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New York Court Frees Rockwell of Disorderly Conduct Charges

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George Rockwell, leader of the American Nazi Party, was free today of disorderly conduct charges after the New York District Attorney, the Nazi’s defense counsel and a three-man panel of Criminal Court judges agreed that there was no possibility of obtaining a conviction of the man, due to several questions of constitutional law.

The charges against Rockwell dated back to 1960 when, in the rotunda of the Supreme Court Building here, he made some anti-Semitic remarks and allegedly threaten ed a vice-chairman of the Jewish War Veterans, Lester Fahn, now an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn.

Judges Simon Silver, Thomas G. Weaver and Daniel Hoffman, of the Criminal Court, ruled yesterday in a 19-page memorandum that Rockwell’s case be dismissed. All parties concerned, including the court, the office of the New York District Attorney and the defense counsel, agreed that they “abhor” Rockwell’s principles.

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