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Summer Daily
Vol. LXXXII, No 4-S Ann Arbor, Michigon-Soturday, May 12 1973 Ten Cents Twelve Pages
arges ismissed in
Pentagon Papers trial
Gray: Nixon knew of Watergate,

By AP and UPI
LOS ANGELES - U. S. District
Judge Matt Byrne yesterday dis-
missed all charges against Daniel
Ellsberg and Anthony Russo in the
Pentagon Papers case, citing "un-
precedented" violations of their
rights by the federal government.
And in a second major develop-
ment connected to the Watergate
scandal, former acting FBI Chief L.
Patrick Gray informed President
Nixon of White House involvement
in the bugging effort shortly after
the break-in attempt at Democratic
national headquarters last June, ac-
cording to several news accounts.
In dismissing the Pentagon Papers
case, Byrne said the government's ac-
tions, which included wire-taps of Ells-
berg's telephone conversations not re-
ported during the trial, and the burglary
of Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office by an
espionage squad, had jeopardized the de-
fendants' right to a fair trial.
Ile dismissed all charges of espionage,
conspiracy and theft of government docu-
ments in connection with Ellsberg's ac-
tions in furnishing the secret government
history of the Vietnam involvement to
the tress, and tnsso's actions in assist-
inn him.
Ellsberg sa-id the defendants intended
to s-te the f'dertas rwernment from Presi
dent Nixon on down.
" WE ARE going to bring suit for
d--mnes- g-inst the constirators, be-
ginning with Mr. Nixon and going on
town to the trivates, Krogh and Young,"
he, said.
Egil "Bid' Krogh and David Young
have acknowledged that they were di-
rected to conduct a special investigation
into the leak of the Pentagon Papers which
led to the b-rgl-rv of Ellsberg's psychia-
trist's office by Wetergate conspirator E.
Howard H-nt and -, snecial squad he em-
ployed which solo included two others
later convicted in the Watergate bugging.
THE JURY was not in the courtroom
when Byrne handed down the decision.
The courtroom erupted into cheers and
the spectators, largely Ellsbergs sup-
porters, gave the judge a standing ova-
Ellsberg embraced his weeping wife Pa-
tricia and hugged his attorneys. Russo,
who admitted helping him copy the secret
documents while both worked for the Rand
Corporation in California, broke into a
wide smile and also embraced the lawyer.
Ellsberg called the ruling "a real par-
tial victory"-referring to the defense
request that Judge Byrne order a directed-
acquittal rather than a dismissal, which
would have completely exonerated both
RUSSO also said the victory was only
"No one who sat in this courtroom
See CHARGES, Page 8

DANIEL ELLSBERG and his wife, Pat, nuzzle noses and foreheads as they leave the Federal building in Los Angeles yesterday.
The judge in the Pentagon Papers trial dismissed all charges against Ellsberg and his co-defendant, Anthony Russo.
PIRGIM lifts the,id in
'fast fo'restaurants

According to a recently-released report,
those who frequent fast food restaurants
may be getting more than they bargained
for when they purchase their hamburger,
fries and chocolate shake.
Mentioned in the report were such
free-of-charge goodies as spit, steel wool,
nails and food poisoning.
THE 41-PAGE report, issued by the Pub-
lic Interest Research Group In Michigan-
(PIRGIM), was based on interviews with
current and former employes of ham-
burger and fried chicken franchises in
selected areas of the state.
PIRGIM's research revealed that "sale
of contaminated food and flithy, unsafe

conditions are frequent, .and state and ately for health-related violations, accord-
county sanitary jnspections are grossly ing to an official of the restaurant in-
inadequate." dustry.

THE MAJOR findings include:
-Approximately two-thirds of all li-
censed food s e r v i c e establishments in
Michigan do not meet the sanitation stand-
ards of the Michigan Department of Public
Health (MDPH).
-None of the 63 local and county health
departments responsible for restaurant in-
spections received an "excellent" rating
from the MDPH for their inspection and
enforcement program. Only two local
agencies received an "acceptable" rating.
-At least 10 per cent of Michigan res-
taurants should be closed down immedi-

ACCORDING to the report, many of the
more disgusting food-handling practices in
these restaurants are a result of manage-
ment pressure to minimize food waste
whidh cuts into franchise profits.
One employe told of an incident in
which "green and purple" meat which
"stunk like hell" was made into ham-
burger and sold to the public.
The manager's instructions? "Just salt
it down. They'll never know the dif-
See REPORT, Page 8

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