The Michigan Daily-Friday, March 24, 1978-Page 5
SENA TOR SA YS $30-35 MILLION IS NEEDED:
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Plymouth alterations expensive
By MICHAEL ARKUSH
-A leading state senator said Wed-
nesday night he believes the state will
have to spend approximately $30-35
million to meet court orders requiring
specific changes to be implemented at
tale Plymouth Center for Human
Speaking before the task force
assigned by Governor Milliken to in-
vestigate abuse charges at Plymouth,
State Senator Joseph Snyder (D-St.
Clair Shores), said federal District
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate in-
vestigators quoted Tongsun Park as
telling them yesterday that he paid
more than $1 million to South Korean
administrators and legislators in ad-
dition to payments to U.S.
"He sent them gifts," Sen. Harrison
Schmitt (R-N.M.) co-chairman of the
Senate Ethics Committee, told repor-
ters. "I think he referred to them as ad-
SPECIAL COUNSEL Victor Kramer
said Park's explanation was that South
Korean civil servants are poorly paid
while he "was very well off."
The investigators revealed that foot-
note after completing their closed-door
questioning of Park with a two-hour
They refused to elaborate on the
disclosure last week that one senator
broke the law by not reporting a
payment from Park. But they did deny
ever implying that he was one of three
senators who has recently died.
CO-CHAIRMEN Schmitt and Sen.
Adlai Stevenson, (D-Ill.), announced
then that Park had confirmed giving
'$21,500 in political contributions to eight
present or former senators, including
several thousand dollars cash to one
senator who did not report it as
.required by law,
.Park has said he paid about $750,000
to some 30 House members..
Stevenson reiterated that law
violations would be turned over to the
Justice Department for prosecution ex-
cept "for senators who are.no longer
BUT WHEN ASKED if that meant the
law violation disclosed last week is not
-being prosecuted because it involves
.:one of three senators who have died
recently, Stevenson denied it.
"We hope to clear all this up at an
early time," Stevenson said. Asked
about Park's credibility, Stevenson
.said, "I have a strong feeling he told us
what we already knew and, beyond
that, not much."
Stevenson said he believes what Park
-said was the truth because Park cannot
Abe jailed for any crimes connected with
*the alleged influence-buying but he can
be jailed for perjury if he lies now.
Park was given immunity from
-prosecution in return for testimony on
the influence-buying allegations.
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Court Judge Charles Joiner's orders to
improve conditions at Plymouth could
not be carried out without additional
JUDGE JOINER ordered the state
several weeks ago to increase staff at
Plymouth in Binet, Malloy, Sullivan
and Kennedy halls where abuses have
been reportedly widespread. He also
ordered teams to supervise activities at
Plymouth and report any abuses which
may occur there.
A spokesman for the Plymouth
Association for Retarded Citizens
(PARC) said the impression was given
Wednesday night that the state
legislature will be able to raise the ad-
"I believe the impression received by
nearly everyone last night was that the
necessary money could be raised," said
Sandy McGuire, a leading PARC mem-
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legal matters by representatives from
the Attorney General's office at the
meeting in Lansing. The task force has
not announced any specific legal
maneuvers to improve conditions at
Plymouth or charge those responsible
for the abuses.
Three attendants at Plymouth were
suspended without pay Wednesday on
Charges they repeatedly abused
residents at the institution. The suspen-
sions bring to 11 the number of atten-
dants who have been suspended in
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recent weeks. The suspensions,
initiated by the new Plymouth director
Evelyn Provitt, were the resplt of an in-
ternal investigation in the center and
are unrelated to the task force's ac-
It was also decided at the task force's
meeting to hold public hearings in late
April for the general public to have the
opportunity to question the committee
on matters related to the Plymouth in-
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