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Page Ten


Tuesday, July 30, 1974

House unit votes 2nd Ypsilanti council asks

impeachment articles

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but "It is essential to remove
from the body politic any pres-
ident who threatens to destroy
our system."
REP. DAVID Dennis (R-Ind.),
one of Nixon's staunchest de-
fenders, said the second article,
if supported by the facts, would
be more important than the
first. "But here you just don't
really have the evidence," he
"I just don't believe we're go-

ing to impeach the President
of the United States without the
facts," said Dennis.
But Rep. Joshua Eilberg (n-
Pa.) said activities of the so-
called plumbers unit and the
President's manipulation of
o t h e r agencies demonstrated
that "The Nixon White House
made the secret police a reality
in the United States."
THE SECOND article charges
that Nixon personally or through
subordinates attempted to ob-
tain secret Internal Revenue
Service files and to audit po-
litical foes, wiretapped govern-
ment employes and private cit-
izens, misused such agencies as
the FBI and Secret Service, and
created the special White House
unit, the Plumbers, which en-
gaged in illegal activities.
In urging Nixon's removal
from office, the article said the
President, using the powers of
his office 'in violation of his
constitutional oath . . . has re-
peatedly engaged in conduct
violating the constitutional righ:s
of citizens, impairing the due
and proper administration of
justice and the conduct )f law-
ful inquiries, or contravening
the laws governing agencies of

the executive branch and the
purposes of these agencies."
The sponsor of the first ar-
ticle, Rep. Paul Sarbanes (-
Md.) summed up in advoca'ing
adoption of the second: "We
came perilously close to losing
our basic freedom and it is for
that reason we must act affir-
matively tonight."
Hours before last night's vote,
the committee's ranking Repub-
lican said in an interview that
he now believes the full House
probably will vote impeachment.
The comments of Rep. Ed-
ward Hutchinson of Michigan,
one of the President's foremost
defenders on the panel of law-
yers, contrasted sharply with
Nixon's prediction he will win
vindication from the House.
A majority House vote would
place Nixon on trial in the Sen-
ate, where a two-thirds margin
is required to convict and re-
move him from office.
The Senate took its first step
earlier yesterday to prepare for
a possible trial of Nixon, ap-
proving without debate a reso-
lution directing its rules com-
mittee to review all precedents.
Not since 1868 has a pre:iden-
tial impeachment proceeling
gone so far.

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by a ticket and $5 fine, while
state penalties include up to
four years imprisonment and a
$2,000 fine.
The ordinance further directs
that police officers see only the
city attorney and use only local
laws in marijuana law viola-
tion complaints.
The audience chanted and
smoked grass in and just out-
side the council chambers dur-
ing last night's meeting. No
arrests were made with no
police in evidence.
HUMAN Rights Party Coun-
cilmen Harold Baize and Eric
Jackson had originally hoped
to introduce the resolutions at a
special council meeting and
smoke-in held two weeks ago.
The meeting never got under-
way however, when not enough
council members showed up to
fill a quorum.
By a 7-3 vote, with the Repub-
licans voting no, it was moved
to "direct the city manager to
come before council for direc-
tion before prosecuting any
complaints for violation of the
marijuana laws."
The resolution originally di-
rected "the police department
to come before council" but was
amended to "the city manager"
by Democratic Councilman Paul
COUNCIL further moved in a
9-1 vote with one Republican
councilman voting no, to "di-
rect the city attorney to pre-
pare a report detailing all of
the various legal measures that
may be taken by the city of

dope law
Ypsilanti to challenge Judge
Shea's ruling."
In reference to the second
resolution assistant city attor-
ney Walter Hamilton, present
at the meeting, said that the
city's legal options were "fairly
Hamilton emphasized getting
"declaratory judgement" on
Shea's ruling by another judge
could be difficult, saying
"judges can decide to duck the
However Hamilton did say
there would be "little difficul-
ty" for the city to file a brief
in the case in which Shea made
the decision.
Shea's statement came during
a preliminary examination of
David Gray who is charged with
possession of marijuana with in-
tent to deliver under the state
law. Arraignment of the case is
scheduled in circuit court Au-
gust 2.
In reference to the resoli-
tions, Jackson said to the audi
ence "everybody out here won
it" with Baize adding "council
did a complete about face."
NEW YORK U') - Dave Bing
of the Detroit Pistons of the
National Basketball Assn. has
been named the first basketball
recipient of the Society for Vis-
ual Care's "Eyes Right" award.
Bing wears a contact lens in
his right eye while playing.
Previous winners of the
award have been Arnold Palm-
er and Tommy Aaron in golf,
Billie Jean King in tennis and
Reggie Jackson in baseball.

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