The former President of the United Mine Workers union in the United States, Mr. W.A.?
GV EXT Union Trust Building & CU Door Sign "O' DONOGHUE & O' DONOGHUE" (2 shots)
SV Boyle out of building and into car surrounded by Press
SV Boyle and Lawyer talking to Press.
BOYLE: "I can't say anything because I don't know what it's really about.
REPORTER: At the court Boyle appeared before a Federal Magistrate and a date of September 25th was set for a removal hearing. This is a formality which would allow Boyle to be taken to Pennsylvania to be arraigned on the state's charges. Boyle will enter a plea in Pennsylvania. Bond was set at 50,000 dollars and was quickly posted. Then Boyle and his attorney left court and faced reporters.
REPORTER: Mr. (indistinct) - you were upset about the circumstances of Mr. Boyle's arrest today.
ATTORNEY: "Yes because Mr. Boyle was given a civil deposition in a case when he was intruded upon by three FBI agents who took his out in the middle of the deposition, which deposition was not completed yet. I think that is grossly unfair."
REPORTER:"Do you believe that the Department is engaging in some sort of vendetta against your client?"
ATTORNEY: I am not going to characterise it, I'm just going to say that a person who is in the middle of a civil deposition should be entitled to finish it. I think they know that whenever Mr. Bayle has had to be in court he has come voluntarily and he would have come voluntarily and he would have come voluntarily on this occasion.
REPORTER: You not advised that this was happening?
ATTORNEY: "Not advised by anybody in the Department of Justice. I was advised by the Press and I thank the press for the advice.
REPORTER: Mr. Boyls can you say nothing about these charges.
ATTORNEY: "At this point I instruct him to say nothing. His position is well known on all these matters.
REPORTER: "Chip Yablonski told reporters shortly after Boyle's arrest: 'We have waited a long time for this'. UMW President Arnold Miller issued a statement saying coal miners had only one interest since the murders that justice be done. He added that he hoped Boyle would request a prompt trial and officials at the union said they still didn't think the case was closed with Boyle's arrest."
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Background: The former President of the United Mine Workers union in the United States, Mr. W.A. "Tony" Boyle was charged on Thursday (September 6) with the murder of union rival Mr. Joseph Yablonski.
Three weeks after Mr. Boyle defeated Mr. defeated Mr. Yablonski in a bitter struggle for the union's leadership in 1969 the Yablonski family were found murdered in their home in Clarkaville, Pennsylvania.
Three man ware later convicted of the murder. The new evidence which led to the charges against Mr. Boyle came form Mr. William Turnbull a union official who turned state's evidence and pleaded guilty to the charges faced by Mr. Boyle.
In addition to the murder charges Tony Boyle is also accused of conspiring to kill Mr. Yablonski and of violating his civil rights.
Mr. Boyle who is 71 was taken immediately into custody in Washington, but was later granted 50,000 US dollars ($20,000) bail. He is still appealing against a sentence of five years handed down last year for using funds for political donations.
The new Federal indictment says that on June 23 1969 Tony Boyle gave the order to Mr. Albert Pass, a union official and Mr. Turnbull to eliminate Yablonski. By September, 20,000 US dollars (GBP 8,000 sterling) of union funds had been set aside for the killing, it is alleged.
Boyle was arrested in this down Washington building this morning. He was given a deposition in civil case involving the union, ironically, the deposition was being taken by Joseph Chip Yablonski the son of the man boyle is charged with conspiring to murder. After processing by Federal agents he was escorted to US District Court.