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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Thursday, June 10, 1975

Page Two THE MICHIGAN DAILY Thursday, June 10, 1976

Ray not lone guman in
Ki ng death, lawyersays
MEMPIS, Tenn. ' - One represent a man for six years
of James Earl Ray's attorneys when you feel he's holding
said yevterday he is convinced back,' the lawyer said.
his client was not acting a one LIVINGSTON discussed his
in the 19%8 slaying of )r. Mar- long-felt opinions about the c se
tin Luther King Jr. as he disclosed that Ray hzad
Rohert Livingston said Ray's petitioned the appeals court to
only hope for freedom fr >m a relieve him and Lesar of furth-
99-year prison sentence is to er duties.
tell all and hope for executive Ray's petition did not itdi-
clemency. rate he was upset at his at-
"I'M CONVINCED he's cov- torneys.
ering up for someone," Living- "Both attorneys have repre-
ston said in a telephone Inter- sented petitioner Ray without
view. "If he's withholding in- fee for the past six years in
formation - and I think he what petitioner believes a com-
is - he might have hope of mendable manner," Ray wrote
executive clemency from the from his prison cell at Nash-
governor of this state if he ville.
made a clean breast of what "And while there is still a
he knows ... I think there are possibility of relief ... it is of
those who have not been brought such in percentages that peti-
to justice." tioner does not intend to birden
Livingston and Washington at- said attorneys with the appeal
torney James Lesar have rep- and the resulting time and ex-
resented Ray for six years in penses although the petitioner
an attempt to win him a full does intend asking the high
trial on murder charges in con- court pro se for self to re-
nection with the King assassina- view the record."
tion. LIVINGSTON said those state-
But the courts have refused ments indicated Ray intended
to grant Ray's petition to with- to proceed without an attorney
draw his 1969 guilty plea. The to seek Supreme Court review
Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Ap- of the case.
peals recently refused to con- But the criminal lawyer said
sider the case. he thought further appeals to the
"IT'S BEEN SO difficult to courts would be fruitless.

FBI investigates Hays'

..

WASHINGTON £4' - The FBI
is investigating an allegation
that Rep. Wayne Hays (D-Ohio)
used public funds to buy paint-
ings, antiques and oriental rugs
during trips abroad, a Justice
Department source said vester-
day. A Hays spokesman said
the objects were bought with
his own money, not with tax-
payers' funds.
The source said the investi-
gation is in a very preliminary
stage, and that prosecutors do
not yet have any reason to be-
lieve that it is true, or not
true.
Meanwhile, the House agreed
to turn over to a federal grand
jury the payroll records of four
House committee employes, in-
cluding those of Hays' former
mistress, Elizabeth Ray. The
grand jury is investigating
whether Hays misused public
funds in hiring Miss Ray and
possibly others.
Also yesterday, the House re-
vealed that the same federal
grand jury had subpoenaed pay-
roll records of four staff mem-
bers of former Rep. James Hast-
ings (R-N.Y.), covering a period
from September 1969 to March
31 of this year. The House voted
to turn over the Hastings mate-
rial at the same time it voted
on the Hays subpoenas. It was
the first indication of an official
probe of aHstings' staff.

A Justice Department sou,'ce
said the Hastings investigation
is entirely separate from that
of Hays, "and does not involve
girls."
Hays' spokesman Carol Clatw-
son confirmed that Hays has
a collection of oil paintings, an-
tiques and rugs at his Ohio farm
and in his congressional office.
She said Hays had bought the
items with personal funds aver
a period of 20 or 30 years, and
she denied flatly that any gov-
ernmental money was usad.
"He has receipts and can-
celled checks for all items that
were purchased," she said, ad-
ding that FBI investigators had
not yet asked to see the re-
ceipts and checks.
She said she did not know

spending
the purchase price or pres '."
value of the items, but sid
"We're not talking about i
lions of dollars."
The Justice Depar';mert
source would not say wno had
accused Hays of using govern-
ment funds for the purchases,
but said, "We do have an aeit-
gation and we are inveseigat-
ing." The source said :he otie
gation did not come from Mi,
Ray.
Mrs. Clawson said Hays was
pleased with his primary elec-
tion win in Tuesday's hallorng
in Ohio. "Our figures show lie
got in excess of 60 per cent f
the vote. In the face of all t±e
adverse publicity he's received
in the last two or tnree weeks,
he's very gratified that ha wo, -"

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