Independent from Long Beach, California on March 23, 1976 · Page 4
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(I'M) Un; mum, Cilil.. Tmt., Mircll 13, ItH Witness injured in jail fight delays L.R. trial By TOM WILLMAN Staff Writer The injury of a defense witness in a jailhouse fight delayed the start of trial in Long Beach Wednesday for John Lawrence Miller, accused of slaying his parents. Super!or ; C o n r j Judge Carroll Durinum dismissed .the jurv until 9:.10 a.m. today after Miller--who is ' acting as his own attorney --reported the injury had prevented him from interviewing the witness over the weekend. Miller-land prosecutor Allen Kield had been scheduled to m a k e opening arguments to the sbc- man, six-woman p a n e l that was sworn Friday to .hear t h e death-penalty case. Details of the witness's · injury were not discussed in court. . But the witness, a state BRING IN THIS COUPON HOWARD JoumonS Los Cerritos Mall Only EVERY WEDNESDAY FISH FRY ALL YOU CAN EAT! prison inmate being held at central county jail for his impending testimony, reportedly was poked ui the eye with a pencil during an altercation among prisoners. Miller a l s o took the court by surprise by asking that his court-appointed legal "adviser," attorney J a c k S t a n l e y , be removed from the case. M i l l e r c h a r g e d t h a t Stanley had twice failed to return calls when Miller- jailed without bail pending trial--had phoned for advice. Miller told the court he felt Stanley had provided him w i t h "ineffective" advice. The judge told Stanley he wouldn't need to speaK out on the question and d e n i e d Miller's m o t i o n without comment. Shortly a f t e r his preliminary hearing in Janu- a r y , Miller successfully had his then-defense attorney, Deputy Public Def e n d e r G e r a l d Chaleff, ousted from the case. At that time, Miller also won the right to represent himself, but with the help of a legal adviser. Earlier, Dunnum sharply warned Miller against any efforts to delay the trial--i warning that Miller took sharp issue with. The judge read aloud a letter from a psychiatrist. Dr. Harold Dcering, who was appointed to examine Miller and report his findings tn t h e c o u r t . prosecution and defense. The psychiatrist's letter noted he had twice tried to interview Miller. Both times, it said, Miller "refused tn cooperate with me" on grounds he hadn't yet been interviewed by another psychiatrist whose report was for the defense only. The psychiatrist's letter labeled Miller as "suspicious" of attempts to conduct the interview. "Mr. Miller, I advise you as you were told by Judge (Elsworth M.) Beam that if you are attempting to delay the triaL.you are grossly in error." Miller answered that he was doing no such thing and that he fell it was his right to be interviewed first by a defense psychiatrist, not one whose report would a l s o be given to prosecutor Field. BUI would end ' SACRAMENTO (AP) A S o u t h e r n California assemblyman introduced legislation M o n d a y m a k - ing it illegal for home-loan institutions to "redlinc." The b i l l by Assembly- m a n Art Torres, D-Los Angeles, would outlaw UK practice of denying home loans in what lenders regard as high-risk areas regardless of a borrower's credit rating. Ma/i walks out of jail, goes back Associated Pruw Johnny R a y M c K i n - ney got out of jail in Ios Angeles the easy way Monday. He walked out and went home, But his mother told him she heard on the radio he was wanted by police, so he went back. Capt. W.G. Brown, commander of the jail, said M c K i n n e y , 25, was being held--this time in the tighter-security felony area--after being booked for investigation of escape. The captain said an investigation is u n d e r way to l e a r n how McKinney gut out. He gave this account: McKinney was w a i t - ing in the minimum sec u r i t y m i s d e m e a n o r area w h e r e he was brought after being arrested for investigation of a traffic violation. Another man attempted 'to swallow pills or some other substance, a n d a l l .available o f f i ccrs in the holding area rushed over u restrain the man. That's w h e n M c K i n n e y a p p a r e n t l y j u s t · w a l k e d o u t , accompanied by several unknowing vice officers. A guard had triggered ar automatic door release for them, and McKinney j n s l moved w i t h t h e flow. State urges extension of revenue sharing I. Dcukmpjinn said. legislation e x t e n d i n g Ihc revenue-sharing program is now before (he C o n g r e s s , Deukmejian n o t e d , "but s e v e r a l sources.. . have indicated passage of the extension bill may not conic until late this year, if at a l l . From Our Slate Bureau SACRAMENTO - Calif o r n i a ' s L e g i s l a t u r e Monday formally asked Congress to act aulckly and extend Federal revenue sharing beyond the current fiscal year. By a G5-10-3 vote, the Assembly joined the Senate in approving a resolution t o t h a t e f f e c t introduced by Sen. George D e u k m e j i a n , K - L o n g Beach. The Senate vote earlier this year was 22-to- "This revenue-sharing program has been generally effective in helping state, county and city governments to meet rising costs of essential public services," D e u k m e j i a n said. "It should not be precipitously terminated." O r d e r l y b u d g e t i n g procedures for state and local governments require knowledge of how much, if any. federal funds will be available before the 197677 fiscal year starts July LIFE INSURANCE TO HELP PAY BURIAL EXPENSE '500 to $ 5000* EVERYONE ACCEPTED BETWEENAJSES 46-87 NO AGENT WILL CALL Write and give us your date of birth LIF! Of AMERICA INSURANCE COUP, of BOSTON « Broad St., Boston, Mass. 021W, Dept. 04-IT OR CAIL TOLL FREE: 800-225-1780 State sues animal group for misuse humane of funds $ 1 99 WITH THIS COUPON Children ,, Under 12 V A family fca)l at a friendly price. Includes Golden fried fikjt of ,H*h, French fries, afcfimy cola slaw and cornbreod. Of F*R OOOO IVIHY WID. THRU MARCH 31 HOWARD JOHNSON'S on the Mall Los. Cerritos Center FREE SENIOR CITIZENS 10% DISCOUNT CARDS SACRAMENTO (AP)-A controversial nationwide animal humane organization was sued by the state of California Monday on charges it had misused m o r e t h a n $100,000 in funds. State Deputy Ally. Gen. Jnmes Schwartz said the s u i t alleged that Bel Ion M o u r a s , f o u n d e r a n d p r e s i d e n t of the Sacramento-based Animal Protection Institute (API), started misusing the funds in 1968. The c i v i l suit, which seeks an unspecified sum of damages a b o v e $100,000. concluded a lengthy investigation by S t a t e Atty. Gen Evclle Younger's office into the animal charity. If t h e slate wins the suit, it will "try to get the m o n e y recovered on behalf of the charity" and have it spent on legitimate animal charity purposes, Schwartz said. Critics have said API, which says it has 80,000 mcmbjcrs, used a slick nationwide advertising camp a i g n to attract donors who thought their money would help the suffering animals pictured in t h e ads. Instead, the suit said, too much money went to support Mouras, a 52-year- old retired Army recruiter, and his staff of about 20. The s u i t stated t h a i more than 90 per cent of the charity's funds went for administration costs, salaries and the cost of fund-raising appeals. But M o u r a s sharply denied those allegations Monday. He said he was innocent and blasted the attorney general's office for harassment. M o u r a s defended his advertising and described API as "a public-relations organization for animals." Mouras said: "We arc the largest humane membership organization in the United States, if not in the world. As such, we have become the largest target of wuuUI-bo doers of cruelly to animals." He s a i d the attorney general's office had come under enormous "public pressure" f r o m special interests affected by the Kick-off Luncheon! U.S. GRAND PRIX WEST '5 M TICKET INCLUDES... FREE ADMISSION: To poddock orea with Formula cori ond afternoon proclke session, box lunch, race poster, (roe drawings (or motorcycles. MEET AND HEAR: Internoliooal drivers ond their mechanics, former world champions, and celebrities. Bring the family! FRIDAY, MARCH 26 -- 12 P.M. I BP LONG BEACH ARENA . -- TICKETS , EP Areno Ticket Office long Beoch Area Chamber of Commerco 50 Oceangale Plaza Ti eke Iron Oulfets Downtown Long Beoch Associates 320 Pino Avenue charity's anti-cruelty campaigns, a n d t h e o f f i c e "succumbed lo it" Schwartz said: "The allegation is that the misappropriation and diversion was done by M o u r a s through payments to himself and In something called Bdlmi Mouras and Associates." Alcoholics picket over aid-cut plans Krum Our l-.A. Burrou A small group of alcoholics who arc outpatients n l Long Beach General Hospital picketed the Hall of Ariminislratiion briefly Monday to protest a possible cutback in a rehabili- t a t i o n program at the hospital. A l t h o u g h no decision has been made, county officials h a v e suggested partial cutbacks of the al- c o h o l i s m detoxification a n d r e h a b i l i t a t i o n pro- g r a m at Long B e a c h General next year, Since supervisors were not meeting, t h e demonstration appeared to have little effect, but several of t h e p i c k e t s s a i d t h e y w o u l d return t o d a y to demonstrate during the regular weekly board ses- One of the pickets told reporters he understands the county is having financial difficulties, but said his group feels cuts should Ix' m a d e in o t h e r programs, not those enabling lcoplc to become useful citizens. Pot-records bill advances SACRAMENTO (AP) legislation that would require .1 one-year wait before marijuana arrest and conviction records could be destroyed won Assembly approval Monday without a vote to spare. A s s e m b l y m a n A l a n Sieroly. D-Los Angeles, said his hill was needed because p e r s o n s arc already clamoring to have t h e i r r e c o r d s p u r g e d under provisions of C a l i - fornia's marijuana law. The measure was sent to the Senate on a 54-lo-U vole -- t h e exact two- thirds majority needed to approve the bill, which would take effect immedi- a t e l y if signed by the governor. V GEMCO EASTER-WEAR VALUES FOR EVERY LITTLE GIRL. Polyester Pant Suit Delightfully colorful screen print, featuring Aztec motif on polyester knit fabric. Putl-on short sleeve design with open neckline smock styling. Teams up with matching pull-on pants with flare legs. Machine washable In bright spring colors. Sizes 7-14. Floral Print Dress This long dress has delicate spring flowers "growing" on It. The front yoke is shirred and the cap sleeves are trimmed with pinafore lace. The back buttons and ties with self-fabric sash. Machine washable. Assorted floral prints on natural ground. Sizes 7-14. 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