Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on June 28, 1974 · Page 6
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Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida · Page 6

Panama City, Florida
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Friday, June 28, 1974
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ft A NEW8 -HERALD, PmmaClty, fit., Friday, JWH-28. 1974 TALLAflASSEE (UPI)- No citizen can be held In contempt for defying a subpoena of a state administrative agency unless obedience has been ordered by a court, the North Florida District Court of appeals ruled recently. State Agency Subpoena By Court "it is shocking, indeed frightening, to the delicate son* slbtlitles of anyone schooled In the American concept of constitutional rights to ponder the possibilities or probabilities which could result from power vested In an appointed, administrative board, not Alien Critters Planning Visit? responsible to the electorate, authorizing it to require by sub* poena, under threat of contempt, a citizen to appear before It for an unspecified purpose in an undesignated proceeding to give evidence or testimony in an unidentified cause for unspecified reasons," the court said In a 2*1 decision. It granted Barbara Greenberg, Fort Lauderdale news reporter, a writ of prohibition against the Florida Board of Dentistry. The board had subpoenaed her to give an account of an article she wrote about the board which the members claimed was libelous. "Such shock or fright is elevated to sheer horror when one learns, as Is alleged in the afldavlt filed in this cause, that the 'proceeding' is in secret behind closed doors with the press and citizenry excluded and conducted, not by the board, but one member thereof," the court added. "Shades of star chamber," said the majority opinion, written by Judge Tyrle Boyer and concurred in by Chief Judge John Rawte. Judge Sam Spector dissented. The court hastened to add that Its decision was not be construed^ as holding that an administrative agency cannot subpoena a citizen in a proper proceeding sanctioned by the courts. The subpoena for Ms, Greenberg did not recite any S roceedings pending before the oard, the nature of matters to of be discussed nor the kind questions to be asked. The Board of Dentistry relied on a law which said any board member could issue subpoenas and compel production of records In any matter coming before it. The newswoman contended she Is not under jurisdiction of the board, not being a dentist nor ever having applied for a dental license. The court majority said the law clearly anticipates that the board act only as a board with a S uorum present, noting ecislons that bar an adminis' tratlve agency from proceeding in a judicial manner in a specific proceeding against a specific individual. AKRON, Ohio (UPI) - A nuclear physicist who is convinced that "extraterrestrial critters" exist in the universe, says the creatures visit earth often —and we will be visiting them July 4,1976. Stanton T. Friedman, a self- employed lecturer on "ufology" who calls himself the "Ralph Nader of UFO's," said he is willing to bet that on the 200th anniversary of the founding of America —when an unmanned spacecraft lands on Mars — "We will learn that there is life." "And then Henry Kissinger, as sort of a symbolic earthllng, might make an announcement that, yes, we are being visited and observed," Friedman said with his wry sense of humor. Friedman, who holds a master's degree in physics from the University of Chicago and makes his home in Redondo Beach, Cal., was here to address a nationwide symposium on flying saucers. He said there is overwhelming evidence that the earth is under observation by creatures from other worlds, but that the government is pulling a cover- up that "dwarf 8 Watergate." "There Is a galactic federation of creatures who are communicating and they look at us and say, 'A nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.'" They visit here often "to grab plant and soil samples, and maybe take humans for breeding stock or specimens," said Friedman, who has studied UFO's for 14 years. "They (the critters as he calls them) may be news reporters gathering news in the boondocks, or they may be gathering specimens for a galactic zoo; or maybe they're graduate students doing their theses," Friedman continued. "Why should they talk to us? If they want Information, they can get it with instruments rather than ask us. They may be surveying the place prior to offering us some business deal." During the weekend of lectures, participants also saw films and slides of various UFO sightings. Other speakers at the program included Rev. Barry H.. Downing of Endwell, N.Y., author of "The Bible and Flying Saucers"; and Miss Marjorie Fish, a former Oak Harbor, Ohio schoolteacher who has specialized in the case of a New York couple who claimed they were abducted by space creatures for two hours in 1961. Disbarment Rule Okayed By Court TALLAHASSEE (UPI)-The state Supreme Court recently authorized the Florida Bar to let the people know they are investigating an attorney suspected of a serious offense as soon as formal complaint Is filed by the board of governors. The decision amends the present rule which requires that disciplinary proceedings against lawyers be kept confidential until the supreme court actually metes out punishment. The partial waiver of condien- tiality was requested by the Bar on a split vote as a protection to the public as well as a means of showing the people the Bar has an aggressive program for policing its own profession. In approving the waiver, the court provided a way for an attorney under investigation to keep the matter a secret upon a showing of "good cause." The decision would be up to a majority of the Bar's Board of Governors and Bar spokesman Norman Faulkner said he suspects that it would take extraordinary circumstances for the board to clamp confidentiality on any proceeding that fell within the guidelines set by the court. It provides for the waiver in Sears APPLI A.\C Sale Prices in effect Friday and Saturday SAVE $20.07 19-In. Diagonal Measure Black and I White TV 88 Regular • 149.95 129 Sears Price *199 7 5133 cases involving a felony or other serious crime, conduct constituting a general unfitness to practice law or where the public Interest clearly demands and the constitutional guaran ties of the accused will not be violated or denied. The confidentiality Is waived with the filing of the formal complaint after a finding of probable cause by a grievance committee or the board of governors. The attorney under investigation will have 15 days to request confidentiality be continued. Once confidentiality is] waived, it will include the for mal complaint against the attorney and all subsequent proceedings thereon, unless the board decides for good cause to re-invoke secrecy. Faulkner recalled the case of a Miami attorney which went to a referee tow and one-half years ago for investigation, but the public was not told until the court disbarred the man last month. "Had this rule been In efect, "he said, "the matter would have been public over two years ago." Miami Economy Takes A Dip MIAMI (UPI)—Dade County had its "steepest" economic decline on record last December during the energy crisis, and the county is still in the midst of an economic recession; a South Florida business publication reported Wednesday. The South Florida Business Outlook, published by the Economic Society of South Florida, said Dade has been undergoing a recession since last October. 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