Independent from Long Beach, California on February 27, 1969 · Page 14
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 14

Long Beach, California
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Thursday, February 27, 1969
Page 14
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L. B. Writer Hits Key Garrison Witness INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM)--A-15 Lcne tetch. Cllil. Thuu. fefc. 17. «· NEW ORLEANS (UPI) -- A magazine writer testified Wednesday the state's most damaging witness against Clay L. Shaw had admitted lie" could not identify Shaw, but that the witness was afraid to change his story because he feared recriminations from Dist. Ally. Jim Garrison. Writer James Phelan said Perry Raymond Russo. Garrison's key witness in his case against Shaw, had refused an offer to monl Shaw and identify him. quoted Russn as Phelan snying: "I knew that if I got into a room and talked with him (Shaw) I knew I would know he was not the man. And if I knew he was not the man what could I do ... I could not live with myself." Phelan said Russo told him thai if Garrison heard of plans lo arrange a meeting with Shaw, Garrison "would clobber me." From the si art of Garrison's investigation into t h e assassination nf Presi- dcnl John I 7 . Kennedy. Russo has been his key witness. His testimony makes up much of Garrison's case against Shaw, who is charged with conspiring with Lee Han'ey SISTERS, SI! MEXICO CITY, LA. UNITE Los Angeles and Mexico City Wednesday became sister cities. Nearly 100 persons al- tended a luncheon at which Mayor Sam Yorly announced t h e new relationship. Involved w i l l he exchanges in culture, women's affairs, athletics, medicine, agriculture, movies and television, y o u t h activities, tourism and other events to promote better understanding between the two nations. LONG BEACH WHITER Jim Phelan, right, talks with attorney Dean Andrews Jr., who testified his 'mouth ran ahead of his brain' during the Jim Garrison investigation of the plot to assassinate John F. Kennedy. Thursday in New Orleans Phelan testified that witness Perry Raymond Russo admitted to him that he could not in.den.lify Clay L. Shaw as a conspirator. Oswald and the late David W. Ferrie to assassinate Kennedy. Phelan is a former columnist for t h e Independent, Press-Telegram. Russo testified earlier in the trial that he saw Shaw, who he said was using the name "Clay Ber- Irand," plotting Kennedy's death with Oswald and Ferrie. While in New Orleans working on a story concerning Garrison's investigation, Phelan said he talked with Russo who told him he could not identify Shaw. "Did Mr. Russo ever express fear of reprisals from Jim Garrison," defense attorney F. Irvin Dvmond asked Phelan. he did," Phelan "Yes, said. "What did he say," Dymond asked. "He said, he kept ago- nixing, he replied that he was sorrv lie had ever come forward as a witness. Rut he said if he changed h i s s t o r y M r . Garrison would charge him with something and he was afraid of losing his job." Another defense witness. New Orleans police J.t. Edward M. O'Donnell said Russo told him Shaw was not there. "He told me Clay Shaw was not at Dave Ferrie's a p a r t m c n t," O'Donnell said. He said Russo later retracted that story and said he was afraid Garrison would charge him with perjury. Defense lawyers, attacking frontally the state's charge that Shaw conspired under the name "Clay Bertram!" or "Clem Bertram!" to kill Kennedy, also put the handwriting expert who broke the Lindbergh kidnaping case on the stand Wednesday. He testified Shaw was not the man who signed a guesthook in the New Or- --AP Wircohoto leans airport "Clay Berirand" in 19(iS. And a friend of Shaw's who look his mail during a IflfiS t r i p to Europe contradicted earlier state testimony that letters to "Renrand" were delivered there. Phelan, who was work- in;; on a story on the Shaw case for the "Saturday Evening Post." said Garrison gave him a memo from Asst. Dist. Atty. Andrew Sciambra. 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Garrison s u m - moned Sciamhra a m i William Gurvich, also an investigator for Garrison. "1 told Mr. SYiambra that in his report on his interview with Russo in Baton Rouge there was no informaiion whatsoever about an assassination plot, about Shaw knowing Lee Harvey Oswald and about Russo saying lie knew Clay Shaw as 'Clem B e r t r a n A' or 'Clay Berirand.'" the slender, balding Phelan testified. The h a n d w r i t i n g expert, Charles A. Appel Jr., a special l-'IU agent from 1!K4 to 194S, broke the Lindbergh kidnaping rase by identifying specimens of Bruno Richard l l a u p t - mann's writing as the same as t h a t on the. Lindbergh kidnap note. He said he was testifying in the Shaw case free because he thought he could help prevent "an injustice" from being done although his usual fee as a private consultant is $250 a day. Appel showed the blowups of a page the airport guesthook w i t h the name "Cl.iy Bert rand" w r i t t e n on !!. and the same n.ime as w r i t t e n by Shaw. 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