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Tuesday, July 31, 1973


SCOTT CAMIL, one of the VVAW defendants, gets in some last minute work on his opening statement for his trial which begins
today. Camil and seven others are charged with conspiring to cause violence at the Republican National Convention.
County job: Tempting bait o
lure ex-cop turned fisherman

' Action on taxes
In response to the Daily's July 26 story
entitled "Businesses Owe City Delinquent
Land Taxes, the Ann Arbor Tenants Union
has issued the following statement: "It
is intolerable that large landlords continue
to justify rent increases on the basis of
rising taxes and then fail to pay taxes.
It is likewise intolerable that public of-
ficials charged with the well-being of com-
munity functions be delinquent in paying
their fair share of the cost of running
those functions. We call for further in-
vestigation into this area."
Join the club
Michigan State University (MSU) may
soon join the big 'U' in the unpopular act
of raising tuition. MSU's Board of Trustees
which normally does not meet in August
has scheduled an August session for the
sole purpose of discussing the school's
financial outlook. The trustees h a v e
hinted that they will not hesitate to vote
for fee hikes if such increase seem neces-
Parole denied
WASHINGTON - Clifford Irving, the
mastermind behind the unsuccessful at-
tempt to write a bogus biography of re-
cluse billionaire Howard Hughes was de-
nied parole by the U. S. Parole Board
Happenings. ..
are light today. The film "Fritz
The Cat" will be shown in Aud. A, Angell
Hall at 7:00, 8:45 and 10:30 p.m. . . .
"Blue Collar Trap" will be showun in
Aud. 3, MLB at 7:00 p.m. . . . the 'U'
Players will open their production of Ten-
nessee William's "Cat on A Hot Tin
Roof" at the Power Center at 8:00 p.m.
A2's weather . . .
Today should be another c o 01 and
cloudy day with occasional periods of
rain likely. Afternoon highs should be in
the nuoner 70s.

Will the controversial Eugene Stauden-
meier, retired Ann Arbor plainclothes
cop, be recalled from fishing isnasunny
Florida by C o u n t y Prosecutor William
Delhev to become chief investigator for
the Consumer Action ('enter (CAC)?
The Daily learned yesterday that this
appears to be the case.
THIE CAC, a county organization de-
signed to aid and protect consumers, is
under the direction of the county prosecu-
tor's office.
While Delhev refused to either confirm
or deny reports of Staudenmeier's appoint-
ment, CAC director John Knapp told The
Daily yesterday he considered the move
"very likely" and said Staudenmeier "fils
the qualifications necessary for the posi-
tion of investigator."
Sources close to the CAC stated that
D e I h e y and Staudenmeier are "old
friends," and Delhey noted in an interview
that he had "known and worked with
Staudenmeier for 17 years."
THE COUNTY commissioners' board
outlined the job qualifications when they
formulated the center's initial grant of
$44,000. The federal government contribut-
ed $32,000 to the project with the state and
county supplying the remainer.
The qualifications needed for the in-
vestigative position are law enforcement
experience, experience in consumer pro-
tection, and a college degree.
Knapp added that Staudenmeier, besides
fulfilling all of the above, is "known by
the prosecuting attorney, and by a great
many people in the Ann Arbor area."
DUTIES AS chief investigator for the
CAC consist of gathering evidence and aid-
ing in the prosecution of criminal fraud,
assisting in the training of volunteers, and
supervising their programs.
The job pays $10,500 for 12 months.
There were several applicants for the
job, some of them CAC volunteers, but
according to Knapp they did not have the
necessary qualifications.
"THE MAJOR factor in Staudenmeier's
favor is his experience in law enforce-
ment,' 'he said.
Staudenmeier worked with the Ann Ar-
bor police for 25 years before retiring to

Florida last January. ue will return to
the city in a few days.
Starting as a patrolman in 194? he
evenutally worked his way up to captain.
At one point in his career, he left the
force to work for two years in an inves-
tigative section of the United States army
-"chasing Nazis after the war," rep trtedl
the source.
WHEN HE came back, he progressed to
sergeant in the investigation division, then
to lieutenant in charge of the detective
See COUNTY, Page 10
City Coun
A&P boyC4
City Council split I a s t n i g h t along
partisan lines as Republicans defeated a
Democratic-Human Rights Party (HRP)
resolution supporting the farmworker-led
boycott of A&P stores.
The motion, which lost by a 5-3 vote,
urged all local residents not to shop at
A&P grocery stores until the chain agrees
to purchase only U n i t e d Farmworkers'
(UFW) lettuce and grapes.
UNDER THE leadership of Cesar Cha-

Page Three
trial opens
GAINESVILLE (" - The trial of eight
anti-war activists charged with conspiring
to disrupt the 1972 Republican convention
began here today amid stringent security
measures and tight limitations on press
U. S. District Court Judge Winston Ar-,
now yesterday refused a request by news-
men covering the trial to relax his ban on
participants in the case from making pub-
lic statements during the trial.
SEVEN MEMBERS of Vietnam Veter-
ans Against the War (VVAW) and one
sympathizer are charged with planning
violent disruptions during the GOP na-
tional gathering on Miami Beach last suit-
Arnow also announced yesterday that
only five newsmen would be allowed to
cover today's proceeding as 88 prospec-
tive jurors will be examined in the t00-seat
The motion concerning piblic state-
ments was filed by Miami attorney lan
Pal on behalf of the Miami Herald, 10
Floridu newspapers owned by the New
York Times, the Reporters Committee for
Freedom of the Press, and individual
newsmen inclhding Howard K. SSmith of
ABC News.
PAUL ARGUED that "freedom of the
press is a sacred right " but Arnow in-
terrupted him, saying: "Freedom of the
press is not only a sacred right but in
every case where there is a clash between
freedom of the press and a fair trial,
freedom of the press most give way."
Twenty-five U. S. marshals are to be on
duty in the courthouse during the proceed-
Soime 50 demstaratosr are epected
here for the trial ofI the so-called ''fanes
title Fight', isihi claimi their indicimen
was ai Nixon administration attempt to
draw attention away from the Watergate
DURING PRETRIAL hearings the de-
fense has attempted to link the prosecu-
tion it the Watergate burglary and cover-
But Arnow said the defense had not
shown any evidence of government mis-
conduct. lie refused to allow them to look
at the so-called Gemstone file, which sur-
faced during the Watergate ivestigations
in Washigton.
cil defeats
Ott motion
vez, UFW is focusing attention on A&P
because it is the largest retail food chair.
in the country, controlling the bulk of the
lettuce and grape market. Present boycott
efforts, according to the local boycott com-
mittee, are aimed at forcing A&P to pur-
chase only UFW grapes and lettuce.
The resolution came as a followup to a
resolution passed early this spring by the
old Democratic-HRP-controlled council t
support the UFW boycott on lettuce
The action last night was an attempt tI
update the political decision made by the
old council. However, the Republican ma-
jority on council opposed the motion as
interference in the "inter-union dispute"
in southern California.
"I TRY TO evaluate the issue on its
merits but it is essentially a jurisdictional
dispute among unions," said Councilman
Robert Henry (R-Third Ward).

Councilman N o r r i s Thomas (I-First
Ward) disagreed with that rationale. "I'm
voting for one union over another. My
vote is for oppressed workers over pig
capitalists," he said. "If you want to take
that as a vote against the Teamsters, gu
right ahead."
In related action, council voted down a
resolution approving the expansion of the
A&P off Stadium Blvd. Despite unanimous
recommendation by the Planning Com-
mission, the motion failed for lack of six
GOP votes. Councilmen Bruce Benner (R-
Fourth Ward) and John McCormick (R-
Fifth Ward) were absent,

Councilman Thomas

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