIGHTS sume that the defendant's mental make-up will be a prime consideration. In any homicide, the end result is the same a death but the real issue Is the state of mind of the slayer. "Sirhan's attorney has not entered a plea of insanity for his client, but the issue can still be raised. He might say the defendant lacks the capacity to premeditate murder-leading to what we call 'diminished capacity.' " The district attorney's office has hired isychlatrist to observe Sin in all his court appearam -lowever, under California . v , the prosecution's p .ycii t ist may not examine the dot ndant withoit his peuiission, and no sue1-permission has I .'en granted. "The court appointed a psychiatrist to examine Slrhar. Compton says, "but he repoi to the defense counsel. W ; have no access to his findings. The law Is weighted against us in this regard." O -pton is a burly, pipe-smoking ex-UCLA football star (Rose Bowl 1943) with an iron-gray crew-cut and a stylized star tattooed on his left forearm. His friends call him Buck. His aides In the trial will be Deputy District Attorneys John Howard and David Fitts. Howard was the first man from the DA's office to be called on the night of the murder and has been on the case ever since. Fltts was assigned to the case because he has the reputation of being one of the best trial men on the staff. Compton says the prosecu- PROVEN PROGRESS WITH FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY in the past 8 years! Airport Terminal 5 New County Parks County Wide Water & Sewer Study Court House & Jail Additions County Home & Hospital Additions Civil Defense Building 6 New Major Bridges over the Intracoastal Waterway GLADES: County Office Building Addition. tlon case is fully prepared, and he is ready to go to trial now. He expects the trial to be "tremendously long," beginning with a lengthy Jurypick-lng session. "The trial will take a couple of months after the Jury has been chosen," he says, "and that's a conservative estimate. I believe It will take a minimum of two weeks to pick the jury." A very strict court order which the district attorney's office is contesting at the Supreme Court level prohibits Compton or anyone else connected with the case from discussing anything relative to Its Investigation or prosecution. Thus Compton cannot comment on whether he believes the trial is a foregone conclusion. He does say that he hopes the testimony uncovers the "why" of the murder. "Whether or not we find out why," he says, "will depend a lot on the defense, and whether or not Sirhan testifies. I don't know whether I'd let him testify if I were the defense counsel." The case, obviously, has attracted more public attention than any in recent memory. Compton says this Is both good and bad. "It causes us," he says, "to put more effort into the case than is normal. We want to make sure we're not second-guessed. We've gone out of our way to run down obviously frivolous leads we've probably talked to more than 2,000 people. "But the public Interest is something of an asset, too. it forces us to spend a lot of time and effort on the case." One major question that remains is whether the state will ask for the death penalty. The answer to that is restricted by the court order, Compton believes.; "All I can say," he says, "is that we are prepared for that eventuality if the evidence warrants. Or some such bland statement like that." IIOIV CAN YOU FOR THIS, VOTE VOTE FOR THIS? REPUBLICAN! fin OF THE FOLLOWING LIM PULL DOWN THE LEVER ABOVE uu The Issue is QUALIFICATION VOTE THE MAN ERROL i y hicks The QUALIFIED Candidate Democrat She Didn't Mind HELENA, Mont (AP) There was an almost-perfect window display In a Helena women's store but for one small item. The serene face of the well-dressed mannequin did not reflect the flaw the shoes were on the wrong feet! STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES District 80 - Palm Beach - Martin Counties Pd. Pol. Adv. by Camp. Treas. BEST QUALIFIED BY EDUCATION BEST QUALIFIED BY EXPERIENCE U.S. President Richard M. Nixon U.S. Vice-President Gov. Spiro T. Agnew U.S. Senate Edward Gurney Justice Supreme Court District 1 Judge Richard Leavengood District 2 David L. McCain District 3 Wade Hopping Florida Public Service Commission Ray C. Osborne Judge 4th Dist. Court of Appeals 4th Appellate Dist John A. Reed, Jr. U.S. House, 9th Dist Robert W. Rust State Senate 33rd District ...L. A. Bafalis 34th District Joseph W. Humphrey 35th District Robert C. DeYoung State House of Rep. 76th District Donald H. Reed, Jr. 77th District Jack Poorbaugh 78th District William James 79th District Raymond J. Moudry 80th District John Jordan 8 1st District David C. Clark States Attorney Zell Davis, Jr. Public Defender Walter Colbath M.A. - IN EDUCATION M. ED. - FLA. ATLANTIC UNIV. B.A. - URSINUS COLLEGE L.L.B.- TEMPLE UNIVERSITY Before It's Too Late Let's Set The Record Straight! Some confusion seems to have developed in the past couple of weeks as to who stands for what in District 3 School Board contest. Let the records and facts speak and nobody will be confused. When the teachers and administrators walked out of our County School System last February: was announced as School Board candidate from Dist. 3 by the Executive Director of the CTA. Said announcement was wildly cheered by the striking teachers at the Auditorium MY OPPONENT WHO WHO seeing the critical teacher shortage and threat of closing our schools, volunteered, was accepted, and served in the school system during the crises - THELMA WYMER After our school board, through its chairman, time after time pleaded with the teachers to return to their classrooms with no animosity or disciplinary action: lJkflJf threatened the School Board with a law suit should they finally pick up If liJ the resignations of the teachers who said they did not and would not teach in Palm Beach County again, thus preventing recruiting new teachers who were willing to teach and keep the schools open. MY OPPONENT. llfM with 300 other parents and taxpayers signed an endorsement at this firlw time published in the Post-Times praising the board for their patient and intelligent manner in handling the crisis; also, at the same time appealing to the teachers to return to the classrooms before the deadline March 1 1 th? THELMA WYMER County Judge, Group 1 Gilbert T. Brophy County Judge, Group 2 James Stewart, Jr. Criminal Court William C. White Magistrate Small Claims Court Group 1 William R. Staab Group 2 Donald P. Kohl Group 3 Howard H. Harrison, Jr. Juvenile Court Judge Lewis Kapner Circuit Court Clerk Alfred Furtado, Jr. County Solicitor No Candidate Tax Assessor David L. Reed Tax Collector C. E. McGehee Sheriff William R. Heidtman Supt. of Schools Lloyd F. Early Supervisor Elections Robert C. Clark County Commissioners District 1 E. F. Van Kessel District 3 Robert C. Johnson District 5 Bill J. Bailey School Board District 3 4 Thelma Wymer District5 . . Ann B. McKay Port Commissioner District 1 John C. Cassidy District 2,Group 1 Scott French Group 2 Kenneth J. Ganaway Paid Adv. by lalt. Worth (.publican Club and Republkon Club a Palm karit Mm. Viola Irwin, pm Rp. Club of th. Polm rWh.; Cynthia Poacock, tntat. Rop. Club of th. Palm och.t; Ruth Cot, lolt. Worth Republican Club,- iunke Carter, rat. lad Worth Ropublkan Club. I ASK EVERY PARENT - EVERY CITIZEN - IN PALM BEACH COUNTY - WHICH CANDIDATE DO YOU THINK WAS OPPOSED TO THE TEACHER WALKOUT? WHICH CANDIDATE WILL THINK OF YOUR CHILD AND TAX DOLLAR IN THE FUTURE? VOTE INTEGRITY and HIGH QUALIFICATIONS

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