The Taft Tribune (Taft, Tex.), Vol. 33, No. 22, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 4, 1955 Page: 3 of 10
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ve le to y« veteran*. One tract
nekl for Jltj.SOO to a ve'.e’-an# who
.petified in* thooRhr he '"as sign
inn up for a $140 loan
Giles stoutly denial state char-
ges that he ovet-appraixtd the
land us part of a scheme to
defraud the state. He said he knew
nothing of SlOO-per-name purchases
of veterans’ signatures to put
through the transaction.
Many a courtroom spectator hod
predicted an acquittal prior to the
closing argument of young Diet.
Atty. Les Procter. He waved In
the faces of the Jury a Ji3,Crx>
check from Sheffield to Giles and
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.tient against the compoy. If dia.
however, accitte J. Paul tittle,
Crystal City attorney who promot-
ed the transaction, with irvoldug
false representation to the Veteran
little Is under indictment in
Commiittee Ousts Morrow
Way was: cleared last veek far
a new Texas Democratic nations I
In toe change, Gov. AUu Shiv-
ers hopes to regain the vote Texas
has lost 0!i the national commit-
tee. Wright Morrow has not been
national recognized since he re-
nounced the Democratic presiden-
tial nominee to support Eisenhow-
er three years ago.
To *el the stage, the Slate Demo-
cratic Executive Committee last
week declared the nauovvl
Sii rers denied kite* to* to s]h
peis.' Rayburn. He ttarJirsd Ttjfifc
as conservative Ihwsnl11 v*it&
full repreoemati je of* the naklsMi
(committee to help got then- M&-
gallon >w»ted at toe SIMf petal-
A\ successor to Ktineur la Ip 4b
named at a UoptrjnMsr w-nUKi,
Liberal Democrats qwiofcty.tWsdf
to w>I*e tin awaovatfoe ’.’/revda.
Ralph W. Vortirvough of AiwSsl
twine defected my Sffcivwrs twr
the governor.ifiip. extended iris
xympatoy to Morrow. Eves thouf©
the two have ksog Awpea! peA*
ticaily. Yarborough said be rtflwtf*
t«3 to see any man "(Sntsbkc-akse-
James SewaiC 0i Ojevtknusu
chairman of the ramoctaffle #A«
*»* OARIViH Paps 4
AUSTIN. Texas — First convic-
tion in the 319 indictments shroud-
ing the veteran* land program
came Ust week.
A three-year penitentiary sen-
tence was fixed by a 98*h district
court jury for the program s
founding father, Tvascom Giles.
Suiprlsed, Giles promised to use
all his legal right* to tight the
conviction Motion lor new trial
was quickly overruled, clearing
the way for appeal to the Court
of Criminal Appeals.
Conviction was on a charge the
former land commissioner aided
ard abetted Brady lard dealer
B. R. Sheffield in tha theft of
$6 800. Sheffield was jointly indict ■
rd with Giles and still awaits
Involved was fhe state's pur-
chase last fail of the 10,114-acre
Kinney County Rosenow Ranch,
called h "corroboration
testimony as to a payoff. Giles
had testified it was in payment
for a real estate sale in which he
acted os agent
Free on a $3,000 appeal bond,
Giles awaits trial again Aug 16
in San Antonio. He is charged
there with accepting n bribe in
another land program deal. Other
indictments are still pending in
Travis anu Zavala Counties.
Stave Recovers Land Money
j In the second of many civil
suits resulting from the veterans
land scandals the state last week
Bvrd Cattle Co. of Dallas was
ordered by 53rd district court to
repay that amount pins tlire-- per
Action war. initiated by the cat-
tle company. It offered to buy
back at the purchase price the
700 aeies of Dimmit County land
sold to 115 veterans. Court jud-!
ment was necessary, however, to
rescind the transaction.
No allegation of fraud was made
by toe attorney general’s depart-
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ers, who for several months had
urged toe committeeman to resign.
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acceptable to Speaker Sam Ray-
burn ..and somebody who support-
ed toe Democratic ticket in 195X.’’
He challenged any member of
the commmittee to say he could
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Guthrie, Keith. The Taft Tribune (Taft, Tex.), Vol. 33, No. 22, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 4, 1955, newspaper, August 4, 1955; Taft, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth711932/m1/3/: accessed February 17, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Taft Public Library.