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January 10, 1986 - Image 22

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-01-10

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22 Friday, January 10, 1986


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Dorothy Mahlin is taken into custody by D.C. police.

foreign embassy.
They are among nine persons
who will be tried in D.C.
Superior Court next Thursday,
for violating a section of D.C.
Code 22-1115.
Twenty-one rabbis were found
guilty on Dec. 5 for the same
violation and each defendant re-
ceived a 15-day suspended jail
sentence, six months unsuper-
vised probation and a $50 fine.
Five of the rabbis chose to serve
their 15-day sentences in
jail. The sentence the group
receives next week may be diffe-
rent from past rulings. Judge
Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who
ruled in previous trials, will be
replaced by Judge Joseph Han-
non for the Jan. 16 hearing.
The defendant's attorney, Sam
Waxman, will argue that
Mahlin, Graham and the rest
were unjustifiably arrested.
Waxman said the statute is
unconstitutional, his clients
were selectively prosecuted and
they violated the law out of
necessity to avoid greater crimes
from occurring - against Soviet
The selective prosecution ar-
gument stems from over 2,900
anti-apartheid protestors who
have been arrested for de-
monstrating within 500 feet of
the South African Embassy. Al-
though they violated Code 22-
1115, not a single protestor has
ever been prosecuted.
Thirty-five members of the
House Judiciary Committee
wrote to Attorney General
Edwin Meese and said the case
against the 21 rabbis should
have been dismissed as selective
In past decisions, Kollar-
Kotelly has denied dismissal of
the cases.


If it weren't for a cancelled
meeting, Graham, 'a West
Bloomfield resident, might have
been one of the lucky anti-
apartheid demonstrators.
Graham said he planned on
being arrested in front of the
South African Embassy the day
before his actual arrest. But
plans fell through and Graham's
decision to be arrested in front
of the Soviet Embassy was made
after listening to Rabbi David
Oler, chairman . of the
Washington Board of Rabbi's
Committee on Soviet Jewry, ad-
dress a conference sponsored by
the Union of Councils for Soviet
"Basically, he said it was too
late to do something- for the six
million Jews killed in the
Holocaud, but that it wasn't too
late to do something for the two
million Jews who live in the
Soviet Union," Graham said.
Mahlin said the whole idea of
being, arrested for a civil disobe-
dient action was a brand new
approach after years of letter-
writing, and protest marching.
'I had been ttietight up to re-
spect the law and authority, but
you get courage' for doing the
right thing, for the right people
and the right cause, 'Mahlin
said. ,
"I don't feel like I. did any-
thing wonderful by being ar-
rested, because I don't know if
could endure what Soviet Jews
are enduring today:? she said.
Both Mahlin. and. Graham be-
came active Soviet Jewry propo-
nents for two treasons. Mahlin
was inspired the first time she
remembered the anniversary of
the imprisonment 'of Jewish
political prisoner Anatoly


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