The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 21, 1949 · Page 6
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E SIX BLYTHEVTLLB (ARK.)' COURIER NEWS THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 1949 Brutality Charge Brings Denials 'Mock Trials Held '•-. To Get Evidence : Against the Nazis '•'•'• WASHINGTON, April 21 MV-A court reporter charged—and the -chief prosecutor denied—yesterday that brutality and threats were used to get confessions from Germans in the Malmedy massacre case. The prosecutor, U. Co). Burton F. Ellis, acknowledged to Senate investigators that candle-lit mock tr!»li were held to get former Nazi storm troopers to talk. And he said evidence of a sort that would no*. ' b« allowed In a court in America was permitted. The accusation came from James J. Bailey of Pittsburgh, Pa., who said he was a member of the U. S. Army's confession collecting team until he "could stomach it no long. er" and quit the Job. ; Bailey, identifying himself ns an ' official court reporter of 28 years. I wrote an unsolicited letter to a ' Senate Armed Services siibeonmill- • tee. That group is investigating the ', Army's handling of the cnse involving the machine gunning of IW helpless Americans captured near Malmedy, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge in December. 1944. Denies Mistreatment Blls, who was in charge of both ; Investigation and prosecution, snid he knew of only two cases of mild mistreatment. Both, he testified personally to the committee, were . accusations from German prisoners • thai they h»d been kicked. ; And he told the committee that some of the Germans convicted In the massacre acknowledged to him that they accused prosecutors of •' Gestapo tactics "to get. out from < under" their confessions. An American military court tiicrt 74 former S3 troopers for the massacre that shocked America late In the war. Forty-throe were sentenced to death. Later the army cut the • number to 12. The Gen. Lucius D. • Clay, occupation commander, reduced six of the death sentences to • life Imprisonment. Ellis told the committee that the ' mock trial procedure was "proper" under the rules of evidence permlt- , ted by the Army in Europe. He said : the purpose was "to get them to Rossetlini Non-Committal About Love Affair with Actress Ingrid Bergman STROMBOU, Italy, April 2). W) — Roberto nosselllnl, producer- partner of Swedisli actress Ingrid Hergmon, yesterday refused to deny or confirm reports linking them romantically. The 42-year-old Italian director (old a group of newspapermen "I cannot say anything yet" about the reports he and Miss Bergman planned to marry after divorcing their present sjwuscs. Miss Bergman's personal representative In Hollywood recently described the reports as "ridiculous." Ro.ssclhnl returned to this desolate, volcanic dot off the Sicilian coast after a three-day snll with Miss Bergman and 22 other persons, including ciimeramen, aboard a rickety ex-fishing schooner, "The San Lorenzo." 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