Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 26, 1974 · Page 5
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 5

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, May 26, 1974
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5A - --May 26,1974 Sunday Ga*ette-MaU ~ -- -- Charleston, A*4t Virginit- U.S. Press Reply Law Eyed By Margaret Gentry WASHINGTON (AP) -The Nixon administration may seek legislation guaranteeing politicians the right to reply to newspaper attacks, if a forthcoming Supreme Court decision provides the leeway for it. Assistant Atty. Gen. Robert G. Dixon Jr. said in an interview that the Justice Department will "look in that direction seriously." The department review could be the first step toward unprecedented federal legislation requiring newspapers to provide free space for politicians and other public figures to respond to editorial attacks. * * * DIXON SAID the department study was prompted by President Nixon's request for proposed legislation benefit- ting politicians in libel suits against the news media. He said it would be extremely difficult to draft a libel law which would comply Nixon's Lawyers Ponder Rebuttal RING AND SHELL CASING FOUND IN RUINS Police Are Determining If Ring Is Miss Hearst's -APWirephoto BRAINWASH Miss Hearst Hinted 'Ripe for Change'' , L O S A N G E L E S ( A P ) Some medical specialists say Patricia Hearst's decision to become an urban guerrilla could have been a form of "brainwashing," but another expert suggests she was simply ripe for the change. Dr. Zev Wanderer says it depends on whether the Sym- bionese Liberation Army made up predominantly of male convicts and radical young women, was sophisticated enough to transform the newspaper heiress against her will into Tania, a gunwielding rebel. "If the SLA were such fine behavioral modifiers, I'd like to offer them a job here," said Wanderer, head of the Center for Behavior Therapy. But a psychiatrist who has advised the R a n d o l p h A. Hearst family since their daughter was abducted Feb. 4 from her Berkeley, Calif., apartment, insists that systematic techniques aren't necessary. * * * GIVEN THE stress, a feeling of shared danger and her relative youth, said Dr. Frederick Hacker of uos Angeles, it's easily conceivable that 20-year-old Miss Hearts could have yielded to mental coercion. "It's not at all unusual that in late adolescence one becomes a very different person," he said. "And the time that her apparent conversion took is not particularly short if one considers the total control of information and interpretation they had during her captivity." A former observer of so- called "brainwashing" of Korean War GI's agreed. "We felt it had been demonstrated that if you have total physical control of a human.being for a few weeks or more. . .it's possible in most instances to make significant changes in the way people behave and, perhaps, think," said Dr. William E. Mayer. Mayer, now head of the California Department of Health, was a member of a special Army team that studied repatriated GI's from Korean prison camps. He declined, however, to speculate on Miss Hearst's motives. * * * MEANWHILE in Prospect Park, N.J., Angela Atwdod, one of six Symbionese Liberation Army members killed in a Shootout with police, was eulogized by a priest on Saturday as a "dear, honest, sincere girl," who, like Christ, died for what she believed in. More than 200 persons attended the funeral services in St. Paul's Roman Catholic church for Mrs. Atwood, 25, the former Angela DeAngelis, who died a week ago last Friday. Among those present were the girl's father, Lawrence DeAngelis, and her aunt, Ann DeFranco. The Rev. Fank Citro, who met Mrs. Atv.'ood through the church's Catholic Youth Organization when she lived in nearby North Haledon, told the mourners at the church where t h e f l o w e r - l a d e n , green, silver-trimmed casket rested that the woman's death ·was an act of martyrdom. * ' V . In Los Angeles neighbors knew the party was over when six members of the Sym- bionese Liberation Army shuffled them out of the shabby, yellow bungalow on 54th Street. Their exit was followed by the bark of gunfire in which the six were killed and the house was destroyed by fire. The neighbors say the SLA members joked and partied with them until a short time before their deaths a week ago last Friday. None remembers the terrorists showing any apprehension about police swarming over the area until moments before the Shootout. Brenda Daniels. 17, said SLA leader Donald "Cinque" DeFreeze asked her and other neighbors about increasing police activity in the area. The neighbors said that it was not unusual -- probably a narcotics raid or a teenage gang problem. Miss Daniels said in an interview that DeFreeze gave her $20 about 8 a.m. to buy beer and snacks. More beer was bought about noon. "They were partying all day over there, but that wasn't unusual 'cause they party in that place every day -- folks going in and out all day," recalled neighbor Florence Lishey. · Shirley Davis, 27, and Stephanie Reed, 18, who were at the party that Friday remembered that the four white women, dressed in commando-style clothing, casually loaded weapons, placed ammunition in small military- type backpacks and whispered they planned to leave that night. They said that while the terrorists bought the beer, they didn't appear to be drinking it. "We've got to be alert -- got to be on guard," a tall white woman told the visitors. The visitors drank and had a good time. They left the party when it became obvious that police action was to be directed at that house. THE REST of that day was reconstructed Friday by Los A n g e l e s C o u n t y Coroner Thomas Noguchi, who told newsmen, "There is no evidence to indicate that any of them tried to get out." He called them "determined fanatics." Noguchi said it is believed Camilla Hall, 29, and Nancy Ling Perry, 26, were killed early in the gun battle. Their four remaining comrades sought refuge in a crawl space b e n e a t h the f l o o r , w h e r e f l a m e s a n d smoke smothered three. DeFreeze is believed the last to die because more smoke was found in his lungs than in those of the other victims, investigators reported. His body was found face down in the dirt, an apparent suicide. The search continued Saturday for the remaining SLA fugitives -- Patricia Hearst and Emily and William Harris. Sheriff's officers searched Tujunga Canyon early Saturday after a U.S. Forest Service employe reported seeing Miss Hearst with two men in a van Friday night. Nothing was found. Agnew Rents Office Suites CROFTON, Md. (AP)--Spiro T. Agnew has signed a three-year lease for a suite of offices at a professional center here, according to a spokesman for the center. CHarles B'Arco of the Village Green Limited Partnership said Saturday that the suite includes more than 1,000 square feet of floor space in a reception area, executive office and another smaller office. Agnew is to pay more than $6,500 a year for the suite, he said. ' KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) -- White House lawyers are considering a response to a request for the Supreme Court to decide whether President Nixon may withhold subpoenaed Watergate evidence, a White House spokesman said Saturday. Press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler said the lawyers will respond in due course to the appeal made Friday by Watergate special prosecutor Leon Jaworski for the court to assume jurisdiction in the refusal of the White House to turn over tapes and documents for the Watergate cov- erup trial. Talking to reporters here, where Nixon is spending the weekend, Ziegler was asked if Nixon would abide by the court's decision. "We're not going to speculate on any Supreme Court decision at this time," Ziegler said. On the decision not to turn over any more Watergate-related material, Ziegler said the President "has to make very difficult decisions based on the office of the presidency and the Constitution." Ziegler said that Nixon weighs the facts, considers further compromise and the question of providing additional material to the "vast amounts" he has already provided. But, he said, the President can't make his decisions on the basis of what would have "the most current popular appeal." * * * . ZIEGLER SAID Nixon feels I for her for him it's just the right time for SEIKO watches! A : . .The Lady Seiko Designer series in a wrist sculpture, 17 jewel movement, white top/stainless steel back, Blue dial. 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Questioned on Nixon's remarks that withholding evidence could be a catalyst leading to i m p e a c h m e n t , he suggested taking Ford's full remarks into consideration. Ziegler then gave the President's view of the situation regarding the withholding of materials that Nixon has claimed are necessary to preserve the confidentiality of his office and the principle of executive privilege. with the Constitution's guarantee of a free press. Asked if the department is likely to abandon the effort to draft a libel law, Dixon replied, "There's always a possibility we will come to the end of the road here." Nixon last March asked the department to prepare legislation modifying a 1964 Supreme Court decision which severely restricted libel suits by public figures. In the case of The New York Times vs. Sullivan, the court said a public official must prove that a statement was made with malice and with "knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not." If the proof is lacking, a public official cannot collect damages for libel from a news organization. White House Counselor Bryce Harlow has said that Nixon had "no intention ... to injure the press" by seeking legislation to limit press immunity to libel suits. * * * NIXON SAID he sees a need "to reaffirm certain private rights of public figures so that people interested in running for public office can have greater assurance of recourse against slanderous attacks on them or their families." Dixon said if a public official is defamed by false statements, he "ought to get some redress -- it seems fair." But he said it is "most difficult" to define malice and reckless disregard in legislative language which would comply with the First Amendment. The difficulty prompted department lawyers to seek another way of providing public figures the protection Nixon wants. So they turned to the right- to-reply approach- and shelved their research u n t i l the Supreme Court issues a decision on the constitutionality of Florida's right-to-reply statute. * * * THE DECISION is expected by late June in a case involving the Miami Herald's attempt to overturn a Florida Supreme Court ruling. The state court upheld the constitutionality of the rarely FOR QUICK RESULTS USE GAZETTE AND DAILY MAIL WANT ADS PH. 348-4848 used 61-year-old statute and rejected the newspaper's argument that the law creates a chilling effect on the press. The case reached the courts when Pat Tornillo, a candidate for the Florida legislature, demanded free space to reply to a Herald editorial urging his defeat. Dixon said the department may draft national right-to-reply legislation even if the Supreme Court holds the Florida statute unconstitutional. 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