_ Pitchford not guilty in self-abortion trial

a, DIANA rvaoa
Associated Press Writer

found a young Western Kentucky
woman innocent by reason of insanity
yesterday to a charge that she
performed an illegal abortion on
herself with a knitting needle.

The eight men and four women,
who heard three days of testimony.
deliberated less than a hour before
returning a verdict.

The defendant, Marla Elaine
Pitchford, 22, immediately burst into
tears. She did not take the stand in her
own defense, although attorneys had
indicated earlier that she would.

Spokesmen for both sides said the
verdict pointed up the need for
legislative re-examination of the law
under which Pitchford was
prosecuted. A prosecuting attorney

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acknowledged that the courtroom was
filled with sympathy for the defendant.
including at the prosecution table.
The case is believed to be one of the
first in the nation in which a woman,

without the involvement of physicians. _

was charged with performing an illegal
abortion on herself. Pitchford faced a
prison sentence of IO to 20 years if she
had been convicted.

Pitchford said at a news conference
after the verdict that the trial
“definitely made me a stronger
person'and that the family is stronger
how. Her parents attended the trial
and appeared with her at the news

The trial gained national attention.
and Pitchford was asked if she
considered herself a symbol for the
women‘s movement.

“Maybe. if they want to make me
one.” she replied.

“I couldn‘t believe that they would
prosecute someone and put them in
jail for I0 to 20 years for something
like this.” she said.

The law under which she was
prosecuted was “not fair as it was
applied to me." she said. She said
legislators might want to specify in the
law that women are not to be

Her attorney. Flora Stuart of
Bowling Green. said the people spoke

through the verdict and became‘the
final arbitrators of the law.

“We have shown the nation here in

Bowling Green that we will not send
a young girl under these conditions to
l0 years in prison.” Stuart said.
Pitchford said she planned to go to
Colorado for a rest and then hopes to
return to college, but not at Bowling
Green‘s Western Kentucky University,



which she attended previously.

Assistant Commonwealth Attorney
Tom Lewis. who was on the
prosecution team. said after the
verdict. “If there is a guilty verdict or
not guilty verdict. that is the end of
that case. We‘re starting to work on
the next case."

He said. “This trial was just packed
with sympathy _ for Marla Elaine

“On the other hand I have an
obligation as a prosecutor to prosecute
people who violate a statute. I think
that this trial has been a good
experience in that. at the very least, it
will call to the attention of the state
legislature that there is a statute that is
in question."

He said the law should be clearly
stated so there can be no question of its

He defined the statute as a “poorly

an independent student newspaper

Parking problems still
unavoidable for students

Copy Editor

“Confusion headache pure
hell." Director of Public Safety Tom
Padgett‘s description of parking at UK
sounds familiar.

Although he has no solution to the
perpetual problem. Padgett said, some
of the hassle an be avoided.

The convenience of parking at
Commonwealth Stadium. he said. will
be enhanced by an additional bus
traveling the south route during the

peak hours of 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Depending upon the amount of traffic,
a bus should pass the Stadium lots
every six to eight minutes, Padgett

For the next two or three weeks. the
buses will be unable to travel to the

innermost sections of the Stadium lots
because those routes are being
repaired. Padgett said. Instead. the
buses will stop along the outer
boundaries of the lot.

During other hours. the route is
served by four buses running from 6:30
a.m. to 6 pm. ‘

Only one bus serves on the north
route to the Student Center because
there are less people to 'carry, said
Padgett. It operates from 7:30 a.m. to
5:30 pm.

A clear understanding of parking
control should also prevent
unsuspecting violators from receiving
citations. according to Padgett.

“Many pe0ple think that during the
first week of school they can park
anywhere." he said, “but they can‘t.“

“A” and “B" lots are controlled ‘

between 7 a.m. and 5 pm, even during

Will—visit Poland

bans U.S. group


Staff Writer ‘

A delegation of American
journalists and educators, scheduled
to go to the Soviet Union and Poland
in September. will cut their trip I0
days short because the Soviet portion
of the trip was eliminated.

In a telegram to the U.S.
coordinators. a Soviet official said the
cancellation was “due to the holding of
a number of significant international
events and gatherings in the autumn of

“The broad goal is increased
international understanding."said Dr.
Ramona Rush, dean of the College of
Communications and one of the trip




coordinators. “I hate that we were a
pawn at the grass roots level because
everyone lost out on an excellent

Another coordinator, Dr. Richard
Cole of the University of North

Carolina School of Journalism. said. ,

“This entire program was my idea

three years ago. It is a very valuable
program and I hate to see it canceled
for that reason. It is quite possible we

will be able to reschedule the program
for next year."
The program was organized to

study journalism education and
theory. precision journalism. new
journalism technology and other
related topics.

the first days of school. Padgett said.
The “A” spaces on Adminsistration
Drive are reserved for permit holders
until 9 pm.

Patrolling of “C" and “R" lots do
not begin until Tuesday. Sept. 5. By
then. all permits will have been issued,
he said.

The R-3 lot near the Kirwan-
Blending Complex has been changed

from a daytime- to a 24-hour

controlled lot. Padgett said this
change comes in response to
complaints from dormitory residents
who could not find parking spaces.
The parking situation is worse
during the first week of school.
Padgett said. because a significant
number of students have a car for just
a week. It all makes for a difficult
situation, he said.
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The delegates now will attend a

special day-long symposrum on
precision journalism and mass media

technology in Warsaw. Poland on
Sept. 7.

Speakers will come from the Soviet
Union. Finland. India. Britain.
Poland. East Germany. West
Germany and the United States.

“This will bring necessary
information out of the Western
countries to the journalistieally
underdeveloped Eastern Bloc
countries.“ Rush said.

Rush will be moderating one of five

divisional topics and UK professor R.
Lewis Donohew will present a paper
and moderate a topical session.

Honey Hughes. left. and Ann (‘otten weren‘t exactly
disappointed yesterday when they opened their sorority
bids. Almost 700 women learned the outcome yesterday

written law which needs

The slender. red-haired woman was
indicted June I4 on a charge of
performing an illegal abortion on
herself with a knitting needle.

The defense did not want to subject
Pitchford to a rigorous cross-

examination which they expected
from prosecutors. said Kelly
Thompson. one of the attorneys
representing her in the Warren Circuit
Court trial.

In his instructions to thejury. Judge
.l. David Francis told the panel to

return an innocent verdict if they
found Pitchford was of unsound mind
at the time of the incident.


Francis also said that the jurors
should disregard a statement

Pitchford gave police the morning
after the fetus was delivered unless


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of the week-long schedule of parties, skits and meetings

they believed she made the statement
of her own free will.

Stuart. a public defender. said
during her closing arguments that
defense attorneys “do not contest that
during a moment of panic..Marla
Pitchford took the knitting needle and
thrust it into her body.“ The defense
also did not contest the substance of
the statement Pitchford gave police. in
which she admitted performing the
act. Stuart added.

Rather. Stuart said. the defense
contests Pitchford‘s mental state at the

The statement was taken the
morning after Pitchford underwent
labor. Stuart said. “and she wanted to
tell the world she wanted to be

Stuart said the testimony of Dwight
Mundy. Pitchford‘s former fiance.

‘ Continued on page 4

University of Kentucky
Lexington. Kentucky

By DIANE MILAM/Kernel smr

known as rush. Freshmen Hughes and (‘otten. from Fort
Lauderdale and Frankfort. respectively. were accepted





allegations that one officer obtained a copy of a stolen
captain‘s promotion examination several days before he
took the test.

The examination was removed from the office of the
Louisville Civil Service Board within the past two months
and later sold or given to the officer.

The Louisville Times. quoting sources close to the probe.
said the allegations involved Capt. Larry Ogle. who declined
comment when asked if he knew whether he was under

Investigators also are studying allegations that detectives
David M. Price and Richard Dickinson were involved in
obtaining the test within two weeks before candidates for
promotion to captain were given written and oral exams on
July 6.

Both men have been suspended pending investigation of
their possible involvement in a string of breakmins.

New York Times reporter Myron Farber was released
from jail yesterday after the state Supreme Court stayed his
indefinite jail sentence pending an appeal of his contempt

The court stayed all civil and criminal penalties against
Farber and The Times pending an appeal of their contempt

As a result of the ruling. Farber was ordered released and
a 35.000 a day fine levied against The Times was stayed.

MORE WOMEN WILL be serving at sea and handling
tougher assignments under a new policy announced
yesterday by the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard Commandant John B. Hayes said the service
is removing restrictions based solely on sex in the training.
assignment and career opportunities of its personnel.

Only 24 of 707 Coast Guard women now are on sea duty.
but Hayes said many more are being assigned to cutters and
other vessels.

NEW ORLEANS TEACHERS demanding higher pay
went on strike yesterday. disrupting the opening day of
school for the city's 9|.000 pupils.

“No dough. no work." teachers shouted at a meeting
called by Nat laCour. head of the l'nited Teachers of New
Orleans. to take an official strike vote.

“The system is opening and functioning well.“ said
Supermtendaent Gene Gissert.

yesterday as fire engulfed a block-long section of a
downtown area in Anderson. Indiana.

Fire Chief Ed Ballinger. who responded to the alarm with
eight probationary firefighters. said the union ignored his
pleas for help. but about six of the I44 strikers showed up
anyway and assisted until volunteers from neighboring
communities arrived.

Vo one was In the buildings when the fire erupted and
there were no injuries

THE DOLLAR ROLLER coaster took an abrupt swing
down yesterday because of the poor U S. trade performance.
the American currency losing in one trading session half the
ground it had struggled to gain against the Japanese yen in
recent days.

Tuesday‘s announcement of the almost $3 billion l‘ S
trade deficit for July had driven the dollar down sharply in
Europe. But the Tokyo currency market was closed for the
day by then and the backlash had to wait until yesterday It
came quickly. the dollar plummeting by more than four yen


MORE OF THE SAME. Mostly cloudy and mild today
with continuing showers and thundershowers. The high will
be in the mid to upper .')s.