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May 14, 1971 - Image 7

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Friday, May 14, 971

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Seven

Black Panther's defense

ends in
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AM -
The defense yesterday rest-
ed in the murder kidnap
trial of Black Panther
Chairman Bobby Seale and
Erika Huggins without call-
ing Seale to rebut testimony
that he ordered a p a r t y
member slain two years ago.
Defense attorneys announced
they had finished calling w i t-
nesses shortly after Hug-
gins completed her testimony.
The Superior Court trial was
adjourned until Friday, when
the prosecutor said he willtcall
rebuttal witnesses.-
Scale's failure to take th e
stand came as a surprise, since
his chief attorney, C h a r 1 e s
Garry, said in court two weeks
ago - outdated of the jury's
presence - that "Mr. Seale will
testify."
One prosecution witness,
George Sams Jr., told the jury
of five blacks and seven whites
that Seale confronted Alex
Rackley in the local Panther
headquarters on May 20, 1969,
and ordered him killed as a
suspected police informer.
But the defense made major
issues of Sams' character and
his motives in testifying against
the Panther leader.
Seale and Huggins face capital
charges of kidnaping resulting
in Rackley's death, and aiding
and abetting his murder. They
also are charged with conspiring
to kidnap and to murder Rack-
ley, a 24-year-old Panther from
New Vork.
Seale took the stand at the
trial of Lonnie McLucas last
summer and testified that dur-
ing his 12 hour visit to New
Haven in May, 1969, he never
entered the apartment w h e r e
Rackley was being held, saw
Rackley or gave an order for
him to be killed. McLucas, also
a aPnther, was convicted of
conspiring to murder Rackley.
The defense in the five-
month-old trial contends that
Rackley's torture - he was

New Haven trial

beaten and doused with hot
water - and his eventual death
were engineered by Sams.
Sams has admitted giving the
orders at the scene of Rack-
ley's fatal shooting, but he
claimed he was acting on in-
structions from national Pan-
ther officials, including Seale.
As the final defense w i t-
ness, Huggins said she was
afraid of Sams and did not pay

close attention to what w a s
happening to Rackley in t h e
days before he was killed be-
cause the subject "depressed"
her.
But the prosecutor, State's
Atty. Arnold Markle, depicted
Huggins as an active participant
in the interrogation of Rack-
ley and in his subsequent two
day detention at the Panther
headquarters, an apartment.

CHARLES GARRY rested his case yesterday in the trial of Bobby
Seale and Erica Huggins. Seale did not testify in his own defense,
contrary to a previous announcement that he would testify.
By The Associated Press

Hoffman idieted on
2 counts for Mayday
WASHINGTON (W) - Yippie Hoffman a n d Connecticut
leader Abbie Hoffman was in- pacifist Bradford Lyttle, are
dicted yesterday on federal the first of several antiwar
antiriot charges stemming from leaders accused of offenses in
his alleged participation in the connection with the demonstra-
Mayday antiwar activities in the tions to be charged by a grand
nation's capital last week. jury.
A federal grand jury, con- Lyttle was indicted by a dis-
sidering charges against sever- trict ofgColumbianSuperior
al of Mayday demonstration Court grand jury on assault
leaders, returned the indictment charges earlier in the day.
against Hoffman in U.S. Dis-
trict Court here.
The first count of the in-
dictment accuses Hoffman of
crossing state lines to incite a
riot. The indictment said t he his
riot occurred in th Georgetown
section of Washington on Mon-
day, May 3. ator
Hoffman had been arrested by
FBI agents at his Manhattan f le d
apartment last Wednesday on
the basis of complaints t h a t w as f le
charged hi iwith intesstate
travel to incite a riot and as-
saulting a aWhsington police a w eek
officer.
He was released on $1,000
bond and the charges against
him were submitted to the grand
jury here.
A second count of the in-
dictment charges Hoffman with
interfering with Washington
police officer Larry W. Sap-
pington during a civil disorder,
also a federal offense.

SOUTH VIETNAMESE FORCES repulsed the first two major
counterattacks in their month long A Shan Valley campaign.
The South Vietnamese claimed 200 North Vietnamese killed with
the help of U.S. aircraft, and smashed a regimental-size base camp
and arms factory.
90 South Vietnamese marines were reported killed or wounded
in the two attacks.
LT. GEN. MOHAMMED FAWZI, Egypt's war minister and five
other members of President Anwar Sadat's 32-man cabinet resigned
last night.
The successor of Gamal Abdel Nasser was faced with other resig-
nations from the Cabinet and by top officials of the Arab Socialist
Union, Egypt's only legal political party.
The resignations came as Sadat ordered an immediate end to all
kinds of police surveillance including the tapping of telephones, in
Egypt.
THE NIXON ADMINISTRATION yesterday sent to Congress a
proposed bill to authorize a $250 million loan guarantee to save
Lockheed Aircraft Corp.
The proposed measure does not mention Lockheed directly, but
proposes guaranteed loans for major business enterprises in danger
of failing.
The guarantee amount is limited to $250 million. "It is anticipated
that substantially all of the guarantee authority would be used to
insure the granting of emergency credit to the Lockheed Corp." said
Secretary of the Treasury John Connally.
The proposal calls for repayment of the loan in not more than
five years, although this period could be renewed for an additional
five years.
THE UNITED STATES yesterday pushed for some action by the
North Vietnamese on prisoner release.
U.S. Ambassador David Bruce sought to spur an allied suggestion
for internment of Vietnam war prisoners in a neutral country. He
said the U.S. is prepared to immediately fly North Vietnamese pri-
soners to any agreed neutral country.
The North Vietnamese, in an apparent rejection of any prisoner
release or internment proposition, said the U.S. must fix a troop
withdrawal date, after which other questions, including prisoners,
can be discussed.
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