Independent from Long Beach, California on December 1, 1972 · Page 18
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A-18-l'NDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM) L « n """· «*"··. Frl ' DM - '· "" Ban Siegel passed bar exams two years ago People y s Park figure denied right to practice BERKELEY W -- It has been two years since Dan Siegel passed his state bar examinations, and the man who allegedly triggered the. "People's Park" riot here in 1969 has carried his fight to become a practicing lawyer to the California Supreme Court. The California State Bar refused to certify Siegel on grounds he was not "of good moral character" and "not prepared to support tho laws of the United States or the Stale of California." It said this was because he;allegedly advocated violence and the seizure of property and lied when he denied advocating these things. The bar's refusal was made after courts either acquitted Siegel or declined to try him on these charges. NOW 27, Siegel Is the son of a businessman in New York and in 1969 was elected student body president at the University of California here. However, after the "People's Park" incident, he was placed on disciplinary p r o b a t i o n which prevented his taking office. DAN SIEGEL 'Experienced, Able' b u t . . . --AP Wlrephoto A State Bar subcommittee held five nights of hearings in May, 1971, on Siegel's past and his fitness to act as a responsible attorney. The subcommittee raised 17 issues, among them a charge that Siegel was a member of the Communist Party. He denied lie was a Communist, and his attorney said he would take the required oath to uphold the United States and California constitutions. The committee also askel Siegel about civil rights activities going back lo North Carolina and Mississippi as early as 1965. It concluded, in denying him certification as a lawyer, that he is "an experienced, able and accomplished public speaker . . . prone to the frequent use of language whose literal and generally accepted meaning produces the impression of a call for immediate, violent action by his listeners." THIS was a reference lo the allegation that it was his speech in 1SG9 which triggered the "People's Park" riot by telling the crowd: "Let's go down and take over the park." The riot resulted in death to one man, Injuries to many others and the arrest of hundreds. Siegel was tried for inciting to riot. He was acquitted. Last May, a full committee of the bar reviewed the case and asked Siegel about subsequent events in which he was involved. He was asked about his April 15, 1970, speech lo a UC crowd which later stoned ROTC headquarters on the campus. Once again, charges of inciting to riot were brought in court against Siegel. They were dismissed for lack of evidence. The committee also asked Siegel about a speech he made on March 16, 1970, preceding Die burning of the Bank of America on the UC Santa Barbara campus where he allegedly said, "Lei's give them as much . . . as they're giving us." 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