Tuesday, May 10, 1977 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Three
Hear t gets 5-year proba tion
LOS ANGCELES XI/-Patricia Hearst, who admitted
her part in a wild shooting and robbery, was placed on
five years probation yesterday by a judge who express-
ed compassion for her parents.
The prosecution endorsed the light sentence, saying
the heiress represented no threat to society and sug-
gesting that authorities may have dealt too harshly
with herin the past to avoid criticism that her wealth
bought her special treatment.
HEARST, 23, is currently free on bail from a seven-
year sentence for a San Francisco bank robbery and
could return to serve at least 14 more months if her
appeal is rejected.
Hearst, who faced the possibility of 15', years to life
in prison on her plea of no contest, was silent and blank-
faced as Superior Court Judge E. Talbot Callister an-
nounced-his decision for leniency.
"I don't think there is a heart in America that isn't
full of compassion for her patents," the judge said of
Randolph and Catherine Hearst, who sat in the front
row of the packed courtroom.
HE CALLED the Hearsts "good people who love their
daughter" and cited the millions of dollars spent by the
newspaper executive and his wife to try to ransom the
heiress when she was kidnaped.
After the sentencing the details of a probation report
According to the report, Hearst spends her time em-
broidering, reading, jogging, playing tennis and horse-
THE REPORT said she was to go to work for Good
Housekeeping Magazine-a Hearst publication.
Eventually she would like to marry and have children,
the report said.
In an unexpected move, the prosecution joined with
the defense in recommending immediate probation for
DEPUTY DIST. Atty. Sam Mayerson said "I do not
believe Hearst presents any threat to the community
He added, "There has never been a case like this
before and I hope there never will he again."
He predicted that many peonle would he dissatisfied
with the sentence, claiming llearst had received special
treatment because of her wealth and notoriety.
"IT WOULD BE wrong to satisfy those who say there
is special treatment for the rich by punishing this de-
fendant disaproportionately," Mayerson said. He sug-
gested that authorities may have been too harsh with
Hearst because of such criticism,
The slender, tawny-haired heiress stood before the
judge flanked by four attorneys. She wore a brown
sweater, brown tweed skirt and hoots and was rushed in
and out of the courtroom by private guards.
She spoke not a word in the courtroom, and her at-
torney, Al Johnson, said she was just as silent when she
left. "The only thing I heard that she said was, 'Thank
you,' " he said.
Young plans to
visit S. Africa
WASHINGTON ( -Ambassador Andrew Young said yesterday
he has "very few doubts" that he will visit South Africa on his two
week tour of Africa, but the State Department said the arrange-
ments remain unsettled.
"It's no big thing," said the controversial ambassador to the
United Nations. "If I go, it's fine, and if I don't go, it's still fine."
YOUNG SPOKE with reporters after meeting with black House
members a few hours before his scheduled departure to Africa.
The former Georgia congressman said President Carter had
encouraged him "to speak as controversially as I like.
Young's tour, his third abroad for the adi nistration, begins
with a meeting today in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, with U.S. ambassa
dors in Africa.
THE SOUTH AFRICAN government said it planned;no official
contact with Young and that a stop in South Africa, where he has
been invited to address university and business groups, was still
At the State Department, a spokesman, Frederick Brown, said
"we're still working on that.'
However, Rep. Parren Mitchell (I)-Md.) said- he assumes
Young is going to South Africa and will meet with blacks there.
"ONE OF THE things I admire most abort Ambassador Young
is his adroitnes in his diplomacy and his ability to get to meet
with vhom he iced: to meet" Mitchell said.
Mitche'It 'aid eery niemihei' if the Canyr -sina 1 Ihck Caiucos
i prci" red to stupporit Yius ir d "to f''t"opll uiCo-em: all of those
wha, in m io o pisnin re r'sent ri'hti Ithinking who are
mounting the scorritau- ard snnect-sars attck- an the ni-
Young is schedoaed l tap is Ghans aid .NIceria after the
ambassacdcr itueeting ait Alidjact and to go to Mapoto, Mozam-
bique, ftr a U.N. conference supporting the blacks of Rhodesia
and Naaibia who are ttsdeir minority white rule.
On Saturday, Young wilt nieet in Lisbon, Portugal, with Vice
President Walter Mondate in adaince of Mondale's meeting in 1Fitemen comb the rentains of a ho
Viesos with Sott Alfrica Prime Minister John Vorster. by an explosion that killed two.
rarching for clues
cme on Detroit's northwest side Saturday night thatt ass leveled
His master's Voice
For sheer bluster it is, hard to match "The Voice
of Business," a newsletter which even for a cham-
ber of commerce publication is way out in right field.
This month's number, the brainchild of Richard
Lesher, President of the Chamber of Commerce of
the U.S., catalogues a whole list of "big brother"
offenses by the government. Pity the poor $3.5 bil-
lion coal-fired power plant which, says the "Voice,"
"was sacrificed on the altar of the black-footed fer-
ret and the kangaroo rat." Or be astounded by the
soft-shell clam, which has singlehandedly "halted
a $2 billion nuclear power plant in New Hampshire."
For the snail darter, a small fish which "has stalled
a $116 million dam in Tennessee." No doubt about
it, those endangered species are at war with the
public interest, we thought, but the "Voice" thinks
the whole thing is an outright crime. "This bizarre
behavior," the newletter says,. "is certainly remin-
iscent of the eccentricities of history's mad kings Nnd
emporers. And yet it occurs-with increasing fre-
quency-right here in the democratic, middle-class
Happenings * ..
. . . looks like a good day to tour the galleries.
An exhibition of modernistic and traditional art
from the Chicago area is on display through May 23
at the Slusser Gallery in the School of Art, and an
exhibit by Profs. Jacquelyn Rice and John Stephen-
son of the University's Art School will be in the
Union Gallery through May 27 . . Places are still
available in the Alumni Council's summer seminar
in academic administration. For information call
Mary Edwards, 764-3316, M-W-F, 2-4 p.m. . . . The
20th conference on Great Lakes Research opens to-
day in Rackham and MLB - . "Live Lobster," a
new film by Ann Arbor filmmaker Pag Dice will
be shown and discussed as part of the Ann Arbor
Public Library's "Booked for Lunch" program, 12:10
p.m. at the Library, 343 S. Fifth . . WUOM (91.7
FM) will broadcast a program of music by flutist
Jean-Pierre Rampal at 8.05 p.m.
They're number three, and you have to admit
they're trying hard. Spencer Segal- ad Jerry Olson
of Minuccapilis have gone into business retitnt jinker
cars to customers who don't mind taking their
chances on a wheezing heap fOr $10 a day or $50 a
week. "We even have air conditioning in some of
our cars," Segal brags. "It doesn't work, but it's
air conditioning." 'The Rent-A-Wreck fleet consists
of about 35 junkers, mostly purchAsed for less than
$100, which are rented without mileage charges
and whatever happens to be in the fuel tank. Rent- -
A-Wreck will replace any car that passes away
within the limits of the Twin Cities. Segal and Olson
say they plan to open a branch at Minneapolis-St.
Paul International Airport, where they go into the
big time against Hertz and Avis. At the rate some of
the clunkers move, however, it might be faster for
O.J. Simpson to carry the customer piggyback.
On the outside
It could be worse-this could be New England
(see P. 6). But it'll still be unseasonably cool today,
with a high of 60 and a low tonight in the mid 40's.
Tomorrow look for sunny skies and slightly warmer
temperatures, with a high of 70.