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Tuesday, une "3,1975

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Five

Tuesday, June 3, 1975 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Five

State Supreme Ct. faces
possible deadlocks during
Justice Swainson's absence

LANSING (UPI) - The state
Supreme Court could find itself
bogged down in a 3-3 deadlock
on any given case until the
bribery controversy surround-
ing Justice John Swainson is
resolved.
With the swearing in yester-
day of newly appointed Justice
Lawrence Lindemer, there are
now six justices actively par-
ticipating in court deliberations,
an even number that could re-
suilt in numerous split deci-
sions.
In cases of a 3-3 deadlock, the
ruling by the state Court of
Appeals would stand.
Swainson has removed him-
self from taking part in any
court decisions, pending the
outcome of an investigation by
federal authorities into bribery
allegations made by an ex-
convict.
WITH Swainson sitting on the
sidelines, Lindemer's appoint-
ment also gives Republicans the
upper hand on the high court
for the first time in five years.
There are three Republicans,
two Democrats and one avowed
independent - Justice Charles
Levin.
However, from a philosophi-
cal standpoint, Levin has more
often been aligned with the
D e m o c r a t s. Therefore,

cases which pit the liberal
school of thought against the
conservatives could be expect-
ed to result in split decisions.
Lindemer, 53, a former
state Republican -chairman ap-
pointed successor to the late
Thomas Kavanaugh, declined to
comment on any ramifications
of the Swainson probe on the
court.
"I'M NOT going to even ap-
proach that question," he told
reporters at a coffee and snacks
reception -held following his
swearing-in. "I'm not going to
make suggestions at this point
as to what the court should
do or not do."
The court retained famed
Chicago attorney Albert Jenner
to protect its integrity - with
taxpayers picking up the tab-
after the allegations against
Swainson were made public.
Swainson is still receiving his
$43,500 salary even though he is
not participating in delibera-
tions and could remain on the
state payroll even if he is in-
dicted. The former Democrat-
ic governor did not attend yes-
terday's ceremony.
Lindemer, a practicing attor-
ney whose firm acted as a
lobbyist for special interest
groups such as the Michigan
Education ceremony, was
sworn in by Go. William Mil-
liken in a packed Supreme
Court chamber.

AP Photo
A mtrack arrives
Sturtevant, Wisconsin, residents meet Amtrack's first regularly scheduled turbotrain between
Milwaukee and Chicago as it stops at the town's old tim estation. Six of the modern turbo-
liners now operate in the Midwest. They have comforts not found on Amtrack's regular trains
Frenchmen fail to escape
costs of living as prices soar

Files on suspects
to remain intact

LANSING (UPI) - Files on
50,000 suspected subversives
compiled by State Police intel-
ligence investigators will re-
main intact for now, despite a
request by the attorney general
that they be destroyed -"and
the sooner the better"
Attorney General Frank Kel-
ley pleaded no contest before
Ingham County Circuit Judge
Thomas Brown in a suit filed
by Human Rights Party Chair-
man Zolton Ferency and re-
ATTENTION

commended that the files be de-
stroyed.
HOWEVER, a second
case on the files, now before
Wayne County Circuit Judge
James Montante, stands in the
way of any such action.
Ferency filed suit last sum-
mer in efforts to have the files
destroyed, claiming the State
Police overstepped its bounds in
collecting data for the dossiers.
"I agree with Mr. Ferency
that they should be destroyed.
The problem is there is an-
other case pending in Detroit,"
Kelley said.
"BUT this does show the
court that the state wants the
records destroyed and the
sooner the better."
The suit before Montante was
filed by Walter Benkert, head
of a Madison Heights consumer
group that claimed it was spied
on by the so-called "red squad."
Benkert wants the files made
public.
Until Montante decides on the
case, Kelley's recommendation
that the files be destroyed is
put-in a holding pattern.

By BARB CORNELL
special To The naily
PARIS - Madame Barkley
is an elderly French woman who
married an American man
many years ago. Although she
is a widow, she wears her late
husband's West Point class
ring with pride.
"Le Colonel Barkley" - as
she affectionately prefers to call
him - wished to provide for
his aging widow after death as
well as when he was alive. And
when he died eight years ago,
he left his wife a comfortable
sum of money-in dollars.
MADAME Barkley still lives
the comfortable life her hus-
band could have wished for
her, but soaring French infla-
tion rates and the devaluation
of the dollar have reduced her
substantial income to less than
half its worth eight years ago.
She is like thousands of other
individuals in Europe who live
off American incomes. They all
utter the same cry, "The dollar
just ain't what it used to be!"
Once upon a time, not so very
long ago, $100 would have con-
verted to 550 francs in France.
Today, that same amount only
equals around 390 French
Francs - a cut, by the old
exchange rate, of over $30.
TRANSLATION? The
average Parisian apartment
rents for $250 per month. A
studio apartment, three floor
walk-up sells for $20,000.

Many Americans abroad have
been forced to take substantial
cuts in pay to compensate for
an economic scene which is as
bleak as in the U. S. Some
Americans have their incomes
devoured by taxes, since they
must pay both American in-
come taxes and the taxes of the
countries they live in.
Americans in the states moan
and complain about the price
of coffee in restaurants? What
ever happened to the 15 cent
cup of coffee?" they ask us as
their eyes well up with tears.
BUT IN Paris, an American
who stops in one of the charm-
ing cafes will find himself 60
cents poorer for a demitasse
which is not even the size of
an American cup of coffee, and
in France, there is no such
thing as a refill.
God forbid this unfortunate
American should order a glass
of Coca-Cola (or American
champagne, as it is known in
these parts of the world)! This
costly refresher runs any-
where between 75 cents to a
dollar, depending on whether
you drink in an ordinary cafe
or one frequented by tourists.
If you happen to want a ciga-
rette and you would rather
fight than switch to a Euro-
pean brand, be prepared to pay
as much as a dollar a pack.
AND even if you want to
save money by shopping at a

supermarket, instead of eating
in outrageously expensive Pa-
risian restaurants, a can of
Campbell's soup will run you
almost 60 cents. Ten eggs cost
a dollar, and you can double
that amount if you want to buy
five pieces of bason to finish
off your breakfast.
Tuna costs $1.50 for an av-
erage - sized can, and if that's
too expensive, you can feast on
a can of pork and beans for the
low, low price of 75 cents.
If you want some of that fa-
mous french bread to sop up
the gravy, it costs only 20c a
loaf. That may not seem ter-
ribly expensive, but the same
bread cost only 9 cents a loaf
just seven years ago.
ABOUT the only good deal
left in town is a bottle of French
wine, although the price of even
this beverage his risen consid-
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