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Tuesday, July 24, 1.973


Page Five

Arizona legislators
halt censorship act
PHOENIX, Ariz. c)-State legislators urged the Arizona
Board of Education yesterday to delay adopting a policy
handbook giving it power to censor textbooks.
They joined Gov. Jack Williams, Superintendent of
Public Instruction Weldon Shofstall and the Arizona Edu-
cation Association in calling for further consideration of
the 276-page guide.
BOARD IEMBER Stephen Jenkins of Phoenix said
barring books that would "contribute to civil disorder'
R are needed for better board

Hail to the Chief'
About See of the faithful greet Guru Maharj Ji (left, on the throne) upon his arrival at Kennedy Air-
port in New York. Called the "perfect master" by many including former radical leader Rennie
Davis, the Guru will be in town sometime in August sources say.
Nixon subpoenaed by Committee

(Continued from Page 1)
THE AGING senator, an ac-
knowledged expert on constitu-
tional law, asserted that the doc-
trine of executive privilege does
not confer on the President the
right or the power to separate
a congressional committee from
the truth about alleged criminal
In a homey speech, Ervin as-
serted: "I love my country, ven-
erate the office of the President,
and offer my best wishes to the
present incumbent because he is
the only President we have at
this time."
However, he said, the Presi-
dent "owes an obligation to fur-
nisb high standards of moral
leadership to the country."

IT IS THE DUTY of the Presi-
dent, therefore, to provide in-
formation which will "shed light
on the crucial question of how
burglars got caught in the oppo-
sition party's offices with the
President's campaign money in
their pockets," Ervin said.
Using some of the strongest
language yet heard in the hear-
ings Ervin added: "I deeply re-
gret that this situation has aris-
en, because I think the Water-
gate tragedy is the greatest tra-
gedy this country has ever suf-
"I used to think that the Civil
War was our country's greatest
tragedy, but I do remember that
there were some redeeming

Peterson testifies
in Plamondon tria


(Continued from Page 1
AFTER A MOMENT of relec-
tion, Peterson cast his eyes up-
ward and replied, '"Yes."
Chief prosecutor and assistant
state attorney general John Wil-
son took a hard line with Peter-
son who is a witness for the,
In an unsuccessful motion ask-
ing that Peterson be declared
"a hostile witness to the prosecu-
tion," a distraught Wilson point-
ed out to the court that Peterson
has been "going with, sleeping
with, eating at the expense of
and being counseled by the de-
fendants and their attorneys."
ted that he has been living with
the Rainbow People's contingent
in a house south of town.
Davis commented that he had
only instructed Peterson on the
issue of Fifth Amendment rights.
Those rights have played a ma-
jor role in this trial as a number
of witnesses have expressed con-
cern about possible future
prosecution on drug - connected
Peterson took the Fifth several
times during his testimony. Wag-
ner, on the other hand, seemed
more than willing to relate his
drug activities to the hilt with
no apparent fear of prosecution.
DURING HIS interrogation of
- Peterson, Wilson called a long-
haired police detective from the
back room to play a tape made
of Peterson's first conversations
with police after being appre-
hended in Massachusetts.
On the tape Peterson's voice

recalled, "They (Plamondos end
Blazier) were really mad, looked
all over the house, took all of
his stuff as collateral, took some
money out of his wallet and gave
him until Valentine's Day to pay
' off the debt."
Under sympathetic questioning
from Davis, Peterson claimed
that his initial testimony had
been g i v e n after threats from
Massachusetts police.
"THEY TOLD ME," Peterson
stated, "that if * I didn't come
back they'd put me in a little
box in Massachusetts and then
they'd come and take me back
to Michigan and put me in a
little box there."
In an interesting sidelight,
Peterson recalled a conversation
between Wagner and another per-
son that took place the day after
the alleged incident. Wagner,
according to Peterson, suspected
this other party of having tipped
off Plamondon and Blazier as to
his whereabouts.
The exchange went like this:
Peterson: He threatened Stevv.
DAVIS: How did he threaten
Peterson: He said he was go-
ing. to get a gun.
Davis: What kind of gun?
PETERSON: A lugar.
Davis: What did he say he was
going to do?
Peterson: Blow his head off.
tinue its case today. Several un-
dercover agents are expected to
testify. -

features in the Civil War in that
there was some spirit .of sacri-
fice and heroism displayed on
both sides:
"I SEE NO redeeming features
in Watergate."
Following Ervin's speech, two
subpoenas were prepared by the
committee which sought tape re-
corded presidential conversations
and other White House docu-
ments. Another subpoena from
Cox apparently sought only the
The subpoenas were served
shortly after 6 p.m. to two White
House lawyers who accepted
them on Nixon's behalf. All the
documents named the President.
Sen. Howard Baker (R-Tenn.),
vice chairman and ranking mi-
nority member of the committee,
also commented on the Presi-
dent's actions.
"I tried to find a way around
this confron'tation," Baker said;
"and I don't despair of hope that
we can reconcile differences in
the confrontation which im-
THE DOCTRINE of executive
privilege is based wholly on a
series of contradictory prece-
dents set by Presidents beginning
with Thomas Jefferson. It is not
mentioned in the Constitution
and has never been fully resolv-
Earlier in the day, the com-
mittee heard from Gordon Stra-
chan, a former aide to White
House advisor H. -R. "Bob" Hal-
Strachan told the committee
he had written memos to Halde-
man in the spring of last year
mentioning a "sophisticated plan
of political espionage." He spid
Haldeman acknowledged receiv-.
ing the memos.
HE ALSO SAID that he and
other White House assistants had
the capability of recording tele-
phone conversations and that his
own tapes were transcribed and
are still in the White House
The most interesting portion of
Strachan's ,stestimony, however,
came in response to questioning
by Sen. Joseph Montoya (R-
N. Mex.).
Nixon aide what advice he would
give to young persons who had
considered going into public ser-
vice but who have become dis-
illusioned by the Watergate re-
Strachan answered that he
would have to advise them to
"stay away" from the govern-

operation in tie future.
Jenkins gencrulty his been re-
,prddis a opikesono f7or .cot-
se'ative members seeking im-
nmediate doption. The nine-ow
her hoard appears split, alan
liberal-conservative lines.
The proposal would allo-, the
state to withhold funds from dis
tricts which adopt textbooks con-
trary to the guidelines.
lawmaking body and it cannot
delegate its powers," Sen. Doug-
las Holsclaw (R-Tucson) said.
"The board has been given pow-
ers to operate the schools but
cannot legislate."
The legislature killed a so-call-
ed "Parents' Bill of Rights" dur-
log the last session. That meas-
ure, endorsed by Jenkins, would
have given parents the right to
withhold their children from spe-
cial education p r o g r a m s and
granted parents access to virtu-
ally all their children's school
Legislators h a d complained
that much of the handbook was
copied from the defeated bill.
THE HANDBOOK guidelines
say: "Textbook content will not
interfere with the school's legal
right to teach citizenship and
promote patriotism.".
It also states that the books
"shall not include selections or
works that contribute to civil dis-
order, social strife or flagrant
disregard of the law."
Holsclaw and other legislators
charged that the state board was
encroaching on the authority of
local school boards.
warned that they may not serve
the state if the "censorship"
regulation is adopted and en-
There was no indication that
the new move for censorship
powers had anything to do with
the recent Supreme Court ruling
empowering localities to, in ef-
fect, act as censors with regards
to materials t h e y considered

(Continued from Paie 3)
forms, while in reality they are
signing up for Teamster mem-
"They have the contracts, but
we have the workers; now let's
see who is going to win."
Chavez asserted that Teamster
violence against UFW pickets is
not going to break their spirit,
saying, "We've been at it since
April 15, and we're not going to
Teamster leadership rather than
union rank and file for the un-
worthy actions of the union.
The Chicano leader also com-
plained a b o u t harassment of
UFW pickets by local California
sheriffs and 1 e g a 1 injunctions
against his union's right to picket
by the California courts. A recent
injunctionplacing severe restric-
lions on the activities of UFW
pickets in southern and central
California farmlands has resulted
in the arrests of more than 2000
union members.
The injunction specifies among
other things that pickets must be
at least 100 feet apart, that there
be no shouting or loud noise,
and that each group of pickets
be allowed to use only one mega-
phone for only one hour each
CHAVEZ TERMED the injunc-
tion regulations "ridiculous" and
said that he urges his pickets to
ignore them.
Chavez further charged mis-
treatment of t h e imprisoned
picketers by California police
authorities, including beatings
and neglect of rights.

Rape of student nurse
at U Hospital reported

A student nurse was raped at
knifepoint at 12:10 a.m. yester-
day in an unoccupied room off
the corridor connecting Mott
Children's Hospital and Univer-
sity Hospital's outpatient area.
The victim, described by police
as in her early twenties, was
grabbed in the corridor, held at
knifepoint and dragged into a

room generally used 'for minor
surgery. After the sexual assault,
the assailant, a husky 16 to 22
year old male, reportedly de-
manded money, received ┬░none,
and fled.
The assault, which a police of-
ficer yesterday termed "par-
ticularly gruesome," is now un-
der "high priority investigation."

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