The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia on February 25, 1978 · 6
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Saturday, February 25, 1978
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6-A STIie Atlanta iJourna! and CONSTITUTION SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1978 Wofford Declines To Explain Wyatt Ruling To Grand Jury By Gary Hendricks and Barry Henderson Journal-Constitution Staff Writers Fulton County Superior Court Judge Charles A. Wofford was invited to tell the Fulton grand jury why he over- tnrnprl thp fplnnv rnnvirtions of CountV Commissiner J.O. Wyatt Jr. but later declined on the advice of the county attorney, the grand jury foreman said Friday night. Wofford granted Wyatt a new trial Feb. 17, automatically restoring Wyatt to the county commission from which he had been suspended because of his conviction on three felony charges. The new-trial ruling overturned a jury verdict rendered Jan. 13, 1977. Grand jury Foreman A.B. Padgett said Friday that he contacted the judge and invited him to come to the grand jury to discuss the ruling. "He said he would be delighted to do it," Padgett said. But County Attor ney Robert G. Young said that it would not be a good precedent for a judge to go before the grand jury, according to the foreman. The foreman said he understood the judge's position and did not press the matter. "He did not come on the advice of counsel," Padgett said. Wofford, contacted Friday night, said, "Padgett asked me to talk with them and I agreed. He didn't ask me to testify. "I still would have no objection to talking with them, but the county attorney said I shouldn't," the judge said. "It'd be 'unfortunate' precedent, is what Bob Young told me, and I agreed with his reasoning." The county attorney could not be reached for comment Friday night. Wofford also said that he would still have discussed the ruling with the foreman in his office. "I don't have anything to hide," he said. "No judge has to explain his decision," Wofford said. "It was ,a routine decision with plenty back of it." Wofford's ruling last week said that the evidence in Wyatt's trial was insufficient to support the convictions. Slaton has said that the decision ends the case because it would be retried by Wofford and the evidence would be the same. Wyatt was found guilty of two counts of suborning false statements (perjury charges) and one count of attempting to defraud the city of Atlanta out of a liquor license through those statements. Two airline stewardesses testified during the 1977 trial that Wyatt dilated their financial statements to the effect that they had $30,000 to finance a Peachtree Road nightclub. The. statements were used to attempt to acquire a liquor license for the club. ' .'. The cciivictions caused Wyatt to be automatically suspended from the county commission on which had served as vice chairman. The overturning-of the conviction made the suspension i law automatically ineffective. , Continued from Page 1-A done so publicly, said they thought Eaves should lose his job. Two said he should not, and five other council members would not express an opinion. Two white downtown business leaders were quoted as saying they also believe that Eaves, the city's first black police leader, should leave office. Trust Company Bank board Chairman A.H. "Billy" Sterne and Trust Company President Robert Strickland joined a number of black political office-holders who made the same call earlier. A still larger number of black elected officials has voiced support for Eaves than has called for Eaves' departure. A biracial group of lawyers was reported to be preparing a critical analysis of the Ward-Thrower report for Eaves' use. The report came from a former law partner of Mayor Jackson, Bernard Parks, who represented Eaves during the Ward-Thrower investigation. Parks would not name any of the other attorneys. Jackson said he had sought one item of back-up material from the special investigators, but he would not say what it was. A source confirmed that material from Thrower's law firm was delivered to Jackson's office Friday morning. Eaves was quoted on WSB radio as telling an assembly of. elementary school students that he does not anticipate being fired and that he feels that a "vast majority" of the members of .the public safety department, "if polled," would say that he should keep his job. Mayor Jackson said in a midday interview Friday that he had not asked for Eaves' resignation and that he had not spoken with Eaves since Tuesday'. "At this point I'm still in the process of rounding out my analysis (of the report), and I think that'll probably take the rest of the day," said the mayor. He indicated that he then intended to have "small meetings" with advisers, including some council members, over the weekend. Jackson said that although he has canceled many of his appointments, "the absolutely crucial decisions" on city . matters other than the cheating report were still being made. At an impromptu press conference later that, afternoon, the mayor said he intended to work straight through the Eaves weekend on the matter, with the exception of a break Saturday night. He made an appeal to anyone with additional information on the cheating to come forward, either to him or to Ward and Thrower, whom he said he had placed on alert for the weekend in that event. Jackson also defended the two attorneys, asked the city to remain calm while he makes his decision, and called on the city's political leaders not to attack one another out of "frustration and anxiety" over the situation. And in an apparent warning to community leaders like state Rep. Hosea Williams, who has been holding pro-Eaves rallies nightly since the report was issued, Jackson said that "no pressure can be brought on me by any group of any size." The controversy over Eaves' future has split the black community, and some black elected officials have even called for the resignation of other black officials critical of Eaves. The mayor said he was "deeply disturbed by the degree of divisiveness I have observed," and he added, "There is no reason to attack each other in the venting or our frustration and our anxiety." Asked his opinion of the Ward-Thrower report, Jackson said it has "many strong points and some points not as strong as others." In reference to a charge that the special investigators were "out to get" Eaves, Jackson said, "I do not believe they were racially inspired; I do not believe they had any bones to pick, and I do not believe they were out to get anybody." He added, "Whether I agree with their conclusions is another matter. But I believe they moved in good faith." He also said that "the attacks on them (Ward and Thrower) and their integrity are absolutely and totally unwarranted." As to those police officers with "open-and-shut cases," Jackson said the list would include individuals "who refused a direct order to cooperate with" Ward and Thrower. The mayor would not give any indication of disciplinary measures he was considering, and he left open the possibility that there would be no punishment. Jackson said he was seeking opinions from council members on the "degree of punishment for those who did wrong." Wye hStm A i.4isy O' Yl...,. ?.KU,, jf . 1. i. f MAfMj J". i iJ?i Xs.3gF-4m at Atlantans Safe LINCOLNTON-Two Atlanta reserve Marine Corps pilots men, Capts. William Perkins and James Dunn, were on an walked away unhurt after their Cobra helicopter was torn instrument training mission from Bush Field in Augusta, to pieces after it crashed late Thursday night about three The crash was blamed on a transmission shaft that sheared miles from Amity community on Georgia 43. The crew- off the aircraft. (Associated Press Photo) Goal Continued From Page 1-A a cost of living allowance, and pay increases that would bring the $62.40 average daily wage to $81.60 over three years. Final language was to be worked out between the BCOA and union bargainers Saturday. So uncertain was the situation as bargaining reached a head Friday that Carter had prepared two speeches the one he gave asking that the contract be ratified, and another that would have announced the back-to-work and seizure initiatives. "The settlement. . .is better for everyone involved for the mine workers, the mine owners and the public than would have been the drastic steps that I was prepared to take this evening if the negotiating process had failed," Carter said. The BCOA, which represents both the giants of the industry and small companies, would make no statement beyond confirmation that it had agreed to the latest proposal. The association's final decision was said to have been heavily influenced by pressure from the large mine-owning oil and steel firms National Steel, U.S. Steel, Continental Oil, Bethlehem Steel Corp. and Pittston Coal whose executives had attended the Friday morning meeting with Carter. The proposal was agreed to following two weeks of gradually escalating pressure trom the Carter administration. Before union bargainers agreed to the local P&M contract, the White House had been considering submission of a "neutral" administration proposal to both sides, but that option was dropped last Monday. After that, it was a question of keeping pressure on both sides to bargain, administration officials felt. Thursday, after Carter met with congressional leaders and governors, it was decided that Friday should be the day to bring negotiations to a head. Both sides were encouraged to start bargaining again Thursday night, the BCOA representatives were brought to the White House Friday morning for personal lobbying by Carter and late Friday, as one close observer said, "the dam broke." Also Friday, the UMW continued negotiations with independent coal companies and announced it signed new contracts with the Bear Coal Co., of Somerset, Colo., and Western Slope Carbon Co., a subsidiary of Northwest Energy Co. of Salt Lake City. Both settlements were based on the agreement the union reached Monday with the P&M Coal Co. - Meanwhile, coal supplies were still urgently needed in the Midwest, and the federal government Friday was tracking down non-union supplies in the western part of the nation. Long strings of loaded coal cars were speeding east from non-union fields in Wyoming and Montana. The Energy Department said western coal producers could provide emergency shipments of more than 300,000 tons of coal a week to eastern utilities. Miners Got Everything They Wanted WASHINGTON (UPI) - The United Mine Workers won essentially all they were insisting upon in the contract agreement reached Friday to end their 81-day-old strike. The pact also contains a provision designed to prevent such protracted stalemates from arising in the future and to improve union-management relations generally. William Esselstyn, the UMW secretary-treasurer, said the contract embraces all of the guarantees in the contract worked out previously with the independent Pittsburg and Midway Coal Co. in other words, all the 1974 worker protections the union wanted to retain. These include: No fine for miners who observe a wildcat picket line. No Sunday work. No probationary period for new miners. Reinstated cost-of-living allowance geared to government figures. Payments of royalties by coal companies which use union equipment on coal produced by non-union miners. No pay incentives a victory for union negotiators, who thought this would spread disharmony among the miners. Wages were not a factor in the dispute. The P&M contract included a $2.40 hourly raise by the third year of the contract. Workers now get an average of $7.80 an hour, so the new pact ultimately will bring miners a daily wage of better than $80. Papers Challenged To Reach New Reader Group By Dick Green Constitution Slate News Editor ATHENS-Newspapers must realize there is a group of "new-value people" whose ideas should be considered in a paper's approach to its service to the public, a news executive said here Friday. Robert G. Marbut, president of the newspaper chain of Harte-Hanke Communications Inc. of San Antonio, Tex., said values developed among radical campus elements of the 1960's have spread until 60 percent of Americans hold the same views today. Speaking at the 50th meeting of the Georgia Press Institute, Marbut said the new-value people place "more emphasis on self and less on community" and "more on feeling than on thinking." To benefit from this "social revolution," he said, newspapers must "define our business in terms of service." The press institute, attended by some 200 persons, inducted three deceased Georgians into its Hall of Fame. They included Margaret Mitchell Marsh, author of "Gone With the Wind" and a former Atlanta Journal magazine writer; James B. Chism Sr., founder of the Pelham Journal; and Paul Talford Harber, publisher of the Commerce Observer. In an earlier address, Eugene Patterson, president of the American Society of News paper Editors and former editor of The Atlanta Constitution, warned that newspapers "can't sit back and cuss our readers. . .We are under a challenge to improve the ways we present the news.", Patterson, who is now editor and president of the St. Petersburg Times in Florida, said, "It may be that communication as an art has lost its edge. But if we make reading hard, it's our fault . . . and we should take a look at our own performance." Patterson said research shows that many people under 35 are part of the "me generation. . .These people are uninterested in society, community and government as compared to past generations. They want to know 'how do events affect me?'" Don Carter, vice president of Knight-Rid-der Newspapers Inc. in Miami and a former Atlanta Journal city editor, said in a panel discussion on the future of newspapers that while the technical revolution, growth of marketing research and continued stream of journalistic talent has improved newspaper's outlooks, more effort should be made to improve the image of print media. "We do have a poor image in many communities," Carter said. "We need to perform a useful, informative service that shows the community we care about the reader." Red & Black, Stallion Sweep Press Association Student Paper Awards Journal-Constitution Stale News Service ATHENS-The Red & Black, the student newspaper at the, University of Georgia, and the Stallion of Abraham Baldwin College in Tifton received the Sweepstakes Awards in their respective senior- and junior-division newspaper contests at the awards night banquet Friday at the Georgia Press Institute in Athens. Georgia Press Association President James Wood Jr., publisher of the NewsDaily in Jonesboro, presented the awards as master of ceremonies Joe Cumming, New-sweck magazine's Atlanta bureau chief, read the list of winners in the Georgia College Press Association contest. The Sweepstakes Award is given to the newpaper, in both the junior- and senior-college divison, which receives the highest total of awards in its division. Both general and individual awards . are credited toward this Sweepstakes Award. The complete list of winners follows: GENERAL EXCELLENCE Senior College Division 1. The Red & Black. 2. The Signal, Georgia Slate University, Atlanta. 3. The Wheel, Emory University, Atlanta. Junior College Division 1. The Kernel, Middle Georgia College. 7, The Stallion. 3. Six Mile Post, Floyd Junior College, Rome. COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS News Senior Division 1. The Red & Black. 2. The Technique, Georgia Tech, Atlanta. 3. The West Georgian, Carrollton. News Junior Colleges The Kernel. 2. The Stallion. (No third priie.) Features Senior Division 1. The Red & Black. 2. The Wheel. 3. The Technique. Features Junior College 1. The Siallion. 2. The Kernel. . Six Mile Post. Soorts Senior Colleges 1. The Siapal. 2. The Red & Black. 3. The Technique. Sports Junior Colleges 1. The Stallion. 2. The Kernel. 3. Six Mile Post. Edllorial Excellence Senior Division 1. The Signal. 2. The Red & Black. 3. Tha Technique. Editorial Excellence Junior Colleges 1. The Kernel. 2. Six Mile Post. 3. The Stallion. LAYOUT AND DESIGN Senior College Division 1. The Wheel. 2. The Red & Black. 3. The Signal. Junior College Division 1. The Stallion. 2. The Kernel. (No third priie.) Honorable mention. The Bent Tree, Clayton Junior College, Morrow. , ADVERTISING EXCELLENCE Senior College Division 1. The Signal. 2. The Wheel. 3. The George Anne, Georgia Southern College. Junior College Division 1. The Stallion. (No second or third prlies.) IMPROVEMENT AWARD Senior College Division t. The Technique. 2. The Wheel. 3. The West Georgian. Junior College Division 1. The Kernel. 2. The Stallion. (No Ihird pri:e.) BEST NEWS ARTICLE Interpretive Reporting Senior College Division 1. Linda Barr, The Wheel. 2. Patricia Templeton, The Red & Black. 3. Randv Loflis, The Red & Black. Junior College Division 1. Budd Covington and Randy South-erland, The Kernel. 2. Linda Spikes, The Stallion. 3. Nansi Kellette, Six Mile Post. BEST NEWS ARTICLE ObiecMve Reporting Senior College Division 1. Randv Loflis, The Red & Black. 2. Tom Barton, The Red & Black. 3. Craig Nance, Ray Warner . and Henry Schuster, The Wheel, Junior College Division ' 1. Randy Sutherland, The Kernel. 2. Greg Spicer, The Stallion. 3. David Plunkelt, The Bent Tree. BEST NEWS ARTICLE Investigative Reporting Senior College Division 1. Patricia Templelon, The Red & Black. 2. Jim Matlock, The Wheel. 3. Dom McAlister, The Technique. Honorable mention: Kirk Martin, Mercer Post, Mercer University, Atlanta, Bert Rougnon Jr., The George Anne. Junior College Division 1. David Sirmans, The Kernel. 2. Tim Chason, The Stallion. 3. Randv Soulherland, The Kernel. BEST EDITORIAL OR SERIES Senior College Oivision t. Hal Peel, The Signal. 2. Monty Cagle, The West Georgian. 3. Jim Galloway, The Red t Black. Junior College Division 1. Raoul Duke, The Open Door, De-Kalb Junior College, Decatur. 2. Greg Spicer, The Stallion. 3. Tie: Nansi Kellette, Six Mile Post; Randy Soulherland, The Kernel. BEST FEATURE STORY Senior College Division 1. Oan Fineman, The Technique. 2. Tracy Thompson, The Wheel. 3. Rhonda Lee, The Signal. Junior College Division 1. Linda Spikes, The Stallion. 2. Debbie Hamblev, Mode, Albany Junior College, Albany. 3. Eslelle Long, The Bent Tree. BEST ENTERTAINMENT FEATURE Senior College Division 1. Russell Sheldon, Mark Sandlin and Lynn Plankenhorn, The Red & Black. 2. D.J. Pascale, The Red & Black. 3. Tie: Kaihy Shettles, Times and Challenge, Weslevan College, Macon, and Henry Schusler, The Wheel. Junior College Division 1. Linda Spikes, The Stallion. 2. Calton Moore, The Kernel. 3. Julia Youngbiood, Mary Jane Warner and Eslelle Long, The Bent Tree. BEST SPORTS STORY Senior College Division 1. Frank Maddox, The George Anne. 2. Susan Goggins, The Signal. 3. Pete Foley, The Red sV Black. Junior College Division 1. Dele Georgia, The Kernel. 2. Melanie Greenway, Mode. 3. Al Ely, The Open Door. BEST PHOTOGRAPH Senior College Division t. Danny Maughon, The Signal.. 2. Jerrv Griffin, The Signal. 3. Maroon Tiger, Morehouse College, Atlanta. Junior College Division 1 David Bolton, The Stallion. 2 Herb Pilcher, TheSlallion. 3. Debbie Hamblev, Mode. BEST EDITORIAL PHOTOGRAPH Senior College Division 1. Talbot Nunnaliy, The Red & Black. 2. Earl Wilkins, The Technique. 3. David Crosby, The Red 8. Black. Junior College Division 1. Herb Pilcher, The Stallion. 2. Harold Campbell, Six Mile Post. (No third priie.) BEST REVIEW Senior College Division 1 Bobby Bvrd, The Red & Black. 2. Waller Bonum, The Wheel. 3. Jim Carnahan, The Technique. Junior College Division I Budd Covington, The Kernel. 2. Andrea Hawks, The Paper Tiger, South Georgia College, Douglas. 3. Tom Berger, The Stallion. WRITING AWARDS Senior College Division 1. Jane McAlister, University ol Georgia. 2. Patricia Templelon, University of Georgia. 3. Bryan O'Shea, University of Geor- fl'. . . Junior College Division V Randy Soulherland, Middle Georgia College. ... 2. Melissa White, Middle Georgia College. . - , 3. Lisa Wilson, Middle Georgia College. Rob Lassetler ot The Signal was presenled the Impact Award, special Individual award sponsored bv The Atlanta Journal. Judging for this special award is based on excellence as a student ediiorial cartoonist. Convict Killed In U.S. Prison By Steven A. Holmes Journal-Constitution Staff Writer A 27-year-bld inmate was stabbed to death Friday at the U.S. Penitentiary here, the first violent death to occur at the maximum-security jail this year, prison authorities said. Warden Jack A. Hanberry said another inmate has been taken into custody in connection with the slaying of Kenneth Walker, 27, of Burgaw, N.C. Walker, serving 18 years for armed bank robbery, was stabbed around 4 p.m., according to federal authorities. A prison spokesman declined to provide any details of the slaying or identify the suspect. The spokesman said the case has been referred to the FBI for further investigation. Friday's slaying was the first at the prison since December. Five inmates were slain at the institution in 1977, including r' one major organized-crime figure. Authorities still have not brought any charges in connection with the July 25 stabbing death of reputed mobster Vincent Papa. Federal authorities believe Papa to have been involved in the theft of $70 million of heroin and cocaine, confiscated in the celebrated "French Connection" case, from the property clerk's office of the New York City Police Department. Also unsolved are the murders of Charles Widener of Phoenix, Md., who was hacked to death with a hatchet on Aug. 7, and Algin W. Clarke, a 32-year-old convicted bank robber who was stabbed to death in one of the prison's yards in December. Last month, a federal jury acquitted 35-year-old John William Richards of New Or- . leans of murder in the knifing death of his cellmate, John Henry Little, in January, 1977. Attorneys for Richards successfully argued jha.t the inmate was suffering "from "organic brain syndrome" brought on by the use of narcotics and that he could-not be held responsible for' Little's death. h,". An inmate has also -been charged in the Oct.. 20, .1977, stabbing death . of Joseph Charles Pipkin of Shreveport, La., who was serving 36 years for bank robbery and -second-degree murder. 4 Missionaries Killed As Plane Crashes In City GUATEMALA CITY (AP) A private plane carrying missionaries home to the United States crashed in the courtyard of a hospital Friday and burned, killing all four persons aboard and injuring eight persons on the ground, police said. They said no hospital patients were hurt. Authorities said the dead were Seventh Day Adventists from Washington state identified as Maurice Lawton, the pilot; his wife Lola; Merle Wesley Smith, and William Dale Havens. Their home towns were not available immediately. 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