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,,;'. Tjhe National Wilmington 10 Defense Committee wishes to
state our displeasure at the statements released March 23 byr
the Justice Department with regard to their investigation into
the Wilmington 10 case. ' nf.-,-. ..
:-y Although the Justice Department announced that they will ;
release to both the defense counsel and the State Attorney
General transcripts of the federal grand jury investigation and
the FBI reports on request, this essentially implies that the Jus-.,
tice Department itself is not willing to make any moves against
Jay Stroud and the other public officials who have committed
federal crimes in North Carolina by railroading our defendants
to jail. We will have access to the federal reports but that only
means that both sides will use the. rnaterial in addition to exist
ing material in the . slow moving appeals process. We must also ,
point out that presently we simply do not know exactly what:
the reports say and whether or not they will help or hinder
the defense. ' . .;, ,, .-,
I can speculate, however, that the federal; report can't be
tremendously supportive for us because sources close to this
investigation have said that the mere , willingness "of the Justice
Department to release the entire report would tend to indi
cate that no criminal action is forthcoming against the North
Carolina officials. If criminal proceedings were being con
sidered it is Unlikely that the department would disclose all their,
reports and evidence. .... s.
That same source seemed to feel that the Justice Depart
ment does not feel that it can prove beyond a reasonable doubt
the guilt of the conspiracy led by Jay Stroud.
We find this statement quite unbelievable. Given that. the
public has now heard from two of the' state's former witnesses
that they were coerced by Mr. Stroud to lie at the 1972 trial
and has also heard from a third witness that he was bribed for
his testimony, it seems to us that there is more than enough
evidence to prove beyond a doubt that Stroud used illegal
tactics to gain a conviction of the Wilmington 1.0.
Most everyone across this country can recall cases where in
dividuals have been convicted for various crimes on a lot less
evidence that that. In our opinion this sounds like a very weak
excuse. Although they say that they are continuing the investi
gation, they have failed to make a final decision on where
they'll go from there.
I personally feel that the public should be outraged that the
Justice Department after several weeks of intensive investigation
and such obvious public knowledge of the facts cannot
announce strongly its intentions to launch an indictment against
the guilty North Carolina officials.
Just how long will this investigator drag out? When will
they make a decision? It appears to Us that Mr. Bell has done as
the federal courts have done already to us and that is to make
the defense continue to fight thircase out in the lengthy appeals
process through the maze of stateuand federal courts. This pro
cess could take five or six years to' complete. Meanwhile, inno
cent people are in jail.
We are disappointed at this lack of positive action on the
part of Mr. Bell at this point. We were hoping that he and Mr.
Canter would be concerned about clearing this case up quickly
in light of the growing criticism in world circles about the pre
sence of political prisoners here in this country.
PejdupsrThere is information that Mr. Bell is not telling us
right now; I hope he does have some positive surprises in store
for us soon. Or, perhaps his earlier critiques were correct.
In light of this hazy announcement and position by the Jus
tice Department, we are urging all citizens of conscience to
write or visit Mr. Bell to take a more positive stand and
communicate to North Carolina's Governor James Hunt to take
some immediate executive action and stop this ridiculous waste
of the taxpayer's money: As far as we are concerned, the con
stitution of this country is a farce as long as the Wilmington 10
remain in jafl.
For further information contact: Ms. Imani Kazana,
National , .Coordinator, National Wilmington 10 Defense
Committee.,., u. -,;., '
Grand Jury Indicts S.C. Officer
An Horry County, South
Carolina, police officer was in
dicged by a federal grand jury
Thursday, March 17 on a
charge of beating a man
arrested for failure to pay
Attorney General Griffin
B. Bell said the indictment was
returned in U. S. District Court
in Columbia,' South Carolina,
against' Aubrey L. Winburn.
7? The indictment said Win
burn beat Robert J. Grimm on
Aprfl 30, 1976, violating his
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deprived of liberty without due
process of law.
The incident occured
when Winburn served an arrest
warrant on Grimm at a food
store in Conway, South Caro
lina. Grimm required several
stitches to close a cut above his
The 'maximum penalty
upon conviction of deprivation
of rights (Title 18 U. S, Code
Section 242) is one year in pri
son and a $ 1 ,000 fine.
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North Carolina ; Mutual
Life ;., , Insurance ' Company s ,
assets increased , $63 million (
durinR 1976; insurance in force ;
figure . increased .. by $486
million; and" its gain from
operarions (after Federal In-
come Taxes) amounted to.$K7
million: .' s . v '
, r 1 hese were some muita- spite. of . these circumstances,
tions. of the progress the com-; North Carolina Mutual has con
pany made1 in 1976, W. J. tinued to make progress in all
Kennedy,'. Ill,; NCM president areas of its operations during
and chief executive officer told 1976," he said . , ' "
policyholders Wednesday at The . NCM president cited
the companyV 78th annual the success of the company's
policyholdersi meeting. group reinsurance- program,
, "At the end of 1976, the which added an additional
economy of the country was $438. million of insurance to
pulling but ' of the ' deepest the company's books during .
recession since 'World War II, 1976. He said that additional
although ; problems of infla- group reinsurance contracts
NCAE Convention Hoots
More than 3,000 educators
will meet in Asheville 'next
week to determine next year's
policy for the 50,000 member
North Carolina Association of
Educators (NCAE), according
to Dr. A. C. Dawson, NCAE
executive secretary .:
The delegates will begin
attending special interest
meetings on Thursday,- March
31. They will convene to con
duct NCAE business at 9 ajn.
Friday, April I, and complete
their -.debate- on Saturday,
Miss Alma Teeple, a junior
high school teacher from Dur-
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tion and unemployment have
not been solved satisfactorily,"
Kennedy tol the policyholders.
, "Enerev problems dam-;
pened the robust recovery anti -
cipated by many during the.
latter part of 1976 and present-
reai problem's for 'the new -
national . administration. In .
ham County and NCAE presi
dent, will preside '.over the
Seventh Annual Convention of
the merged association. Dele
gates will include teachers,
principals, supervisors, superin
tendents and others .from
school systems, technical insti
tues, community colleges, and
universities all across North
Eight divisions of NCAE
will hold, annual meetings dur
ing the day on Thursday at
various locations around
Asheville. A number of them
will follow their business
sessions with dinners Thurs
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made in 1976, but which will
not; be put in force. until this,
year would amount to an addi
tional $450 million, thus plac-
ing the company's total insur
ance in force to more than
$3.2 billion: ; rl
, ''"NCM will then become :
the nation's first predominate
black-managed life insurance ,
company to exceed the $3
billion mark," Kennedy said.
'Insurance in force is one of the
means by which an insurance
' company is measured on an
At the end of 1976, NCM
had assets of $ i 5 2 .2 million,
compared to $145.6 million at
the end of 1975; premium in
come was $44.4 million, com
pared to $41.3 million during
Roberta Flack and Freddy
Cole Trio will perform a bene
fit concert Thursday evening
for the largest NCAE division,
the Association . of Classroom
Teachers (ACT). Miss Flack is
a native of Asheville and a
former teacher. Any proceeds
from the concert will go to
ACT. The concert will be at
8:30 p.m. in the Asheville
Civic Center. .
Thirty-three new resolu
tions and 24 constitiutional
amendments are set for de
bate on Friday and Satur-
FOLLOWING NORTH CAROLINA MUTUAL'S 78th annual policyholders rmet
ing, NCM president and chief executive officer, W. J. Kennedy, III, discusses tht
company's corporate group reinsurance program with executive vice presidents
M. A. Sloan (center) and W. A. Clement NCM acquired $38 million of group lift
insurance in 1976 and with contractual commitments that become effective in
early 1977, NCM will exceed the $3 billion mark in insurance in force.
1975; insurance in force was
$2,742 billion,- compared to
$2,256 billion at the end of
1975; and the surplus at the
end of the year was $18.5
million, or 1 2.2 per cent of the.
company's total assets.
In addition, Kennedy said
the company during 1976, paid
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more than $25 million to
policyholders and their bene
ficiaries, bringing the total
cash payments since the com
pany's organization to $2895
Kennedy told the policy
holders that the company's
new planning system,
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developed with the guidance
of McKinsey & Company, the
management consulting firm
should result in the greatest
controlled growth in the com
pany's history. The entire com
pany is now operating under
plans developed for each home
office and field unit.
General Has Determined '.
Dangerous to Your Health.
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