Fridoy, Jonuory 14, 1972
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Friday, January 14, 1972 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Seven
Supreme Court reverses
Groppi's contempt conviction
(Continued from Page 1)
a violation of fedEral law is in-
WASHINGTON (R, - The con-,
tempt conviction of militant
Catholic priest James Groppi by
the Wisconsin legislature was re-
versed 7 to 0 yesterday by the
Supreme Court on the basis that
the punishment without hearing
violated constitutional principals.
Groppi was held in contempt by
the Wisconsin Assembly Oct. 1,
1969 for his part in a welfare
demonstration which blocked the
legislature for about 12 hours two
days earlier. heard in defense before punish- volved.
The fact that Groppi was held ment is imposed are basic in our The state bill is similar to the
in contempt two days after the system of jurisprudence." present federal legislation. al-
incident, and the failure of Burger said that while legisla- though it does not provide for
the legislature to present Groppi tures must have the power to act emergency tapping without war-
with an opportunity to defend immediately to quell disorders in rant as does the federal law.
himself, were cited as the major their chambers, the ability to de- "The purpose of this bill is in
reasons for the reversal. ter disorder is not hampered, and no way to infringe on anybody's
"We have stated time and time may be improved, by bringing constitutional rights or privacy
again," Chief Justice Warren disorderly persons before the leg- unless that privacy involves com-
Burger said after the decision, islature for a fair hearing. mission of major crime," said Rep.
"that reasonable notice of a The court's decision was unani- James Tierney (D-Garden City)i,
charge and an opportunity to be mous but recent Nixon appointees the bill's chief sponsor.
Lewis Powell, and William Rehn- However, opponents contend the
quist, considered to be judicial bill would lead to invasion of
conservatives, did not participate privacy through wiretaps and bug-
ro eedures in the decision. ging and would open up "untold
The contempt sentence im- privacy abuses" from local offic-
posed was six months in prison ials they claim are trying to make
to e vyenor the duration of tlye regular ses- a name for themselves as crime
e sion of the legislature. Groppi busters.
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(Continued from Page 1) The manual procedure discussed
prohibited many of the same ac- by the Regents yesterday outlines
tivities as the Interim Rules - the structure and operation of
disruption of the University func- the board. One controversial pro-
tions, the use of physical force vision of the manual provides for
University community, sit-ins tha the withholding of diplomas from
the President of the University alleged serious offenders if they
feels should be halted, and the fail to comply with the panel's
served 10 days before U.S. District'
Court Judge James Doyle of Mil-
waukee ordered him released.
Last January, however, the U.S.
Circuit Court in Chicago upheld
the contempt conviction by a 4
to 3 vote. Groppi appealed to the
Supreme Court where the case
was argued last November. Yes-
terday's ruling reverses the circuit
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Themajor difference, however
was that the UC rules provided
4 specific maximum penalties which
could be imposed by the judiciary
mechanism. The Interim Rules
provided no such maximum pen-
The UC rules also removed the
threat of "double jeopardy" - the
possibility of facing charges from
4 both the University and civil
authorities for the same alleged
Faculty members and students
split, however, on the question of
the use of expulsion as a possible
Many faculty members objected
to the removal of expulsion as a
possible penalty, while students
argued that expulsion or suspen-
sion for prohibited acts is "de-
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demic sanction for a non-academic
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The manual will again be con- rights and poverty movements.
sidered by the Regents next was also jailed at the time on dis-
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sustnc from the same incident. The jury
center around the actual substance was unable to reach a verdict and
of the document. the charge was dropped.
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