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The Michigan Daily-Friday, May 12, 1978-Page 5
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP)-Fugitive
U.S. financier Robert Vesco will return
to Costa Rica after a business trip
despite an executive order banning him
from the country, a spokesman said
Vesco had to get special permission
from a Costa Rican court to leave the
country because he was accused in a
criminal case of bilking a Costa Rican
man of $134,000. Vesco left Costa Rica
on Sunday for a trip to the Bahamas,
Venezuela, Mexico and Grand Cayman
and promised to return within 75 days.
As soon as he left, however, new
Costa Rican president Rodrigo Carazo,
in one of his first executive acts, issued
a decree banning Vesco from the coun-
"THERE IS no question as to
whether or not Mr. Vesco will return to
Costa Rica at the expiration of the 75-
day period," the unidentified Vesco
spokesman said. "He is under court or-
der to do so and intends to comply with
that instruction."
Vesco, 43, fled his San Jose, Calif.,
home five years ago, first to the
Bahamas and later to Costa Rica,
where he now directs his business em-
pire from a heavily guarded, $500,000
TER SERLING He is wanted for questioning by the
U.S. Securities and Exchange Com-
mission about an alleged multimillion-
dollar fraud involving the Geneva-
1e based Investers Overseas Services
mutual fund he once headed.

Bucolic scene
The picture may be in black-and-white, but we know one thing about this cow-we'd rather see than be on

State Senate approves new judgeships

LANSING (UPI) - The state Senate,
in a move to reduce judicial backlogs
and provide quicker trials, Thursday
approved 16 new circuit court
Legislation sent to the House on a 28-1
vote also redraws several circuit court
jurisdictions and provides new district
court judges in areas with high and
fast-increasing caseloads.
Earlier this week, the Senate had
voted to create six new judgeships in
Detroit Recorder's Court and three new
probate judges in Wayne and Oakland
ALL ARE part of a recommendation
developed by the state Court Ad-
ministrators's Office, which studied
high caseload areas and polled local of-
ficials in arriving at its proposal.
The bill approved yesterday was em-
broiled in local politics in some instan-
ces, but the Senate resisted an attempt
to make the creation of new judges a
local option.
County officials must provide
facilities and pay part of the salaries
for new judges.
"This bill is not a political bill," said
Sen. Robert VanderLaan, (R-Grand
Rapids.). "This bill is aimed at
providing justice in a timely manner."
UNDER THE legislation, Wayne
County Circuit Court would receive two
additional judges while Oakland County
would get three. The Muskegon, Kent,
Bay, St. Clair, Shiawassee and Monroe
county circuit courts each would
receive one judge.
The eighth judicial circuit consisting
of Ioni and Montcalm'counties would

receive one judge, while the 19th
judicial circuit would be reduced to in-
clude only Benzie and Manistee Coun-
The other two counties in the 19th cir-
cuit Mason and Lake - would form a
new 51st circuit with one judge.
THE 24TH circuit consisting of Huron
and Sanilac counties would be split into
two circuits, each with one judge. A

similar split would divide the 40th cir-
cuit including Lapeer and Tuscola
Counties into two circuits. Lapeer
would have two judges and Tuscola,
Another change will add Cheboygan
County to the 33rd circuit now con-
sisting of Emmet and Charlevoix coun-
ties in two years, while Alcona County
will be added to the 26th judicial circuit.
The 29th circuit consisting of Clinton

and Gratiot Counties would receive one
District judges would be added in the
fifth, 12th, 35th, 52nd and 56th districts
and in districts 41A and 54B.
Additional changes were likely when
the bill comes up for House con-
sideration, expected early next week.
The bill must be enacted in advance
of the June 6 filing deadline for new
judgeships created on Jan. 1, 1979.

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