NEW YORK (Jul. 20)
New York City Criminal Court Judge William Suglia agreed today to postpone the trial of Rabbi A. Bruce Goldman and a Columbia University graduate student until Oct. 18. In accepting the defendants’ motion for the delay, which was concurred in by the District Attorney’s office, Judge Suglia postponed the trial set for today by Judge Edward Pincus, who on July 14 denied the motion. The defendants, with the acquiescence of the prosecution, wanted to put off the hearing until after the Jewish holidays, since until then their witnesses–including Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America–would be abroad. Rabbi Goldman, spiritual leader of the Radical Jewish Union at Columbia, and Victor Levin are charged with unlawful disruption of services at Temple Emanu-El last summer in their attempt to arouse the congregation to action to end the Vietnam war. Their trial had been postponed several times previously.