June 20, 1986
The defense rested in the San Francisco espionage trial of former Navy radioman Jerry Whitworth after more than a dozen friends, relatives and other witnesses testified about his loyalty. Whitworth, 46, accused of selling highly secret cryptographic material to the Soviet Union through confessed spy John A. Walker, did not testify.
December 10, 1988
I can't believe it. The Clippers beat the Bulls and Nets, looking very good doing it, and end up on the fourth page of The Times sports section. Then they go to Sacramento and get their brains beat out, and they make the front page. The Clipper kids deserve better than this. JERRY WHITWORTH Mission Viejo
December 12, 1985 |
Former Navy radio man Jerry Whitworth, the last remaining defendant in the John Walker spy ring case, pleaded innocent today to new charges of selling military code secrets to the Soviet Union for $332,000. Whitworth, 46, of Davis, was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury that reportedly heard testimony last week from Walker, a confessed spy and leader of an organization that sold secret information to the Soviet Union. Whitworth's trial is scheduled Jan. 13. He is being held without bail.
July 11, 1986 |
Accused spy Jerry A. Whitworth wrote four anonymous letters to the FBI in 1984 admitting his involvement in espionage and offering to expose it in return for immunity from prosecution, Whitworth's lawyer said Thursday. "I will not quibble with you. . . . The writer of the 'RUS' letters was Jerry Whitworth," defense lawyer James Larson told jurors, referring to four letters signed, "RUS, Somewhere USA," that were mailed to the FBI in San Francisco between May and August, 1984.
July 19, 1986 |
Jurors in the espionage trial of Jerry Whitworth completed a sixth day of deliberations Friday without deciding whether he knowingly sold top secret Navy radio codes to the Soviet Union. The jury is to resume deliberations Monday morning. Whitworth, 46, of Davis, Calif., is accused of selling classified Navy codes for nearly a decade to the Soviet Union through convicted spy John Walker, who served as a go-between. Whitworth was paid $332,000 between 1974 and 1983 for the information.
August 28, 1986 |
A federal judge, rejecting Jerry Whitworth's pleas for mercy, sentenced the retired Navy chief radioman to 365 years in federal prison today for selling highly sensitive code secrets to a Soviet spy ring led by former shipmate John Walker. Whitworth, convicted on seven counts of espionage, must serve at least 60 years before he will be eligible for parole. The former Navy radioman, called by the government the central figure in the most damaging spy ring in U.S.