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Garwood guilty of collaboration
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) - A five-man
miilitary jury yesterday convicted Marine Pfc.
Robert Garwood of collaborating with the enemy
despite defense pleas that his 14 years as a prisoner of
war drove him insane and turned him into a "white
Vietnamese." The court-martial was the first jury
tr ial of a Vietnam-era POW.
The jury found the 34-year-old Garwood innocent on
a charge of maltreating a fellow POW, but convicted
him on a lesser charge of assaulting the POW. All the
jurors are Vietnam veterans.
GARWOOD'S LAWYERS never disputed the
collaboration charge. They argued the Marine, who
wfas a 19-year-old jeep driver when he was captured
near Da Nang, was driven insane by his communist
cAptors. The military judge, Col. Robert Switzer, told
jurors they would have to be convicted beyond a
reasonable doubt of Garwood's sanity to convict him.
Sentencing will be determined by the same jury af-
ter more hearings. The collaboration verdict carries
a possible maximum sentence of life in prison and
forfeiture of $147,000 in pay accrued during Gar-
wood's captivity. The assault conviction carries a
possible sentence of six months in prison.
The verdict came during the jury's second day of
deliberations and after they examined copies of
testimony given by some of the government's most
GARWOOD, AN INDIANA native who returned
voluntarily to the United States in late 1979, stood in
his Marine dress-greens and looked straight ahead as
the verdict was read, seemingly impassive as he had
been during the 12-week-long trial. As he sat down,
however, he seemed to be blinking back tears.
His companion of 18 months, Donna Long, a widow
in whose house Garwood resides, wept openly, but
made no comment.
The chief prosecutor said he would have no com-
ment on the verdict. Jurors also had no comment.
THE DEFENSE TEAM, headed by John Lowe, ap-
peared shocked as they left the court with Garwood,
and later Lowe said Garwood "is disappointed, but
beyond that he has nothing to say, and he is free to
come and go." Garwood is a mail clerk at Camp
Last year, Garwood told a reporter he could take
the worst that might happen to him, saying, "An
American prison is better than a Vietnamese
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defense budget hike
WASHINGTON (AP)-The Pen-
tagon's new civilian leadership has
prepared a tentative proposal for a
huge jump of about $23.6 billion over the
Carter administration's defense budget
recommendation for next year.
This would bring the fiscal 1982
defense budget to about $220 billion,
speeding a U.S. military buildup that
Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger
contends is essential "to re-arm
America'" in the face of steady Soviet
AT THE SAME time, administration
sources said yesterday, Weinberger
believes this year's defense budget
should be increased by about $6.4 billion
over the Carter administration's
revised total of $171.2 billion in budget
The sources said discussion is still
underway as to the specific mix of
programs that would benefit from the
Gen. David Jones, chairman of the
joint chiefs, testified in Congress Wed-
nesday that the military services were
seeking about $8 billion more for this
fiscal year, which ends next Sept. 29,
and budget additions-"probably in the
high 20s to 30s"-of billions of dollars in
the next fiscal year.
Defense officials said emphatically
that though Weinberger and the
Reagan administration generally are
strongly in favor of a significant boost
in defense spending, the armed ser-
vices are not being given any blank
checks to pick and choose what specific
weapons and other programs should be
increased and by how much.
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Survey indicates blacks
more vulnerable to cancer
NEW YORK - Pessimism, myths and misinformation about cancer keep
black Americans from seeking early treatment and contribute to the high
cancer death rate among blacks, according to an American Cancer Society
survey released yesterday.
The survey of black peoples' opinions on cancer said they are less likely
than whites to think they will get cancer, but more likely to think it will be
In addition, the survey found that many blacks suffer from damaging
myths about cancer. Among them is the false belief'that surgery actually
encourages the disease to spread by exposing it to the air.
Dwyer denies spy charges,
Iranian newspaper says
American writer Cynthia Dwyer denied spy charges at her trial by an
Iranian Revolutionary Court, and the prosecutor said she was drawn into a
fictitious plot to free the 52 American hostages, an Iranian newspaper said
A report on Wednesday's trial session in the newspaper Ettelat said the
prosecutor indicated the 49-year old freelance journalist had been tricked by
two Revolutionary Guards who made up a story about an armed band of
students who wanted to free the American hostages.
According to the newspaper's fragmentary report, the prosecutor said
Dwyer agreed to help and tried to obtain guns and radio equipment to aid the
plan to free the hostages.
Dwyer was arrested May 5 after she went to Iran to writearticles about
the revolution there. The Swiss Erybassy, which represents U.S. interests ir
Iran, said Wednesday she had been tried on espionage charges at a one-day
session of a Revolutionary Court and that a verdict was expected in the next
In Washington, the State Department has said its information is that
Dwyer had a hearing Wednesday and not a trial. The Buffalo Evening Newsb
in Buffalo, N.Y., said yesterday it learned that a Swiss diplomat told U.S
sources in Washington that Dwyer could be released soon and allowed to
return to the United States.
Rep. pleads innocent to
charge of attempted sodomy
WASHINGTON-Rep. Jon Hinson (R-Miss.) who denied being a
homosexual during his successful re-election campaign last fall, pleaded in-
nocent yesterday to a mhisdemeanor charge of attempted sodomy.
Superior Court Judge William Thompson scheduled a jury trial for May 4,
and released Hinson on personal recognizance.
If convicted, Hinson could be sentenced up to one year in prison and fined
as much as $1,000.
Hinson, 38, is accused of having oral sex with Library of Congress em-
ployee Harold Moore, 28, in a men's room of the Longworth House Office
Building on Capitol Hill. He was arrested by police in the men's room Wed-
"I am not, never have been, and never will be a homosexual," Hinson said.
"I can't prevent rumor, speculation, and innuendo from taking place."
New central bank targets
may raise interest rates
WASHINGTON-Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker said
yesterday the central bank will set new targets aimed at lowering money
and credit growth even if it means higher interest rates.
The Federal Reserve is required to unveil its annual money growth targets
later this month, only days after President Reagan plans to reveal his spen-
ding cut and tax reduction proposals to Congress.
Volcker said the Federal Reserve's goal of lowering money growth is
"certainly consistent" with what he knows of the administration's economic
Reagan's plans are expected to include a 30 percent reduction in tax rates
over three years. Volcker, testifying before the Joint Economic Committee,
acknowledged that even tighter money growth along with big tax cuts could
mean higher interest rates for a "prolonged" period.
Time running out for
equal property tax bill
LANSING-A bill to avert dramtic property tax increases in many
Michigan communities was introduced yesterday amid warnings time may
be running out for legislative action.
Robert Kleine of the state Department of Management and Budget said
the legislature faces a deadline of Feb. 15 to act on the matter, although a
delay could be implemented-with considerable disruption-as late as April.
The new law seeks to ensure that different types of property are assessed
and taxed equally. It is expected to produce large tax increases for
homeowners in some communities which traditionally have assessed
business and industrial property at a higher rate than residential holdings.
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