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Reps named in Korean scandal

ethics committee yesterday accused
four congressmen of possible miscon-
duct in the Korean influence-buying af-
fair but said it has no evidence showing
that any House members suspected the
Seoul government was trying to buy
their support.
The committee, seeking to conclude a
months-long investigation of the
Korean scandal on Capitol Hill, said it
had reason to believe that Reps. John
McFall, Edward R. Roybal, Charles
Wilson and Edward Patten violated
ethics rules. McFall, Roybal and
Wilson are California Democrats and
Patten is a New Jersey Democrat.
"statements of alleged violations"
against the four, the first step in
proceedings to determine if the
allegations are true. Punishment could
range from reprimand to expulsion.
The congressmen have 21 days to an-
swer the charges.
The committee seemed to reject
Tongsun Park's denial that he was an
agent of the South Korean government.
Hut it said it had no evidence that the
congressmen who accepted money
from Park should have known he was
an agent.
Park, a millionaire rice dealer, has
been accused of trying to buy influence
with U.S. congressmen.

THE PANEL ALSO cleared nine
other congressmen who took money
from Park. And it exonerated House
Speaker Thomas (Tip) O'Neill from
any unethical conduct, saying his only
"questionable propriety was to accept
two parties in his honor paid by
Tongsun Park."
The committee said it investigated a
variety of allegations including a
charge that Park gave O'Neill $20,000
and one that O'Neill's son might have
had a corporate board relationship with
Park in violation of House rules.
the closest the committee came to
alleging actual congressional com-
plicity in influence-buying was to say
that McFall, a former Democratic
whip, accepted $4,000 from Park "un-
der circumstances which might be con-
strued by reasonable persons as in-
fluencing the performance of his
government duties."
McFALL DENIED the allegations
against him and said he is confident his
name will be cleared in committee
The committee also said it believes
two former congressmen committed
perjury, and that it has turned their
testimony over to the Justice Depar-
The panel did not name the two for-
mer congressmen it said it "has reason

to believe... committed perjury." But
reliable sources identified them as
former Reps. Rick Galifianakis (D-
N.C.) and John R. Rarick (D-La.).
Galifianakis issued a statement
declining comment on the reported per-
jury investigation. Rarick, who already
had denied Park's testimony that Park
gave him $1,000, was asked yesterday
about a possible perjury investigation.
"I DON'T KNOW anything about
this," he said from his office in St.
Francisvile, La.
The committee said McFall allegedly
converted a $3,000 campaign con-
tribution from Park to his own use and
did not report it as required by law.
McFall says the money was not a
campaign contribution but rather a

contribution to an office account, for
which no reporting was required by the
The committee said Roybal failed to
report a $1,000 cash contribution from
Park, converted it to his own use and
denied to committee investigators un-
der oath that he got it.
"I am surprised and distressed that
the committee issued a statement of
alleged violations," Roybal said, ad-
ding that "I fully intend to make a for-
ceful presentation of my case." He
declined to comment on the specific
The American writer, Louisa May
Alcott, was born in 1832.

Dissident Ginzburg
gets 8-year sentene

Do drink the water!

You no longer have to travel to
Tijuana to sip the mystic flavors which
stir the dreaded "Montezuma's
revenge" in the hearts and stomachs of
those north of the border, according to
the talk around town the past few days.
The city's water department has
received more than 300 complaints
about the difference in water taste.
But superintendent of the city's water
treatment plant, Harvey Mieske, says
not to worry - the taste of the water
should return to "normal" sometime
MIESKE explained yesterday that
the less-than-pleasant-tasting water
was due to the annual "algae bloom"
caused by the summer heat and a
heavy does of chemicals to check the

In addition to chlorine which is nor-
mally mixed into the Ann Arbor water
supply, the city is using another
chemical - potassium permanganhee
- to control this year's unusually
heavy algae growth and still keep the
taste within reason, according to
"While we were sampling the water's
taste on Monday night we noticed the
taste had become slightly worse so we
put some chlorine into the system,"
Mieske said. "But when too many algae
got into the system we realized we
needed a stronger oxidizing agent to
destroy the algae."
MIESKE stressed that the water is
safe and advised everyone to continue

(Continued from Page 1)
An Associated Press survey of senators
showed a broad cross-section in favor of
curbing economic and technological
assistance to Moscow.
IN GENEVA, after holding arms
negotiations with the Soviets, Secretary
of State Cyrus Vance met with Natalia
Shtiglits, who says she is Shcharan-
sky's wife, but whose marital status
was questioned in the Shcharansky
She said she spoke with Rosalynn
Carter by telephone Wednesday night
and that the American first lady
assured her of White House support in
her struggle to free Shcharansky.
Ginzburg, 41, -an associate of exiled
author Alexander Solzhenitsyn and key
member of the Moscow dissident
movement, was convicted of ant)-Soviet
agitation and propaganda. He had been
accused of distributin such "anti-
Soviet" material as Solzhenitsyn's
"Gulag Archipelago," a chronicle of
the Soviet penal system. He also super-
vised a fund for political prisoners
financed by Solzhenitsyn.
THE PROSECUTOR had asked for
an additional three years of Siberian
exile for Ginzburg. But Judge Anatoly
Sidorov said Ginzburg had supplied in-
formation to investigators seeking
evidence against Shcharansky and
dissident leader Yuri Orlov, and that
the court took this into account in set-
ting the sentence.-
Orlov was sentenced on May 18 to
seven years at hard labor and five
years' internal exile.
The court found that "in the course of
1973-77 Ginzburg systematically cir-
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culated anti-Soviet materials which he
received from abroad through illegal
channels or fabricated personally and
which called for changing by force and
violence the existing state and social
system in this country," the news agen-
cy Tass said.
GINZBURG, a longtime member of
the dissident movement, had been con-
victed on the same charge in 1968 and
served five years. He had been senten-
ced to two years in 1960 for publishing
unauthorized literature while still a
journalism student.
In a final defense Friday, Ginzburg
again denied his guilt and refused to
ask for mercy, his 70-year-old mother,
Ludmila, told reporters.
He told the court, "All that is written
in the Helsinki group documents is
correct," his mother said. A court
spokesman confirmed that Ginzburg
"denied there was any anti-Soviet
motive or goal behind the activities."
THE ELDER Mrs. Ginzburg said her
son, reportedly suffering from kidney
problems and possible tuberculosis,
looked "horrible" and Wednesday he
had fainted briefly during the
proceedings and was given an injection.
But court officials told reporters a doc-
tor pronounced Ginzburg's health
Ginzburg, son of a Jewish mother and
non-Jewish father, has never con-
sidered himself a Jew and says he is
Russian Orthodox. He has been active
in the general human rights movement,
rather than its related but separate
Jewish movement.
Like Ginzburg, the Lithuanian
Pyatkus was convicted of anti-Soviet
agitation and propaganda. The 49-year-
old defendant refused to participate in
the proceedings.
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