Redlands Daily Facts from Redlands, California on February 12, 1969 · Page 7
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- Radlonds Daily Fach Wednesday. Feb. ^^^9»-7 Prosecutor to demand death fbrSiriian LOS ANGELES (UPI)—Sir- ban B. Siriian will hear prosecutor Lynn Compton demand in bis (^lening statement Tbirsday that the 2i -\eaT -M Arab die in the gas chamber for the assassinatico of S£n. Robert F. Kennedy. The possibility of an early end to the trial was raised today wften Uie Los .-Uigdes Times said it learned Sirfaan probably would change bis plea to guilty when court reconvenes. 'Hie Times said the switdi maid come from either an luderstaadtng or a firm belief that a life term would be the maximum penalty. sirtmq, his family and attorneys discussed the possible advantages of a change of (dea Tuesday. The Times said the defendant was fearful that a change of plea coidd rob him of the chance to publicly air his reasons for the assasstoaUon. If a plea chaniic is made the current jurj' could proceed immediately to some form of penalty trial. Selection of three men and three women to serve as alternate jurors Tuesday ended the prelimioary {biases of the ! trial, and paved the way for ; initial statements by Compton and attorney Emile Zola Bcr- roan of Siri>an"s defense team. "We're going to work in all the problems that make up Sirfaan Sirinn and explain how he ticks or doesn't tick." Berman said. Herman is expected to argue tbat Sirhan's mental state • diminished his responsibility fbr his actions when Kennedy- was shot in the pantry of the i^mbassador Hotel during a victory celebration the night of California's June 4 primary decticn. The trial was in recess today for the Uncota's Birthday I holiday. Judge Herbert V. Walker directed the 12 jurors ', and six alternates to report this I evening to the Biltmore Hotd ! where they will be sequestered imtil Sirhan's fate is decided. The trial may take as long as j three months. j Testimony is e.\pected to ] begin next week after prosecution and defense have ended their preliminary remarks. ; The alternate jurors are I Gloria J. Haffey, a telephone ; c o m p a n y employe; George ' Stitzel, a newspaper pressman; Ruth A. Stillman. an insurance adjuster: John H. Johnson, a i compuier designer for a data pnxxssing firm; Clarence Yaw, a purchaser for Standard Oil Co.: and Mrs. Eleanor B. Landgren, housewife and mother of three sons. Johnson is the only Negro among the alternates, and the ' regular jury of eight men and four women that will hear the case. Mrs. Landgren is the only one who has voiced opposition to capital punishment She said it dwuld be imposed "only in the most extreme cases." "They seem like nice peoj^," Sirhan's 55-year-old mother. Mary, told newsmen after Tuesday's session. "I must pray fbr them and may God giv« them the light." The alternate jurors will sit through the trial and hear the i testimony. If a front line juior "is incapacitated, an alternate I will be selected by lot to replace him. The jurors will be entertained with weekend bus excursions and screenings of movies "devoid of violence" at Hollywood studios during their long seclusion. Judge Walker said. \ A chaplain will offer Mass weekly for Catholic jurors, i while an Episcopal clergyman i ft -ni conduct services fbr Prote; slants. There will be no sermons. Walker said, because messages "could be damaging" to the jury's consideration of jthe ease. The judge cautioned jurors to be moderate in their drinkmg. adding: "I know you will because you'll be paying fbr it yourselves." TTie trial started Jan. 7. It has been occupied with defense motions for quashing of Sirhan's indictment and selection of jurors. Fifty-two prospective alternates were excused, most of ttem for personal hardship. Yeysey osks retaining embargo SACRAMENTO (UPD-Assem- biyman Victor V. Veysey, E- Brawley, I^ieaday U.S. Agriculture Secretary Clifford Hardin to maintam the embargo' on small tomatoes grown in Mexico. Veysey said CaUforma producers "must grow and pack to very high standards" and "it is only right tint foreign - grown produce should be similariy limited." Tlie embargo was imposed Jia. 8 on onder-ozed Mexican tomatoes at tiie leqneat of Florida tomato gnmefB, who had a bumper crop. The move wac prataited by Mexican olfieials, AriMoa simpers and Sen. Barry GoUwatw. BrAiiz.

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