Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on April 4, 1969 · Page 50
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 50

Phoenix, Arizona
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Friday, April 4, 1969
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ALL t M W» Attaint ItepiMM Hoot*, M. April (. Draft law near top in U.S. violations WASHINGTON - With draft calls rising and draft resist- t n c e persisting, Selective Service laws art rapidly becoming tha third or fourth most frequently broken federal statutes. In response, federal judges are meting out prison sentences of unprecedented severity. But they are not stopping the disobedience to orders from the Selective Service system. Officials in Selective Ser- Ice and the Justice Department insist that the problem of draft-resistance is dwarfed by the massive volume of incident-free inductions. Fewer than one-tenth of 1 pe rcent of the potential draftees are classified "delinquent." Still, the FBI reports an Increase in Selective Service investigations — more than 58,000 a year — and in military - deserter investigations. Director J. Edgar Hoover reported picking up 11,000 suspected deserters in 1968 alone, though military spokesmen say that only a small fraction of the cases are political in nature. Selective Service officials say the draft delinquencies range in seriousness from minor defaults to refusal to submit to induction. Two years ago, Selective Service Director Lewis B. Hershey listed 14,422 draft delinquents out of 33.7 million registrants. The latest comparable figure is 23,280 out of 37.5 million registered men. Meanwhile, the rate of draft prosecutions has doubled. Latest federal court figures show that nearly 1,500 criminal cases were started between July and December 3 parachute from plane LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A B58 Hustler Bomber crashed and burned near here yesterday afternooon, setting an extensive grass fire. The crew of three parachuted to safety. A spokesman for Strategic Air Command headquarters at nearby Omaha said there were no nuclear weapons board the aircraft. 1 Harry Geistlinger, Hallam, Neb., who witnessed the crash, said he "thought there was an explosion in the air." The plane burned rapidly and shortly after the crash a witness said, "It's a pile of ashes." The three persons aboard were identified by the Lancaster County sheriff's office as military men. All parachuted safely, but one complained his back was sore on hitting the ground. Ah Offutt AFB, Omaha, spokesman said the plane was from Grissom AFB in Indiana and was on a routine training flight. Port Service 1968, twice the caseload for th« same period in 1967. If the same rate of prosecution holds true for the first half of 1969, the fiscal year ended June 30 may show Selective Service cases ranking behind only auto theft and immigration infractions as the greatest producers of criminal-court business. The men who study the figures and handle the cases say that draft resistance is an unreliable barometer of antiwar sentiment but a strong indicator of the growing impact of the Selective Serice system on the lives of more and more individuals. Draft counselors, Who also report a growing volume of business, disagree. What does seem beyond dispute is that neither a major political event, such as a bombing halt, nor a major prosecution of prominent draft resisters, such as the trial of Dr. Benjamin Spock, makes much of a dent in draft violations. Draft cases hit some federal district courts harder than others, and they hit hardest in big cities and districts that contain large universities. But since 1967 the draft cases have had priority on the criminal dockets. Some 2,200 draft cases are now awaiting trial. In dealing with these cases, federal judges cracked down in fiscal 1968, handing put prison sentences averaging 37.3 months. The average was 32 months the year before. As draft calls and draft avoidance have risen and fallen since World War II, one constant factor has been the preponderance of Jehovah's Witnesses among the draft violators. Some observers say this alone shows that opposition to the Vietnam war has been exaggerated as a major factor in the draft picture. The sect not only has a high percentage of rejected conscientious-objector claims but also a steady and high rate of conscientious objector claimants who will go to jail rather than perform alternative civilian service. Of 625 draft law violators in prison two months ago, 419 were Jehovah's Witnesses, 45 were members of other draft- resistant religions and only 161 were classified as violators for nonreligious reasons. While these inmates may have more company soon from the rise in criminal draft cases, the prison population won't come near the 5,000 men who filled the jails during World War II. The rise in draft prosecutions is steepest when viewed in six-month periods beginning in early 1966: 252, 411, 614, 721, 746, 1,080 and 1,492. Some court figures indicate many criminal indictments don't end in prison sentences because criminal action is used as a lever for compliance. Of 1,192 cases begun in fiscal 1968, 784 were found guilty. Of the 408 not convicted, only 55 were acquitted outright and 353 were dismissed. Of the convictions, 520 were from guilty pleas. 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