Page 6-Friday, May 9, 1980-The Michigan Daily
ENDS PHILADELPHIA'S LONGEST TRIAL
9 MOVE members convicted
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Nine
defiant, cursing members of MOVE, a
ragtag revolutionary group, were con-
victed yesterday of killing a police of-
ficer 21 months ago, ending the city's
longest and most expensive criminal
The five men and four women, barred
from the courtroom during most of
their five-month, $1 million trial,
shouted vulgarities and olcenities as
Common Pleas Judge Edwin Malmed
found each guilty of third-degree mur-
der, conspiracy, and seven counts of
aggravated assault-attempted murder.
THE DEFENDANTS, ALL using the
surname Africa in honor of MOVE's
founder, are Merle Austin, 29; Michael
Davis, 23; Edward Goodman, 29; Janet
Holloway, 28; Delbert Orr, 30; Jeanene
Phillips, 23; William Phillips, 27;
Charles Sims, 24; and Debbie Sims, 22.
Each faces a maximum sentence of
50 to 100 years in jail. Sentencing is
unlikely until this summer.
"We're quite satisfied with the ver-
didt because justice has been done,"
said Deputy District Attorney Wilhelm
Knauer, who headed the three-man
prosecution team. "We thought it
should be first-degree murder, but we
are quite happy that the judge also con-
victed the women. Their cases were
harder to prove."
FIRST-DEGREE IS deliberate,
premeditated killing. Third-degree
murder lacks intent.
Assistant District Attorney John
Straub called the judge's decision fair,
noting Malmed had to consider
testimony from 103 witnesses and
digest the evidence in more than 200
exhibits including movie film of the
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"I think it was an improper verdict,"
said Adam Renfrow Jr., one of nine
court-appointed lawyers representing
the MOVE defendants over their objec-
tions. "It was not based on the evidence
and there were substantial legal errors
that I'm sure will cause the state
Supreme Court to reverse."
MALMED DIRECTED DEFENSE
lawyers to file any motions for a new
trial within 10 days.
The charges stemmed from a
shootout that erupted Aug.8, 1978, when
MOVE members violently resisted
eviction from their rat-infested,
barricaded west Philadelphia
See JUDGE, Page 7
LANSING (UPI)-A group of
legislators trying to salvage Gov.
Wiliam Milliken's embattled tax
proposal stalled yesterday on whether
the plan should grant senior citizens
bigger breaks than other taxpayers.
Little progress was made toward
saving the plan, which was drawn up
last week by a coalition of lawmakers,
interest group representatives and
aides to the governor.
THE ORIGINAL $800 million shift
proposal called for a property tax cut
with a hike in the sales tax to make up
for the lost revenue. House Republicans
decided not to support the plan, calling
instead for a straight tax cut.
Both the Milliken group and the GOP
lawmakers are attempting to head off
the proposal drawn up by Shiawassee
County Board Commissioner Robert
Tisch, which cuts property taxes 50 per
cent but does not make up the lost
The Milliken group is attempting to
come up with a compromise which will
win the support of two-thirds of ech
houses, the margin needed to get the
plan on the fal ballot.
DISCUSSION BY the group centered
on-whether the elderlydeserve a larger
bresk on taxes. An estimated 65 per
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