The MichiganDaily-Saturday, July 8, 1978-Page 7
Bell's contempt citation temporarily lifted
From Wire Service Repors
NEW YORK - Attorney General
Griffin Bell's contempt citation was
lifted temporarily yesterday to give the
nation's top lawman time to appeal the
merits of the unprecedented court or-
Judge Murray Curfein of the U.S.
Second Circuit Court of Appeals, in
rejecting arguments that the contempt
citation could not be appealed, ruled:
"I decide simply there is merit to the
argument that the government has a
right to appeal."
Gurfein, comparing the case to
Richard Nixon's refusal to produce
White House tapes during the
Watergate proceedings, said, "The
matter is too delicate to foreclose ap-
District Judge Thomas Griesa Thur-
sday ordered Bell held in contempt for
his refusal to turn over to lawyers for
the Socialist Workers Party the con-
fidential FBI files on 18 informers who
spied on the party.
THE EXTRAORDINARY action
related to the Socialist Workers' $40
million lawsuit against the gover-
nment, alleging political interference
by informants for many years.
Bell and government attorneys have
said the attorney general's refusal to
hand over the files was intended to for-
ce the matter to a higher federal court
The appeal, Gurfein said, could
"straighten out the entire problem of
informer privilege.. . and preclude an
historic confrontation between the
Executive and Judiciary."
GIVING IT UP too easily on the
question of informer privilege, he said,
"might result in assassinations and
"Everyone," the judge continued,
"will be better off with the appeal
which could prevent the unfortunate
spilling of beans."
Griesa last week denied a party
motion to imprison Bell until he com-
plies, but he gave permission for the
motion to be renewed if Bell continued
to defy the order. Party representatives
said today they will seek a federal court
order Monday requiring Bell to hand
over the files or face imprisonment on
Roger Rudenstein, coordinator of the
group's Political Rights Defense fund,
said the Aug. 1 deadline represented "a
"We felt it would give Mr. Bell a
chance to think about what it means to
be in contempt of court," Rudenstein
Drinking age on ballot
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"We will try to develop the public
opinion on this issue to achieve vic-
tory," he said.
MANAGERS OF local bars said they
would try to initiate changes to attract
the over-21 crowd if the measure does
"We'll have to offer lunches to attract
businessmen and change the decor of
the place to attract an older crowd,"
said Bob Peitz, assistant manager of
"We're going to have to change the
music and make some other adjust-
ments," said John Carver, one of the
Second Chance owners.
Carver admitted it would be a "tough
blow" to the nightclub but said he was
confident the place would be able to
make the proper changes if need be.
"We won't close down - although it
may be tough to maintain a profit for
awhile," said Peitz.
Unemployment falls in
June; food prices rise
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are 94.4 per cent higher than in the base was the lowest since a 5.4 per
period of 1967. unemployment rate in August, 197
Charles Schultze, chairman of the The administration does not e
Council of Economic Advisers, said any further decline in unemploy
that inflation, as reflected in yester- this year However, one govern
day's report, "is clearly too high. The economist, Courtenay Slater,
numbers emphasize once again the Commerce Department econeomis
need to pursue the administration's an- unemployment is probably at a pl
ti-inflation program vigorously." and will probably rise again.
The drop in the unemployment rate ECONOMISTS FORECAST a5.
was attributed mostly to white teen- cent rate by the end of the year.
agers finding summer jobs in June. The Labor Department, whic
Schultze said the decline "may possibly justs its figures for seasonal varia
reflect some statistical aberration" always assumes large numbers of
because of the summer jobs factor. agers will be looking for jobs inJul
BUT HE SAID the figures represent Teen-agers accounted for abou
"confirmation that the striking gain we of the 40,000 decline in unemploy
have had in employment since for June, as their jobless rate dr
President Carter took office is not a from 16.5 to 14.2 per cent.
fluke" - THE GAIN IN teen-age employ
The unemployment rate declined was concentrated among whites
from 7.4 per cent in January, 1977, when accounted for roughly 95 per cent
Carter began his presidency, to 5.7 per June job gains among teen-ager
cent in the latest report. The June rate department said.
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