The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on September 15, 1966 · 5
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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California · 5

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Thursday, September 15, 1966
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(thicago Hazis Curbed; During Jewish Holiday Rockwell Accused of 'Mongrel Mentality as Judge Orders Cancellation of March BY BONALD a BEBQUBT SmcM to TM TtaM - CHICAGO A federal Judge Issued an order Wedneiday fobidding George Lincoln Rockwell and his American Nazi Party to demonstrate in Jewish neighborhoods here during the Jewish high holidays. U.S. District Judge Joseph S. Perry also ruled that the Nazis could not issue literature locally ; containing derogatory re-f erences to Jews "and threats to exterminate" them. It was the first major court restraint, of Rockwell's activities in connection with since it was founded in 1958. Judge Perry said . his temporary restraining order, requested by the Jewish War Veterans, will be In effect until 2 p.m. Sept. 22, when another hearing will be held. The veterans! organization charged in its complaint filed Wednesday that Rockwell's announced intention of stag-Jng a march Saturday through the South Side Hyde Park area, where many Jewish families live, was planned to create dis-order. Rockwell denied this. The group said restraint was needed during the holidays, which began at sunset Wednesday with the Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah and end with Yom Kippur the Day of Atonement Sept 24. At the end of the hearing at which Rockwell served as his own lawyer. Judge Perry said that the proposed march Saturday "exceeds free speech. It amounts to an abuse of free speech." "The evidence indicates . .' . that it (the march) seeks to ' incite riots. I think that this is definitely shown to be a conspiracy .to interfere with, the Jewish worship during these few holy days. Our Constitution protects the right to worship as we choose . . . The judge, who is an Episcopalian, indicated he would have ruled the same way if an organization hostile to Christians chose to demonstrate in predominantly Christian neighborhoods during Christmas. Rockwell said he will obey the order, which applies to Chicago and the 26 counties of northern Illinois. IH bet my life that this ruling will be reversed in a higher court," Rockwell said. "But until it is, I won't violate it and will call off the march." Still pending against Rockwell is a petition by the Jewish War Veterans that he be permanently enjoined from holding rallies and distributing anti-Semitic and racist literature. Rockwell said during 'No Det names in front of vour emDlovees when i stop by the office. I won't call you Stupid if you don't call me Fathead." the hearing that his Saturday march would have been through the Hyde Park area, where four of the city's 65 synagogues are located. The number of marchers would have been limited to 100 and they would not pass a synagogue or wear Nazi storm trooper uniforms or swastikas, he said. Rockwell said the aim of the march was to "petition some of the Jews to cease supporting- this Communist and Negro civil rights movement that has resulted in so much bloodshed." About a dozen members of the Nazi Party, most of them young men in their 20s, sat as spectators in the courtroom and nodded and smiled approvingly when their self-styled "fuehrer insulted Negroes and Jews. In summing up his case, Luis Kutner, attorney for the Illinois chapter of the Jewish War Veterans, charged Rockwell with having a "mongrel mentality and venting his sick psychopathic hatred in the courtroom. It is not free speech (Rockwell) seeks, but to create disorder." George C. Pontikes, at torney for the American Civil Liberties Union here, speaking as a friend of the court, told the judge that banning the Saturday march. would be an infringement on Rockwell's constitutional rights. "Mr. Rockwell has the right to demonstrate," Poatikei said, sd long as .the demonstrations would not .' interfere with religious services. The plaintiffs have not shown there would be this kind of disruption." The judge looked at Pontikes for a moment and then said: "What do you want to do, wait until the religious services are disrupted?" Moments later, Judge Perry issued the order that forbids Rockwell and his" party members to threaten or Intimidate the members of the Jewish War Veterans and, presumably other Jews, by: .Displayingof swastikas ... the use of . . . printed matter that holds plaintiffs up to contempt and ridicule or as being traitors and Communists." In his ruling, the judge contended that the party has no legal right to operate in Illinois since it is In corporated only la Virginia. The headquarteri Is In Arlington," V I We have a corporation organized and existing in Virginia, coming here to Illinois without conforming to the laws of the state . . . and setting up offices here," he said. "The thing that strikes me is, all evidence Indicating clearly to me, that (the party demonstrations) definitely and deliberately are planned . . . for the purpose of Inciting riots and for revenge and not to accomplish any results insofar as the defendants themselves are concerned or to satisfy their grievances." Rockwell has other legal problems outside the federal court He is to appear in Cook County Circuit Court on Sept 21 on two, separate arrest charges. SENATE PASSES NEW MINIMUM WAGE BILL actly the form he requested. The House had passed it last Wednesday 259 to 89. " Som e Republican sena-tors, joined by several southern Democrats, made a last-ditch fight against the bm. But they failed In their plea that the compromise version be rejected so it could be sent back to conference for watering down. - -" The bill will raise the minimum wage to $1.40 Feb. 1 and to $1.60 a year later for 29.6 million workers now covered by the Wages and Hours Act of 1938. WASHINGTON (!) The Senate passed 55 to 33 and sent to President Johnson Wednesday night legislation boosting the Tninhrmwi wage from $1.25 an hour to $1.60 by 1963 and bringing 8 million more workers under the law. The final congressional action squelched a stiff fight by Republicans in the Senate to make changes in the compromise bill and to delay the $1.60 floor until 1969. 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