Detroit (Jul. 2)
(Jewish Daily Bulletin)
September 12 was set by Federal Judge Fred M. Raymond as the tentative date for the retrial of Aaron Sapiro’s $1,000,000 libel suit against Henry Ford and The Dearborn Independent.
The date set is conditional upon failure of counsel for Mr. Sapiro to effect a transfer of the case to Judge Edward J. Moinet, who will take office within a few days as the third Federal Judge for this district. William Henry Gallagher, chief sounsel for Mr. Sapiro, said he was unwilling to proceed with the trial before Judge Raymond.
Mr. Gallagher and Senator James A. Reed of Missouri, chief of Ford counsel, met with Judge Raymond yesterday morning to discuss the retrial. Judge Raymond, whose court is in the Western District of Michigan, pointed out that his work in his home district would keep him occupied possible beyond Sept. 12, whereupon Mr. Gallagher suggested that Judge Moinet be asked to assume charge of the case. Judge Raymond agreed, but Senator Reed objected.
“Some weeks have been spent in threshing over the many legal questions involved in this case,” he said, “and much time would be lost if a new Judge stepped in.”
The Senator also protested against beginning the retrial sooner, declaring that to do so would involve grave danger of another mistrial, arising out of the possible collapse of a juror or an attorney. His own physical condition, he added, was not such as to justify him in undertaking the retrial of the case within the next few weeks.
Mr. Gallagher asserted the defense should, as a matter of justice to Mr. Sapiro, bring about a retrial at the earliest possible date.
ROCKAWAY VOTES $15,000 FOR LEVINE WELCOME
The Rockaway Chamber of Commerce voted a $15,000 appropriation to defray the expenses of a “Welcome Home” celebration for Charles A. Levine and Clarence D. Chamberlin, trans-Atlantic flyers, on a date tentatively set for July 20. Mr. Levine, the first trans-Atlantic passenger is a resident of Far Rockaway.
A cablegram sent to the flyers informed them of the tentative date and requested details of their plans.
Charles A. Levine received the report that he is facing a $500,000 law suit from the United States Government over a share in the salvage of war materials, despatches from Paris stated. He said that the government had offered to settle the case for $300,000.
“I am entering a countersuit for a still larger sum,” he declared.
The United Jewish Charities of New York will receive the residuary estate of Frederick Anthony Schwab, newspaper man and music critic, who died in Paris on June 9 last. His will, filed for probate yesterday, disposes of an estate of $60,000.