WASHINGTON (Aug. 17)
George Lincoln Rockwell will be tried on two charges of disturbing the peace pending against him, on August 26. This was decided today by Municipal Court Judge George B. Neilson upon a motion of Assistant Corporation Counsel Clark King.
The trial on charges of disorderly conduct at a rally on July 3, scheduled for today, was continued to be held together with the trial on similar charges arising from a later incident. Both hearings will now be held jointly on August 26, the date which was previously set for the trial on charges of “violating an act of Congress” at a Nazi rally on July 24 when Rockwell signaled his troopers to attack hecklers.
Meanwhile, the Nazi “commander” has filed a libel suit against the Washington Daily News demanding $110,000 damages. The newspaper today concluded a three-part series on Rockwell and his group. It accompanied each of the three articles with an editorial remark saying that the best way to handle Rockwell, in the opinion of the paper, is “to keep him in the open where everyone can see him and his Nazi demagoguery for what it is.”
(In New York, the Civil Liberties Union said today that it will support a petition filed by Rockwell with the State Supreme Court to force New York City to let him hold a public meeting in Union Square. The city had denied him a permit for such a meeting on July 4 after a wave of public protest. The hearing on the petition will take place in the State Supreme Court next Wednesday.)