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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, January 7, 1982-Page 5


Prison crowding may
prompt early releases



LASNING (UPI) - Corrections
Department officials, citing a rise in
Michigan's prison population, said
yesterday two back-to-back early
release orders may be needed starting
early this year to keep it under legal
Gail Light, a spokeswoman for the
department, said an order releasing
about 600 inmates - the second to be
issued under the emergency crowding
law - is anticipated in about two mon-
SHE SAID A voter-passed law
preventing sentence reductions for
good behavior and an unexplained drop
in the population of community halfway

houses have contributed to the
Oakland County Prosectur L. Brooks
Patterson said the announcement bears
out his warnings about the emergency
crowding law that requires the early
release orders, and vowed to campaign
for its repeal following the 1982 election
in which he is running for governor.
Under a state law passed in 1980, the
governor is directed to sign an order
reducing the minimum terms of most
inmates by 90 days when the prison
system's population exceeds capacity
for 30 consecutive days. Those within

90 days of their minimum term are
automatically eligible for parole.
IF THE PRISON population is not
brought under control within 90 days,
another order must be issued.
The law was invoked for the first time
last May, following a lengthy court bat-
tle waged by Patterson against it.
About 900 inmates were released by
that order.
Light said the prison capacity as of
Dec. 23 was about 53 below the official
capacity of 13,211 and has been going up
by as many as 50 inmates per week.

Bonin guilty of freeway killings

LOS ANGELES (AP)- Truck driver William Bonin was
found guilty of 10 murders today as the Freeway Killer who
sodomized and killed young men and boys in his van and then
dumped their bodies near freeways.
Bonin, a 34-year-old twice-paroled sex offender, was
acquitted of two killings. The Superior Court jury of seven
men and five women found insufficient evidence to prove
Bonin guilty in the slayings of Thomas Lundgren and Sean
BUT THE JURY did find "special circumstances" that
may warrant a death penalty if the jury so decides during the
penalty phase of the trial.
Bonin sat calmly as court clerk Sandy Montoya read the
verdicts one by one in a roll call of the dead youths. Bonin

showed no reaction.
Bonin was charged with 12 counts of murder, 11 counts of
robbery, one count of sodomy and one count of mayhem.
THE 12 WERE among 44 homosexual slayings of young
men and boys whose bodies, often mutilated, have been found
along Southern Californai freeways since 1972.
The jury, which received the case Dec. 28, deliberated
daily until Thursday and broke for the New Year's Day
holiday. It resumed considering the two months of testimony
on Monday.
In deliberations, jurors notified the judge that they noticed
a mark on a chart showing King's body was found Dec. 22,
1980, and asked if they should consider it. Keene told them the
date should not have been there and they should ignore it.
Moments later, jurors sent word they had reached a verdict.


State, University leaders
woo robot industry

AP Photo
MORE THAN 100 DOLPHINS washed ashore on a Japanese beach yester-
day, resisting the efforts of volunteers to guide them back to sea, and were
left for dead after the rescue operation was abandoned after sunset.
150 dolphi~ns beach
hemaselves in JaP an

TOKYO (UPI) - About 150
dolphins beached themselves on the
Japanese shoreline yesterday
despite efforts by volunteers to force
them-back to sea.
Dozens of fishermen and volun-
teers in wet suits tugged and pushed
the dolphins back into the water but
they repeatedly heaved themselves
back ashore in the tourist area on
the eastern coast of Japan's main
island of Kyushu, about 600 miles
south of Tokyo.
THE RESCUERS called off their
operation after sunset, leaving at
least 150 of the seven-foot-long
mammals gasping on the beach. It
was not immediately known how
many died.
"We tried to save them but they
refused to return to the sea. It's the

first time in my life that I have seen
such a thing," a marine official said
of the lemming-like surge, which left
dolphin bodies littering nearly two
miles of Aoshima beach at the
Children's World Marine Park in
life expert at the Itouzu park' in
Kitakyushu said: "It's not unusual
for a group of about 10 to be washed
ashore, but it's quite unusual for
such a big group to die on shore. It
still remains a riddle."
He speculated that the dolphins
lost control when their sonic sensors
were disrupted.
The rescue effort was in contrast
to mass slaughters of dolphins two
yearsago which provoked an inter-
national outcry by environmen-

(Continued from Page 1)
the state's robotics center, the proposed
Industrial Technology Institute and the
University's newly-established Center
for Robotics and Integrated Manufac-
turing, he said.
One reason the Ann Arbor area is a
logical center for robotics is its
proximity to the automobile industry.
Detroit will continue to be a large con-
sumer of industrial robotsystems, ac-
cording to Smith, of the University's
Industrial Development Division.
ANOTHER REASON is the manufac-
turing skill of the machine tool makers
in Michigan, he said. More than 25 per-
cent of the nation's tool and dye makers
are in this state, he explained, adding
that Michigan is also the world leader
of machine designers.
As Vigmostad put it, "These people
really know how to design things from
Meanwhile, plans for the Industrial
Technology Institute are starting to

come together more clearly,
Engineering .College Dean James
Duderstadt said yesterday. Duderstadt
added that the relationship between the
ITI and the University's already-
established CRIM will be "rather in-
KEY FACULTY members of the
University's CRIM will hold positions
at the proposed non-profit ITI, he ex-
plained, and students will journey bet-
ween the two robotics centers as well.
The University's center will em-
phasize basic research, Duderstadt
said, while the proposed ITI will be
geared toward research for industrial
Last month the College of
Engineering applied for a three-year
grant of $7.3 million from the Air Force
Office of Scientific Research. Similar
large-scale proposals soon will be sub-
mitted to the Army Research Office
and the National Science Foundation.

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LSA instructor fails
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Reagan seeks more cuts,
y1'ax increases in 1983

(Continued from Page 1)

students who chose to write a paper for
the class wanted their paper grade to
count as their grade in the course.
When they took their proposal to
Kaufman, however, they were turned
down. "We've talked to Barnes, and he

won't promise anything, but he said he
would consider it (our proposal)," said
one of the students.
'Of course, there are a lot of unhappy
people," Barnes said. "We are trying to
be very flexible in accommodating
student needs."

(Continued from Page 1)
THE REAGAN budget, due out Feb.
8, js certain to encounter rough going in
a Congress that will find some un-
popular social program cuts and tax in-
creases thrust upon it at a time when
members are worrying about the
entrent recession, high unemployment
and the fall elections.
'The administration intensified its
*earch for spending cuts and tax in-
creases after internal estimates
showed the deficit soaring to $150 billion
by 1984 without new savings. Congress
cut $35 billion from the fiscal 1982
budget at Reagan's behest.
The president, who also won a three-
year cut in personal income tax rates
from Congress last summer, frequently
has stated his opposition to an increase
in other taxes to narrow the deficit and
;as pressed for deeper spending cuts
BUT TREASURY Secretary Donald
Regan indicated yesterday that the
president apparently has come around
to the need for new taxes to hold down
the deficit.
The president's advisers had been
arguing that spending cuts alone will

achieve too few savings and that higher
taxes are necessary to prevent future
deficits from growing so large that they
throttle economic growth by driving up
interest rates again.
Administration sources, who declined
to be identified, said officials were
studying ways to keep the deficit under
$70 billion in 1983 and under $50 billion
for 1984.
THE DEFICIT for fiscal 1982 could
top $100 billion for the first time, ad-
ministration officials concede.
Interviewed on NBC-TV's "Today"
show, Regan said plans for raising ex-
cise taxes, such as those on alcohol,
cigarettes and gasoline, are being con-
sidered along with a list of proposals
that would narrow existing tax breaks.
Altogether, the president probably
will seek tax increases for 1983 and 1984
that will exceed a previously proposed
package worth $22 billion in new
revenues, the treasury secretary said.
Without any spending cuts, the 1983
budget is likely to top $800 billion, up
from an estimated $730 billion in 1982.
By chopping away at domestic
programs, the administration.hopes to
keep the 1983 budget under $775 billion.

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