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i h in I Vol. LXXXVIII, No. 22-S
Cm~c ig. DA ILY ,Friday, June 2, 1978
I .5...Sixteen Pages
Ann Arbor, Michigan Ten Cents plus Supplement

RAPE CASE REMARK:
Conn. judge ouster

Rep. Paul LaRosa Gov. Ella Crasso
Sy rians agreeo
Lebanese patrols,
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP)-President Elias Sarkis has won Syrian consent to
use regrouped Lebanese regular army units to patrol guerrilla-controlled areas in
south Lebanon, official sources said yesterday.
Sarkis also was given use of Syrian troops to help his army set up a buffer zone
between Palestinian guerrillas and U.N. peacekeeping forces in Israeli-occupied
areas of south Lebanon, said the sources, who asked not to be identified.
SINCE THE 1975-76 civil war in Lebanon, a 30,000-man Arab peacekeeping for-
ce, largely comprised of Syrians, has maintained control of most of the country, but
not the south.
Syrian President Hafez Assad, meeting with reporters after two days of talks
with Sarkis in Latakia, Syria, said he agreed with Sarkis that the Lebanese army
should enter the south.
"This is a very important matter in
order to liberate south Lebanon from A g o e s I
Israeli occupation," Assad told repor-
ters.
"A NUMBER of measures were
adopted in order to consolidate the
authority of the legitimate Lebanese
government throughout Lebanese
territory," Assad added.
Israel's invasion of 500 square miles
in the south last March compressed the
bulk of Yasser Arafat's Palestine
Liberation Organization guerrillas f
between the Litani and Zahrani rivers,
18 miles apart in south central
Lebanon. Israel said it acted to sweep
guerrillas off its northern flank, where
they had bases for terrorist drives into
Israel.
The U.N. force of about 4,000 controls
65 percent of the invaded lands south of
the Litani being evacuated by Israeli
forces. The Syrians control up the
Zahrani.
DISPATCH OF Lebanese regulars to
the south has been a sensitive issue sin-
ce the Israeli invasion. Guerrillas and
their leftist Lebanese allies controlled
south Lebanon long before the 19-month
civil war broke out in 1975, pittin them
against right-wing Christian forces.
Lebanese leftist militia leaders com-
plain they cannot. get along with
regrouped units of the Lebanese army,
which- disintegrated during the war,
because they are predominantly
rightists Tom Chiakulis leads the line in a d

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov.
Ella Grasso has joined those calling for
an investigation of a judge who, in
dismissing a rape conspiracy charge,
said: "You can't blame somebody for
trying."
The remark was made last month by
Common Pleas Court Judge Walter
Pickett, after testimony indicated the
man failed ina rape attempt.
YESTERDAY, the governor endor-
sed State Rep. Paul LaRosa's call for a
review of Pickett by the Connecticut
Judicial Review Council. It is up to the
council to decide whether the case is in
its jurisdiction.
Two groups organized to fight rape
and its effects, the YWCA Assault
Crisis Service and Neighborhood
Women Against Rape, also joined in
LaRosa's challenge to Pickett's fitness
for the bench.
The Pickett case concerns Raymond
LaBelle, 29, who with three other Har-
tford men was arrested in April after a
Springfield, Mass., woman said four
men offered her a ride and then beat,
robbed and raped her.
THE OTHER three were charged
with first-degree sexual assault and
bound over to Superior Court for trial.
Testimony indicated that LaBelle,
charged with conspiracy to commit fir-
st-degree sexual assault, was unable to
commit the rape. Pickett ruled May 17
there was not enough of a case to
Greek for

sought
warrant binding LaBelle over for trial.
It is the latest in a series of con-
troversies in which judges have been
accused of insensitivity to the
seriousness of sexual assault on
women.
In Madison, Wis., Lane County Judge
Archie Simonson lost a recall election
in 1977 after he said from the bench that
Madison's allegedly permissive
climate and women's revealing
clothing could be reasons for the
arousal of a youth accused of sexual
assault.
AND LAST month, the Colorado
Supreme Court criticized District Court
Judge Dean Mabry of Trinidad for
throwing out a sexual assault case
before it got to a jury. He had discoun-
ted a woman's claim to have been
sexually assaulted, likened her story to
an account of an attempted seduction,
and said that although this attempt was
"a little bit rough .., that's the way
things are sometimes,"
Pickett, asked in a telephone inter-
view if he thought his own comment
was appropriate, replied: "In the con-
text it was made it certainly was. In the
matter before me, there was an attem-
pt. There was no action. And there was
no reason to bind him over to Superior
Court."
But Gov. Grasso said, "I endorse en-
ding it to judicial review . .. I have a
number of personal views that I cannot
See JUDGE, Page5
the gala
By.ELIZABETH SLOWIK
You don't have to be Greek to enjoy
the Greek Festival at St. Nicholas
Greek Orthodox church this weekend.
St. Nicholas is again this year spon-
soring the Greek Festival, which began
yesterday and will run through Satur-
day night. Greek dancing, music, food,
and drink flowed freely last night under
the green, yellow and red canopy at 414
N. Main Street.
LAST NIGHT'S rain, say some ob-
servers, may have kept a few people
away. "Come Friday night you can't
even stand here," countered Jacob
Bahbah, supervisor of one of the booths.
His gesture indicated a large expanse
in front of the stage.
Japanese, blacks, and Irish are only a
few of the ethnic groups sampling the
Hellenic tradition. The name of the
festival is "Ya'ssoo," which means
"Hello."
Youthful dancers in red, white, and
blue costumes clicked their heels to
traditional Greek music. The six girls
and two men perform nightly during
the three-day event.
"EVERYONE IS so happy and
pleasant," claimed Jean Furkioti, an
Ann Arbor high school student. And in-

Daily Photo by JOHN KNOX
ance at the Ya'ssoo Greek festival which

began yesterday at 414 N. Main.

See SYRIANS, Page 1 1

See YA'SSOO, Page 7

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