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Left to right: Maloney, Burns, Murley, Easter. JUDGE GOSSETT showed his impartiality by sleeping \(or pretending to by nodding his vigorous approval when Schwilley dismissed Dean Reynold’s testimony by saying, “If he’s typical of the kind of campus administrators they have in California, it’s no wonder they’re having riots out there,” and by laughing out loud when Schwilley referred to California as “that great unfenced penitentiary on the West Coast.” \(During a recess, and before the remark was made, Schwilley asked an assistant if he thought it would be reversible error per se to call California “a great unfenced penitentiary.” The assistant replied, “Are you going to make the summation?” “I wouldn’t miss this one for After the jury took only a few minutes to find all four guilty, Gossett thanks them and added another reason to curse the defendants: “Now I’m late to the only party of the year that my wife bought a new dress for.” At the sentencing, Gossett made only passing reference to the marijuana, prefering to concentrate on the guns found in the car. The four had testified they were used for hunting and target practice, but Gossett said, “They don’t look like hunters to me.” Gossett gave Delaine a non-probated sentence of three years with an explanation that would be hilarious if it were not so tragic. “At a demonstration against Gov. Reagan, he urged the other demonstrators to ‘riot on,’ ” Gossett said. Nezey also got three years in jail, while Ellis received ten years’ probation and Brown five years’ probation. The judge, a former congressman who was noted for running errands in Washington for Southwestern Bell \(which later rewarded him with a job when he quit sentencing and delivered a statement to a Senate Interim Committee on Penal Servitude. Quoted by the Dallas News, Gossett showed his strong identification with the prosecution and his down-home attitude toward blacks: “I just got through with four colored boys this morning that I sentenced. I think that they were pretty bad characters, although we didn’t have as much evidence on their character as we might have had. I would like to have given those boys, say, two years. I did send two of them to the penitentiary, but the two that I sent to the penitentiary, I’d like to have added on about 10 years probation after they got out of the penitentiary. “They came into town with a trunkful of M-1 carbines, high-powered rifles. One of them had a shotgun with double-ought buckshot he was going down to Louisiana to shoot pigeons with, he said. We had pretty good reason to believe that they were members of the Black Panther organization, dedicated to the overthrow of the government by revolution, but we couldn’t prove that. So if you could have given them short terms in the penitentiary with substantial probation time, then you’ve got a club over them, and they can straighten out or not straighten out. That leaves it up to them. . ..” Austin Five young Dallasites go,on trial Oct. 19 on felony charges arising from an incident at Lee Park April 12. Each year on the first nice day of spring the Dallas freak community likes to go swimming in Turtle Creek. This year the police arrested some of the swimmers and a crowd gathered to protest the arrests. The police apparently panicked, for they called in reinforcements, some of whom arrived sirens wailing, tires skidding, and shotguns aimed. At least one of Dallas’ finest fired Incidentally, when one of Judge Gossett’s sons was arrested for marijuana earlier this year, his trial was mysteriously hustled out of Dallas to Monteg, where Louis Holland, a close personal friend of Gossett’s, is the presiding judge. Th?, boy got two years probation. his weapon into a tree. The crowd reacted angrily to the police’s show of force. Bottles were thrown and police tires were slashed. Many people were arrested, most on misdemeanor charges. Five men face felony charges. They are Mike Maloney, charged with second degree lynching \(i.e., allegedly throwing a coke Rudy Murley, Wayne Easter, and Jamie Glazier, all charged with interfering with October 16, 1970 7 Five on trial for Lee Park liberation