Wednesday, December 5, 1973
.THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Wednesday, December 5, 1973 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Three
CHICAGO VP) - Defense lawyer
William Kunstler and three Chicago
Seven conspiracy defendants were
convicted yesterday of contempt
during their stormy trial before
Judge Julius J. Hoffman four
U.S. District Court Judge Edward
Gignoux dismissed many additional
citations during the course of the
trial, including all charges against
John R. Froines and Lee Weiner.
Froines and Weiner were acquitted
of all charges during the con-
The other five defendants were
convicted in February 1970 of in-
citing rioting during the 1968 Demo-
cratic National Convention in Chi-
BUT AN APPEALS court re-
versed that decision and the gov-
ernment declined to retry the
During the contempt trial, the
government offered as its only evi-
dence the 23,000 pages of transcript
from the original trial. The defend-
ants and lawyers testified in their
own behalf and also called many,
persons who had participated in the
original trial as witnesses, mar-
shals, members of the news media
and defense staff.
Aide says Haldeman
knew of tape erasure
WASHINGTON 0P) - Lawrence
M. Higby, a former aide to H. R.
Haldeman, testified in federal
court yesterday that Haldeman
knew that portions of a secret
White House tape had been erased
at least one week before the 18-
minute gap was disclosed to U. S.
District Judge John J. Sirica.
Higby testified in court that on
Nov. 14 or 15 Haldeman told him
he understood that apparently a
portion of one of the tapes had
Q. That was in anticipating Miss
Woods would get more tapes?
A. Well, yes.
Q. What did you observe when
you pushed the button?
A. It was inoperative . . . It
would not push down . . . I check-
ed her machine and it had no re-
That was five days after Presi-
dential lawyers said they discov-
ered the erasure.
Haldeman resigned as President
Nixon's top assistant on April 30.
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HIGBY ADDED: "I think he WHITE HOUSE aide Higby also
said - and this is only a recollec- testified yesterday that he found
tion - that it had been caused by a 1971 memorandum in the files
Miss Woods." of former White House chief of
Rose Mary Woods, President staff H. R. Haldeman referring to
Nixon's personal secretary' has "the need to set up accounts for
testified that she may have been money from dairy producers."
responsible for erasing some four The deputy assistant- to the
and a half minutes of a tape of President and former Haldeman
June 20, 1972, by accidentally hit- aide, testified that he came across
ting the record button while she the reference in a so-called talking
was transcribing the tape for paper dated December 1971.
President Nixon. Talking papers were briefing
Another witness at a hearing memoranda prepared for Halde-
called to determine the facts about man to alert him to matters he
the gap, White House aide Gen. should raise at forthcoming meet-
John Bennett, said that on Nov. ings.
19, when he was asked to retrieve
nine tapes from Miss Woods, he; HIGBY SAID he had been asked,
checkedher recorder to make long after Haldeman resigned last
sure that the record button had spring, to try to find two talking,
been made inoperative. papers in Haldeman's old files.
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CHICAGO SEVEN defendant Jerry Rubin, convicted yesterday of
contempt of court along with three co-defendants, comments on
what he called unequal justice, following the ruling.
"A FEW DAYS before I told
White House aide Stephen B. Bull
that it would be a good idea for
someone to fix the recorder so it
wouldn't erase," he said.
He said he though one was dated
sometime in December 1971 and
the other sometime in April 1972.
The administration has been un-
der fire for allegedly raising milk
price supports after receiving more
than $400,000 in 1972 campaign
contributions from the dairy indus-
In reaching his verdict, Gignoux,
who comes from Portland, Maine,
said that the appeals court had set N ix n n
t Nixon n
specific criteria for a finding of
guilty on contempt charges. HeI
noted that many of the charges did "
not satisfy the appeals court ruling i flhlilt
that acts on contempt must con-
stitute a material obstruction to a
trial. WASHINGTON (') - President
Nixon's net worth has tripled since
IN DISMISSING other charges, he took office and now stands at
he noted that because of the bind- about $1 million, his lawyers have
ing and gagging of Bobby Seale, an t o 1 d Republican congressional
original defendant, and repeated leaders.
disruption by spectators, the de- Rep. John Anderson, (R-Ill.),
fendants and lawyers could not be said yesterday that the lawyers re-
blamed for obstructing the trial, ported at a White House meeting
- Kunstler was convicted on one Monday night that the President's
charge which Gignoux character- net worth was in "the neighbor-
ized as a "vicious personal attack" hood of $300,000" on Jan. 1, 1969,
on Judge Hoffman. The incident and by last May 31 had risen to
occurred Feb. 2, 1970 when Kun- about $988,000.
stler, in protesting a ruling by the Neither of the figures jibes with
judge, called the trial "a legal previous public statements by Nix-
lynching," and told the judge that on aides on the President's net
he (Kunstler) was "disgraced to worth. One "White House official
be here." said this was because of differ-
Kunstler also was convicted for ences in accounting procedures.
t worth estimated at
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Sen. John Tower, R-Tex., said
the consensus of those at the ses-
sion was that "the President had
not done anything that was il-
legal, or irregular, or unethical."
BUT TOWER said there were
strong suggestions that the Presi-
dent release his complete tax re-
turns to back up the financiali
statements and other documents.l
In a related development, An-
derson and Tower reported that
Nixon's lawyers said they were
willing to let a congressional com-
mittee review Nixon's controver-
sial half-million-dollar tax deduc-
tion for giving his vice-presider
tial papers to the National Ar-
President that they would invite
a court test of the validity of his
THE OFFER was discussed at a
private White House meeting Mon-
day where the GOP leaders wereI
given an advance glimpse at a
thick stack of financial reports
Nixon plans to release this week.
The lawyers told tic group they
can document Nixon's cash flow
and show his net worth has legiti-
mately risen to about $1 million
during his presidency.r
Lawyers Gemmell and Rose,
both long time friends of the
President, volunteered several !
weeks ago to help prepare mater-
ial intended to refute allegations,
about Nixon's personal finances.
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informing the jury that Hoffman cnives.
refused to allow a witness to tes- ANDERSON and others attend- Tower said the lawyers, Ken-
tify after the judge had expressly ing the two- hour White House neth Gemmell of Philadelphia andr
forbidden Kunstler to do so. meeting said the lawyers present- H. Chapman Rose of Cleveland,'
ed a complex cash flow chart and said they were so cinfident of
HOFFMAN and Rubin were con- other documents to illustrate Nix- E this and other tax claims by the
victed for an incident on Feb. 6, on's income and expenditures and -
1970 when they entered the court- show how he legitimately obtained
1970whe thy etere th cort-the increase in net worth.
room in judicial robes decorated teices nntwrh When we don't
with the Star of David,dtortffd "They made it sound pretty we ask.
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