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Wednesday, November 13, 1968
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2-Palm Beach Post, Wed., November 13, 1968 Veterans Off icer Vought Under Fire; Probe Set ' that since Burns had contacted him over the weekend he had heard of several instances where there were Irregularities. Neither Van Kessel nor Commissioner E. D. Gaynor recalled ever receiving complaints. County Commissioner Edward Bandlow was not at the meeting. Vought was out of his office Tuesday afternoon and could not be reached for comment. In other action Tuesday, the commission : the Central Bank of Palm Beach County to buy $190,000 worth of revenue bonds for a street Improvement project at an Interest rate of less than five percent; Received the following bids for contract on the site Improvements at the Belle Giade, Dist. 5, Vehicle Inspection Center, Crabtree Construction Co., $37,164.60, Rubin Construction Co. $33,880.50, and Belvedere Construction Co. $38,080. Set Thursday at 10 a.m. as a special administrative meeting with the county airport committee to discuss the Palm Beach Industries proposal for construction of a complex of buildings, offices and a fixed-base operation at Palm Beach International Airport (PBIA), and terms In a lease being negotiated with Butler Aviation Co. for property that firm now occupies at PBIA; Approved the proposal of t r i i f g&w...., ,' '.'- I' V,-'. .? t ' v ; ?.:: Ray Wins Postponement Of Trial Until March 3. STORM FURY Wild. surf rolls under the Boardwalk and pounds over the protective bulkhead in the Inlet section of Atlantic City Tuesday -. .vi . -.; ttntoiiiakfcrfJhkAJaji.V as a northeaster rakes Streets in the area were damage reported. Open to is beyond the protection of the Constitution." Yet, 70 years earlier, the court ruled that It did cover obscenity laws, according to the film. Chief Justice Earl Warren and Justice Abe Fortas were singled out as being particu J V. MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -James Earl Ray won a postponement Tuesday until March 3 of his first-degree murder trial in last spring's assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The defendant was reported hopeful of doing better when the Republican national administration takes over early next year. The state vigorously but "I I ! Pornography Panel Holds By MAKY SEMPEPOS Staff Writer A committee of three has been appointed to Investigate assertions made Tuesday that Palm Beach County Veterans Service Officer George Vought is neglecting his duties. Richard H. Burns Sr., a World War II and Korean War veteran, told the county commission at its meeting Tuesday morning that he had been to Vought's office on 20 occasions and had never found him there. County Commission Chairman E. F. Van Kessel said Tuesday afternoon that John Turner, county personnel director; Henry Hohman, special assistant to County Administrator Jack Dean, and County Commissioner E. W. Weaver will study the charges and report back to the full commission. Burns, a painter by trade but unemployed since January, described the situation as "a very sorry problem," and spoke of "long lines" at the Datura Street office. He suggested to the commissioners that Vought be replaced "immediately." Supporting Burns' comments was district nine American Legion commander Cornelius Johnson who said that In his official visitations to legion posts throughout the county he had received "numerous complaints." Three other veterans spoke before the commission praising Vought. Robert Pitcher said: "He's been there every time I've been to the office, except once. I think the man has done a good Job." Henry Hill commented: "I work with Mr. Vought (as a veterans liaison officer) and though we have had our differences, I've never heard any complaints." A little later In the discussion, however, Hill stood up again to say that Vought was receiving credit for some of the work actually done by liaison officers such as himself. Also speaking favorably for Vought was Chester Freeman. County Administrator Jack Dean said he had never had any complaints and then submitted Vought's monthly service report which indicated Vought had interviewed 862 veterans and traveled 1,262 miles. Commissioner George Warren said he had once had a complaint and Weaver said Bishops' Committee Drafting Pill Letter n X Meeting A panel appointed by the West Palm Beach City Commission, which is to serve as an advisory board on pornography, met In its regular monthly session Tuesday night at City Hall. This meeting was different, however, the public was invited to attend. At their last meeting, the members of the board decided to purchase material which they considered to be obscene. Their display of books, magazines and newspapers was placed on a table for the scrutiny of the audience. An attorney on the committee said that the laws presently on the books are good enough if they could only be enforced. Mail laws of the United States are also violated by the great traffic in obscene literature, it was said. Some store managers have been aware of this problem for some time but have difficulty in keeping the undesirable publications out of their stores, committee members said. Several drug stores have screened out objectionable publications and refuse to sell them. One member of the audience claimed that good sex education would protect young people from the harmful Influences of obscene literature. The panel disagreed and gave examples of many unfortunate Instances of crimes Influenced by pornography. A fllmstrip with recorded narration, "Target Smut" presented a brief history of pornography and the courts up to the present day. Lower courts had a strict record of opposing the sale of pornography for many years. Twenty-six cases were taken to the Supreme Court and all of them were reversed by the court after the defendants had been held in violation of law by the lower courts. The Supreme Court had ruled that the "subject matter Kay Attorney Di Race savows MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -Percy Foreman, taking over James Earl Ray's defense against a murder charge in the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., told a King follower Tuesday race had nothing to do with his taking the case. "I want you to know that the last man I represented was a man of your race," Foreman told Solomon Jones, a Negro who was King's chauffeur last April 4 when the civil rights leader was slain in Memphis. "I want you to know that the color of my skin has got nothing to do with my taking this case," Foreman said as he encountered Jones In a corridor of the Shelby County office building, adjoining the RAY'S ATTORNEY Percy Foreman of Hoaston, Texas, leaves the Shelby County Courthoase in Memphis, Tenn., after attending the appearance of his client, James Earl Ray, in court Tuesday Morning. Bond Cut Denied Bolita Defendants V v.-V 'J - w ee..w (APWIrtphoto) the Atlantic Seaboard. flooded but no serious Public larly tolerant of pornography, by the film. The conclusion of the film was that the Supreme Court lies at the root cause of the flood of obscene literature. The audience was urged to help educate the public. olics out of the Church. They wanted the U. S. hierarchy to follow the example already set by the bishops of Canada, France, Belgium, Germany and other Western European nations. Bishops in those countries urged Catholics to give respectful attention to the Pope's teaching but to leave the way open fr individual couples to make their own' decision that they can in good conscience practice contraception. Bishops in the second group emphatically noted that' Pope Paul recently accepted "with satisfaction" the Canadian bishops' pastoral letter. That letter contained a forthright recognition of the rights of private conscience. It appeared possible that the language of the Canadian pastoral already demonstrated to be acceptable to the Vatican might become a model for the American statement. The pastoral letter is tentatively scheduled for release after the bishops' meeting ends Friday. Voting may not get underway until Thursday. Also causing concern to the assembled bishops was the bitter dispute between Cardinal O'Boyle and 44 of his priests whom he hs disciplined for taking public issue with his view that the Pope's views on birth control are absolutely binding on anyone who wishes to remain a Catholic in good standing. The dissenting priests have appealed to the Conference to mediate the dispute, but O'Boyle has made clear he would not welcome any such Intervention. O'Boyle in turn has proposed that the dissenters talk over the matter with Bishop Joseph L. Bernadin, general secretary of the bishops' conference, acting as an individual rather than an official representative of the hierarchy. The priests have declined this, holding out for formal mediation. Their hopes of getting it were dimmed when Cardinal Lawrence Shehan of Baltimore, chairman of the bishops' mediation committee, told the conference Tuesday morning he felt that the priests had made a very serious error In Judgment in re-, jecting Bemadin's good offices, and expressed hope they would reconsider. the walls. Although there haa been talk of augmented security for the accused men, there appeared to be no more than the usual number of police and attendants at the courthouse. The FBI and Secret Service agents continued their investigation into a possible link between the alleged plot against Nixon and the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy In Los Angeles last June. Kennedy's accused assassin, Sirhan B. Sirhan.alsols an Arab. An official said a "very large quantity" of correspondence from overseas was found In the Namer's poor, three-room apartment. Many were In Arabic and were being translated In the hope of gaining clues to the family's activities. Friends of the elder vainly opposed the continuance granted by Criminal Court Judge W. Preston Battle In favor of Ray, a 40-year-old escaped convict. "He's been here four months or better and It appears to me he's trifling with the court," Asst. Dist. Atty. Gen. Robert K. Dwyer said. He referred to Ray's return to Memphis after his capture June 8 In London, " wU U FT IT FT 4 on $30,000 and $20,000 bonds, respectively. They have also posted trial bonds of $37,500 and $48,000 each. Defense counsel, Richard Bcrgstresser of Miami had asked for the bond reduction. The defendants were convicted of setting up a lottery and conspiring to set up a lottery. Pino was also convicted of bribery. The operation grossed $10,000 a week In the Glades area and $100,000 a week In South Florida, officers testified at the trail. Pino was sentenced to 11 years and three months In prison and De la Hoz to six years and three months. Millan remains in the county Jail awaiting sentence. State Sells Bond Issue For Schools By JACK HARPER TaJlahaosee Bureau TALLAHASSEE (AFN) -The bond issue of $725,000 to finance construction of Junior college and vocational-technical education facilities in Bay County was sold by the State Board of Education Tuesday. The purchaser was Bay National Bank and Trust Co. of Panama City with a net Interest bid of 4.4987 per cent. Commercial Bank and Trust Co. of Panama City also bid, but it was low at 4.5 per cent. Higher education bonds which were not sold at the bid opening were Escambia County, $2,850,000; Lee County, $340,000; Dade County, $5.9 million; and Duval County $2,8.50,000. The constitution approved In the Nov. 5 general election raises the maximum Interest which the state may charge from 4.5 per cent to 5.5 per cent. Three Hillsborough County banks purchased a $3 million Issue to finance a medical and nursing school at the University of South Florida in Tan- England. The defendant had been the target of the greatest manhunt in American history. ". . . The State of Tennessee Is ready for trial," Dwyer continued. "We have something like 90 witnesses alerted nationally and in various parts of the world to come in here. "What assurances are there that at the last moment the defendant might not come In " and say, 'I don't want this gentleman here.' " Whereupon Dwyer nodded toward 6-feet-4 criminal lawyer Percy Foreman, who took over the defense only last Sunday night from Arthur Hanes, 52, former mayor of Birmingham, Ala. "It's a unique case in the eyes of the world, but it's still a piece of business," Dwyer, 45, a peppery, grey-haired prosecutor, said. Hanes was fired because of Ray's Insistence that the scheduled opening of the trial be delayed, hopeful that he would do better after the new administration takes office. Hanes said he does not know the basis for Ray's hope. "All of this is a subterfuge," Hanes said. "James Earl Ray wanted a delay and we felt as his attorneys that now is the time to try the case . . . The climate seemed right." Hanes told newsmen that Ray's brothers, Jerry and John Ray, had refused to cooperate with him, and declared, "They have been working against us. In addition to having to fight everybody else, we've had to fight them." The plural "we" referred to Hanes and his son, Arthur Jr., who was his father's assistant in the case. In his written motion for a postponement, Foreman declared: "This application is not made for delay but that Justice may be done ... a serious disagreement with reference to his defense has arisen be tween him and his said attorneys, both as to strategy and to policy." "Defendant realizes that he will be on trial for his life, that he must use his best judgment and that same does not coincide with that of his present counsel, in material and important matters. He has undertaken to adjust to the thinking of his aforesaid attorneys, but is unable to do so." Ray Is charged with shooting King April 4 as the 39-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner, an adherent of civil rights nonviolence, stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in downtown Memphis. The defendant has pleaded Innocent to the charge. Defendant: Rape Victim 'Willing' A detective sergeant testified in Circuit Court Tuesday the defendant in a rape trial told him the 25-year-old alleged victim submitted willingly to sexual intercourse. Adam Mariano of 'he West Palm Beach Police Department said the accused, Charles Plnkney, 24, of 812 12th St., denied raping the woman or using a knife on her that was found In his possession. Pinkney was Indicted by the Grand Jury after the July 14 Incident In the downtown rea. Dr. Daniel H. Rowe, who examined the woman, testified she had scratch marks on her left side that could have been caused by a sharp object, even fingernails. He said the woman, cooperative and calm, at the time of the examination, had had sexual Intercourse within the 48-hour period prior to his examination. The trial is being presided over by Judge Russell O. Morrow. Asst. County Solicitor John Witt is prosecuting, and public defender Walter N. Colbath Jr. Is defending. The trial continues today. The Palm Beach Post 2751 S.Dixie Highway West Palm Beach, Fla. 33402 Published rvtry morning except Saturday and Sunday by Perry Pub. Ilcatlont, Inr , at 2751 S Dixie Highway, Weil Palm Beach. Fla. Entered aa aecond claai maU at Weil Palm Beard Published every Saturday and Sunday l combination with The Palm Beach Timet, as The Palm Beach Post Timet. Subscription rates and additional information on Editorial Pace. Pedestrian Hit By Car, 'Critical' A suburban West Palm Beach man was listed In "poor to critical condition" by officials of St. Mary's Hospital late Tuesday evening after being struck by a car Tuesday morning while crossing Interstate Highway 95 (1-95) on foot. John Burkette, 37, of 5376 Eadie Place, was walking north on 1-95 just south of the 45th Street exit, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. He reportedly was attempting to cross the median to aid a lady motorist whose vehicle was stationary on the shoulder of the northbound lane, apparently due to mechanical difficulties. An FHP spokesman said that Burkette was struck by a southbound vehicle driven bv Joel J. Mayor, 32, of 1706 Georgia Ave. Trooper J. E. Simpson reported that Burkette was knocked 112 feet in the air by the impact. Hospital officials said that Burkette sustained fractures of both legs and the left arm, multiple cuts, and other serious injuries. Protestors Vacate Hall . STORRS, Conn. (API About 150 anti-war protesters occupied a University of Connecticut administration building for about 24 hours before they marched out singing Tuesday. The head of the state police told the protesters they were about to be arrested a few minutes before the exodus occurred. The group marched across the campus to a restaurant singing "We shall overcome." No arrests were reported. The university in this rural village hasaboui 15.000 students. State Police Commissioner Leo Mulcahy appeared at the front door of Gulley Hall lo tell the demonstrators to "submit quietly to arrest." He told those inside that they would be given 15 minutes to send children and females outside. The protest began Monday morning with a demand by about 50 persons that the university declare an amnesty for all students and faculty Involved in a previous anti war demonstration Oct. 30. The protest group swelled during the day and evening hours after a confrontation in which they refused to discuss the protest with University President Homer Babbldge Jr. Auditorium Hoof Has 112 Separate Leaks His latest check of the "drippy" West Palm Beach Auditorium roof revealed that it produces 112 separate leaks, auditorium manager Ralph Boyes said Tuesday. Liability for damages in construction, either pending or threatened, Is a continuing project of Investigation bv cltv officials. The latest audience forced to play "musical chairs" as the result of a heavy downpour was the one which turned out Saturday night to hear the performance presented by Manto-vanl's orchestra. Car Dealer Named TALLAHASSEE (DPO Gov. Claude Kirk Tuesday appointed L. E. "Tommy" Thomas, a Panama City automobile dealer, to the Florida Public School Board. Thomas, a 43-year-old Republican, will serve as an at-large member with a term running until July, 1972. Thomas, formerly of Birmingham, Ala., has operated a business In Panama City since 1965. He served as First Congressional District campaign chairman for Richard Nixon In the recent presiden tlal campaign. WASHINGTON (UPI) A seven-member drafting committee headed by Bishop John J. Wright of Pittsburgh labored in secret Tuesday over the wording of a pastoral letter in which the U. S. Catholic hierarchy hopes to quell a revolt by some priests and laity against Pope Paul's ban on contraception. Before the committee as it worked in a carefully guarded suite of the Washington Hilton Hotel were written submissions from a number of bishops, giving their views on the matter. The drafting committee's product will be called up for debate, probably Wednesday, by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Two sharply conflicting viewpoints were represented in the closed-door deliberations, and the drafters had the task of finding some verbal formula that would command a sufficienly wide assent to be issued as a joint statement of the entire U. S. hierarchy. On one hand were prelates, like Cardinal Patrick O'Boyle of Washington, who felt that the controversy has gone beyond the specific issue of birth control and has become a challenge to the whole concept of papal authority. They would deal firmly with dissidents, warning them in effect to "obey or get out." On the other hand were bishops who feared that a hardline reassertlon of ecclesiastical authority would serve only to drive vast numbers of Cath- Cut backs Force Park Shutdown MIAMI (AP) Cutbacks in federal spending will force the closing of Everglades National Park two days a week, Supt. JohnC. Raftery said Tuesday. Fort Jefferson National Monument In the Dry Tortu-gas, 65 miles west of Key West, will be closed to the public, Raftery added. This was the famed prison where Dr. Samuel Mudd, the physician who treated President Abraham Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth, spent part of his four-year imprisonment. Raftery said the Everglades main park visitor center would be closed Monday and Tuesday. newsmen and photographers were kept at a distance from the Brooklyn Criminal Court room where the Jury was sitting so that the star witness could not be Identified. Little Is known about him except that he knew the Namers well and made his first contact with police by phone from a Brooklyn bar near their home. The suspects appeared briefly in court Tuesday morning before Judge John S. Fury who postponed the hearing until Friday at the request of attorneys for both sides because of the grand jury Investigation. The jury Is expected to take no longer than a day or two to decide whether to hand up Indictments. Every seat in the courtroom was taken and spectators lined Four Plead Innocent Of Robbery Four West Palm Beach men, charged with three counts each of armed robbery and assault to commit first degree murder, pleaded innocent at their arraignment in Criminal Court Tuesday. The men were charged in connection with the robbery of Kurt's Pharmacy, 521 Clematis St., and the shooting of clerk Omar Pasalados Sept. 29. Charged are: Douglas McDowell, 19, and his brother, James, both of 752 8th St.; Willie Fowler, 2t, of 1020 9th St., and Charles A. Bennett, 26, of 1343 9th Court. Held in the county Jail on $10,000 bond each, they have been scheduled for trial the week of Jan. 13, 1969. In other court action, Carl S. Wilt, 35, of 1825 Alice Ave., West Palm Beach, had his arraignment on a charge of assault with Intent to commit rape passed for one week. He is also charged with kidnapping and causing a minor to become delinquent. Wilt, orglnally charged with rape, an accusation tossed out by the Grand Jury, Is accused of assaulting a 15-year-old girl Oct. 19 near Forest Hill Boulevard and Florida'sTurnpike. He remains in the county jail on $5,000 bond. Namer said he never showed an Interest In politics. Golden said one of the mysteries was where the Namers, who worked as shipping clerks In a clothing factory, got the amount of money they reportedly offered the mystery Informant. He hinted that the plot could have been hatched outside the country. Nixon settled Into his new staff offices at the Hotel Pierre on Fifth Avenue, one block from his home, even though some of the space promised him was not immediately available because it was occupied by conventioneers. He was given the ultimate In security protection when he arrived here from a post-election vacation Monday. The 4th District Court of Appeals has denied bond reductions to two men convicted of operating a large-scale bolita operation even though they have made bond. The court denied the reduction to Pedro Pino, 64, and Jose de la Hoz, 62, both of Miami, who are appealing their October conviction In Palm Beach County Criminal Court. The court also ordered their appeal to be consolidated with that of the third defendant, Juan A. Millan, 28, of Paho-kee. Milaan was declared indigent earlier by Palm Beach County Criminal Court Judge Vaughn Rudnick, but the Appellate Court ordered Pino and De la Hoz to pay two-thirds of the $5,000 appeal cost. Pino and De la Hoz are free Court Refuses Libel Review WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court refused today to review the dismissal of a libel suit filed by a former county official against the Miami Herald. Robert M. Brake, former member of the Dade County Commission, argued that his suit contained sufficient charges of malice on the part of the newspaper to meet court requirements that this must be shown in libel cases Involving public figures. The Miami Herald replied the suit was thrown out because the two editorials and the cartoon at Issue were actually free of libel. The cartoon and the first editorial published In 1962 criticized the role of five commissioners In the resignation of the county manager In Miami. The second editorial in 1964 opposed amendments to change the structure of the Dade County government. The suit was filed against editor Don Shoemaker and an editorial writer as well as The Miami Herald Publishing Co. Mysterious Tipster Testifies In Assassination Plot Hearing NEW YORK (UPI)-A mystery witness told a Brooklyn grand Jury Tuesday that a Yemeni immigrant and his two sons tried to get him to join in a plot to kill Presidentelect Richard M. Nixon and offered him money to participate. He testified an hour and 20 minutes. The witness, who has never been identified, tipped police to the alleged conspiracy Friday, resulting in the arrests of Ahmed Namer, 43, and his sons, Hussein, 20, and Abdo, 18, Saturday. They have been held in $100,000 bail each on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, criminal solicitation and possession of weapons. Acting Brooklyn Dlst. Atty. Elliott Golden saw to It that

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