John Wilcock Somehow Not Guilty


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October 31, 1963, Vol. IX, No. 2

Wilcock Acquitted

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.

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.”

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