Independent from Long Beach, California on March 22, 1976 · Page 6
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Long Beach, California
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Monday, March 22, 1976
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A-6-JNOEPENDENT (AM) * PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM) PATTY (Continued {rom Page A-l) llearsl, Dr. L.J. West, also visited and reported the 22-year-old h e i r e s s was "sad." Meanwhile, U.S. Atty. James L. Browning Jr., Miss Hearst's prosecutor, said the g o v e r n m e n t would surrender her to authorities in Los Angeles for arraignment wilhin the week. But one of Miss Hearst's attorneys, Albert Johnson, said he would fight any effort to move her before sentencing a month from now. Johnson said he would ask for a special court session on the issue if necessary. In another development one of M i s s H e a r s t ' s jurors was quoted as saying that her case was hurt by her participation in a Los Angeles siiootoul one month after the bank robbery ami her defiant statements after her arrest. "She did a very good job of being a fugitive," Norman Grim told Newsweek. "I can't buy the fact that she was being coerced," Grim said. "We just couldn't buy (F. Lcc) Bail e y ' s whole package -and t h e way it was presented, you had to buy the whole package." Still another juror sairl Sunday "it was the overall evidence" that led lo her conviction. Marilyn Wentz, a 36- year-old dental assistant and mother of four from Ilayward, said there was no "particular p o i n t or evidence" that led to the verdict. "I think it was a combination of all the evidence. 1 know 1 went over it and over it--everything--before deciding." She w o u l d not say w h e t h e r c l o s i n g a r g u - ments by the attorneys changed the minds of any panelists. B r o w n i n g , in an impromptu news conference, said (he judge had agreed to allow her transfer after interviews with probation officers. "I would assume she would be handed over by [he middle of this week," he said. "She could go to Los Angeles and be re- JURY'S REASONS PROSECUTOR James L. Browning Jr., who won a conviction against Patricia Hearst on bank robbery charges, said the government will surrender Miss Hearst to Los Angeles authorities for arraignment within the week. With Browning at Sunday's impromptu news conference were his children Jimmy, 13, ·LEASIN Cars Tfucki All Mokes Models Foragn Dwwlic SERVICE FOB INFOMUTION CALL Frank Tammen AERO MOTORS left, and Evelyn, 14. turned here for sentencing April 1!)." MISS Hearst faces state kidnaping, a s s a u l t and robbery charges w h i c h c a r r y a maximum sentence of life in prison. She also faces a possible maximum sentence of 35 years imprisonment for the bank robbery here. "I'm certainly going to ask (he court not to allow tiiat to happen," said def e n s e l a w y e r J o h n s o n when told of Browning's plans. He. said he would approach (he judge informally (his morning, and, if rejected, would fight the transfer on legal grounds. "The grounds are lhal i t ' s oppressive and har- rassment to move her that quickly after a trial of this magnitude," Johnson said. He said he and chief def e n s e a t t o r n e y B a i l e y would need more time to assess the impact of Miss Hearst's conviction on the other charges pending and could not get a "complete overview" without k n o w - ing her sentence. J O H N S O N said he visited Miss Hearst in jail Saturday n i g h t . Asked about her spirits, he said, "She's much better than we are." Bailey said in an interview earlier in the day thai he believed his young client would remain at the jail until after sentencing. Bailey, explaining Miss Hearst's stoic acceptance of the stunningly s w i f l dirty look Special Extension 10% DISCOUNT wllh this od lhr\j Mar. 31st Have vcHjr drapes lost lhal crisp, iww look? No wonder. Drap«s require specialised cleaning every two years. 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"An obvious possibility might be lhal the Harrises might be indicted in the robbery of Ihellibcruia Bank." lie s a i d M i s s Hearst was the o n l y "live witness" who could link the couple to the crime for which she was convicted, placing them in cars outside the bank. If (he couple is indicled, he said, M iss Hearst "quite probably" would be Iho star witness against them. In addition, he s a i d Alanu-da C o u n t y authorities may seek indictments in connection with Miss Hearst's Feb. ·!, 1074, kid- naping. No one ever has been c h a r g e d in t h a t crime, and Browning saiil he understood Miss Hearst "will probably testify." The prosecutor, reviewing Ihe points which won his case, said he had become "very enthusiastic" when he stumbled on a new p i e c e of evidence about halfway through the Irial -- the tiny "Olmec monkey" necklace l h a l linked Miss Hearst rnman- lically to a terrorist she had castigated as a rapist. ·ICOIT ^**vDRAPERY CLEANERS OF LONG BEACH 2115 E. IQlh Si.. Ung Beoch Coll 434-092 A SIMILAH trinkel was found under the body of S y m b i o n e s c Liberation Army "soldier" William W o l f e a f t e r a blazing shooloul in Los Angeles. B a i l e y said M i s s Hearst's parcnls were lak- ing the disappointment in stride. "They've been through enough t h a i t h e y know how to roll w i t h [he punches," he said. The Hearsts, who were believed to have spent several hundred thousand dollars on I h e i r d a u g h t e r ' s defense, m c l w i t h Bailey Saturday n i g h l at Ihcir Nob Hill apartment. Bailey said he intended lo appeal the conviction but declined to give details until after Ihc sentencing. But it seemed clear lhat such an appeal w o u l d louch on the points Bailey said most burl the defense case: -The ruling by U.S. District Courl Judge Oliver J. Carter t h a t Miss Hearst could be question-, ed aboul I h c so-called "missing y e a r " in her underground (ravels. The questioning led [he defend- a n t lo invoke the fifth Amendment -12 times in fronl of her jury. -- T h e introduction of disputed documents such as Ihe "Tania interview," in w h i c h M i s s H e a r s t s p o u t s r e v o l u t i o n a r y r h e t o r i c , and noles described hy Ihe prosecution as p l a n s to rob o t h e r banks. --Carter's ban on (eslt- mony by a defense expcrl on speech pallcrns who would have lold the jury thai Miss Hearst's lapc- recorded w o r d s ot d e f i - ance actually were wrilten by someone else. B r o w n i n g , obviously pleased at his victory, said be fell hi.s status as a San Francisco lawyer opposing Bailey, may have helped him lo understand local jurors. "1 told Lee Bailey from the oulsel that he would have to play in my ball- p a r k , " Browning s a i d . "I'm more familiar with (he lype of citizens we have in the Bay Area. I'd probably h a v e I r o u b l e prosecuting a case in Bos- Ion." He revealed how the government bad almost missed the "Olmec monkey" trinket found in Miss Hearst's purse the day she was arresled Sept. 18. "This was developed during the trial. I had been wondering (or some time wlial an 'old mac monkey' was -- that's how the FBI had transcribed the (ape. I had recollected l h a t in the defendant's purse was a rock, but 1 had passed it off as thai, a rock," he said. IN LONG BEACH SAVINGS ARE NOW · FEDERALLY INSURED UP TO $40,000 NEW CERTIFICATE RATES 6V2% 73/4% ONE Y E A R S I X Y E A R S),000 Minimum $1,000 Minimum And Other Savings Plans *-V »!.·· -^r · **-~e »~»t T · .«*W Call our ofllco lor detail*···i SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENTS Why don't you have your payments sent to First Federal SAFE--CONVENIENT--AUTOMATIC Call our office for details "IT WASN'T until she was off Ihc stand and I read in ( h e Harris interview in New Times lhal 1 realized she carried this m o n k e y f r o m W i l l i e Wolfe." he said. It was the lasl piece of evidence presented by Ihe government in its rebuttal case, and Browning stressed it as a si;n of Miss H e a r s t ' s continued a l l e - giance to (he SI.A in liis c l o s i n g a r g u m e n l l o jurors. ADVCI11SEMIN1 1 Arizona man = walks on water FIRST FEDERAL SAVINGS O* LONG MACH HOT THt LAHOIST -- JUST ONE OF THI BIST = P H O E N I X , A X . -- A new -- discovery called A Q U A - ZZ SOLE is'liii; news. AQUA-- KOi.K is a water fiPeil shoo -- insole for people with aching -- feet. Users fay (hat it feels ~ akin to walking barefoot on m soft gras.*. This wonderful ZZ feeling of relief gets bettor --· e v e r y day, pay w e a r e r s . = When AQUA-SOU: i. used, ·*-- the water forms lo the shape ~ of the fool. This cushions ~ weight evenly under (he en- LM.ll.MIMIB -- tiro font :imlivrii'vi..s(n-s.-ure ^iiiiuimiimiiiijiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiiimuiiiiiiiiiiym "^ 6 f M rndoy* FIRST and PINE 4 J M J I I : Illl MIKINO 135 E. OCEAN AVE. till MtKIHO 1735 XIMENO AVE. (Continued from Page A-l) "I certainly d o n ' t think of myself as a hard .person," said one juror, "and I don't think of anyone on thai jury as hard or operating from some position of resentment or bias or prejudice." He explained that he believed it was Important to describe the jurors' attitudes to prevent t h e i r "high caliber" from beiug impugned in public. "There was never any sign in that jury room lhat anybody's decision was based on anything but (he evidence," he said. "For her to say 'I never had a chance' -- arc you k i d ding? She was given an incredible chance, every c h a n c e in the w o r l d . Every single one of us would rather have acquitted her." "WIIY DO you think there was so much crying and emotion in all of us? Every one of us was very objective and very sincere and without feelings of resentment or dislike. Every one truly acted to the bcsl of his ability and if our whole society acted like we did," he said, "then we wouldn't need courts and we wouldn't need juries and there wouldn't be any (rials." The seven women and five men walked out of the l a r g e ceremonial courtroom in (he Federal Building here at 10:47 Friday morning. Federal District Judge Oliver J. Carter had just finished his legal ins t r u c t i o n s . They l e f t behind them in the court U n i t e d Stales Attorney James L. Browning Jr., who had delivered a two- hour summation analyzing in detail Ihc key points of Ihis case, and F. Lee Bailey, (he defense lawyer, who had talked philosophically about his client as s o m e o n e who had In choose between death and survival. T h e j u r o r s t u r n e d right in Ihe corridor and I h c n , after a couple of s t e p s , lurncd l e f l a n d walked down a short hall to enlcr a pleasant green room containing 12 arm- c h a i r s a n d t w o l a r g e lables drawn up side by side. It was an odd time. For two months, the 12 people had lived side by side, sharing moments of u n u s u a l intimacy, b u l n e v e r w e r e allowed to share even a small detail of their reactions lo the thing that brought Ihem together, the Irial of Patricia llearsl. IT TURNED out that as they sal down to begin their deliberations, each nne thought he was absolutely atone in his reaction lo the testimony. In the n c x l few h o u r s , il developed thai each of the eight or nine men and women who had decided Miss Hearst was guilty t h o u g h t h e a l o n e h a d reached that conclusion. "I thought I was the _ o n l y one who didn'l believe her," said one. "I thought I was Ihe only one with doubls, Ihe only one w i t h o u t enough s y m p a thy." Another j u r o r a l s o lalked about how strange and insecure it had made him feel to be convinced t h a t he alone thought she was guilty. He was suspicious, he said, of his reactions, felt badly of himself and tried unsuccessfully to trace it to resentment perhaps. "I WAS shocked," he saici, lo learn t h a t t h e majority of the others felt the same way. "I just couldn't believe il." The firsl thing the j u r o r s d i d , apparently, was to choose William Wright, 55, a retired Army colonel, as their foreman. _ Then, instead of taking a vole right away as some j u r i e s do. t h e y talked about the case and Ihe evidence. "People just began lo lalk," one sakl. "After all. we had a lot on our mind that we hadn't been able losay." "We h a d wluil you call a round-table discussion." another said, "and il became pretty c l e a r pretty soon bow the prose c u l i o n ' s side w e i g h e d against the defense." "Once it was clear which way the majority f e l t . Ihe people in the minority had t h e obliga lion lo lalk about wha s t u c k in t h e i r minds,' another said. TIfEY talked all day Friday and went back to their hotel that night without laking one vote. Saturday, however, there were probably as many as six or seven voles, because as (he discussion progressed, a juror at any time could say, "Let's take a vote and see how it's going." T h e n e a c h j u r o r would write a small word --"convict" or "acquit"-on a sheet of paper, fold it and pass it to Wright. He would then open each one, read it aloud, and then say, at the end, "Ten for conviction, two for acquil- lal," for example. All (he jurors interviewed agreed that t h e same key pieces of evidence and testimony turned out to be crucial for the government's case. These included: -- The s o - c a l l e d "Trish T o b i n " t a p e recording that recounts a conversation between Miss Hearst and her long-time friend the day she was arrested. On it the defendant says, among other things, she was angry to have been caplured. This 15- minute tape was so significant that Ihe jury played it several times Saturday aflernoon. -- The monkey charm that SLA member Willie Wolfe gave Miss Hearst. H was in her purse at the lime of her arrest. This evidence was crucial, according to e v e r y j u r o r interviewed, because its presence in her purse, 16 months after Wolfe was killed in a Los Angeles Shootout with police, tended lo "flatly" contradict the defendant's claim thai she hated Wolfe. It was, reportedly, viewed by the , jurors as totally destruc- j live lo Miss Hearst's credibility on the whole issue of h e r relationship with Wolfe thai they saw as a key part of her alliance with the SLA. "Thai's w h a t really got me," said one woman. "Up until then (The charm was not introduced by Ihe government unlil the very end of its case.), I was the other way. I mean, leaning for Patty. That was what changed my mind. I really saw how much she was lying. II jusl had to be lying through and through. 1 didn't think I had any choice anymore." -- All accounts of the bank robbery itself. These i n c l u d e eyewitnesses' reports of having seen Miss Hearst with ammunition, for example, and how she held her gun, as well as the movies and the 409 still photographs. There was not, apparently, much doubt among the jurors that she was in danger of being shot herself there, as the defense vigorously contended. -- All the tape recordings in which Miss Hearst revealed Ihe progression of her changing feelings toward the SU-\ and her linal conversion. The jury generally believed, by all accounts, that what she said at the time on tapes was (rue, not cticrced. -- The fad that Ihe defendant took the Fifth Amendment 42 t i m e s before t h e j u r y weighed heavily a g a i n s t h e r , although it was not "the turning point" in her case. "That u p s e t m e , " some said. .' "I couldn't b e l i e v e it," said another. "It was a real shocker. A witness can't just loll you'what he wants lo tell you and not what he doesn't want to." Another juror said, "I had to think she wasn't telling the truth." -- Ultimately, it appeared that Miss Hearst herself was perhaps the most damaging aspect of the case. "I guess it all came down to 'Did you believe the defendant's testimony or did you not?' and I just didn't believe she was forced to do a l l those things," one juror said. " E i g h t e e n m o n t h s docs seem too long," anolher juror said. "Going back and forth across the country a n d everything, why didn't she escape?" "My reactions to her varied," a n o l h e r s a i d , "from real empathy lo not being loo sure about what she was saying to not believing her at all." S i g n i f i c a n t l y , (he psychiatric testimony lhat had consumed so much of the trial's time was examined only briefly. It did, however, play a role in the deliberations. Those jurors favoring the defense had to rely on the doctors' testimony a l m o s t e x c l u s i v e l y -- w h i l e those , favoring the prosecution j side did not -- to buttress their belief in her innocence. "THE defense didn'l give us much to go with," except the psychiatrists, one said The government, on the other hand, had a considerable a m o u n t of evidence. The minority jurors reportedly felt at a loss because they did not h a v e s u c h malerial on their side. "The only thing the minority had going for (hem was the benefit of the doubt business," said one juror. "I really did think about her being afraid," said one woman who had leaned toward the defense b e f o r e d e l i b e r a t i o n s began. "Bul there wasn't any way to prove il or show it, I guess." Several j u r o r s comm e n t e d on Bailey's per- f o r m a n c e in c o u r t as effective and "dramatic" bul they were also critical of him. There were specify ic comments about h i m 0 ' having "lei us down" because he didn't provide enough evidence to acquit his client. "He wasn't very helpful," one said. Finally, at about 3:15 Saturday afternoon, the 12 j u r o r s decided lo t a k e another vote. T h e y all wrote down their verdicts. And Ihis time, Wright read aloud: "Twelve to zero." " W E a l l j u s t s a l there," one j u r o r said. "There was silence, a long pause, and then everybody began lo talk. We all wanl- ed to make sure that the people w h o ' d changed over had no doubts. We kcpl saying to them, 'Are you sure? Can you go home and sleep and not have any doubls or feel you were pressured into it?'" A few minutes later they scnl the judge the no- lice of their verdict. Al lhat point, several women and at least one man w e r e crying. The [able was covered with cigaret ashes and half- empty coffee cups, traces of s u g a r and u n e a t e n sandwiches. "I felt terrible," one woman s a i d . "1 didn'l want to go back inlo the courtroom. I wished we could just have sent out a lelter. Patty was a nice sweet girl from w h a t I could -see of her," but I didn't ever look at her too much. I jusl looked al the witnesses. She was so pale. "As a mother," she said, "I just hated to go back in there. I felt so nervous. I think everyone (ell that way. I feel sorry for Patty, that's about all, and the parents, too. I'm still shaking. It's terrible to say somebody's guilty." PSA flies to Sacramento 3 times a day (from Long Beach). ·SPIRES* TUESDAY served from 3 to 10 p.m. Speticef* Steal^, served with sotip and salad, choice of potato, roll and dessert ANAHEIM 8 all Rd al Euclid BCIL Florence Ave alWslVer CARSON Wilmington at S 0 Fwy. CERRITOS Atondra at 605 Fwy COSTA MESA 3125 Hactxx Blvd. OOWNEY Firestone at DowneyBlvd E fUUERION Placentia Ave at Chapman VV FULLERTON Orangethoipe at Brcokhurst IRVINE MacArtrmrBlvd at SO fwy. UHABRA HOI E Imperial HA'y al Harbof UWNOAIE 4421W Manhattan Beach Blvd. LONG BEACH Del Amo al Cherry NORWALK Rosecrans a ( S A Fwy PARAMOUNT Paramount Blvd SANTA ANA i02 W. mil Street WESTMINSTER Golden V/est at G G Fwy. ORANGE (soon) Kateila at Main WESTMIHSIER (soon) BrocVhofSl at Mcfadden

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