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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1987
Your headline on the Goetz verdict really made my day! Thank God for the jury system and common sense. BERNARD JOHNSON Ventura
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April 30, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Hit with a $43-million verdict for shooting a young man on a subway train in 1984, Bernhard Goetz filed for bankruptcy to protect his chinchilla, his guinea pig and other possessions from being seized and auctioned off. Goetz, 48, a self-employed electronics specialist, has personal property worth about $2,000, his lawyer, Darnay Hoffman, said. A Bronx jury last week ordered Goetz to pay $43 million to Darrell Cabey, one of the four young men he shot on the subway in 1984.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1987
I must admit that I am truly split on my feelings regarding the vindication of Goetz. Although I am black I would not dare to say what I might do if I were surrounded by four young thugs on a subway and I had a gun. Still some pressing questions remain. Would Goetz have shot those youths if they were white? Would he have been acquitted if he were black and the men white? And most alarming of all, what did his act do to lend support to extremist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan? I can tell you this, I'll never walk up to a white man on a dark street and ask him for phone change again.
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