Vol LXXXIV, No. 68-S
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, August 22, 1974
Reuther declared official winner
in Congressional primary election
By GORDON ATCHESON
John Reuther was declared yesterday
the official winner of the 2nd Congres-
sional District Democratic Party primary
election by an 81-vote margin over Dr.
However, Pierce announced he will ask
for a recount of the extremely close
Aug. 6 contest.
THE OFFICIAL results gave Reuther
13,003 votes to 12,922 for Pierce. Three
other candidates in the race trailed far
behind the leaders.
Pending approval of the final figures
by the state government and the results
of the recount, Pierce and Reuther will
continue their joint campaign against
incumbent Congressman Marvin Esch
The two Democrats launched a dual
campaign two weeks ago to prevent a
loss of momentum to Esch and it will
continue until the recount is completed
-which could be more than a month
"I'M glad we will be going ahead with
the recount," Reuther said yesterday.
"It's important we carry on and get
this election resolved."
Reuther added that he is pleased by
the official results but made it clear
he holds no bitterness toward Pierce for
requesting a recount.
"le owes it to himself and his cam-
paign people," Reuther said. "We would
do the same thing under the circum-
A PIERCE aide indicated his candidate
has a good chance to pull out the elec-
tion in a recount especially because of
confusion surrounding the vote-counting
procedures in two locations.
In a Monroe County township the re-
sults were not correctly reported on
election night and may possibly still be
inaccurate, according to members of the
Pierce campaign. Locally between 25
and 50 absentee ballots were not counted
on election night and their validity re-
mains temporarily in question.
"We are facing the recount as two
compatriots who, because of the extreme
closeness of the election, are not com-
pletely sure of the victor and who want
See REUTHER, Page 10
$5 pot law
By CHERYL PILATE
A Washtenaw County Circuit
Judge yesterday upheld the con-
stitutionality of Ypsilanti's $5 mari-
juana ordinance - overturning a
lower court ruling made last month.
While upholding the ordinance,
Circuit Court Judge Patrick Conlin
voided the controversial clause pho-
hibiting police officers from seek-
ing prosecution of marijuana of-
fenders under the stricter state
CONLIN ruled that police must take
all marijuana cases in Ypsilanti to the
city attorney who will have the sole
power to decide whether to prosecute
under state or local law.
The decision was issued as a result of
a suit filed by Ypsilanti police officers
who claimed they were caught between
apparently conflicting state and local
The declaratory judgment states that
despite the fact that marijuana is regu-
lated by the 1971 Michigan Controlled
Substances Act, "there is room for non-
conflicting local marijuana laws."
CONLIN'S opinion, which also states
the need for flexible local laws to deal
with nigh marijuana usage in university
communities, elicited favorable reactions
from Ypsilanti mayor and the city man-
"I am pleased to find out that the
city's actions were correct and that the
law was upheld," said Mayor George
Goodman. "We did what we thought was
City Manager Joseph Warren believes
that the "will of the people" was affirm-
ed in court yesterday.
"IT IS pleasant when the city's posi-
tion is maintained in court," he com-
The marijuana ordinance was approved
by Ypsilanti voters in the April 1 city
elections, but was later voided by 14th
District Court Judge Thomas Shea, who
declared the law unconstitutional be-
cause is supposedly conflicts with the
state law. -
Shea's ruling came during the pre-
liminary examination of David Gray, 19,
whom police claim was attempting to
Smuggle two joints concealed in a pack
of cigarettes to his stepbrother at the
Ypsilanti jail April 29.
Following Shea's ruling, the Ypsilanti
City Council instructed police to consult
with Warren before charging anyone with
a marijuana offense.
Under Ypsilanti's ordinance, possession
of marijuana with intent to deliver is a
misdemeanor, while under state law it
is a felony punishable by a $2,000 fine
and up to four years in prison.
Ann Arbor voters approved a similar
law in the April elections in the form of
a charter amendment which has been
determined valid by State Attorney Gen-
eral Frank Kelly and City Attorney Ed-
Getting chewed out
Dutchess, a lion in the Brookfield Zoo, in Brookfield, Ill., west of Chicago, takes
matters into her own mouth when one of her cubs wanders too far from her.
Dutchess is very protective of her 5-week-old cubs and had some snarls for the