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May 04, 1978 - Image 12

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Page 12-Thursday, May 4, 19'8-The hichigan Daily
Rep. victim of double standard, lawyer says
LANSING (UPI) - The attorney for convicted em- tee's recommendation, which could be to expel seat.
bezzler Monte Geralds says the Madison Heights Geralds, censure him or do nothing.
lawmaker would have been acquitted, had he been a No lawmaker in Michigan history has ever been ex- HE AND PLUNKETT claim that a privately com-
private citizen raher than a politician. pelled from the legislature. missioned lie detector test shows that he did not intend
Thomas Plunkett told the House Policy Committee to embexxle the funds or use them for his own gain.
yesterday that Geralds was the victim of a double GERALDS WAS convicted by a jury in March of em- Plunkett said he was certain the matter would not
standard that holds legislators to a stricter code of bezzling $24,000 from a former law client. He is to be have been disposed of earlier had Geralds not been a
ethics than others. sentenced for the crime May 11. legislator.
THE COMMITTEE IS debating whether to recom- "Monte felt he would be exonerated and I did too," The attorney said Geralds wanted a jury trial instead
mend Geralds' expulsion from the House. Chairman said Plunkett, who will appeal Geralds' conviction. of a bench trial because he feared that it would be
Joseph Forbes (D-Oak Park) said the panel will make "We were wrong." viewed as one politican whitewashing another if he
its decision tomorrow. Throughout the proceedings, Geralds has main- were acquitted by a judge.
The full House will then have to act on the commit- tained his innocence and refused to resign his House
Gov, should
ORDERBKname high
4 court judges
Student Newspaper at The University of Michigan I LANSING (UPI) - Supreme Court
Chief Justice Thomas Kavanagh
yesterday said high court justices -
I IS now elected to an unlimited number of
eight-year terms - should be appointed
IS I byrthe governor to a single, 12-year
"The court is not a committee or a
city council that can function with a
-----------WRITE YOUR AD HERE! --------quorum," Kavanagh told lawmakers in
W his annual State of the Judiciary Ad-
dress. "It is that port of the ship of state
II that requires all hands on deck.
"ACCORDINGLY, TO minimize dis-
ruption of the court's unique, sensitive
and constant task, I recommend that
you ask the people to entrust selection
E____of justices to flat-out appointment to the
governor and provide for a single, non-
renewable 12-year term."
I Such a system would require a con-
stitutional amendment approved by
Michigan voters.
a The legislature currently is studying
I: I - several alternatives to the current
system, under which the high court
------------ C IP AND MAI LlTODAY!------------"tcandidates are nominated by a political
plans to have a bipartisan committee
WORDS 1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days addi. suggest candidates to the governor and
to substitute a primary election for the
0-10 1.15 2.30 3.05 3.80 4.55 5.30 .75 party nomination.
11-15 1.40 2.80 3.70 4.60 5.50 6.40 .90 Please indicate Kavanagh said he doesn't like either
where this ad of those two plans.
16-20 1.65 3.30 4.35 5.40 6.45 7.50 1.05
is to run "The commission approach," he
21-25 1.90 3.80 5.00 6.20 7.40 8.60 1.20 tor rent said, "blurs responsibility.
26-30 2.15 4.30 5.65 7.00 8.35 9.70 1.35 for sale
"THE PRIMARY bill, in my view
31-35 2.40 4.80 6.30 7.80 9.30. 10.80 1.50 helpwantedm however praiseworthy for eliminating
36-40 2.65 5.30 6.95 8.60 10.25 11.90 1.65 personal partisan nomination for non-partisan
41-45 2.90 5.80 7.60 9.40 11.20 13.00 1.80 et. office by sending incumbent justices to
the hustings ever earlier in the year
46-50 3.15 6.30 8.25 10.20 12.15 14.10 1.95 than now, aggravates rather than
Seven words per line. Each group of characters counts as one word. relieves the altogether unique
per nubers.operational problems of the Supeme
Hyphenated words over 5 characters count as two words-This includes telephone numbers.operat"
Kavanagh said he is not particularly
Mail with Check to: Clas/flied, The Michigan Daily concerned that the governor would
420 Maynard make bad appointments under his
lAnnArbor, Ml 4109 pps"Evenif the governor appoints an in-
NAME competent crony, let him answer to the
voters," he said.
Bertold Brecht, who wrote "The
CITY Threepenny Opera" left Germany
PHONEfor the United States during the
*.t-ONE , tjryg .,.Iqt y s tprned to live in
-- -a-t- -

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