Thursday, November 5, 2009

* Tin Soldiers and Nixon Comin': Four Dead in Ohio and the Doonesbury Shuffle


The Male Answer to Anger

Ohio National Guardsmen, May 4, 1970


Allison Krause,Bill Schroeder, Sandy Scheuer, Jeffrey Miller

Jeffrey Miller lies slain, but with his Civil Rights still intact, according to Judge Battisti.

(Attorney General John Mitchell and President Richard Nixon) In August, 1971 (more than a year after the shootings of Kent State students by Ohio National Guardsmen) Mitchell decides that there is "insufficient evidence" to convene a federal grand jury investigation.

A 10,800 signature Kent State petition is submitted to Nixon to reverse Mitchell's decision.

Doonesbury tries to prick Mitchell's conscience.

Trudeau is censored in a celebrated instance of what will become a Doonesbury trademark: being dropped from publication on an individual day or moved off the comic page to another area of the paper.

Post Script
December, 1973, during his less than one week tenure as Acting U.S. Attorney General,Robert H. Bork, a conservative, overruled the 1971 decision of former U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell not to call a federal grand jury, and ordered that a federal grand jury be convened to investigate the May 4, 1970 shootings at Kent State University, after nearly three years of lobbying for justice, by parents of the slain, the wounded students themselves, and the supporters of both.

The wheels of justice ground on until charges brought against Ohio National Guardsmen were dismissed by U. S. Federal Judge Battisti in 1974 because prosecutors failed to prove that the Guardsmen engaged in a "conspiracy to deprive students of their Civil Rights".

Presumably, according to this ruling, Guardsmen who shoot and kill students leave the students' Civil Rights intact (even though those students are now deceased), if the Guardsmen did not "conspire" to deprive the victims of their Civil Rights before they shot their rifles.

Dead, but free.

The price.


NB: For further on the Kent State slayings, see