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June 27, 1976

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 6

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6A-June 27, 1976 * Sunday Gazette-Mail -Charleston, West Virginia Lawyer of Two Worlds Described as 'Fixer' At a closed meeting of Justice Department officials last month, Korshak was described as the archtype of a new kind of intermediary who is able to deal simultaneously with organized crime and the highest echelons of legitimate business. At another meeting in April, senior attorneys in the organized crime division of . the Justice Department reached a consensus that Korshak was one of the five most powerful members of the underworld, according to one participant. In 1968, a Justice Department report described him as perhaps "the most significant, link in the relationship between the crime syndicate, politics, labor and management." Despite such notoriety among law enforcement officials, Korshak has retained the trust and admiration of many legitimate associates and clients--some of whom say they do not know the underworld source of his power and influence. Others, who do acknowledge knowing Civil The 43-page draft report, dated May 3, stresses that both the government and the private users of nuclear power have taken precautions to prevent such an emergency from occurring. Despite those steps, however, the report concludes that "there is some latent hazard, although remote, of an emergency caused by widespread radioactive contamination and damage from a nuclear detonation resulting from unauthorized or criminal actions in a nonconflict situation. »· .THE PLAN says that a peacetime nuclear emergency could result from several possible actions, including the theft of a nuclear weapon or other nuclear weapon or other nuclear materials from a manufacturing plant or storage site or while being transported; the takeover and destruction of a nuclear power reactor or other fixed nuclear facility by terrorists, an accident involving a nuclear power reactor or other nuclear facility and the accidental or unauthorized launch of a military nuclear weapon. The plan, which is still undergoing final editing before expected publication delineates the specific responsibilities of 32 federal agencies. Among them are the following: . »-The Federal Bureau of Investigation should prepare detailed plans to deal with extortion threats, theft or sabotage of nuclear materials. ··The Department of Housing and Urban Development would lead federal efforts to rehabilitate areas where there was "severe property damage and-or a large number of casualties, or which involved widespread contamination of people and property by radioactive materials." ··The Treasury Department would be responsible for expediting the production and distribution of coin or currency to meet emergency demands. ··The Environmental Protection Agency is asked to establish, with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, systems for detecting and measuring radiation in an emergency and to develop "guidelines for the disposal of the dead, removal of solid wastes, animal carcasses and other debris, whether radioactive or nonradioac- tive, that might contaminate the environment." ··The Department of Interior is charged with over-all federal responsibility concerning electric power, natural gas, solid fuels and water. something about his underworld connections, regard them as part of Korshak's and now irrelevant. Korshak said recently that his law firm represents at least 102 clients. They have included such corporate giants as Gulf Western, National General, Max Factor, Rapid American, Diners' Club, Schenley Industries, the Hilton and Hyatt hotel chains, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Diego Chargers and Madison Square Garden Corp., which owns the New York Rangers and the New York Knicks. · « « THE LEADERS of these major companies often have drawn Korshak into their most sensitive decisions--the securing of financing, the arrangement of mergers, the appointment of key officers and directors--and, of course, they have paid him well. Federal reports have described him as being among the highest--paid lawyers in America. Each year since the late 1950s, he has reported to the Internal Revenue Service law fees totaling more than $50,000 and the annual total has often exceeded $1 million. He has virtually absolute control over Associated Booking Corp., the nation's third-largest theatrical booking agency that is one of his few known investments and one that he has sought to keep secret. His influence among stars and Hollywood producers and directors is extensive. His clients have included--in addition to Miss Shore, Miss Reynolds and Martin- such established stars as Jill St. John and Cyd Charisse. Among his close friends are - in addition to Wasserman - David Janssen, the actor; Robert Evans, the producer of "The Godfather," "Love Story" and other successful motion pictures, and David May II, vice chairman of May department stores. "Sidney Korshak is probably the most important man socially out here," said Joyce Haber, the Hollywood columnist. "If you're not invited to his Christmas party, it's a disaster." Professionally, Korshak is much less visible. He maintains no office in California and never has sought a license to practice law there. He is not listed in Los Angeles area telephone books, though police records indicated that at one time he maintained at least four unlisted tele- phines. He has not granted a substantive newspaper interview since 1950 and carefully avoids photographers. * * * THE EASE with which Korshak has been able to lead his double life poses an inevitable and so far unanswered question: Why do those of his legitimate associates who know the underworld source of much of his influence continue their relationships with him? Among the more prominent associates who fall into that category is Pierre Salinger, the former White House press secretary. In 1957, as an investigator for a Senate subcommittee studying labor racketeering, Salinger interrogated Korshak and compiled a background report in whicJi he described the lawyer as having a "reputation of being extremely close to the old Capone syndicated." Nonetheless, Salinger acknowledged in a telephone interview from Paris that in 1964, as a Senate candidate in California, he sought out Korshak and accepted a campaign contribution of more than $10,000. "It didn't bother me at all," Salinger explained in the interview. "The fact is that I knew who he was, and the fact is that he wasn't asking for anything from me and 1 wasn't going to do anything for him. "The tact is that i needed to raise $2 million." His success in the legitimate world of the well-to-do and the well connected allows Korshak, his wife, Bernice, a former professional dancer and ice skater, and their two sons to live in a splendor unusual even by Hollywood sybaritic standards. Los Angeles police records indicate that Korshak has at one time owned a. many as eight automobiles, including a Rolls- Royce, a Jaguar, a Mercedes and a Cadillac. Friends describe his wine cellar as one of the finest in Los Angeles, and they rave about his art collection, which is said to include such treasures as Chagalls and Renoirs. Told of some of Korshak's connections with organized crime, Wasserman said: "I don't believe them. I've never seen him with so-called syndicate members or organization members." Others, however, acknowledged some familiarity with Korshak's background. Gregson Bautzer, a well-known Beverly Hills lawyer, said: "Here's a man who came out of Chicago - obviously he did represent people (in the syndicate), but if a man has ability now, what the hell do you care what he did?" Next: Beginnings KSS3 Showcri Stationary Occluded H«««g ·»··· szsr: 90 ala from NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, NOAA, U.S. Dept. of Commerce^ 7 Killed The car, driven by Jackie Petry, 19. of Maysel, was heading back to Clay after the youths had attended a drive-in movie at Elkview. when the crash occurred. Troopers said Petry apparently lost control of his vehicle on the rain-slick road. Lehman, a service station attendent, was a native of Logan County. He is survived by parents, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Lehman of Glen White; brothers, Gary Lehman at home, Wallace Lehman at home, Danny Lehman of Beckley. Service will be 11 a.m. Monday in Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Beckley, with the Rev. Virgil Cook officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Coleman, whose husband, James Donnie, was killed March 1 when he was crushed by a car under which he was working, was a native of Flat Top and a senior at Shady Spring High School. Surviving: father, Clarence Shrewsbury of Arlington, Va.; mother, Mrs. Rosie Meadows Mills of Fitzpatrick; brother, Earl Shrewsbury of Fitzpatrick; sisters, Donna, Lois and Norah, all of Fitzpatrick; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Shrewsbury of Flat Top, Mrs. Lessie Meadows of Shady Spring. Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in Rose- Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley, with the Rev. Virgil Cook officiating. Burial will be in Coleman Family Cemetery at Mossy. Friends may call after 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. » MISS ADKINS was a 1976 graduate of Clay County High School, and a member of Pleasantdale Baptist Church. Surviving: mother, Mrs. Carol McClung of White Sulphur Springs, Mrs. Zella Rhodes of laegar, Mrs. Shirley Rhodes and Mrs. Erma Adkins, both of Enoch, Mrs. Loretta Salsbury of Lorain, Ohio, Mrs. Cathy Scott of Elyria, Ohio; brothers, Donvil and Damon both of Enoch, Delbert of Elyria, Ohio; grandmother, Mrs. Alice Hamrick of Clay. Service will be 2 p.m. Monday in Wilson Funeral Home, Clay, with the Rev. Ernest Hughes officiating. Burial will be in Adkins Cemetery at Enoch. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Small was an employe of Small Asphalt and Paving Co. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Josh Small of Maysel; sister, Miss Ruth Ann Small of Maysel; brothers, Benny and Marsh, both of Maysel; grandmother, Mrs. Ruth Bosewell of Maysel. Service will be 10 a.m. Monday in Wilson Funeral, Clay. The body will be taken to Princeton for burial in Rest Haven Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. today. Funeral arrangements for Miss Ramsey, Helmondollar, and Corbin are incomplete. The Weather Jun* 11, 1976 THE FORECAST Sunrise 6:04 a.m. Sunset 8:45 p.m. Zones 1-3-3-4-5 (Northern Panhandle, Northwest, West, Southwest, North Central): Sunny and warm today, partly cloudy tonight. Highs from mid 80s to near 90. · Lows in low 60$. Zones 6-8 (Central Mountains, Northern Mountains): Sunny and warm today, partly cloudy tonight. Highs from near 80 to low 80s. Lows in mid and upper 50s. Zone 7 (South): Partly cloudy with a chance of afternoon and evening showers or thundershowcrs, Highs In low 80s. .Lows In mid and upper 50s. Zone 9 (Eastern Panhandle): Sunny and warm. Highs in mid and upper 80s. Lows In low and mid 60s. VIRGINIA-Variablc cloudiness with a chance of alt- ernoon or evening thunderstorms. Highs in the 80s. Lows ' in the 60s. OHIO-Cloudy with a chance of showers. Highs In the 80s. Lows from mid 50s to mid 60s. · KENTUCKY-Considcranle cloudiness, very warm and humid. Highs In the 80s. Lows In the mid and upper " 60s. WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA-Partly cloudy with a ·; chance of mainly afternoon and evening showers or '" thundershowers In the south. Highs mostly In the 80s. ·· lows from mid 50s tomld60s. .' - W E S T V I R G I N I A - P a r t l y c l o u d y w I t h a c h a n c e o l · mainly afternoon or evening showers or thundershowers. -'. Highs from SOs to around 90. Lows from 50s to mid 60s. SATURDAY'S HUMIDITIES 5a.m 93% lla.m 84% Sp.m 51% SATURDAY'S WIND Highest lOm.p.h fromS set at 1:72 p.m. TEMPERATURES ' Saturday's high W ' Saturday's low *» ' Recorded high for June U It 103 selln 1931. ' Recorded low lor June 2* Is50set In 1M?. if PRECIPITATION ·,,, 24-hour prttnataJlonaiof 7 p.m ir. .,..0 Total for the nCfn'h of June .i 3.10 SEND FOR FREE COLOR B R O C H U R E . . . FAMILVFUN · BOX F · LIGONIER, PA. 15658 "NEW THIS YEAR..." Ti*HistoricVILLAGE Notable U.S. Cases Aired by Lawyers At State Trial Lawyers' Seminar Plea bargaining is "absolutely essential" to the judicial process, said Bailey. However, he said it should be used for legitimate purposes and not just to clear crowded court dockets. Asked if he thought that stiff jail sentences would act as a deterrent to white collar crime, Bailey said that white collar criminals "have more fear of being caught...A year in the can, while unpleasant,is an ad-on." Beall, however, said in an interview Friday "there is no question about" the deterrent effect of jailing white collar criminals. "No person of any social, economic or political standing can accept incarceration." »· ON THE OTHER HAND.Beall, who initially wanted to see Agnew stand trial on tax evasion charges, said he now agrees with then Atty. Gen. Elliott Richardson's decision to accept a nolo contendere plea from Agnew. "You have to think back to conditions in the country at the time. There was the Nixon impeachment. The country was faced with war in the Middle East. We were looking at a vice president who was being investigated for criminal wrongdoing...Society would have been put through a long laborious criminal investigation which could have lasted a year or two years," said Beall. At the very worst, Beall said, Nixon might have resigned and Agnew become president while the investigation was going on. "His first official act might have been to pardon himself and to banish me. There was a risk involved. It was a very tough decision," said Beall. Beall said that he now feels Richardson's decision was in the best interests of the country to avoid a "double ring ceremony" of impeachment and remove Ag- new as quickly as possible. 'I disagreed at the time, but I was just a parochial prosecutor from Baltimore...It wasn't you or me, it was the vice president of the United States,"said Beall. He added that although Richardson's decision was political, "it was political in the best sense. It was an evaluation of what the nation could siand at the time. I don't think he (Richardson) capitulated to White House pressure or to any sort of insidious or improper pressure." Beall said "Agnew was really very amateurish...with cash in white envelopes." ^ ROTHBLATT.a New York criminal lawyer, said in an interview Friday that all of the lawyers involved in the Watergate scandal were amateurish criminals, probably because they had little experience Beall Rothblatt F. Lee Bailey Airs Hearst Case with criminal law.''I would have done it better, "he said. He said that if he had entered a guilty plea for the four Watergate burglars he defended after they had told him they' were being paid hush money from the White House, he might have been guilty of criminal obstruction of justice. He said that he was dismissed from the case when he tried to enter a not guilty plea, a position which he said he advised them to take not only for their own sakes but "for my own protection." "There was no criminal intent. They thought in their own blind way that they were doing what is right."said Rothblatt. He said that he later turned up on a Nixon tape as. that "expletive deleted Rothblatt" when Nixon asked presidential counsel John Dean who knew about the hush money. Rothblatt said the Watergate cases he worked on and the defense of Col. Oren Henderson, one of the officers charged with responsibility for the My Lai massacre, are examples of "bureaucratic inefficiency and blindness." Furthermore, "Both sides love you. The left wing likes you because you are taking on the government. The right wing, because he's defending our boys," said Rothblatt. Rothblatt said that the Army's charges against Henderson were dismissed because the CIA refused to turn over documents pertaining to the case. REMODELING SALE We are /o/'n/ng our two stores: Schwabe-May and The May Shoe Company Before the remodeling begins, come in to see the sale values. All from current inventories; we purchase no sale merchandise. Stock in both stores on sale. 20% to 50% reductions! We want to clear our shelves to make room for new, exciting fashions that we will have to show you this fall in the all new Schwabe-May Oscar de la Rent a Soft Leather Bags Reg.$70-$195 Now '/2 Price Special Group Men's Suits Sport Coats Reg. $95-5295 NOW Vi PRICE Ladies' Shoes Reg. $27-525 NOW S 5 Short Sleeved Dress Shirts Reg. $12.50-$! 8' NOW S JQ- S N Ladies' Shoes Reg. $28-532 NOW S 10 Johnson Murphy Shoes Entire Stock NOW 20% OFF Come in. take a look at our changing faces, Gef a load of great Schwabe- May merchandise Formal Dress Shirts Reg. $14.50-27.50 NOWM.99 Leisure Suits Reduced to Clear Reg. $75-595 NOW S 30 1 HR. PARKING INCITYBLDG. WITH PURCHASE 814-818 QUARRIER ST. OPEN MON. 10-9 I

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