Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on August 16, 1970 · Page 18
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 18

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2 on campus panel assail Mississippi bias charge Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. - Gov. John BeQ WilUams accused the President's Commission on Campus Unrest of bias and dretf a quick rebuttal yesterday from commission member Joseph Rhodes Jr. Williams said the commission had conducted a "pointedly biased inqusition" as it probed the deaths of Negro youths killed in a barrage of polk* gunfire during disorders last May at Jackson State College. Rhodes countered; "The governor's statement reflects the fact that the commission saw through the many mists of Mississippi and saw the reality of Mississippi." Rhodes, a Negro is a fel* low at Harvard and the only student member of the commission. His appointment drew criticism from Vice President Spiro T. Agnew who accused him of having prejudged the situation. When the commission adjourned Thursday after three days of hearings,several members of the panel, including chairman William Scranton, former Pennsylvania governor, issued statements critical of Mississippi law enforcement officials and the state's racial attitudes. Scranton was unavailable for comment on Williams' charge. Williams, in a telegram to President, Nixon, asked that the commission be dissolved. He said the panel had put on trial "duly constituted law enforcement authorities of the State of Mississippi and deliberately sought to create racial strife, animousity, and to encourage violence among our people." The commission was appointed by Nixon in the wake of disorders that broke out after the President ordered troops into Cambodia. In addition to Jackson, it has held hearings in Washington and Santa Barbara Calif., and will meet this week in Kent, Ohio, where four students were killed in a con- floatation with National Guardsmen on the campus of Kent State University. "Another member of the commission, New Haven (Conn.) Police Chief James F. Ahern, said he had written WilUams yesterday saying: "This is not the time or place to discuss what the commission's findings on the Jackson State shootings will be, but we have said that it is not our intent to determine the guilt or innocence of individuals or government agencies. "Your unquestioning defense of those involved in the tragic events of May 14 raises s * r i o H s questions whether there is a real interest in determining the facts and taking steps to prevent this kind of action; this in spite of direct testimony by the two commanding officers at the scene ... They both stated that there was no necessity to shoot at the students... "You might do well to listen to the testimony offered to the commission rather than criticizing it, and I would advise you to take corrective action to insure that such grievous misconduct does not occur again... Williams was joined by other Mississippi officials in protesting tiie commission's conduct during its hearings. Rep. G. V. Montgomery, D- Miss. branded the panel "a sham and a perfect example of a fact-finding group with the final report written before they even ask the first question. "Their prejudgments were quite evident in the techniques they used in questioning witnesses," Montgomery said. Mississippi Atty. Gen. A. F. Summer said most members of the commission had carried out the investigation "with prejudiced minds and hatred in their hearts." LAYKIN CT GIB SEARCHES FOR JEWELS * merit? Definitely. Die. month, rubies* emereMt end Mpphirw beve iaHem value. Meny fine stones, now in sefe deposit yeufts, couM be converted quicMy intocMh. Without east or abtigetion, our representative in Los Angeles will establish the cesb value of your jewels. •2400 EAST CAMELIACK tOAD SRTMOIK FASHION fAWC PHOENIX, ARIZONA SSOU W-7M MEN!... 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