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Curb on Questioning
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Touches Off Angry
Clashes at Red Trial
By the Associated Press
NEW YORK, Aug. 4—Razor
edged tensions have developed at
the Communist conspiracy trial
over what kind of questions the
judge will permit defense wit
nesses to answer.
The issue, raised early this week
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when Federal Judge Harold R.
Medina imposed new restrictions
on the scope of defense testimony,
boiled over yesterday in a welter
of angry courtroom clashes.
Several times' the judge called
on marshals to silence protests of
defense lawyers. One lawyer was
shoved into his seat by a deputy
marshal.
The court's restrictions kept one
witness from giving anything but
her name and background for an
hour while the debate over proper
questioning raged.
The witness, the twelfth called
by the defense, was Mrs. Geral
dyne Lightfoot, a Communist
Party functionary in Chicago.
Shuts Off Questioning.
After eliciting the witness’ back
ground, defense lawyers started
to question her about Communist
Party policy regarding Negroes.
Judge Medina promptly shut off
this line of questioning, touching
off an outburst of protests.
The judge has ruled that in
order to speed up the 7 month-old
trial there will be no more defense
testimony concerning what he has
called "peripheral issues.”
Among these, he has said, is
w'hat the Communists claim they
have done for labor, veterans,
youth, women, Negroes and other
minority groups. Also, the judge
ruled:
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workers’ homes, massacres of
workers—as they call them—or
force and violence against workers.
“We've had an end to that. We
are here to decide whether these
defendants, these 11 men, are
guilty of conspiring to teach and
advocate the overthrow of the
Government by force and vio
lence.”
Judge Takes Over.
Repeatedly yesterday he told
defense lawyers to “get down to
the issues” and avoid “broad, gen
eral questions that lead to long
speeches on irrevelant issues.”
“The trial is going to move
now,” the judge said.
To break up a bitter stalemate
on defense tactics in questioning
the witness, the judge several
times took over the questioning
himself.
This, too, brought sharp ob
jections from Richard Gladstein
and Abraham J. Isserman, de
fense lawyers, and Eugene Dennis,
Communist Party general secre
tary and a defendant who is act
ing as his own lawyer.
Mr. Gladstein accused the judge
of using a “bullying and blustering
tone toward the witness” and of
pointing his finger at her.
“There is nothing about my
tone,” the judge snapped. "I
raised my finger, the rest is sheer
imagination and done deliberately.
* * * You and your colleagues
here are trying, and again and
again have made positively false
statements in the record for the
purpose of making me appear to
be biased and prejudiced and do
the wrong things—that, I am not
doing.”
“No More Monkey Business.
He ordered Mr. Gladstein to sit
down, and when the lawyer re
fused he called for a deputy mar
shal.
“We will have no more monkey
business here,” said the judge.
“When I desire to ask a ques
tion I am fcoing to ask it. I am
through with this interference by
counsel.”
Mr. Iaserman then began argu
ing, and refused to heed the
judge's orders to sit down. Twice
the judfce called for a deputy
marshal and .the lawyer sat down.,
When he jumped up a third time,
the marshal pushed the lawyer to
his seat.
Dennis, his voice quavering,
complained to the judge:
“You have placed counsel and
the defendants under surveillance
of this court, and the case is
actually proceeding now in that
way and proceeding by a mar
shal—and in a martial at
mosphere.”
Most of Mrs. Lightfoot's testi
mony concerned a Communist
training school in 1946 at Camp
Beacon near Beacon, N. Y. She
said three of the Red leaders on
trial, John Gates, Jacob Stachel
and Henry Winston were among
teachers at the camp.
Neither they nor any other party
official ever advocated in her
presence the violent overthrow of
the Government, she said.
Under cross-examination, she
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