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'Teach-In' Disruption Hearings End; CRR to Announce Verdicts Soon

By Jeff Magalif

The last-and longest -of the Committee on Rights and Responsibilities' (CRR) "Counter Teach-In" disruption hearings ended yesterday.

The CRR will begin within a few days to review the 31 cases brought before it. It will announce its verdicts before the end of the term.

The case that ended yesterday involved Peter H. Levy '71, charged both by the Administration and by Arthur N. Waldron '71, co-chairman of Students for a Just Peace (SJP). Parts of the hearing were held on four different days, beginning last Wednesday.

The Administration, represented by Vern Countryman, professor of Law, based its case on the testimony of Benjamin I. Ross '71, who lives in the same entry of Adams House as Levy.

Both Ross and Waldron told the CRR hearing panel that they saw Levy shouting and clapping at the "Counter Teach-In." Levy denied the charges, saying he had not participated in the disruption "because I didn't think that freedom of speech should be denied so lightly."

Swearing at Benjie

Levy also told the CRR panel that he had sworn at Ross prior to the meeting after Ross had told an SDS member who was making an announcement on stage to "shut up." He accused Ross of "lying with some malice" in his testimony.

Ross admitted to the panel that heand three friends had consumed one-and-a-half bottles of wine just before the teach-in. But he said that he was not feeling the effects of the wine at the time he said he saw Levy clapping and shouting.

Levy was represented by Alan M. Dershowitz, professor of Law, and Harvey A. Silverglate, a Boston lawyer.

Nine witnesses testified on Levy's behalf. Two of them were taken independently to Sanders Theatre by members of the CRR panel last Friday after one had trouble recalling exactly where in Sanders they had talked with Levy during the teach-in.

Another witness-Robert W. Kaufmann '71-told the panel Monday that the audience chant "Let the Assholes Speak" did not occur during the speech of Archibald Cox '34, University troubleshooter. At the hearing of John H. Petrey '72, Countryman had asked the CRR to "bear in mind" that Petrey had admitted chanting "Let the Assholes Speak" during Cox's speech-something that Petrey had not admitted doing.

Members of SJP brought charges with the CRR against a total of 14 students for allegedly helping disrupt the "Counter Teach-In," and the Administration charged 11 students. Four students were charged both by an SJP member and by the Administration.

The Ed School's Student-Faculty Committee on Discipline will hear at 10 a.m. tomorrow the case of John B. McKean, a first-year graduate student who has been accused of helping disrupt the "Counter Teach-In." The hearing, which is open to the public, will take place in the Eliot-Lyman Room of Longfellow Hall.

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