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Page Ten


Soturdoy, July i 3, 1974

Convicts Ehrlichman, 3 others convicted

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ed convicts sought unsuccess-
fully last night to ransom aeven
hostages for their freedom as
the siege in the basement of
the historic Watergate court-
house entered its second Jay.
Authorities continued co talk
with the two convicts, but made
no effort to give them a ilane
to jet safely out of the coustry.
The convicts, Frank (orham
and Robert Jones, who also
uses the name Otis Wilkerson,
stood firm in their demands for
safe passage to freedom and
vowed they would kill the hos
tages if police attempted to
storm the cellblock area in the
U.S. District Court basenenst.
Arthur Johnson of l.aidoser,
Md., said he talked with his
son, an inmate who has not
participated in the rebetliton,
and said his son feared f>r his
A Justice Department so kes
man declined to predict "one
way or the other when some
kind of resolution woahd be
reached "Our lines of comrsu-
nication with the inmates are
still open and we remain hole-
fil,' ;said the spokesman.,

carrying a potential five years
each, and was cleared of the
This leaves Ehrlichman sub-
ject to a possible total of 25
years sentence, although he is
expected to receive somewhat
less than that, when US.
District Judge Gerhard Gesell
passes sentence, set for July 31.
The defendants remain free
pending sentencing.
EHRLICHIMAN still faces trial
in September in the Watergate
cover-up case, along w it h
Mitchell, former White House
chief of staff H.R. Haldeman,
former Asst. Atty. Gen. Robert
Mardian and two others.
Liddy, Barker and Martinez,
who. were convicted last year
in connection with the 1972
break-in at Democratic Party
headquarters in Washington's
Watergate complex, were charg-
ed only in the conspiracy count.
Ehrlichman, however, also
was convicted of one count of
lying to the FBI and two counts
of committing perjury before
the Watergate grand jury.
OUTSIDE the courthouse fol-
lowing the verdict, Ehrlichman
said he had met with his law-
yers and instructed them to pre-
pare and file an appeal.
'As you know, we have been
concerned from the very be-

-ginning about our ability to ob-
tain a fair trial in this district,"
Ehrlichman said.
In pretrial motions, Ehrlich-
man had asked the trial be mov-
ed to another city on grounds
that Washington preoccupation
with Watergate and the city's
heavy black population and tra-
ditional support of the Demo-
cratic party would make a fair
trial here impossible.
THE - JURY which convicted
Ehrlichman contained n i n e
blacks and three whites, rough-
ly the racial balance of the
Washington population.
"Also a great deal of the sub-
stance and background of this
case was excluded from the
evidence by rulings of the
court," Ehrlichman said, "and
this also will be part of our
"I have had for many years
an abiding confidence in the
American judicial system, and
nothing has happened today has
any way shaken my confidence
in that process," Ehrlichman
WORD OF the conviction
reached President Nixon as he
was en route to San Clemente.
Press Secretary Ronald Zieg-
ler said: "It would be inap-
propriate for us to have any
comment whatsoever while the

matter is still in the judicial
James St. Clair, President
Nixon's chief Watergate lawyer,
was asked for his reaction when
he emerged from a session of
the House Judiciary Commit-
tee's impeachment inquiry.
"I just learned of the ver-
dict," he said. "I don't believe
it has any effect on these pro-
NONE OF the defendants or
their friends or relatives showed
any emotion as jury foreman
W.A. Garner, a retired lift
operator for the Government
Printing Office, read the ver-
The jury had gotten the case
at 11:25 a.m., took a two-hour
lunch break and reported to
Gesell at 5:05 p.m. it had
reached a verdict.
In connection with the con-
spiracy count, Ehrlichman was
accused of authorizing the
Fielding-E l I s b e r g operation,
Liddy with directing it and
Barker and Martinez with ac-
tually breaking into Fielding's
office and going through his
Ehrlichman was convicted of
lying to FBI agents in an inter-
view on March 1, 1973, in which
he said he had not seen any
records of the White House's
Pentagon Papers investigation
for over a year. The government
charged he had actually looked
at them less than two months
earlier and even removed some
documents from the file.
Two other counts on which
Ehrlichman was convicted said
he lied to a grand jury on May
14, 1973, when he said he had
learned only after the break-in
that the White House plumbers
unit carried out the operation,

was working on a psychologic.a
profile of Ellsberg ahd Fielding.
The government produced a
series of documents and wit-
nesses which it said proved
Ehrlichman had known about
these things-before the break-in.
Ehrlichman had contended he
had merely forgotten and was
not lying.
The jury cleared Ehrlichman
of a fifth count which charged
that he lied to the same grand
jury when he said former aide
Egil Krogh had files on t1e
plumbers unit but failed to
mention himself or another ex-
aide, David Young.
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