John Wilcock Somehow Not Guilty
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives.
October 31, 1963, Vol. IX, No. 2
Voice columnist John Wilcock, 36, was acquitted of disorderly conduct and causing a crowd to collect at new York City Criminal Court on Monday. The charges had been filed against him by a police sergeant, Irving Benson of the 10th precinct, who arrested Wilcock for arguing with him outside the Living Theatre 10 days earlier.
New Jersey Devils vs. Los Angeles Kings
TicketsTue., Jan. 24, 7:00pm
Brooklyn Nets vs. Miami Heat
TicketsWed., Jan. 25, 7:30pm
New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers
TicketsWed., Jan. 25, 8:00pm
Seton Hall Pirates Men's Basketball vs. Butler Bulldogs Men's Basketball
TicketsWed., Jan. 25, 8:30pm
The Voice has been refused working press cards by the New York City Police, and columnist Wilcock was discussing with the sergeant his right to enter the Living Theatre for interviews despite not having a press pass.
Said Wilcock, on acquittal: "At least we've established the right of a citizen to argue with a man dressed up in a uniform without necessarily being guilty of something. But, of course, acquittal doesn't give back a day locked in a jail cell."
[Each weekday morning, we post an excerpt from another issue of the Voice, going in order from our oldest archives. Visit our Clip Job archive page to see excerpts back to 1956.]
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in New York, delivered to your inbox.