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    (AP)-BOBBY BAKER, ONCE A BEHIND-THE-SCENES POWER IN THE U.S. SENATE, WAS CONVICTED TODAY OF ALL?

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    (AP)-BOBBY BAKER, ONCE A BEHIND-THE-SCENES POWER IN THE U.S. SENATE, WAS CONVICTED TODAY OF ALL THE GOVERNMENT HAD CHARGED--INCOME TAX EVASION, LARGELY OF CAMPAIGN FUNDS AND CONSPIRACY.

    A U.S. DISTRICT COURT JURY OF SIX MEN AND SIX WOMEN RETURNED THE VERDICT AT 10:30 A.M. EST ON THIS COLD, WINDY SUNDAY MORNING.

    BAKER, 38, IN THE COURTROOM WITH HIS LAWYERS, SAID NOTHING. HE LIGHTED A CIGARETTE WITH A TREMBLING HAND. HIS FACE WAS WHITE.

    HIS ATTORNEY, EDWARD BENNETT WILLIAMS, TOLD REPORTERS "WE, OF COURSE, ARE GOING TO THE APPEALS COURT AND ALL THE WAY TO THE SUPREME COURT IF NECESSARY."
    THE GOVERNMENT PROSECUTOR, WILLIAM O. BITTMAN, SAID: "I THINK THE VERDICT WAS FULLY JUSTIFIED BY THE EVIDENCE--AND A MAJOR VICTORY FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT GENERALLY."
    BAKER MAY REMAIN FREE ON $5,000 BOND UNTIL HIS SENTENCING, WHICH USUALLY COMES ABOUT TWO WEEKS AFTER THE VERDICT. THE CASE MUST GO TO A PROBATION OFFICER FIRST. AFTER SENTENCING, THE JUDGE MAY SET ANOTHER BOND PENDING ACTIN ON THE APPEAL.

    THE MAXIMUM SENTENCE ON ALL THE COUNTS COULD BE 48 YEARS IN PRISON AND $47,000 IN FINES.

    BAKER, WHO CAME TO THE SENATE AS A 14-YEAR-OLD PAGE BOY ERON PICKENS, E.C., WAS SECRETARY TOT EH SENATE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY FROM 1955 UNTIL WE ???
    HIS TRIAL CONCERNED HIS OTHER ACTIVITIES IN 1961-64 -- "MOONLIGHTING," BAKER CALLED THESE ACTIVITIES IN HIS TESTIMONY.

    COMING THROUGH IT WAS THE NAME OF THE LATE SEN. ROBERT S. KERR, D-OKLA., TO WHOM BAKER SAID HE GAVE SOME $99,600 IN CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS IN 1962. KERR DIED JAN. 1, 1963, AFTER A HEART ATTACK.

    LYNDON B. JOHNSON ALSO FIGURED IN BAKER'S TESTIMONY--ALTHOUGH NOT BY NAME. BAKER SAID THAT IN 1960 "THE MAJORITY LEADER" OF THE SENATE WARNED HIM AGAINST PRACTISING LAW WHILE SERVING AS SECRETARY. JOHNSON THEN WAS A TEXAS SENATOR AND THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER OF THE SENATE.

    BAKER SAID THAT SOME OF THE THINGS HE DID WERE SUBTERFUGES TO KEEP JOHNSON AND OTHERS FROM KNOWING THAT HE WAS VIOLATING JOHNSON'S INSTRUCTIONS.

    AND BAKER TESTIFIED THAT WHEN HE WAS IN FINANCIAL TROUBLE IN 1962 HE WENT TO "THE THEN VICE PRESIDENT"--JOHNSON--FOR ADVICE AND WAS TOLD TO SEEK HELP FORM KERR.

    THE END OF THE TRIAL AFTER THREE WEEKS CAME QUIETLY IN A COURTHOUSE DESERTED EXCEPT FOR THOSE CONNECTED WITH THE CASE AND NEWSMEN.

    BAKER'S BLONDE WIFE AND THEIR TEEN-AGE DAUGHTER, DOROTHY, ONE OF THEIR FIVE CHILDREN, SAT AMONG THE HANDFUL OF SPECTATORS.

    AS COURT BROKE UP, BAKER WALKED TO HIS WIFE, SHE SMILED; AND HE TOOK HER HAND.

    THE JURY RECEIVED THE CASE YESTERDAY AT NOON--ABOUT 20 HOURS BEFORE ITS VERDICT. ACTUALLY IT SPENT ABOUT 7 1/2 HOURS IN FORMAL DELIBERATION, TAKING TIME OUT FOR MEALS AND A NIGHT'S SLEEP. THE JURY, LARGELY NEGRO, CONSISTED OF 11 GOVERNMENT WORKERS AND ONE RETIRED GOVERNMENT WORKER.

    JUDGE OLIVER GASCH TOLD REPORTERS "THE MATTER WAS ENTIRELY UP TO THE JURY...IT WAS ESSENTIALLY A QUESTION OF CREDIBILITY. IF THE DEFENSE WAS BELIEVED I COULD SEE AN ACQUITTAL AND IF THE DEFENSE WAS NOT BELIEVED, THEN THIS WAS AN ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE VERDICT."
    THE GOVERNMENT SAID BAKER POCKETED ABOUT $80,000 OF $99,600 COLLECTED BY EXECUTIVES OF SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATIONS FOR POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS IN 1962. IT PRODUCED WITNESSES WHO SAID THEY GAVE THE ENVELOPES OF CASH TO BAKER.

    BAKER, WHO TESTIFIED FOUR DAYS IN HIS OWN DEFENSE, SAID HE TURNED THE MONEY OVER TO KERR.

    THE GOVERNMENT SAID BAKER PEVADED SOME $23,000 IN INCOME TAXES IN 1961 AND 1962, THAT HE UNLAWFULLY TOOK THE CAMPAIGN FUNDS, THAT HE TRANSPORTED $33,000 OF STOLEN MONEY IN INTERSTATE COMMERCE, AND THAT HE CONSPIRED TO CONCEAL INCOME.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA803ICAY7BL7O5D8XZQH6TIILF
    Media URN:
    VLVA803ICAY7BL7O5D8XZQH6TIILF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/01/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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