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Eighty-Five Years of Editorial Freedom

Vo . LXXXV, No. 158

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, April 17, 1975

. Ten Cents

Ten Pages


Stretching the rules
Everyone knows that good things come in small
packages, so there was really no reason why Akio
Miyamoto couldn't become a Detroit policeman
just because he stands 5 feet 3%/ inches tall. Miya-
moto was following in the footsteps of his brother
Sanshiro Miyamoto who tried to stretch two inches
to meet the 5-foot-7 height requirement of the force
in 1972. In January 1974 current Police Commis-
sioner Philip Tannian announced that the height
requirements were being eliminated due to the
hubbub Sanshiro had caused.
Aw c'mon now. You can smash a pumpkin, even
coax a little kid into your car, but what kind of a
social deviant would ever think to rob a Good
Humor man? A Detroit man and a young boy
bought a couple of ice cream cones from their
local Good Humor man and then proceeded to
pull out a revolver and rob the vender of $40, a
coin changer and the keys to the ice cream truck.
The unfortunate, Victor Seayer, 18, had been on the
job o ly one month when the incident occurred.
Regents to meet
It's that time of the month again. The Regents
are in town today and tomorrow for their monthly
meeting. Today's festivities begin at 1 p.m. with
a discussion session, followed by a public com-
ments session at 3:30. Items on the agenda include
a report from the fee Study Committee, a report
on financial aid, and a special guest appearance
by Housing Director John Feldkamp, who will re-
quest additional student housing. The meeting will
be held in the Regents Room, on the ground floor
of the Administration Building.
Wilbur Cohen, dean of the University's School of
Education and former secretary of the Department
of Health, Education and Welfare has been named
by U.S. District Judge Robert DeMascio to "assist
in the study and evaluation" of the desegregation
plans submitted by the Detroit Board of Education
and the NAACP. Cohen will work with Francis
Keppel, director of the Aspen Education Institute
in New York City and John Finger, an education
professor at Rhode Island College. The experts
may draft a segregation plan of their own if they
find the existing plans unacceptable.
A clarification
We sincerely regret any offense taken at the item
"Beaver blues" which appeared in Tuesday's
"Today" column. The item as a whole was not
intended to denigrate or slur any community
members, but parts of it could have been taken
as an affront to our readers and the Mexican
American community. We apoligize to any reader
offended by the item.
... today will be given in reverse chronological
order for no apparent reason . . . at 8 p.m. in the
E. Quad north dining hall, the R.C. singers will
present a free concert . . . at 7:30 p.m. Avron
Bendavid-Vel will lecture on "Economics on a
Human Scale," in the Klein lounge at Alice Lloyd
as a Survival-Plus seminar . . . at noon rally
round the Diag for a victory celebration of the
fall of Phnom Penh complete with songs,speeches
and free balloons . . . if you happen to be up
between the hours of 9 and 4 PIRGIM would like
to remind you that its supporters should vote in
the Board of Directors elections in the Fishbowl
. . . and the Food Action Coalition (FAC) would
like you and yours to have a happy National Food
Day and to remind you to tune in on the Today
show and AM America which will feature speakers
and debates on food issues.
Wise guy
A thief broke into a factory in Reinbeck, Ger-

many one night and robbed the safe. But in his
haste, he was kind enough to leave behind a note
of professional advice. Police reported they found
a note next to the safe that said, "Buy a Watch-
dog." Everyone likes a wise guy.
On theinside...
.Sport's page's Marcia Merker takes a look
at the I.M. sports awards . . . Richard Boyle
reports on the state of affairs in Cambodia for the
Editorial Page . . . and Cathi Suyak of the Art
page looks at the new Burger King.
On the outside ...








By AP and Reuter
BANGKOK - Govern-
ment forces in Phnom
Penh surrendered to at-
tacking Khmer Rouge in-
surgents at 7 a.m. local
time (7 p.m. EST yester-
day), a military attache at
t h e Cambodian embassy
here said.
The Khmer Rouge insur-
gents were welcomed with
white flags and banners on
every building in the city.
PEOPLE STOOD on the side-
walks waving to the incoming,
black-clad insurgents.
On the Mekong and Tonle Sap
rivers alongthe east side of the
city, government gunboats
steamed up and down, hoisting
white -flags and banners, ac-
cording to newsmen.
An officer told two Cambo-
dian reporters for the Associat-
ed Press that the display of sur-
render flags had been ordered
by the Cambodian military com-
SAIGON (Reuter)-The U.S.
Embassy here said early this
morning it was evacuating
non-essential employes and
was advising other Americans
to leave the country.
A spokesman s a i d the
evacuees included embassy
personnel who had worked in
the northern and central mil-
itary regions until they were
overrun by insurgent forces.
...............' : ............. ......
five-year Cambodian war that
followed the ousting of Prince
Norodom Sihanouk.
It came after insurgent forces
were reported to have battled
their way into the center of the
city and taken the Presidential
Colonel Phu Luc, deputy mili-
tary attache, told Reuter the
embassy had received the in-
formation on its radio link with
military headquarters in the
Cambodian capital.
"THE KHMER Rouge are in
the city and are ordering the
people and the military to stay
See CAMBODIA, Page 2

Ford sees stabilized
defenses in Vietnam

AP Photo
And leave the driving to us!
This formidable monster, although in reality only a 7-foot bearskin belonging to the Parma Out-
door Club in Jackson, Michigan, must have touched off some alarm as the pick-up truck con-
taining it wended its way through rush hour traffic yesterday. The driver was en route to the
Jackson County Courthouse after the skin was recovered by the county sheriff following a break-
in at the club.

if his aid plan
W A S H I N G T O N UP -
President Ford said yesterday
he is "absolutely convinced"
that South Vietnam can stabi-
lize its defenses - pointing the
way to a negotiated settlement
with the insurgents - if Con-
gress approves his request for
$722 million in military aid.
With events in South Vietnam
and Cambodia dominating the "
American Society of Newspaper
Editors (ASNE) news confer-
ence, the President confirmed
he had ordered the evacuation
of all "nonessential" Americans
from Saigon. "We are phasing
down on a daily basis," he said.
At the same time, Ford said
the Thieu government "could
stabilize the military situation"
if Congress makes the $722 mil-
lion available within the next Alberts
few days. vote Frid
"THE iUNTTED States did not ian aid an
c'rrv out its commitment, un- request R
der the 1973 Paris cease-fire ac- troops, if
cords"in the supplying of mili- ate Ameri
t-rv hardware and economic sands ofS
aid to South Vietnam," Ford IN THE
said. peared to
"I wish we had. I think if we some mi
had this present tragic situation Vietnam.
in South Vietnam would have Asst. D
not occurred." bert Byrd
Describing the insurgent's was impr
punishing assault as a "tragic Army Chi
situation," Ford told a panel of erick We
the American Society of News- hearing.
parer Editors: "It just makes Byrd sa
me sick every minute and every "very dif
day I hear and read about it some add
and see it." Saigon "
ON CAPITOL Hill, mean- mese are
while, Speaker Carl Albert said lives in
a $200 million fund proposed by led aggre
several senators for evacuation IN HIS4
and humanitarian aid "would declined1
get a fairly cool reception. 'in Union an
the House. the insul
Ford has asked for an initial South, de
outlay of $250 million primarily in militai
for the care and feeding of re- "If weY
fugees in addition to $722 mil- what we
lion for weapons and ammuni- tragedy c
tion. ed," he s




cy fu
But 1
U. S.

Ford rejects p:
for Saigon eva
A S HI N G T 0 N UP) - of money or to restrictive lan-
dent Ford rejected yes- guage in the bill on the use of
y a $200-million contingen- U. S. military forces to evacu-
nd for humanitarian and ate Americans and South Viet-
uation programs in South namese nationals if necessary.
am. Committee members express-
Senate Foreign Relations ed dissatisfaction with the rate
mittee deferred a vote on it of withdrawal of nonessential
this afternoon. Americans from South Vietnam.
A HOUSE committee hear- SEN. DICK Clark, (D-Iowa),
Asst. Secretary of State said it was clear that Ambassa-
p Habib said "the $200 mil- dor Graham Martin "is still
would not be adequate." dragging his feet."
he said the administration Sen. Charles Percy, (R-Ill.),
t agree to combine human- said the reported evacuation of
n aid with authority to use 900 Americans Tuesday was
troops for evacuation. "erroneous information." Clark
mbers of the Senate com- said that 500 had been "recate-
e said, however, it was not gorized" rather than withdrawn.
whether the President ob- Chairman John Sparkman,
d primarily to the amount (D-Ala.), said the administra-
dr r t_ tn tion had not furnished the com-
mittee with a requested sched-
ule of the reduction in nones-
o n n allWsential personnel which Secre-
o / tary of State Henry Kissinger
said Tuesday had been ordered
" in South Vietnam.
al goes "WE HAVE not received in-
formation that we requested or
assurances that an adequate
plan exists to get them out as

soon as feasible," Sparkman
The committee will vote to-
day on a draft bill allowing the
President to use the U. S. arm-
ed forces if necessary to with-
draw citizens of the United
States from South Vietnam and
protect them during the with-

said the House might
ay on the humanitar-
d next week on Ford's
for authority to use'
necessary, to evacu-
icans and tens of thou-
South Vietnamese.
Senate, prospects ap-
o improve for voting
litary aid for South
emocratic Leader Ro-
d (D-W. Va.), said he
essed by an appeal by
ef of Staff, Gen. Fred-
yand at a committee
aid he would find it
fficult to vote against
itional military aid to
if the South Vietna-
willing to give thir
resisting Communist-
own assessment, Ford
to blame the Soviet
d mainland China for
rgent assault on the
spite their $1.5 billlion
ry aid.
had done with our ally
promised, this whole
could have been avoid-

Storm rages over alleged killer

A storm of criticism from state political figures is raging
in the wake of a State Supreme Court ruling under which a self-
confessed killer was freed from Ypsilanti State Hospital, just one
month before he allegedly beat his wife to death this week in
their Ann Arbor apartment.
The defendant, John McGee, admitted to killing 25 persons
last year on contract in exchange for a plea of "not guilty for
reasons of insanity," that by present state law committed him
to a mental institution rather than sentencing him to prison.
THE INCIDENT has focused attention on two bills that were
recently passed in the House and now go before the State Senate
that would create a new criminal classification under which sus-

pects could be charged with being both guilty and insane.
"Under the new laws," says Dr. Ames Robey, head of the
Center for Forensic Psychiatry at Ypsilanti State Hospital, "the
criminal would first be sentenced to prison, and, if necessary,
later be sent to the Center."
The Supreme Court ruling, known as the "McQuillan deci-
sion," states that "it is unconstitutional to incarcerate anyone
against his will in a mental institution unless he clearly presents
a danger to himself or others."
IT WAS UNDER this ruling that McGee was tried in Wayne
County Probate Court and acquitted after the jury had heard the
opinion of one psychiatrist.

to juiry
told the jurors in John Con-
nally's bribery trial on the eve
of deliberations yesterday that
their choice rests between be-
lieving the former treasury sec-
retary or his chief accuser.
The closing arguments-de-
livered with evangelistic fervor
by Connally's lawyer and with-
out passion by the prosecutor-
turned mostly on Jake Jacobsen,
the former Texas banker who
said he paid Connally $10,000
in 1971.
DEFENSE lawyer Edward
Bennett Williams called Jacob-
sen a liar, scoundrel and thief,
desperate and beleaguered,twho
accused his old friend, Connally,
to avoid embezzlement charges.
Williams contended Jacobsen

However, the McQuillan rul-
ing may be reversed if the court
hears arguments on the new
bills-if they become law. The
earlier decision passed by a 4-3
count, which included the vote
of Supreme Court Justice John
Swainson, who was put under
investigation y e s t e r d a y for
charges of accepting bribes
from a convicted burglar (See
Page Two). In addition, another
justice who voted in favor of the
ruling, Thomas Cavanaugh, is
presently hospitalized for can-
In a previously released state-
ment, Supreme Court Justice G.
Mennen Williams argued that
"The Supreme Court did, not
free John McGee; he was re-
leased by a jury of his own
NEVERTHELESS, the arrest
of McGee earlier this week has
spurred a storm of criticism of

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