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Wednesday, May 15, 1974


Page Three

Wednesday, May 15, 1974 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Three

Ypsi's $5 dope ordinance
may face court showdown

Ypsilanti's marijuana ordinance may
face a court test following a Police De-
partment decision to charge a man
caught with marijuana under the state
The police are challenging the mari-
juana ordinance approved by voters dur-
ing April's elections. Like Ann Arbor's
law, the Ypsilanti ordinance makes dope
possession punishable by a ticket and
five dollar fine.
THE ORDINANCE further states, "No
Ypsilanti police officer . . . shall comt-
plain of the possession, controls use, giv-
ing away or sale of marijuana . . . to
any other authority except the Ypsilanti
City Attorney."
The challenge camne after the arrest
of David Grey, 19, who was charged tin-
der the state law with possession of
marijuana with intent to deliver, a
Police Chief Herbert Smith made the
decision to prosecute under the state
statute after being advised to do so by
Washtenaw County Assistant ,Prosecut-
ing Attorney Lynwood Noah.
cilman Eric Jackson regards the case
as a "bigger issue" than whether Grey
is prosecuted under the city or state
law, contending that "the real issue is
whether or not City Council can exert
control over the Police Department."
Grey says police officers have told
him, "What they're doing, Mouse (Grey's
nickname), is using you as a guinea pig"
to test the city's five dollar marijuana
Noah has charged that the marijuana
ordinance is "blatantly illegal," contend-
ing that "the police have'an obligation
to prosecute under the state law."
JACKSON CLAIMS that the law is
"valid" and has charged that Smith
broke it by going to the county prose-
cutor and not the city attorney. "Cops
are supposed to obey the law and if they
don't they should be disciplined," he
Noah admits that Smith's going to the
county prosecutor "would be a violation
of the city ordinance," but claims "if he
had not gone to the county it would also
have been a violation of the state law."
He stresses that "state law does take
precedence over city law."
MONDAY AT a special council meet-
ing Jackson called on City Manager
Joseph Warren to "take disciplinary ac-
tion" against the Police Department.
Council rejected this proposal, asking
Warren to investigate "as to whether a
violation . . . had actually been com-
Police claim that Grey was attempting

to smuggle marijuana concealed in a
pack of cigatettes to his brother at the
Ypsilanti City Jail on April 29.
Grey, facing a charge that could mean
up to four years in prison for possessing
two joints, claims he "did not know" the
pack contained dope.
Gilbson garners-
second term as-
Newark mayor
By rie AssociAed Press
Kenneth Gibson, the first black mayor
of Newark, N. J., won a second term yes-
terday by defeating State Sen. Anthony
Imperiale and three other candidates in
the mayor's race.
With 150 of Newark's 196 trecincts re-
porting, Gibson had 32,316 votes and
Imperiale, a white community leader
who rose to prominence during the city's
1967 race riots, had 24,761.
THREE OTHER candidates, Lewis
Perkins, also black, Raymond Stabile
and James Rotonda, shared less than
1,200 votes.
Gibson had called the election "my
'report card' on my first four years in
Meanwhile, Nebraska's Democratic
Gov. James Exon won nomination to a
second term yesterday, defeating Mayor
Richard Schmitz of Lyman.
. Initial returns from Douglas County,
which includes Omaha, showed Exon
had virtually secured the nomination.
Statewide, with 93 of 2,077 precincts re-
porting, Exon had won 3,068 votes com-
pared to 437 for Schmitz.
The quick Exon victory was expected.
The question was whether Exon had
the political muscle to pull his preferred
running mate, Gerald Whelan, past three
other candidates for the lieutenant gov-
ernor's nomination.
WHELAN FACED a tough challenge
from State Sen. Terry Carpenter of
Initial returns showed Whelan with
better than a 2-1 lead, with 1,166 votes
compared to 590 for Carpenter.
Incumbent Democratic Reps. John
Slack and Robert Mollohan won nomina-
tions yesterday in early returns in West
Virginia congressional primaries.
With 136 of 617 precincts reporting in
Mollohan's 1st Congressional District Ia
the northwest corner of the state, Mollo-
han had 8,966 votes to the 1,371 recorded
for Wheeling businessman .Howard
In the 3rd District around Charleston,
Slack had collected 12,247 votes with
214 of 577 precincts counted.

Points out discrepancies
John Northrup, a 46-year-old municipal bond trader, poses in New York yes-
terday with a copy of the White House transcripts of President Nixon's Water-
gate conversations. Northrup discovered there were substantial differences
in key words and phrases in two versions of a tape-recorded conversation be-
tween Nixon and Assistant Attorney General Henry Petersen on April 16, 1973.
City OK'sjnyr
relocation proposal
City Council unanimously approved a imburse Lansky's for construction of a
contract early yesterday morning which building on the Pittsfield site and to pro-
provides for the long-awaited removal vide the company with' $3,500 for mov-
of the Summit St. junkyard from city ing costs,
limits. Relocation of Lansky's has been a
The Summit Street site is being sought long-standing piece of council business,
for development into a park for residents with residents of the junkyard's vicinity
in the north-central part of the city. cimin sky' is a b igt n te
claiming Lansky's is a blight on the
THE AGREEMENT with Lanskyv and neighborhood.

Sons, owners of the site, calls for re-loca-
lion of the junkyard to a 6-acre parcel in
Pittsfield Township near State and
However, final transfer of the salvage
operation hinges on approval by Pitts-
field officials of rezoning for the scrap
metal operation.
The contract authorized by council
grants Lansky's six acres-on a 76-acre
site the city is considering buying if
township approval is given.
LANSKY's would also receive under
the terms of the contract an option
which expires in two years to purchase
four additional adjoining acres on which
to re-locate its North Main St.opera-
The city also agreed to provide a well
and septic tank to the company, to re-

Trasrpsla apsbest seller list

The hottest selling book on campus is
the $2.50 paperback copy of the White
House Watergate transcripts.
Borders Book Shop estimates conser-
vatively that it has sold 800 copies of the
book. The transcripts have been the
store's biggest seller since copies of it
were received on Friday.
THE BOOK has been a best seller also
for the University Cellar and Centicore
book stores.
The Cellar has sold approximately 325
copies, but Centicore won't divulge the
number of copies it has sold, in order
not to "give guidelines to our com-
Ulrich's reports that it has sold out

the 25 copies of the book it has received,
while Follett's has not as yet been sent
any copies.
Customer reaction to the publication
of the paperback seemed relatively one-
sided yesterday.
"I'VE HATED those bastards for so
long," commented a Borders customer.
"On election day 1968 I was considering
packing up and moving to Canada.
"When I was arrested in Washington
on Moratorium Day for being on the
street, I saw John Mitchell smiling down
from a balcony at a crowd of us being
herded into a paddy wagon.
"So, of course, now I take great
pleasure in watching the grief those

people are going through," the patron
A UNIVERSITY Cellar customer re-
marked, "I think it's good that the
people who have seen the situations in
countries like Greece and said, 'Ift
couldn't happen here,' now have access
to documents that show that it did, in
fact, happen here."
Another Cellar patron said, "I imagine
the book would be a popular item in
corporate circles, as a guide to buying a
"Watergate is a whole lot of fun for
me," explained a browser at Centicore.
"I have no use for the book, though. I
read the whole thing in the New York

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