2 Appeals Judges Disclose Holdings in Upcoming Case By JOHN P. MACKENZIE Tin Washington Post WASHINGTON-TWO lop federal judges who are set (o decide a major natural gas rate case have disclosed that they have extensive stock holdings, either personally or as trustees for former law clients, in the gas and petroleum industries. John U. Brown, chief judge of the Fifth U.S. Circuit' Court of Appeals, and Warren L. Jones, a senior judge of the same circuit, made the disclosures in letters to counsel in the far-reaching south Louisiana area rate case pending before their court. ,From financial page listings of stock prices It was estimated that Judge Brown holds Just over $100,000 and Judge Jones just over $500,000 in gas and oil stock. The judges, members', of a three-judge- court of appeals panel that heard arguments in the rate case a week ago, mads clear that unless they hear from counsel with a week, the court "will assume that no one has any objection" to their following through with a ruling in the Lawyers for gas producers, pipelines, utilities and consum-Court, arose last week with a ers, along with the Federal Power Commission -- whose the bench that hjr wife had a rates are under review in the case -- thus have until next Tuesday to state whether they think either judge should be disqualified. The third member of the panel, Judge George H. Carswell, listed no stock in the industries. The situation, which lias implications for the debate over ethics that surrounds the nomination of Judge Clement F. Haynsworth for the Supreme remark by Judge Jones from stock interest i elated to the gas industry, according to the letter circulated by the clerk of the circuit court. "The members of the court have checked their respective portfolios," the letter said, "and enclose as exhibits the details with respect to other stock holdings of companies which might have some immediate relation to the production, gale, transmission and distribution of natural gas." Judge Brown then listed 710 shares of Gulf Oil, 200 shares of Getly Oil and 27 shares of Tenneco--all companies that are parties in the rate case--and 375 shares of Houston Natural .S Co. In his personaf column, worth an estimated $52,332.50 at Monday's closing prices. He went on to list three stock holdings in one trust and four in another worth an estimated $12,646 and $35,878.73 respectively. Judge. Jones listed two trus- Wed., Oct. 15, 19G9 GREEL1BY TRIBUNE Page 13 teeships, one in which he was co-trustee with a bank and another in which he was co-trustee "with an individual for a client." None of the co-lrustees was identified and no details of the trustee arrangements or fees were indent!tied. Critics of Judge Haynsworth have contended that he should not have held large amounts of textile stock nor an undisclosed one-seventh ownership of a vending machine that served textile plants while ruling in a major textile labor case in 1963. His defenders say none of the judge's financial holdings was former sufficient to disqualify him. The Fifth Circuit case raises the question whether disclosure of stock interests to the lawyers is an adequate substitute for each judge reaching his own conclusion about his fitness to sit in each case. It also raises the question whether mere disclosure of Ihe size of stock ownership, without more detail, gives lawyers enough information to decide whether to ask the judge to disqualify himself. ITY MEATS AT ALBERTSON'S!! GROWN IN THE WEST!! SIRLOIN ROUND STEAKS STEAKS STEAKS Tasty- Tender Flavor Perfect, Bone-in. U.S.D.A. Choice Flavor Perfect Full Cut U.S.D.A Choice Tasty- Tender Superb Flavor. 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