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Edited and managed by students at the
University of Michigan
Editorials printed in The Michigan Doily express the individual
opinions of the author. This must be noted in ol reprints
SATURDAY, MAY 13, 1972 News Phone: 764-0552
- tm -
Unearthed Gravel papers
JN THE END it was only a small victory for freedom of
the press and the right to know, but it was also real
embarrassment for our Republican senator, Robert
Griffin.
For weeks, Alaska's Sen. Mike Gravel has been trying
to insert portions of secret Nixon administration Vietnam
policy papers into the Congressional Record, the daily
publication of congressional proceedings.
ButGriffin led asuccessful Senate fight to block
publication of the classified secret documents.. In a
unique vote April 25, the Senate agreed with Griffin, and
Gravel was stymied.
Griffin, the Republican whip, is concerned about vio-
lations of government secrecy classifications. (He was
undoubtedly miffed earlier this week when hundreds of
U.S. Army classified maps from Germany turned up as
wrapping paper in a London firm.)
The information in the reports, however, was no big
secret. The Washington Post and other papers had al-
ready printed pages and pages of the documents, partly
consisting of presidential advisor Henry Kissinger's sug-
gestions on how the Vietnam wdr should be wound down.
THE SECRET STUFF finally made it into the Record this
week. Rep. Ronald Dellums (D-Calif.) got in 29 pages
of it, under a routine procedure in which House members
simply ask for unanimous consent to insert material,
without identifying what it is.
Even though hardly anybody reads the Congressional
Record, there was some hoopla in the press this week and
attention was focused on government furtiveness and
the unfortunate fears of Senator Griffin.
-ARTHUR LERNER
NIGHT EDITOR: JAN BENEDETTI
EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR: ROSE SUE BERSTEIN
ASSISTANT NIGHT EDITOR: MERYL GORDON
PHOTO TECHNICIAN: JIM WALLACE

ROSE SUE BERSTEIN
Contempt in Chicago? Hoffman
slaps the naughty, teasing kids
THE REMANDING to District apparently insulted Hoffman sem- THE PROBLEM is simply that
Court of the Chicago conspir- ply with their political and cultur- cultural and political differences-
acy contempt . sentences marks al attitudes. That is unfortunate. which should not enter into a trial
another battle won in what seems A judge who is to try delicate rae- conducted by an impartial judge
like a children's crusade for poli- es should be able to overcome -do affect the outcomes of poli-
tical freedom. such petty considerations as whe- tical trials here.
In the past two years, we have ther the defendants indulge in Emphasizing these differences in
witnessed a number of political what he considers childish pranks. court only intensifies the w a r
trials where the defendants - af- These defendants simply acted between the children and the
ter wasting much time and energy as they normally do, at the trial's grown-ups. Hopefully, the Chicago
and sometimes even their lives- outset, but provocation from the defendants will be really frees at
have been acquitted or had mis- bench and frustration led to the last and this wave of cultural re-
trials declared. outbursts Hoffman called c o n- pression will cease.

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Bobby Seale was declared the
victim of a mistrial last summer;
the Soledad Brothers were recent-
ly acquitted, but not before one
of them was slain in prison; t he
Harrisburg defendants were ac-
quitted of conspiracy, as were the
Chicago defendants.
In a few of these cases, the de-
fendants were found guilty on
some of the charges, but no con-
spiracy charge has been success-
fully prosecuted yet.
And no wonder.
MOST OF THE associations the
government uses as evidence to
link the defendants with their
plots are reminiscent more of high
school study hall violations than
of gangster thriller novels.
Naughty Phil Berrigan smuggled
a letter out of prison, the govern-
ment announces. For that he is
sentenced to prison. A younger
naughty Phil Berrigan would pro-
bably have been sentenced to
stay after school, but the gov-
ernment is a tougher disciplinarian
than good old Mr. Chips.
The Chicago 10 children - even
the defense attorneys didn't know
how to behave like grown persons
-so provoked daddy Judge Julius
Hoffman that when the flimsyevi-
dence put together by the state
proved insufficient to convict the
group, he issued convictions him-
self.
Hoffman slapped the rebellious
kiddies with hefty summary con-
tempt citations, because they had
issulted him sod the dignity of his
position. Unfortunately, Hoffma
failed to realize that neither his
title nor his behavior inspire re-
spect, except from his ideological
comrades the conservative
grandaddies of yesteryear.
DETERMINING when being in-
sulted in court should bear i.con-
tempt citation is tricky. T h e
Chicago defendants, for example,
Chishoimr
By BOB HOOP
'HIRLEY CHISHOLM is in the
presidential race to stay.
An article in The Daily (May
11) made a major blunder when it
erroneously claimed that Shirley
Chisholm had announced she may
urge her supporters to vote for
George McGovern. Rep. Chisholm
has emphatically stated t h a t
"Shirley Chisholm is not a stalk-
ing horse for any other candidate.
I have no intention of leaving the
presidential race. Such rumors are
patently false. You will hear from
Shirley Chisholm in Miami."
I am deeply disturbed about the
following fact: the entire article
was written by a single Daily
journalist, except for that one
paragraph containing the misrep-
resentation of Shirley Chisholm's
statement. That erroneous para-
graph was inserted by an editor
who "just happens to be", by his
own admission, a McGovern sup-
porter. That editor had access to
the tape of Chisholm's comments,
but did not bother to listen to it.
CHISHOLM'S C A M P A I G N
is gaining momentum, and some
McGovern supporters are "up
tight" about that. Those McGov-
ern folks who dream of Chisholm
support had best take a careful
look at their own candidate's
campaign.
0 I see the Senator from South
Dakota moving closer to a centrist

tempt. Abbie Hoffman and Jerry
Rubin, the co-founders of the
Youth International Party, "Yip-
pies," could hardly be expected
to don suits and ties and maintain
respectable silence in a trial which
to them symbolized the worst in
their society.
Suppose the tables were turned
and the Yippies were to try Hoff-
man, with the government, for
conspiring to suppress the Yuppie
way of life. It is a safe bet that
they would not then chastize Hoff-
man for being orderly or quiet, or
even stodgy.

THAT IS A lot to hope for these
days.
Letters to The Daily should
be mailed to the Editorial Di-
rector or delivered to M a r y
Rafferty in the Student Pub-
lications business office in the
Michigan Daily building. Let-
ters should be typed, double-
spaced and normally should
not exceed 250 words. The
Editorial Directors reserve the
right to edit all letters sub-
mitted,

-Associated Pre;
Tan of the year Hoffman
s candidacy se rious

position alongside Humphrey as
the convention draws nearer. For
example, though McGovern used
to publicly support liberalized
abortion laws, he is now hedging:
"I have opinions on it, but it ought
not to be an issue in the cam-
paign" (Free Press, May 12).
* The senator is hedging on
participating in the challenge filed
weeks ago against Mayor Richard
Daley's convention delegates. That
delegation is dominated by white
males - in violation of McGov-
ern's own supposed guidelines. Of
course, it is highly unlikely that
anyone can secure the Democratic

Stmmer Staff

BOB ANDREWS ...
ROBERT BARKIN.
JAN BENEDETTI ..
ROSE SUE BERSTEIN
DANIEL BORUS.
ROBERT CONROW
LINDA DREEBEN
DENNY GAINER.
ANDY GOLDING
MERYL GORDON.
HOARRY HIRSCH..,R
TAMMY JACOBS.
SHERRY KASTLE.
KAREN LAAKO ..
ELLIOT LEGOW
ARTHUR LERNER ..
DIANE LEVICK
DAVID MARGOLICK
SHEILA MARTIN
JIM OBRIER ...
NANCY ROSENBAUM
ROLFE TESSEM.
PAUL TRAVIS ....
GARY VILLANI ....
JIM WALLACE.
ROBERT WARGO .-
DEBORAH WHITING
CAROL WIECK ...A.;.S.
MARCIA ZOSLAW . ..

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presidential nomination over Da-
ley's opposition.
0 McGovern's organization na-
tionally and in Michigan is domi-
nated at the top by white- males.
When asked about this "problem",
one McGovern representative from
the Anni Arbor office and one from
the state office responded: "Well,
there just aren't any qualified
women".
Seems strange, doesn't it that
Shirley Chisholm can find com-
petent women and blacks to head
her campaign in Michigan, in Ann
Arbor and throughout the nation;
and George Wallace can find a
qualified woman to direct his
Michigan campaign, plus a quali-
fied black to head his Indiana
campaign? But, poor George Mc-
Govern cannot.
How can McGovern fulfill his
campaign promises to put women
in high levels of government when
he "cannot" find women to di-
rect his own organization?
CONSEQUENTLY, as one Chis-
holm supporter, I am not at all
sure I will ever support McGov-
ern - under any conditions. And
with him moving closer and closer
to the center, I am not sure that
Shirley Chisholm will either.
Bob.' foop is assistant ltate
coordina/or f or piresidetuial
candidate S/orley Chisholin's
Michigan capta'ign.

Rep. Chisholm

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