The Michigan Daily-Saturday, August 12, 1978-Page 13
Judge blasts Farber for 'attitude'
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP)-New York times reporter
Myron Farber was returned to jail yesterday after a
federal judge lashed out at the newsman for his
"cavalier attitude" in refusing the tell the court that
he stood to profit aubstantially from a hook contract
on the Dr. X murder case.
Yesterday's session had been requested by Far-
ber's lawyers in an effort to have U.S. District
Judge Frederick Lacey set bail, which he refused to
do. Farber has been jailed indefinitely on contempt
charges since Aug. 4 for refusing to surrender his
notes in the murder trial of Dr. Mario Jascalevich.
THE FOCUS OF yesterday's session shifted from
the bail to the book contract after Jascalevich's
lawyers filed a brief with the court revealing the
existence of the contract signed by Farber. Conten-
ts of the manuscripts were not revealed in court.
Lacey said the court was not aware that the
reporter had signed a $75,000 contract with
Doubleday Book Co. to write a book on the so-called
Dr. X case.
"Mr. Farber has demonstrated a cavalier at-
titude toward the courts. He never brought to the at-
tention of the court the profitability of the matter,"
DOUBLEDAY ORIGINALLY was not interested,
saying the Dr. X case was "too rich" for their blood,
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ATLANTA (AP)-In what may be a officials
breakthrough in finding how the baf- remain
fling Legionnaires' disease is transmit- teia are
ted, federal scientists said yesterday Dr. D
they have isolated, in water, the bac- scientist
teria that struck 21 persons in Indiana, bacteria
three of whom died. their bre
The federal Center for Disease Con- "Whet
trol (CDC) also reported that it has te from
discovered a new strain of the disease
in tissue from a man who died last
spring at the Togus Veterans Ad-
ministration Center in Maine.
THAT NEW "scrotype" differs
slightly from the strain that killed 34
persons attending an American Legion
convention in Philadelphia two years
ago. But its existence could mean the
Legionnaires' disease bacterium and
its close relatives are more common
than previously believed.
The CDC has confirmed a total of 135
deaths from the disease during the past
two years, but health officials believe
there have been many more undetected
cases that have been recorded simply
as pneumonia deaths.
CDC researchers said scientists have
tracked the disease to air-conditioner
water at Indiana University's
Memorial Union in Bloomington. There
were 19 cases reported at the union and
two from the general area in the past
year. Three of the 21 Bloomington-area
NO CASES HAVE been found in
Bloomington since June, and university
MOSCOW (AP(-The Soviet Union
said yesterday that Japan may
"seriously damage" its national in-
terests and even hamper the progress
of detente by signing a friendship treaty
that includes language favored by
Talks between the Chinese and
Japanese are under way in Peking. Wh-
at most concerns the Soviets is a clause
the judge said, reading frorr
tractual information with Far
But a week after Jascalevi
alleged curare deaths of five
dell Hospital in Oradell,
proposed the contract with F
Two of the murder charges w
Lacey said Farber agreedI
anything that will adversely
FARBER, ESCORTED tot
from the Bergen County Ja
submitted the first seven
manuscripts to Doubleday, L
The reporter testified b
manuscript was in his custo
elaborate. Farber's attorne
asked that the petition seekin
withdrawn to protect the unpu
-Lacey said he would consid
THE JASCALEVICH trial
week, was recessed yeste
federal court hearing. Jascal
Dr. X in Farber's accounts,
which appeared earlier in the
Lacey said that Farber, w
advance for the manuscript
say the campus hotel will
open while any remaining bac-
avid Fraser of the CDC said
s must now find out where the
breed and how they get from
eeding place to humans.
ther the organism is transmit-
the creek to the cooling tower
n the publisher's con- from the case.
rber. "He has it within his power, perhaps, to help
ch was indicted in the Jascalevich in his trial and perhaps even obtain an
patients at the River- acquittal for Jascalevich. Yet, ironically, if he ob-
N.J., the company tains an acquittal for Jascalevich, the book goes
arber, the judge said. down the drain."
ere dropped later. RAYMOND BROWN, Jascalevich's attorney, has
he would "not disclose charged that Farber collaborated to bing about
affect the value of this Jascalevich's indictment for financial gain. The
trial judge, William Arnold, on Wednesday ordered
the federal courthouse that information on Farber's contract with the
il in Hackensack, has publisher be turned over to the defense.
installments of the Farber, who sat shaking his head as the judge
acey said. spoke of his potential profits, refused comment on
efore Lacey that the the hearing before he was returned to prison. He is
ody, but he refused to to stay in jail until he turns over his material on the
y, Eugene Scheiman, case and has been sentenced to a six-month con-
ng Farber's release be tempt term that is to start after the notes are
ublished manuscript. delivered.
der Scheiman's motion Scheiman said the newspaper, which was fined
$100,000, plus $5,000 daily until the notes are given
1, now ending its 24th up, still supported Farber.
rday because of the "Reporters report, they are writers by profession
evich was identified as and they write," he said of Farber's book.
of the hospital deaths The newspaper "hasn't withdrawn any of its sup-
New York Times, port at all," said James Goodale, chief counsel and
vho received a $37,500 corporate executive vice president of the New York
, already had profited Times Co.
lisease may be here
according to CDC officials writing in
water or vice versa, or ... colonized the agency and Mortality Weekly
from a third source, I just can't say," Report.
Fraser said. CDC scientists detected Legion-
NEW LABORATORY techniques for naires' bacterium last year in the
speeding up growth of the bacterium in tissues of a guinea pig that had been
test dishes helped in isolating the frozen since it was made to breathe
organism in the Indiana water and water droplets from a suspected bac
greatly brighten prospects for detec- ter sople fr Pontiac, Mich. in
ting it in the environment in the future, terium source in
go aw ay."
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