A bench warrant was issued for the arrest of peace activist Daniel Ellsberg after he failed to appear in San Francisco Municipal Court to answer charges stemming from a June 28 demonstration against the battleship Missouri. Judge J. Dominique Olcomendy ordered bail of $500 on the warrant, over the protest of attorney Andrew Lichterman, who is representing the Pentagon Papers figure in the misdemeanor case. Ellsberg was arrested after he joined a crowd of sit-in demonstrators blocking one of the two entrances to the pier area where the Missouri, visiting San Francisco for the Fourth of July holiday, had docked. He and 108 others were charged with obstructing a sidewalk.
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