Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on April 4, 1969 · Page 17
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 17

Phoenix, Arizona
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Friday, April 4, 1969
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Prisoners' release justified by judge DENNIS THE MENACE By Hank Ketchum rt r-nr - 1 I. .. . . U.J • Ca ro* tr- Associated Press DETROIT — A Detroit judge, criticized for releasing prisoners held in a weekend Shootout that left a patrolman dead, said yesterday his action was "legal, proper and moral." Recorder's Court Judge George Crockett said if he had "igfttted my judicial and constitutional responsibilities. . .justice would have been denied." Crockett said the best way "to avert the kind of social disaster that occurred in 1967 is prompt judicial action with strict observance of constitutional rights." Crockett admitted he possibly was plowing unfurrowed judicial ground when he held that prisoners are entitled to an attorney before being given nitrate test* to determine if they had fired weapons. "It was my thinking - I may be wrong — but it was my thinking that the making of nitrate tests is a critical stage of the prosecution," Crockett said, explaining why he released nine men police said had fired weapons. "The Supreme Court has consistently said that at every critical stage of the prosecution, the accused is entitled to counsel." Crockett said he viewed his decision as an application of the high-court decisions, "perhaps for the first time, that I can't be sure of." Chants of "Judge Crockett must go, Judge Crockett must go!" could be heard through the windows in Crockett's second-floor courtroom, where he explained to newsmen and a throng of applaud- ing supporters the actions which sparked a growing controversy. The controversy started when two patrolmen on duty Saturday night radioed that they, were checking a group of Negroes they saw carrying rifles. next radio contact with police headquarters was an •anguished call for help from one of the patrolmen. , .Arriving reinforcements found one policeman dead with seven wounds in the head and chest and the other seriously wounded. Police, who said they were being fired on from the church where a meeting of the Republic of New Africa had been held, charged into the building and fired shots. Pour persons inside suffered minor wounds and one suffered a broken leg. Crockett, alerted by a state representative and the pastor of the church that arrests were being made, hurried to police headquarters, where he set up an emergency court at 5 a.m. Sunday. Crockett said he ordered 15 Detroit residents freed, with instructions to reappear later in the day, discharged the church janitor, released a man from Ohio and remanded 22 persons to custody until a noon hearing. Crockett said further hearings were ended when Wayne County Prosecutor William Cahalan countermanded a court order and told police to detain one of the men who was released. Cahalan was charged by Crockett with contempt of court, but later the judge dropped the charge. Psychiatmt calk Sirhan 'sick' -JTffllWt' ; "It's nice. But I like the freezer on top. That puts the stuff that's ready to eat where I can REACH It!" Press club elects Nixon Northern Arizona Bureau FLAGSTAFF - Bill Nixon, chief of the Northern Arizona Bureau of The Arizona Republic, yesterday was elected president of the newly formed Northern Arizona Press Club. The club elected Frank Bronski, of the Arizona Daily Sun, vice president. Other officers are Clint Wager, KEOS radio, secretary; and Jim Garchow, KCLS, treasurer. Board members elected are William G. Hoyt, Northern Arizona University; Bill Miss- lin, publisher, Arizona Daily Sun; and Tony Armenia, Flagstaff public schools teacher. The club organized yesterday with 24 voting memberships. 4 men arrested on dope charges DOUGLAS—Four men were arrested here yesterday after authorities said they found 70 pounds of marijuana in their car. Taken before U.S. Commissioner Henry Beumler were Stephen Winsby, 26; Earl Chapman, 42, and Philip Sievert, 23, all of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Lloyd Ebert, 21, of San Jose, Calif. They were held in lieu of $5,000 bond each. Preliminary hearing was set for April 12. Wasfetagtoft Post Service LOS ANGELES - Sirhan Bishara Sirhan is so "sick" that he thinks he should get no more than two years in prison for the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, a prosecution psychiatrist acknowledged yesterday. The psychiatrist, Dr. Seymour Pollack, conceded that at one point he did not even think Sirhan would have to stand trial. "This man is a sick man," Dr. Pollack conceded under a grueling round of cross- examination. The psychiatrist held firmly, however, to his insistence that Sirhan is not sick enough to escape the first-degree murder charge facing him. Armed with a 2-month-old report in which Pollack had called Sirhan "psychotic," Sirhan's lawyers had expected to demolish him on the witness stand yesterday, but despite his concessions, the duel was far from one-sided. What to do with Sirhan, Pollack said, depends not so much on him or any other psychiatrist, but on whatever "line" of responsibility the jurors at his murder trial choose to draw. Sirhan, the phychiatrist testified at one point, "believed it was good to kill Sen. Kennedy. And he believed he should not be punished be- caue he was doing what was right." Chief defense counsel Grant B. Cooper pounced. Such twisted thinking, he argued, was surely a sign that Sirhan was deeply psychotic, far too ill to be held to account for the killing. If what the psychiatrist said was so, Cooper declared, Sirhan "wouldn't know the difference between right and wrong." "He'd be legally insane, wouldn't he?" the lawyer challenged. "No, no, no, no," Pollack replied. Sirhan, he said, still knew that "society considered it wrong, that he was going to be punished if he was caught. If he's aware of that, he's still legally sane." Unlike other assassins in the nation's history, Sirhan, Dr. Pollack said, has made no claim that he was sent by God to gun down the Democratic presidential candidate in the Ambassador Hotel last JuneS. Sirhan, the witness said, conceived of the assassination as "almost his duty," but as a political duty. "As an Arab, he felt he would be looked up to by the Arab world," he said. "He thought he would be a hero." Dr. Pollack said he could not classify that as a psychotic delusion. 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