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THE
Michilgan Daily

Vol. LXXXIV, No. 22-S

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Fridoy, June 7, 1974

Ten Cents

Twelve Pages

Grand jury accused
Nixon of conspiracy
Declined to indict Pres. in March

Words are born
Twelve-year-old Julie Ann Junkin spells her way to victory at the National
Spelling Bee yesterday in Washington, D.C. "I guessed at the last minute," she
confessed afterward. "I knew mantelletta and took a stab at hydrophyte." Julie,
who lives in Gordo, Ala., beat 80 other contestants by correctly spelling almost
600 words.
State House OKs
bill1 removing ban
on- student regents
LANSING (UPI)-The state House has determining the salaries and profes-
voted to lift a bean that forbids college sional futures of his instructors.
students from serving on their college
or university governing boards. THE HOUSE resolution, however,
In a 82-14 vote yesterday, thetsouse states that "being a student at a public
approved the proposed constitutional institution of higher education in tbe
amendment which, if approved, by a" state shall not, in and of itself, be
two-thirds vote of tbe Senate, would be deemed to create a 'substantial conflict
left up, to the voters to decide in No- of interest."
vember. Students could then be eligible for
party nominations to be elected to
AS ORIGINALLY introduced by Rep. boards--like other citizens.
Perry Bullard (D-Ann Arbor) the meat- Bullard, though voting for the revised
ure would have increased all university, proposal, said it doss not acbieve the
college and junior college boards by student representation on governing,
three members-all students elected- by boards he intended. Nonetheless, the
the student body. resolution would put students on equal
But as amended and a'pproved by the footing with others vying for seats on
House, the proposal would only lift the college and university boards.
constitutional ban against students serv- Here at the University, students have
ing on boards. waged a long battle for input into the
Attorney General Frank Kelley has decisions of the Board of Regents. 'A
'ruled that for a student to serve on his proposal to seat the Student Government
college governing board would constitute Council president on the board was
a conflict of interest, since he could be rejected by the Regents in 1972.

The Watergate grand jury de-
cided unanimously last March to
name President Nixon as an unin-
dicted co-conspirator in the scan-
dal cover-up, the President's chief
lawyer confirmed yesterday.
Later in the day, Nixon asked
U. S. District Judge John Sirica to
allow publication of the names of
persons listed as unindicted co-
conspirators.
NIXON'S presence among the alleged
co-conspirators leaked out when defense
lawyers in the cover-up trials gained ac-
cess to the list of- unindicted acusees.
James St. Clair, the President's law-
yer, told Sirica that published reports
make any further secrecy unnecessary.
He asked Sirica, in a motion, "to lift
the protective order regarding the June
5, 1973, grand jury's naming of certain
individuals as co-conspirators."
ON MARCH 1 the grand jury indicted
seven men on conspiracy charges, in-
cluding top Nixon aides H. R. Haldeman,
John Ehrlichman, Charles Colson and
former Atty. Gen. John Mitchell.
The reports were that the jurors voted
19 to 0 to name the President, but that
Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski coun-
seled against the action, on grounds that
it might not be constitutional.
The jury instead issued a sealed report
that was turned over to the House Ju-
diciary Committee for its impeachment
inquiry.
ST. CLAIR told reporters yesterday
that he was informed of the grand jury's
action by Jaworski three or four weeks
ago.
Unindicted co - conspirators are not
charged with a crime and cannot be
prosecuted under the indictment in
which they are named.
The grand jury said the conspiracy to
block the Watergate investigation was
the work of the seven men "and other
persons to the grand jury known and
unknown."
JAWORSKI'S office had no immediate
comment on the motion, except to say
the names would not immediately be
made public.
In court filings Wednesday, Jaworski
agreed to turn over to defense attor-
neys in the case the names of unindicted
co-conspirators in the case.
Several of the defendants had asked
for such a list. Sources said the Presi-
dent's name was on it.
ON THE DAY the indictments were re-
turned, Sirica issued an order forbid-
ding prosecutors, defendants and any
witnesses "from making extrajudicial
statements concerning any aspect of this
case . . ."
"The reasons for the continuance of
the protective order are no longer com-
pelling," St. Clair said in his motion.
Responding to reporters' questions
about the President's reaction to what
the grand jury did, St. Clar replied:
"HIS VIEW of course, is that they
just don't have all the evidence . ... I

think he felt it was quite inappropriate
. . . he was confident that the true facts
would come out in time and that he
would be exonerated."
The Los Angeles Times first disclosed
the jurors' 19-0 vote.
there had been reports in March that
the grand jury wanted to name the
President among the defendants but that
Jaworski counseled against the action.
A spokesperson on March 12 said Ja-
worski felt "it would not be responsible
conduct . . . to return an indictment
against the President . . . only to learn
in the end that the U. S. Supreme Court
holds such action to be unconstitutional."
Kissinger says
United States
hasn't promised
a idto Syria
WASHINGTON OP)-Secretary of State
Henry Kissinger said yesterday the
United States is not committed to giving
Syria $100 million in economic aid for
carrying out the cease-fire agreement
with Israel.
In a lengthy news conference, Kis-
singer said he had been misunderstood
when he attempted to explain the Ameri-
can position concerning possible finan-
cial assistance to Syria.
"SYRIA TOGETHER with other coun-
tries can be eligible for support" from
a $100 million fund requested in the
1975 fiscal foreign aid bill, he said.
Syria so far, he said, has not asked
for any aid and the United States is not
committed to providing such support.
Kissinger also said that the U.S. has
no intention of trying to exclude the
Soviet Union from playing an influential
role in the Middle East.
AS THE CO-CHAIRMAN of the Geneva
peace conference, the Soviet Union will
have considerable influence on the next
stage of the Arab-Israeli peace process,
he told a news conference.
Besides, Kissinger said, "We have no
capability of expelling the Soviet Union."
On another point, Kissinger said Presi-
dent Nixon may come home from his
upcoming summit meeting in Moscow
without a new treaty limiting nuclear
weapons. "We will not rush negotiations
because of an artificial deadline," the
secretary said.
Kissinger said he would like to retire
: shitle diplomacy now that he has
- t disengagement agreements
between Egypt and Israel and Syria and
Israel.
IT IS NOT a good idea for a secretary
of state to be away from his desk so
. See U.S., Page 10

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