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Court martial of black air officer begins

By LORNA CHEROT
Special To The Daily
SELFRIDGE AIR F O R C E
BASE, St. Clair Shores, Mich.
-The court martial proceed-
ings against a female black air
force officer charged with dis-
orderly conduct in an alleged
assault of a white WAF air-
man began yesterday in the
midst of telephone calls and
motions for dismissals and
counter dismissals.
Airman Evelyn James has
plied'self-defense in the alleged
assault of WAF Nancy Moran
last August at this air force
base, 30 miles from Detroit.
Miss James' civilian defense
attorneys, . Herman Anderson
and Marc Stickgold, presented a
motion calling for dismissal of
the charge on three grounds:
-the pattern of condonment
of racial discrimination at Self-
ridge Air Force Base;

-the commanding officer
(Major Richard Mackleravey)
who referred Miss James for dis-
displinary action, failed to pro-
vide the defense with a key eye
witness, in violation of military
regulations.
-the vagueness of the statute
renders the case unconstitu-
tional.
During the trial 35 black and
white youths picketed outside
the gates of the base to demon-
strate support for Miss James,
who they believe is innocent.
Airman James contends that
she and Airman E v a Griffin
were sitting in a car in the
parking lot in front of the NCO
mess hall when Miss Moran,
also in a parked car in the lot,
walked from her car to Miss
James and called her a "nig-
ger," and "son of a bitch." Miss
Moran swung at her twice, Miss
James says, but missed t h e

second time and Miss James re-
taliated with a blow.
The melee was dispersed by
two black service men who drove
into the parking lot. Miss Grif-
fin, contacted yesterday in
Elmendourk, Alaska, where she
has been transferred, said Miss
Morar returned later that eve-
ning with 15 additional white
WAFs and chanted outside Miss
James' barracks that they were
"going to get her."
Both Miss Moran and Miss
James were referred to the com-
manding officer, Mackelravey,
who charged them both with
disorderly conduct which car-
ries a punishment of 30 days
extra duty, 30 days confinement
to the base and/or fine.
Miss Moran pleaded guilty,
but Miss James refused, claim-
ing self-defense.
The trial yesterday adjourned
for three and a half hours when
- ---4 ----

air force personnel tried to lo-
cate Miss Griffin, a crurial
eye witness for the defense, but
discovered she was now sta-
tioned in Alaska.
Major John E. Roberts, Jr.,
the presiding judge, ruled that
the defense would not be al-
lowed to present all its evidence
on the history of racial discrim-
ination at the base, but that he
will permit the defense to pre-
sent evidence on racial prejudice
in "this particular incident."
There was a great deal of
bickering between the defense
attorneys and trial counselor
Capt.. Steven Stillman on why
the air force failed to summon
Airman Griffin to testify.
Stickgold said the defense had
twice requested Stillman sum-
mon Miss Griffin, but that Still-
man claimed he was not sup-
posed to furnish witnesses for
the defence.

Stillman contends that At-
torney Anderson had not sub-
mitted a written request to Col-
onel Lung, the base commander,
in time for Griffin to be sum-
moned. Stillman also claimed
that when he asked Anderson
what he wanted Griffin to test-
ify to, Anderson said he did not
know because he had not spoken
to Miss Griffin.
Stillman added that the mili-
tary is not required to provide
witnesses for "a mere interview."
Anderson countered that he
made a request on Sept. 18 that
Miss Griffin be held over for
trial. Airman Griffin was trans-
ferred to Alaska the day after
charges were filed against Miss
James.
Anderson then said that Lung
informed him that Miss Griffin
was "somewhere in Chicago."
Roberts then adjourned t h e
hearings at noon until Griffin

could be contacted in order that
all the counselors could question
her to determine her importance
as a witness.
When the hearings reconvened
at 3:30 p.m. Roberts postponed
ruling on the importance of the
testimony until the approxi-
mately 11 other witnesses could
complete their testimonies.
Roberts maintained that if
the evidence was clearly one-
sided, then Miss Grififn's tes-
timony would not be essential,
but if the testimonies were ser-
iously contradictory, then Grif-
fin would be summoned back to
the base.
Stickgold later said he was
confident in as much as "the
military feels pressured," b u t
added that "we've yet to get in-
to the meat of the trial."
The proceedings will contin-
ue at 9:30 a.m. this morning.

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the
newsy
by The Associated Press arm College Press Service
VIOLENCE IN LAS VEGAS erupted as gunfire broke out
shortly after the start of the city's 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.
Frequent fire-bombings, rock-throwings, and window-smashings
were reported as the desert resort began it's third straight night of
violence last night. About 300 young blacks congregated in Doolittle
Park, the heart of the strife-torn neighborhood, demanding to meet
with Mayor Oran Gragson. Gragson did not appear however.
Since Sunday night, there have been nearly 200 arrests and more
than 50 injuries. Mayor Gragson attributed the situation to the
nation's mood.
MICHIGAN SENATOR ROBERT GRIFFIN will vote against
the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Clement Haynsworth.
The Detroit Free Press reported today that the Republican sen-
ator plans to announce his decision at a closed door meeting of the
Senate Judiciary Committee today. Griffin has reportedly sent a'
letter to President'Nixon informing him of his opposition.E
The Michigan senator, newly elected Senate minority whip,
successfully led Senate opposition to the confirmation of Abe Fortas
as chief justice last year.
AN ARMY GENERAL has denied confiscating over 500
Army guns for his personal use.
Former Provost Marshal General Carl Turner told the Senate
Investigations Subcommittee yesterday that the Army turned the
guns over to him for his own personal use.
Witnesses earlier said however that Turner signed a receipt
saying the guns were for Army training. Turner later sold some of
the guns on his own they added.
THE CANADIAN ARMY was called into Montreal as a wage
strike by police and firemen threatened the city,

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Wednesday, October 8, 1969

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Page Three

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One person was killed and four wounded yesterday in fires down-
town as holdup men robbed 19 commercial establishments and 200
taxi drivers demonstrated violently against a competitive limousine
service's exclusive right to carry passengers from the Montreal air- Students waited on the second f
port. day to purchase tickets for the
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ed the 3700 striking policemen and about 2100 firemen back to work OP N[ A IL
by 12:01 a.m. today. It threatened the strikers with fines and

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imprisonment if they didn't return to their jobs.
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COMMUNIST CHINA has agreed to negotiate with deputy
Soviet foreign ministers about the border dispute.
The announcement yesterday also warned Moscow against
"war maniacs" who might "dare to raid" strategic Chinese military
sites.
Peking said it sent two letters to Moscow, the latest Monday,
seeking agreement on provisional measures to maintain the frontier
status quo, withdraw troops from disputed areas and avoid new
military clashes
However, Soviet authorities denied having any information on
the two letters.
PRESIDENT NIXON has reportedly indicated strong support
for Laotian neutrality.
Laotian Prime Minister Souvanna Phouma met with Nixon in
Washington yesterday and asked for increased U.S. military assistance.

Law sehioc
neutral on

A statement issued Monday
by the county Board of Super-
visors' Health, Education and
Welfare Committee appears to
--diminish the prospect of t h e
county's giving additional
clothing allowances to t he
welfare mothers.
Although the statement does
not directly rule out additional
monies, it implies enough is al-
ready being done to aid the moth-
ers.
Meanwhile, the county W e1-
fare Rights Organization failed
for the second straight time yes-
terday to demonstrate at the
County Bldg. Pickets had b e e n
promised for both Friday and yes-
terday, but no one has shown up
since Thursday's demonstrations.
Contacted last night, spokesmen
-Daily-Jim Judkis for the mothers had no comment
Ticket vioril on the committee's action and said
i"" they have planned no official ac-
floor of the Student Activities Bldg. all day and all night yester- tion yet.
Michigan - MSU game. "The county," the statement
says, "has furnished as much ad-
ditional assistance money as was
ITIES: given last year. Last year the
money furnished by the county
for additional clothing was match-
ed on a 40-60 basis by the state."
faculty remains Following last year's demonstra-
tions at the County Bldg., the So-
o cial ServicesBoard approved
clothing allowances of $70 per
approximated $90,000 with the
county paying about $54,000.
that is in any significant part po- action, the statement says. In ad- The statement continud, "the
litical in character, however defen- dition the school will provide any Social Servies Board and director
sible that position and however facilities available for programs should be commended on their ac-
widely supported by individuals in related to strike. tion in distributing this year's
the Law School community. Prof. Douglas Kahn said the funds, whereby every eligible per-
The resolution urges any faculty resolution's intent "was to be son was given an equal amount,
membr wo cnces cassfortheneutral, to the extent that that is thereby treating everyone alike,
striketo hold a make up session possible. I think there was almost and no one group, as happened last
later'
nly d" unanimity that we should not de- year, was given preferential treat-
Any student who "conscienti-
mand a strike or demand that no- ment. This is the only fair method
oul bet"hmsl rmcasbody show up." of handling the taxpayers money."
will not be subject to disciplinary This alluded to the Social Serv-
The debate centered over the ices Board's vote last August to
" ~" exact wording of the resolution. give each ADC recipient $16.50
[ncisI dies Some faculty members werecon- and every adult recipient $15.
cerned that the tone of the report The HEW committee added
would imply they were against the that the state social services de-
x e tstrike. partment has promised the local
cru ex pAsked about faculty support for office another person to help the
the strike, Kahn replied there was director.
largest medical experiments in a broad spectrum of faculty opin-
history, the nationwide field trial ion on the issue, but added that Philippine papers
which demonstrated that the Salk most professors would hold class.
polio vaccine was safe and effec- Microfilm copies of original
tive. The first effective influenza But he added that their reasons' papers of Manuel L. Quezon, first
vaccine was developed from re- for doing so was mainly because I president of the Philippine Repub-
search conducted by Francis in the they opposed cancelling classes for lic, have been acquired by The
1930's. political reasons. "I don't think University's Histodcal Collections.
In 1968 he played a key role in The papers include correspond-
identifying the Hong Kong flu the reason any one is holding class ence, speeches, and pictures of
outbreak as a major antigenic is in disagreement wtih the overall Quezon's 40 years as a public
shift. aims of the strike," he said. servant.

By RUSS GARLAND
The Law School faculty has
taken a neutral position on the
Oct. 15 Vietnam War moratorium.
In a resolution unanimously
adopted by the law faculty at its
meeting last Friday and released
yesterday, the faculty said "it is
improper, in the context of a
democratic society, for the Law,
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Ronald Ziegler.
Laotion troops have battled the Pathet Lao communist guerrillas , )
for the lpast several years. There have been persistent reports from (} iTO 1. rr
Laos that U.S. piloted planes have recently assisted Laotian ground
troops against the Pathet Lao.
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The appointment established a precedent by which army, navy nationally know virologist and
and air force ministers are able to install one of their peers without ! former chairman of epidemiology
the approval of civilian politicians, in the public health school, died
last Wednesday in the University
MEXICAN MARIJUANA has disappeared from major Amer- Hospital.
ican cities, U.S. officials report. Francis, '69, was Henry Sewall
Officials attribute the decline in pot to the new antidrug cam- University professor of epidemi-
ology in the schools of Public
paign, Operation Intercept, started Sept. 21. In addition, the crack- Health and Medicine at the time
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