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Sunday, November 8, 1970 ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN Page Three


news briefs
By The Associated Press


DIAL 8-6416

Vice. And Versa.

PRESIDENT NIXON MET yesterday with his top advisors at
the Southern White House in Florida to take a two year look
ahead to the 1972 elections, although the White House insisted
that the meeting was not political.
Although a White House press secretary said that the emphasis
of the meeting was on the President's program for the next two years
there was no denial that there will be an attempt to change the
President's image for the 1972 elections, with emphasis on strength-
ening economic trouble spots rather than retaining the law and
order theme.
Among those involved in the consultations were Attorney Gen-
eral John Mitchell and counsellors Robert H. Finch and Bryce
FORMER SOVIET PRESIDENT Nikita Kruschev has suffer-
ed another of his recurring heart set-backs and is undergoing
treatment at his Dacha outside Moscow, according to unofficial
Reports describe the ailment as cardiac deficiency and say that
Kruschev's doctors had urged hospitalization, but the former Rus-
sian strongman declined, saying that he preferred to spend the an-
niversary of the revolution with his family.

Student reveals
kidnaping role
In Laporte case
MONTREAL (T) - A student picked up by police testified
yesterday he and three other wanted men kidnaped Pierre
Laporte. He said the Quebec labor minister made' a desperate
attempt to escape the day before he was strangled.
Bernard Lortie, 19, testified at an inquest into the slaying
of Laporte, who was seized from his suburban home Oct. 10
and was found dead eight days later.
Lortie testified he had nothing to do with the actual
slaying, blamed by police on the terrorist Quebec Liberation
Front. Police picked up Lortie Friday and they say the wanted
men all are activists in the,

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IN THE ITALIAN TRIAL involving the world's longest OU' et S ceeorate
airplane hijack, the prosecution suggested clemency for their Missiles roll past Lenin's tomb in Red Square yesterday during
defendant, Raphael Minichiello. the festivities for the 53rd anniversary of the Russian'revolution.
The prosecution asked for a prison term of six years and five
months for Minicheillo, instead of the 30-year maximum sentence.
Public Prosecutor Antonio Scopelliti said Minichiello was guilty UNFAIR ASSESSMENT:
of the eight counts against him. But he suggested clemency for the
Italian-born U.S. Marine who commandeered a TWA jet liner from
California to Rome on Nov. 1, 1969.; ader /00 at. tax,
Minichiello contended that he hijacked the plane because he Il stL
feared he would be given an unfair trial in the United States re-
garding a robbery charge. WASHINGTON ()-Buoyed by "Property tax administration
the defeat of special tax treatment assessment is nothing short of
for timber lands in Texas, Ralph scandalous, said consumer cru-
MASKED MEN CLAIMING to be "Republicans" supporting sader Nader in a statement.
a united Ireland yesterday hijacked buses in the Falls Road area Nader announced "yesterday the U
of Belfast creation of a network of citizen Unprofessional assessments done
ofopswBkeglfrast.prpetyby assessors subject to enormous
At least three buses were held for one hour long periods while groups working for local propertyb a n eco rus
passengers were given leaflets and ordered not to resist. Groups are already at work in result in a system that favors
The leaflets said, "You are now travelling free on a peoples bus- 11 states researching local proper- large economic interests at the
for that is what a corporation bus is-by courtesy of the Republican ty assessment practices and look- expense of the small homeowner
club's executive." ing for inequalities. and businessman.

They also are wanted for ques-
tioning in the kidnaping of James
Richard Cross, British trade com-
missioner for Montreal, who was
abducted 0 c t. 5. Police believe
Cross is still alive.
Lortie s a i d he was testifying
freely and voluntarily. He h a d
told authorities he did not need
an attorney.
Lortie made no mention of the
Quebec Liberation Front, which
says it kidnaped Laporte.
Lortie said he a n d the other
three had been thinking and talk-
ing about kidnaping someone, de-
cided on Laporte and stopped at
a restaurant to telephone his
Jacques Rose, who made the
telephone call, was told that La-
porte had just stepped out, Lortie
said, and when the four arrived
they found Laporte crossing the
street in front of his home to pick
up a football.
Police have said Laporte w a s
playing football with relatives in
his yard when he, was abducted

Study shows
lowers, crime
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (VP) -
A common and abhorred sex crime
-- child molesting - decreased
sharply in frequency after porno-
graphy was legalized in Denmark,
a Danish scientist reported today.
In a 200-page study originally
made for the U.S. Presidential
Commission on obscenity and
pornography, whose findings were
denounced by the U.S. Senate and
the Nixon administration, crim-
inologist-psychologist Berl Kut-
chinsky concluded that the theory
that pornography may prevent
certain types of sexual crimes
should be "seriously re-examined."
Combining police statistics and
interviews with 400 Copenhagen
men and women, Kutchinsky
found that the decrease in such
sexual offenses as peeping and
physical interference with children
short of rape c o uld not be
explained by c h a n g e d sexual
mores or more liberal attitudes to
these crimes by the public - and
cerdtainly not by police.
The most likely explanation,
Kutchinsky concluded, is porno-
graphy. On the other hand, he
found that changes of attitudes
could in fact easily account for a
sharp drop in the number of re-
ported cases of exhibitionism and
physical interference with women
also short of rape.
Kutchinsky's study was a cen-
tral theme in the U.S. commis-
sion's recommendations last month
that pornography for adults be
legalized in America.
Kutchinsky's study showed the
downward trend in sex crime
rates in Copenhagen became clear
in the first part of the 1960s, took
a dive at the middle of the de-
cade, when the first wave of por-
nography, then illegal, hit Den-
mark. Further drops came in 1968
and 1969 when first written, then
pictorial, pornography were legal-

Black legislators elected

2 Mr. Hams



TUSKEGEE, Ala. (P)-The election of two
black legislators in Alabama may be a break-
through, says one of the winners, Fred Gray, but
the legislature must be reapportioned to open the
door to others.
Gray, a Tuskegee attorney and a close asso-
ciate of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., won
a seat in the traditionally all-white House in
Tuesday's election along with fellow townsman
Thomas Reed, state president of the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored
They are the first blacks elected to be the
legislature in Alabama since Reconstruction days.
"I think it's the beginning of people deciding
to consider qualifications and not race," Gray said
in an interview. But, he added, "I don't mean to
say it's a panacea.
"We need to seriously consider reapportion-
ment because it simply doesn't make sense for a
third of the population not to have substantially
a third of the representation in the legislature."

The legislature was reapportioned in 1954
under a federal court order, but the same difficult
task lies ahead next year on the basis of the 1970
census. The court still has jurisdiction and may
well draw up its own one-man, one-vote formula
if the House and Senate fail to act.
A separate suit has been filed to require the
election of legislators by districts in populous
Jefferson-Birmingham, Mobile and Montgomery
But more than that is needed, says Gray. He
contends too much of the rest of the state is
divided into legislative districts where white voters
have a substantial majority.
During his campaign, Gray appealed to white
as well as black voters in a district composed of
Barbour, Bullock and Macon counties. Barbour is
Gov.-elect George C. Wallace's home county.
And, says the victorious black candidate, "I
think I received a substantial amount of white
support in all three counties."

"All too often it is the corporate
taxpayer who is not carrying a
proper share of the tax load. In
example after example, we have
seen situations in which corporate
taxpayers have used their econo-
mic influence to obtain favorable
tax treatment."
A law school group in Texas
reported on timber land assess-
ment procedures in East Texas!
several days before Texas voters!
c o n a i d e r e d a constitutional
amendment which critics said
would result in lower property
taxes on such land.
The Texas researchers found
timber land was paying as little
as one-fifth the amount of taxes
it should have paid based on
market value in comparison to
other properties.
"Employing faulty and illegal
assessing practices year after, year
has cost East Texas untold mil-
lions in potential tax revenues,"
the report found.
Voters turned down the con-
stitutional amendment Tuesday
by a 5-to-4 ratio.

Bernard Lortie

1 Mr. Beefs

Lortie said the abductors were
armed with Ml automatic rifles.
Three such rifles were introduced
into evidence at the inquest.
"Jacques got out with the Ml
and pushed Laporte into the car,"
Lortie said.
They drove to a house in su-
burban St. Hubert, Lortie said. It
was in that house that police say
Laporte was strangled Oct. 17.
from his home in suburban St.



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