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The first battery of 19 demonstrators who are appealing trespass convictions stemming from last April's occupation of University Hall began their second trial Monday in Middle sex County Superior Court.
Fifteen Harvard students, one M.I.T. graduate student, and three non-students are the first of more than 100 University Hall protestors who may have their cases retried, in groups of about 20, before Judge Robert Sullivan.
The Court convenes again this morning at 10 a.m. to hear testimony from Dean Watson and from student reporters. Fred L. Glimp 50, former Dean of the College, has also received a summons to appear as a witness and will be called to court by the District Attorney's office if his testimony is required at today's session.
Monday. Cambridge Police Captain Chester E. Hallice testified that the policeperimeter around University Hall was "well set up." and that police arrested only demonstrators who were inside the building and who had refused an opportunity to leave.
Defense lawyers said they will present evidence that police had, in fact, arrested some persons who were outside the building, and that there is, therefore, no presumption that the 19 defendants were actually inside.
Hallice admitted that he did not recognize any of the accused individually.
Earlier, Judge Sullivan dismissed defense motions for a change of venue, for further postponements of the trial, and for the detailed questioning of prospective jurors.
Lawyers for the nineteen and Assistant District Attorney Douglas J. Rowe then selected a jury of ten men and two women.
Last May, Judge M. Edward Viola of Cambridge's Third District Court found a total of 172 University Hall protestors guilty of criminal trespass, and fined them each $20. The District Attorney's office lists 130 appeals still pending from these convictions. Judge Sullivan, however, has not yet set a date for the trials of other appeals.
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