Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on April 4, 1969 · Page 20
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 20

Phoenix, Arizona
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Friday, April 4, 1969
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Prisoners 9 release justified by judge DENNIS THE MENACE By Hank Ketchum 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 "Ignored 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 tests 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. The 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. Four 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. "It's nice. But I like the freezer on top. That puts the stuff that's ready to eat where I can REACH it!" Store head, once holdup hero, arrested for theft BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) A former department store manager, who once chased and caught two men who robbed his store and later won his firm's merit award, pleaded guilty yesterday to stealing store funds. Robert M. Schwartz, 41, pleaded guilty to stealing $12,820 from Star's Discount Store in nearby Vestal. Broome County Judge Robert Fischer placed Schwartz on five years probation. A second indictment charging theft of $77,259 was dropped. Judge Fischer said Schwartz had repaid some of the funds and was arranging to repay the remainder. Australian official views Vietnam events couraging" for the allies. SAIGON (UPI) - Australian Army Minister Phillip R. Lynch yesterday said military and political developments in Vietnam are "en- Lynch and other Australian officials are making a five- day visit to Vietnam to assess events of the past year. Psychiatrist calls Sirhan 'sick' Washington 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 inscne, 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 June 5. Sirhan, the witness said, Cooper kept pressing, hitting hard at Pollack's disclosure that Sirhan told him he "ought to get only a couple of years in prison" for the killing. The 65-year-old defense lawyer pointed out that this TOWER PLAZA • PARK CENTRAL C+a&ter (Thru Summer) For the Easter Chick, and for later, Linen A-Line Dress with belt at waistline. Belt and embroidery is color-matching. Beautiful pink dress with soft green trimming. Beautiful pink embroidered rosebuds. Sizes 10-16. $ 22 98 master, charge BANKAMERICARD conceived o! 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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