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By MARION HALBERG
The Washtenaw County Legal Aid Society has filed
a suit calling for increased protection for women who
have been battered by their spouses and boyfriends.
The suit seeks protection of women whose safety is
endangered because their names and addresses are
available to the public through the Department of
Social Services (DSS).
SUSAN BITTNER, attorney for the Legal Aid
Society, is representing a group of battered women -
enrolled in Aid to Families with Dependent Children
(AFDC) - in a class action suit against DSS Director
Bittner said the statute which makes the
information public is "a terrible invasion of privacy
to people on AFDC."
Specifically, the suit is aimed at protecting several
women who belong to Safehouse, a local shelter for
battered women which is run by the Domestic
Violence Project. To date, the Legal Aid Society has
succeeded in obtaining temporary injunctions
preventing the DSS from revealing information on
A HEARING ON the case which was originally
scheduled for last Monday was postponed until
November 16. But a temporary restraining order was
issued Monday to protect the women in the suit until
the hearing is held.
Bittner wants to see the statute declared invalid.
"The main thing that we're saying is that this
statute violates the federal law that governs state
welfare programs," she said: "But the state is
arguing that there is another division in the act that
permits them to give this information."
BUT DSS Legal Affairs Director Russell Hendrick
said the department's hands are tied in these cases.
'Everytime we get a woman run-
ning for her life we have to go out
and get injunction. It's (the bill)
simply to protect welfare recipients
from people with malicious intent
-intent to harm.
-Kathleen Fojtik, Washtenaw
"We recognize that the suit is necessary in order to
protect people," he stated. "We're sympathetic
toward the suit, but our hands are tied because of the
law. There's a sanction in the law that says if we don't
give out the information, then we'll be going against
Two bills have been introduced in the state
legislature that would change the statute so on
names of the people on AFDC would have to 1
revealed, not their addresses. The House bill
bottled up in the Committee on Health, whi
companion legislation has yet to be acted on in ti
KEN SCHEFFLER, an aide to Democratic stat
Sen. John Otterbacher, said the bills would "proviii
additional information as to what is described a
confidential, information that cannot b
disclosed . . .it would further restrict what ti
department could reveal."
Washtenaw County Commissioner Kathleen Fojtti
former Safehouse director, said "changing the law"
more important than the court case."
Fojtik, who is pushing for the passage of the Senat
bill, said, "Every time we get a woman running t
her life, we have to go out and get injunctions. It (tb
bill) is simply to protect welfare recipients frdr
people with malicios intent - intent to harm.'
Lorraine Lafata, a Safehouse volunteer, said tli
proponents of the court case and the bills aren
against the right to freedom of information.
"One of our real worries is that the case wouli
result -in the closing up of DSS's records," she said
"We just want it known that in life-threatenint
situations, addresses should not be disclosed."
Wayne sheriff tied to spy group
By LEONARD BERNSTEIN
The Wayne County Sheriff's office
has admitted for the first time that it
has connections with the controversial
Law- Enforcement Intelligence Unit
(LEIU), according to Wayne County
Commissioner Rose Mary Robinson.
Robinson said yesterday that Wayne
County Under-Sheriff Loren Pittman
told her the office had "strong contact"
with the LEIU in the past and that it
still maintains "liaisons" with the
LEIU IS A nationwide clearing house
for information gathered by local and
state police agencies. Although its
charter. limits it to investigation of
"organized crime" figures and ac-
tivities, the LEIU has come under
sharp attack for compiling files on in-
dividUals, such as political activists,
with no arrest records or arrest records
not related to organized crime.
Members of the Campaign to Stop
Government Spying (CSGS) released
information two weeks ago indicating
that LEIU member groups had com-
piled information on citizens engaged in
actions protected by the First Amen-
dment. CSGS representatives released
eight copies of LEIU file cards obtained
from the Subversive Unit of the Chicago
Police Department, showing that in-
formation was gathered on the political
activities of individuals with limited or
non-existent arrest records.
Robinson said that recent newspaper
stories about Detroit-area law enfor-
cement agencies' connections to LEIU
caused her to check the trip vouchers of
Wayne County Sheriffs' office travels:
ONE SUCH voucher listed a trip to
Phoenix for a conference during which
law enforcement officials "met to
gather information on drug dealers,"
Robinson said. That voucher was suf-
ficiently vague to cause her to be
suspicious about the reason for the trip.
Robinson then decided to ask Under-
Sheriff Pittman if the sheriff's office
was involved in LEIU.
ROBINSON added she has written
letter to Wayne County Sheriff Williai
Lucas requesting information on th
extent of his office's involvement wit
paign to Stop G(
zens engaged in
the Cam- Howard Simon, executive director
the Detroit chapter of the America
wernment Civil Liberties Union, helped Robinso
draft the questions after she broughtt
released formation concerning LEIU to him. A
rvo weeks cording to Simon, the letter asks for th
length of the sheriff's office's - *
that LEIU volvement with LEIU, and details co
cerning expenses incurred by Luca
had com- office as a result of membership.
on on - The letter also asks whether the o
2 activities fice receives information on "i
the First dividuals ho do not possess a record
arrests or Whose air-est record does ri
indicate participation in organize
nk were they in Robinson said she plans to mak
son stated. Lucas' answers to her questions public
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