PAGE 6...C0MPASS...APRIL - MAY, 1972 ENTERTAINMENT AND FEATURES THIS ARTICLE WAS SENT DIRECTLY T O THE VOICE, FAYETTEVILLE STATE NEWSPAPER, FROM PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA BY THE COLLEGE VOICE, A C BASED STUDENT STAFF COVERI NG THE TRAIL, THE VOICE IS THE ONLY PAPER IN NORTH CAROLINA RECEIVING THIS SERVICE. FAIR TRIAL FOR ANGELA NOT POSSIBLE “We said all along that she couldn’t get a fair trial in this county by a jury of her peers, and if this jury panel is indica tive of what is to come. I’d say we were correct.” So stated Chief Defense Counsel Howard Moore, Jr., after the first few days of the jury selection process in the Angela Da vis kidnap-murder-con- spiracy trial in San Jose California. By Thursday, March 2, a preliminary panel of twelve jurors had been seated in preparation for more intensive question ing by the defense and prosecution. The preliminary panel includes one Black,Mrs. Janie Hemphill, a house wife who has resided in Santa Clara County for 17 years. She was the on ly Black included in the initial list of 116 prospective jurors. She stated that she has been aware of Ms. Davis since her struggles with the governor and regents of UCLA, and said, ‘It did n’t stick with me to pre judice me against Ms. Davis.” It is expected that the prosecution will find some way of elimi nating the sister. The other preliminary jurors consist mostly of housewives and retired people. There is one per son 22 years of age,but the effort to seat the new ly enfranchised 18-21 year olds failed. So far, all have been students who have claim ed hardship, either finan cial, or because of im pending final exams. One of the preliminary panel, William Hotaling, a manager for IBM, was seated over the objections of the defense, despite the fact he admitted, "I am against members of the Communist Party.” He further stated that, “Anyone who takes rad ical action would tend to lie.” The other preliminary panelists in addition to the two mentioned above are: three housewives (one of whom is related to a member of the San Jose police department); a female accounting clerk; an insurance sec retary, also female; a retired sub-contractor; a retired trucker; a retired librarian and a 22 year old female collections clerk. Eight women and four men. Eleven white and one Black. The rigid security measures, which add to the tension, have remain ed in force though Ms. Da vis is now out on bail, with six deputies and a matron stationed inside the courtroom in addition to the five deputies and one matron outside the courtroom. The one Black deputy in the county has been stationed in a very visible position, search ing incoming spectators and newsmen. Further evidence of the hostile attitude of the state is the fact that Pro secutor Albert Harris (of the State Attorney General’s Office) has asked that an official count of spectators seat ed in court each day go into the court’s record for future use. Each per son entering the court room has to identify him self with driver’s license, etc., give his social se curity number, and be photographed. Obviously, Harris feels this is not intimidation enough since the courtroom is full ev eryday. If there are any ques tions that this is a po litical, rather than a criminal trial, the treat ment of the reporters from Soviet Russia and East Germany should be illuminating. The repre sentative of the Soviet news agency, TASS, is allowed to roam only within a 25 mile radius of San Jose (he can’t even get to San Fran cisco within those lim its). And Dr. Klaus Stein- iger of Easi Germany cannot even leave San Jose. These are orders from the State Depart ment of the U.S. Report ers from other European countries have no such restrictions of course. There are no press rep resentatives from Third World countries. Ms. Davis’s entire family has been in atten dance at the trial this week with the exception of her father. Her mother, Ms. Sallye Davis, two bro thers, Reginald and Ben jamin ( a football player for the Cleveland Browns) Ben’s wife, Sylvia and their son, Sorji III and Fania Davis Jordan who has been very active in garnering support for her sister. The family has to ?it in the rear of the court room because the first three rows are reserv ed for the press and TV artists. Kendria Alex ander, a member of the National United Defense Committee to Free An gela Davis and All Polit ical Prisoners was quite upset at deputies for as signing these seats in the rear of the courtroom as she had attempted to sit in the front row on the first day of the trial. The clenched fist Black Power salute had been outlawed in the court room, but the ban was lift ed on the first day of the trial to the delight of the capacity crowd of sup porters of Ms. Davis. When Angela enters the courtroom, she is greet ed by the clenched fists of the spectators, which she promptly returns, Roger McAfee, the Fresno, Calif., farmer who put up his property as collateral for Ms. Da vis’ bail, came out of hiding on Thursday, Mar, 2 to attend the trial along with his wife and sev eral children. He and his family had been threat ened with bodily harm by bigots after it became known that he was an active supporter of Ms. Davis. As a consequence, his children were ex pelled from school (al legedly because they did not live in that district) and his property had to be protected by armed guards. He decided to surface again because of the over whelming support he has received from those who believe in the freedom which this country preaches, but rarely practices. The judge in this case has already gagged the sheriff of Santa Clara County, after he stated that Ms. Davis should be freed on bail. The re strictions on Ms. Davis herself are such that she cannot make any public speeches, either relative to the trial or anything else. Now, Prosecutor Harris is seeking to gag everybody who has anything to do with the trial. This would include Chief Defense Counsel Moore who has been rery outspoken about the tac tics used by the state to prevent a fair trial for Ms. Davis. The prosecutor wants a ban on all press confer ences by “principals re lated to the trial.” After the public support and agitation that culminated in the demise of the death penalty which made Ms. Davis’ release on bail possible, the state is be coming nervous about let ting r.'ie people keep a- breast of their methods. If they can succeed in li miting information about the trial to what is re ported by the traditional media from the court room, the implications of their moves will not cre ate any more crises which will force their hand or make them ptesent even a semblance of justice. Though a preliminary panel of jurors has been seated, jury selection is expected to take several more weeks. This panel must be questioned in depth before they may be come members of the jury to actually try Ms, Davis. T 0 each prospective juror. Prosecutor Har ris reads a list of 104 witnesses he expects to call for the trial to see if each of the jurors is acquainted with any one of them. This list includes 51 police, San Quentin guards, FBI agents, two state attorney generals, and two coroners. That’s a total of 55 persons on the state’s payroll.