Cliffie Waits for Ruling In Draft Resistance Case
Three workers from the Boston Draft Resistance Group, including one Radcliffe student, were tried yesteray morning in the Massachusetts Superior Court for trespassing while talking to servicemen in the Greyhound Bus Terminal in Boston last summer.
James N. Whitney, a 33-year-old assistant professor of Mathematics at the State University of New York at Albany; Michael G. Mickelsen, a full-time BDRG counsellor; and Sandra Gove '71, were convicted in late July in the Boston Municipal Court of trespassing, a misdemeanor. They appealed the case and made their third appearance before the Superior Court yesterday. The judge will probably hand down a decision on Friday.
Miss Gove testified that she and the two men were interviewing servicemen and offering them copies of a newspaper called "G.I. in Vietnam" in the bus terminal. "We asked them about Army life, what they were being trained for at Fort Devens, and their views on the war in Vietnam. If they weren't interested in talking to us, we left them alone; if they were interested, we offered them copies of the paper," Miss Gove said.
Donald Tenney, assistant manager of the Greyhound terminal, testified that the three workers interrupted the normal flow of passengers to the departure gates. The BDRG people denied this.
Tenney said he asked Mickelsen to leave and, when he refused, had him arrested. Mickelsen said he had asked Tenney what authority he had to ask him to leave and that Tenney would not identify himself. "At this point an officer grabbed my wrist and led me across the terminal and outside where I was put under arrest," Mickelsen said.
Miss Gove testified that she was placed under arrest because she refused to leave.
After going outside, Whitney was arrested when he re-entered the terminal to call a lawyer.