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Woman Pleads Innocent to Bombing Conspiracy, Seeks Release of Children

May 9, 1985

NEW YORK (AP) _ A woman, indicted along with six other people in a string of bombings blamed on the terrorist group United Freedom Front, pleaded innocent Wednesday to all charges against her.

″I am guilty of no crime,″ said Carol Ann Manning, 29, who was under heavy guard at her arraignment before U.S. District Judge I. Leo Glasser in Brooklyn.

Ms. Manning, who was arrested along with her husband, Thomas, last month in Norfolk, Va., had been sought on federal bank robbery charges as well as the bombing indictment. She was charged with conspiracy and bombing.

About a dozen supporters stood up and silently raised clenched fists as Ms. Manning was led into the courtroom. They called out ″Power to you, Carol,″ and ″We love you Carol,″ after the proceeding.

In March, the Mannings were among seven people indicted for allegedly carrying out a two-year series of bombings at companies and military offices in the New York area under the name of the United Freedom Front.

The other five charged were arrested in the Cleveland area in November.

Manning, 38, who was on the FBI’s Most Wanted List when he and his wife were arrested, remained in custody in Norfolk, awaiting extradition to New Jersey for the slaying of a state trooper.

Manning was indicted along with Richard Williams in the December 1981 slaying of Trooper Philip Lamonaco.

In addition to the Mannings and Williams, also named in the bombing indictment were: Raymond Luc Levasseur, Jaan Karl Laaman, Patricia Helen Gros and Barbara Curzi.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Gallagher said the government would seek to hold Ms. Manning without bail. Glasser scheduled a detention hearing for Monday.

Elizabeth Fink, Ms. Manning’s attorney complained that the couple’s three children were still in government custody and ″the FBI is interrogating them.″

Gallagher said that as far as he knew the children were still in the custody of juvenile authorities in Virginia.

Lawyers for the couple filed papers this week in federal court in Norfolk alleging that the children - ages 11, 5, and 3 - are being held ″incommunicado″ by Norfolk’s Division of Social Services. The agency took temporary custody of the children after the arrest of their parents.

Manning’s sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Cameron Bishop of Dixmont, Maine, have been in Norfolk seeking to gain custody of the children, according to court papers. But ″social services has denied all access to the children to the Bishops and refused to give them any information about them,″ the complaint said.

The complaint, which also seeks $100,000 in compensatory damages, alleges that the Mannings are being deprived of their constitutional rights as parents.

Jacqueline Limerick, director of the Division of Social Services, declined to comment on the complaint.

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