The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, October 7, 1980-Page 7
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High court rules on
equal rights, contraception
From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON-The U.S. Supreme
Court held one of its busiest and most
productive days ever yesterday,
disposing of hundreds of cases ranging
from equal rights issues to busing and
Without comment, the court declined
to take up challenges to court-ordered
school busing plans in three
cities-Detroit, Indianapolis and St.
In the Detroit case, the court declined
to intervene in the latest phase of a 10-
year-old school desegregation con-
Last spring, the justices refused to in-
terfere with a ruling by the 6th U.S. Cir-
cuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati that
one-race schools resulted from past
discriminatory policies in the school
system, not from residential patterns.
Yesterday's refusal cleared the way
for a three-judge panel to consider
possible expansion of school busing,
which is not likely to begin before the
1981-82 school year.
"Their action is a confirmation of a
tendency to continue the policy-as
they did last-term-of letting the pot -
simmer for a while and not taking any
other big cases" in the wake of the
court's 1979 rulings in two Ohio busing
cases, said William Taylor, a
Washington, D.C., school desegregation
The court also refused to hear an ap-
peal by a group of Michigan parents
opposing distribution of contraceptives
to minors without parental notification.
The court let stand a ruling that there
is no constitutional requirementbthat
parents be notified before a_ publicly
funded clinic can give contraceptives to
The Tri-County Family Planning
Center, operated by the Ingham County
Health Department in Lansing,
provides contraceptives prescribed un-
der a doctor's order to both adults and
A class action suit to bar this practice
was brought by the parents of a 16-year-
old girl who received contraceptives
from the clinic without their
knowledge, and parents of two teen-age
children in the area served by the cen-
The court allowed a feminist-inspired
boycott to continue against those states
that have not yet ratified the Equal
The court, without comment, turned
down arguments by Missouri officials
that the National Organization for
Women violated federal antitrust laws
by encouraging other groups to
withhold business from non-ratifying
"We feel vindicated," NOW
President Ellie Smeal said from her
organization's national convention in
San Antonio, Texas. "The courts now to
the highest level have said. . . the ERA
boycott is a form of political expression
and that we are totally justified," she
The justices also took these actions:
" Agreed to decide if a new federal
standard for worker exposure to cotton
dust should be struck down as
economically unreasonable. The case
presents an important question dodged
by the high court earlier this year. Do
federal regulators have to satisfy a
cost-benefit test before imposing such
" Said they will study the Carter ad-
ministration's attempt to revoke for-
mer CIA agent Philip Agee's passport.
Agee, who now lives in West Germany,
has authored two books critical of the
" Cleared the way for the prosecution of
a Jewish Defense League leader who
offered a $500 reward to anyone killing
or seriously injuring an American Nazi
Party member. Irving David Rubin
now must stand trial in California on
charges of soliciting another to commit
" Left intact an unprecedented ruling
by the California Supreme Court that
makes it easier for corporations to sue
for libel or slander. In a case involving
a 1972 consumer affairs report by
television station KGO-TV in San Fran-
cisco, the state court ruled that cor-
porations suing for libel or slander do
not have to prove "actual malice."
" Broadened the scope of its already
scheduled study of parental rights by
agreeing to decide in a Washington,
D.C., case whether a natural parent
must consent before his or her child can
be adopted. The court already is
scheduled sometime later this term to
decide in a Delaware case what rights
parents have when states seek to end
the parent-child relationship.
" Agreed, in another related case, to
decide whether penniless parents
facing the loss of a child by state action
have a right to a court-appointed
Former President Gerald Ford, seen here, relaxing with Bob Hope and Felix
Silla ("Twiki" on the Buck Rodgers show), will be on campus today.
Making a campaign stop for Rep. Carl Pursell (R-Plymouth), Ford will be
featured at a rally in Regents Plaza at 4:15 p.m.
Hanoi rejects talks on MIAs
BANGKOK, Thailand (UPI)-Viet-
nam turned down a proposal for regular
meetings with U.S. officials on the 2,500
Americans still missing in Indochina
and said the servicemen's families
should not expect any "great progress"
in them being found, sources said
Two U.S. officials from the Joint
Casualty Resolution Center Liaison of-
fice returned Saturday to Bangkok af-
ter four days of talks in Hanoi aimed at
opening a continuing dialogue with the
'Vietnamese on the fate of . the
Americans missing in action.
THE SOURCES said U.S. Air Force
Lt. Col. Pauf Mather and a civilian
specialist, James Tully,a met with Vu
Hoang of the Vietnamese consular sec-
tion office that handles affairs for per-
sons missing in action.
"Vu Hoang told them the Vietnamese
have done some work on the MIAs but
the effort had been reduced due to
budget and personnel problems, the in-
cursion of China into Vietnam in 1979,
and the attitudes of the Vietnamese
people toward U.S.-China collusion-
against Hanoi," the sources said.
"They were told the Vietnamese
government will continue the task but
at a slow pace, and the families of the
MIAs should not expect any great
progress under these circumstances,"
The sources said the Vietnamese tur-
ned down a proposal for regular
meetings on the MIAs between officials
of the two countries.
"Vu Hoang said if the need arises, the
Vietnamese will contact us," said the
Since the signing of the Paris
agreement ending American in-
volvement in the Indochina war in
January 1973, the remains of 72
American servicemen have been retur-
ned to U.S. Control by Vietnamese and
U.S. officials said that of the
remaining 2,500 MIAs, roughly one-
third are in southern Vietnam, one-
third in northern Vietnam and one-third
in Laos. About 100 cases are listed as
missing in Cambodia.
Although its representatives received
a cold reception in Hanoi, the sources
said the JCRC does not consider the
matter closed. Efforts will be made to
continue working on the problem at the
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for state, Lansing area rises
August dropped in all but one of
Michigan's 13 major labor markets, ac-
cording to estimates released yester-
day by the Michigan Employment
Among the state's major labor
.markets, the MESC said Lansing was
the only area to register a gain in
unemployment-from 11.4 per cent in
July to 12.5 per cent in August.
MESC DIRECTOR S. Martin Taylor
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Lansing area to local car model
changeover layoffs and a drop in state
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ployment rate in August was 12.5 per
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