Saturday, July 19, 1975
THE MICHIGAN OAILY
Compied by news reports
Canadian civil rights groups have raised a storm of protest
over the removal of three foster children from the sustody of a
Prince Albert family and their adoption by a local couple.
A Saskatchewan ombudsman has been called in to mediate the
THE PRINCE Albert couple, Marc and Rita Doucette, will join
six of the concerned organizations in a caravan which will depart
Monday for Ann Arbor, protesting the Saskatchewan adoption
The three children, Geraldine, 9, Eileen, 10, and Harold, 11, are
Metis --- part Indian and part Caucasian -- and were consequently
classified as "hard to place" and were circulated with the Adop-
tion Resources Exchange of North America, which goes between
Canadian provinces and states.
Ms. Doucette said she and her husband had the orphans since
they were babies and have been "asking for two or three years to
BUT, IN JUNE a social worker told the children they were go-
ing to spend a few days at a nearby lake resort getting to know the
Ann Arbor couple, John and Mable Todd.
The children were then taken to live with the Todds who had
begun adoption proceedings one month earlier through the adoption
Ron Durocher, Vice-President of the Metis Society of Sas-
katchewan criticized the incident as "stealing, cultural genocide,
and sick bureaucratic block-headedness."
THOUGH reports from the province's social services depart-
ment admitted the Doucette home environment was "loving" and
the children were well provided for, the couple was denied per-
mission for adoption on the basis of their "minor" trouble with
their older foster children, one of whom had run away,
David Stewart, liberal member of the Prince Albert-Duck Lake
legislature, personally inspected the home and interviewed neigh-
bors. He determined that the difficulties with the older children
were in no way enough to justify the removal of the three younger
Troops redied for
possible postal strikez;
A song for my supper?
Folksinger Jo Mapes entertains the passersby In Chicago yesterday. The 40-year-old singer was
known for her songs about blues and bad times. At one point in her career she sang at Car-
negie Hall, but now Mapes says that one day she realized she "couldn't make it," and decided to
hit the streets to find her supper.
Mobs attack Commu nist s;,
Portuguese troofips on alert
LISBON, Portugal WP) - Portuguese troops
went on alert yesterday as mobs attacked Com-
munist headquarters in two cities and Socialists
massed for a rally in another. Meanwhile, pres-
sure mounted from moderate military men for
the ouster of pro-Communist Premier Vasco Gon-
The military security force, known by its
Portuguese initials COPCON, warned it might
use "the force of its arms" against a possible
action by "foreign counter-revolutionary forces."
USING SIMILAR-sounding language, the Com-
munist party called its supporters into the
streets to combat "counter-revoluntionary reac-
At the same time, COPCON announced the
surprise freeing of scores of Maoist activists of
the Movement for the Reorganization of the Par-
ty of the Proletariat (MRPP) who have been
imprisoned for seven weeks.
It said the move was taken because "the grave
political situation makes absolutely indispen-
sable the unity of all Portuguese truly interested
in the revolutionary progess."
Early yesterday, angry mobs attacked Com-
munist party headquarters in Lourinha and Ca-
davul, two town about 50 miles north of Lisbon.
The crowds sacked the offices and burned books
and files in the streets.
INFORMED SOURCES said Goncalves was
again under pressure from moderate military
men disturbed by his radical stance and his fail-
ure to solve the country's mounting economic
problems and the growing split between the
moderate majority and the leftist minority.
He just avoided ouster several days ago when
President Francisco da Costa Gomes refused to
allow a vote of the armed forces' Supreme Revo-
lutionary Council. Goncalves held a second day
of meetings of the coalition cabinet after So-
cialists and Popular Democrats, the two largest
parties, walked out because of threats to de-
See RIOTS, Page 5
W A S H I N G T O N (A) -
The Postal Service completed
a contingency plan which in-
cluded use of federal troops to
help move the mails in the
event of a strike as negotia-
tions continued yesterday with
unions representing 600,000
"The military has been
alerted," said Assistant Post-
master General James Byrne.
He said this was part of the
precautions taken to deal with
either a nationwide walkout or
scattered wildcat strikes Mon-
BOTH UNIONS and manage-
ment officials said they would
try to reach an agreement by
the deadline, but sources close
to the talks said a few more
days may be required. The pre-
sent contract could be extend-
ed if both sides agree.
See MAIL, Page 5
Court lifts ban
By BILL PERRY
Marvin Weiman can show "dirty" movies again.
For the past few weeks Weiman, who manages the
Scio Drive-In Theatre at 6588 Jackson Rd., has been
under a Circuit Court restraining order which pro-
hibited him from showing movies depicting "explicit
sexual actvity." Over the past year the Scio Drive-In
had gained quite a reputation for its rather spicy
movie fare, and as a result Washtenaw County Prose-
cuting Attorney William Delhey sought to tone the
movies down, charging the Scio with being a public
nuisance. And Circuit Court Judge Ross Campbell re-
sponded with the restraining order.
BUT YESTERDAY, in a decision steeped in pre-
cedents, a five-man panel of judges at the Court of
Appeals in Lansing rendered the order Invalid.
The Washtenaw County Circuit Court, the panel
said, "imposed a forbidden prior restraint on activi-
ties . . . protected by the first amendent of the
U.S. Constitution." Citing five Supreme "Court deci-
sions, the panel went on to explain that Weiman could
not be prohibited from showing "explicit sexual ac-
tivity" at the drive-in without first having a trial in
which films are submitted as evidence.
"Well, we're back in business tonight," Weiman
:said upon hearing the deciison,
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business from the back -of a motor- When asked if he had been getting complaints, he
round town visiting the Scio, as well responded with surprise.
nd Willow drive-ins, which he also "Oh no. Actually, it's the other way around.'
war of legal nerves that he had Wendy Gierke, one of Weiman's employes, agreed
Delhey had begun to tax his pa- with him, noting that people were even pulling over
er was looking for him at the Ypsi- to the side of the road to watch the films.
d in for a few minutes. "I saw one dude with a motorcycle who just pulled
doing, it's out of the Dark Ages," over and parked by the side of the road to watch.
ce to the restraining order and the People have also been pulling into the parking lot of
he prosecutor. a business nearby. They just shut off their lights and
'or that drive-in to work economically watch the movies."
resv" Judging from the now-defunct restraining order, it
be particularly defensive about Del appears that the prosecutor's office specifically objects
hat the movies could be seen from to the Scio showing scenes depicting explicit sex. "The
ds. Danish Connection" has its fair share.
ally can be seen from only one road, But now Weiman is free to show that movie, and
n Rd. And what can you see when any other x-rated film he wishes to show. At least
at 40 m.p.h.? Staebler Rd. (which until Delhey decides upon a new course of action to
ive-in and dead ends into the nearby take in his war on pornography. The Prosecuting Attor-
it's an unused road, nobody has to ney's Office wasnni able to immediately comment on
ople aren't being forced to see the the invalidation of the restraining order.
ULDN'T have to worry about that IN THE MIDDLE of it all, perhaps, are the people
at some future trial, however. The who drive down Jackson Rd., catching a glimpse or
determined that "the fact that the two, and the few residents who live in the predomi-
n. . may be viewed from a public nantly business-industrial area around the drive-in.
utionally irrelevant." See PORNO, Page S