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Title Connections, Vol. 2, No. 11, November 1980
Contributor
  • Olinger, James K.
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date November 1980
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962584
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 006
Transcript CONNECTIONS ARTICLE MAJOR EVIDENCE IN BOOKSTORE CASE Two CONNECTIONS articles have became major elements in a suit by the Austin Police Department to keep money seized in a June 2, 1980 raid on long-time CONNECTIONS advertiser Anarchodillo Slow Burning Books and Papers, a bookstore and head shop. Owner Gene Berkman was charged with felony possession of marijuana and a civil suit was filed to allow the police to keep the $6927 in cash found on the Anarchodillo premises. Members of the Austin Vice Squad joined narcotics officers in the raid on Anarchodillo, the retail outlet of Berkman's Pacific Sunrise Trading Company, which was then located in the New Manor Apartments on Manor Road. It is unusual for vice officers to participate in drug raids. Berkman, who was subjected to sexual harrassment during his arrest, feels the vice squad members came along to see if they recognized him from the gay bars. "Since I'm not gay and don't drink alcohol, this was just another waste of the taxpayers' money," Berkman says. The police ransacked the store for two and one-half hours, finally seizing Berkman's personal stash of marijuana and the cash, which had been intended as the down payment on a larger business location at 1712 South Congress. At the Examiner's Hearing on July 7, 1980, a CONNECTIONS photograph of Berkman in front of an Anarchodillo display was included in the evidence introduced by the defense. Berkman was charged with felony possession of marijuana. Prosecution witnesses admitted there was no evidence to support a dealing charge. CONNECTIONS Gene Berkman at new Anarchodillo location. 1712 South Congress. In what Berkman describes as "a feeble attempt to bolster their admittedly weak case againsf mT^ arresting officer Robert L. Chapman apparently attempted to provoke a fight between a police infor- ™ ***£ as "Rusty" and New Manor security guards ,- U^o19- ^ ^Went was reported in theAug- ■ust, 1980 CONNECTIONS 9 sinn nf!^1 WaS ft*n«lly indicted for felony posses- Anarchodillo store as a "residence," was scheduled for October 21. However, it was continued until November 20, because Chapman had influenza and was unable to attend. The deposition for the civil suit was held on the morning of September 25. This is a procedure where witnesses are questioned under oath by attor neys for both plaintiff and defendant. All statements by witnesses are recorded. Although it is not held in a courtroom or with a judge present, a deposition may be admitted in court. Assistant District Attorney Ralph Graham first took Berkman's deposition. "He asked me about my business, like where I advertised and I told him CONNECTIONS and FREE TEXAS," Berkman reports. "And he wanted to know about my product lines, suppliers, and things like that." Then Leon Grizzard, Berkman's attorney, deposed arresting officer Robert Chapman. Chapman denied knowing Rusty" and refused to answer any further questions about informants, "as per police practice." He stated that no witnesses or informants would be called in the civil case. Chapman denied being in the area of the Manor Villa Apartments on July 19. "Then my attorney asked Chapman about his name appearing on Rusty's arrest report from that night at Manor Villa " Berkman reports. "Chapman said he had heard someone else had put his name on the arrest report without his knowledge, but he hadn't taken part in the arrest or even seen the report, himself." At this point, Assistant D.A. Graham took Chapman out into the hall and spoke with him for several minutes. My lawyer had been referring to the (Auaust) CONNECTIONS article while questioning Chapman," Berkman continues, "and the D.A. asked to read it so we gave it to him. He apparently reached the point where we turned down a prosecution offer to return part of the money if we didn't contest the seizure, because he turned to Chapman and said. He's calling us thieves.'" I'The truth hurts, doesn't it?" Berkman responded. I prefer to think of you as extortionists, not thieves, Attorney Grizzard told Graham. Berkman then told Graham and Chapman, "He's too bought off by the system, you're thieves." Graham went back to the CONNECTIONS article When he finished reading it, he took Chapman back out into the hall. "They talked for ten or fifteen minutes, Berkman recalls, "when they came back in, Graham said he would change the witness' answer to the last question. He said Chapman would admit to having been at Manor Villa on the night of the incident with Rusty." "The District Attorney actually had to come in and change a statement his police witness made under oath, Berkman observes. "That's an excellent indication of the quality of the prosecution's case against ma." Berkman says, "Graham approached my attorney several days after the deposition and offered to settle right then by splitting the money 50-50. Grizzard turned it down flat. He obviously doesn't believe in bargaining with extortionists." by Jim Olinger
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