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THE
Michigan Daily
Vol. LXXXIV, No. 18-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Saturday, June 1, 1974 Ten Cents Twelve Pages
Hi gh Court consents
to request for haste
Donations linked to milk supports

WASHINGTON M-The Supreme
Court yesterday granted Special
Watergate Prosecutor Leon Jawor-
ski's plea for speeded-up review of
U.S. District Judge John Sirica's
o r d e r that President Nixon sur-
render W h i t e H o u s e tapes and
documents.
Meanwhile, a draft report from
the Senate Watergate Committee
staff says that Dairy Cooperatives'
donations to Nixon's 1972 re-elec-
tion campaign apparently were di-
rectly linked to a presidential order
to raise milk price supports in 1971.
THE STAFF also said in the report
that there are serious deficiencies in a
recent White House white paper that
states the President was not influenced
by campaign pledges of up to $2 million
when he ordered the price hike.
The Supreme Court decision sets the
stage for a possible confrontation be-
tween the President and the courts on
the issue of executive privilege.
Jaworski asked for the streamlined
procedure last Friday after the Presi-
dent's lawyers filed notice of appeal to
the Circuit Court from Sirica's ruling.
HE SAID letting the matter go through
the appeals courts would delay until
next spring the trial of seven men, in-
cliding former close associates of the
President, on cover-up charges arising
from the Watergate scandal.
In a response filed Thtirsday, White
House lawyers said the case was too
important to be hastily considered in
the closing days of the court's current
session.
The court set oral arguments for July
8. It asked both parties to submit briefs
by June 21, with any additional briefs
to be filed by July 1.
IN THEIR written response, the Presi-
dent's attorneys said: "To allow the
judicial process to run its orderly course
will cause some delay, but though speedy
justice is an important aim of the law
it can never take precedence over just
justice."
Jaworski said a prompt decision was
needed to determine whether the na-
tion's constitutional system is "suffi-
ciently resilient to permit the executive
branch to establish an independent prose-
cutor fully capable of investigating and
prosecuting allegations of criminal mis-
conduct by officials in the executive
office of the President."
Sirica ruled last week that Nixon must
give the tapes and documents subpoe-
naed by Jaworski to a federal judge for
the judge's inspection. The material re-
lates to 64 White House conversations
between June 2o, 1972, and June 4, 1973.
THE MILK .contributions report said
that the dairy-farmer lobby began "an
effort to secure the favor of the President
See SUPREME, Page 10

Dory to.,., urm, u n i uunsel o u D uar, lef, yesteruay as ine group wound up anotner week or invesugatng
grounds for. impeachment of President Nixon. In the foreground committee member Elizabeth Holtzman (D-N.Y.) takes
a coffee break.
fbenefit
for Eckstein questioned

By DAVID BLOMQUIST
The screening of Millhouse: A White
Comedy scheduled for tonight at the
Natural Science Aud. will go ahead as
planned, Out may no longer be a benefit
for Peter Eckstein's state senate cam-
paign.
University Community for Eckstein
for State Senator (UCE), a student or-
ganization affiliated with the Eckstein
campaign, had originally scheduled the
film showing to raise funds for on-
campus activities.
HOWEVER, on Thursday it was found
that a state statute prohibits political
fund-raising on tax-exempt property,
such as the buildings owned by the
University.
Section 168.913 of the Michigan Com-
piled Laws prohibits any person or

group froin requesting or demanding
"within any building . . . which is
exempt from the general property tax
of this state any . - . purchase of tickets
or similar demand for the purpose of
furthering or defeating the candidacy of
any candidate for public office." A
later section terms violations a mis-
demeanor.
Referring to the Eckstein showing,
Assistant County Prosecutor John Hen-
zel commented, "It would seem to me
that the statute covers this sort of
thing.
"I WOULD think that the University
has the responsibility to see that their
property is not used in violation of the
law," Henzel added.
Nevertheless, University Assistant
Counsel J. D. Ketelhut indicated that

the general counsel's office would take
no action to stop the Eckstein showing.
"At this point I don't know that there's
any rumblings about it," Ketelhut said.
Both General Counsel Roderick Daane
and Vice President and Chief Financial
Officer Wilbur Pierpont were out of
town and unavailable for comment.
MEANWHILE, UCE made plans to
proceed with tonight's program. "Yes,
we're certainly going to go ahead with
the showing," commented Democratic
candidate Eckstein yesterday afternoon.
Eckstein maintains that his group
could not be prosecuted under the
statute, if it does indeed apply to the
Millhouse benefit, until the funds received
are actually used. "I would suggest that
liability begins when we spend the
money," he said.
See FILM, Page 14

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