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The Michigan Daily-Friday, October 22, 1982-Page 5

DeLorean tries to raise

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lawyers for
flamboyant automaker John Z.
DeLorean tried yesterday to raise the
$500,000 in property and cash needed to
bail him out of jail on cocaine traf-
ficking charges.
"I'd like to say he will be out in an
hour, but I can't say that," attorney
Bernard Minsky said. "I just don't
know:"
MINSKY SAID a sprawling
DeLorean home in San Diego County,
on the market for $4 million, would be
offered as part of the collateral to in-
sure a $5 million bond for the
automaker's release.
Asked whether a combination of cash
and property would be used to make
bail, Minsky said, "That's the only way
it can be put together."
De Lorean, once General Motors
Corp's boy wonder who left to "show
them how to build cars," was depicted
by federal prosecutors as a desperate
man who turned to drug trafficking
when his multimillion-dollar DeLdrean
Motor Co. was n the brink of bankrup-
tcy. The company's Northern Ireland
assembly plant was ordered closed by
the British government only hours
before his arrest.
THE COMPANY went broke when
the recession bit into sales and rows of

unsold, $25,000 gull-wing cars piled up.
The last 35 workers at the plant were
due to join ex-colleagues on the unem-
ployment lines within days.
DeLorean was arraigned Wednesday
on charges of conspiring to possess 220
pounds of cocaine for distribution.
Minsky said DeLorean would plead in-
nocent.
"I frankly have not seen any of the
government's evidence," said Minsky.
"This has to go before a grand jury and
the grand jury will determine the
charges."
ASSISTANT U.S. Attorney James
Walsh disclosed at DeLorean's
arraignment that the auto executive
was videotaped at a meeting with un-
dercover agents and discussed his
alleged plan to generate $60 million by
selling heroin and cocaine.
Walsh said the videotapes, made in a
hotel room just before DeLorean's
arrest, show him cradling a bundle of
South American cocaine he thought

would save his failing car company and
murmuring, "This is better than gold.
This came just in the nick of time."
In Britain lawmakers yesterday ac-
cused two British governments of
negligence for pouring $131 million into
John. DeLorean's failed auto venture,
and announced a parliamentary
inquiry into the financing of the Nor-
thern Ireland plant.
BRITAIN backed the company in the
hope of creating desperately needed
jobs in strife-torn Northern Ireland.
Failure to make a success of
DeLorean's futuristic sports car cost
the country millions.
Parliament officials announced arn
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inquiry into funding of the plant, on
which the previous Labor Party gover-
nment spent $85 million; the current
Conservative Party administration
followed with the rest of the money.
Despite the aid, the plant went
into receivership in February
and was ordered closed
Monday when DeLorean failed to
produce the money needed to bail it out.
"THERE HAS been a scandalous
lack of attention to the background of
the people who were entrusted with
taxpayers' money," declared Michael
Grylls, chairman of the Conservative
Party's industry committee.

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Victor Weisskopf, who helped create the atomic bomb, speaks on nuclear
disarmament last night at the Residential College.
Creator of A-bomb
calls for disarmament

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Victor Weisskopf, one of the builders
of the first atomic bomb, pushed for
nuclear disarmament last night before
a crowd of 150 students at the Residen-
tial College.
Weisskopf, a professor emeritus at
the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, said he believed the best
way toward nuclear disarmament
revolved around a six step plan put
,orth by the Political Academy of
cientists.
THAT PLAN, Weisskopf said, in-
cludes the following: the return of the
nuclear debate to a moral and ethical
level; rejection of the notion that a
limited nuclear war is survivable or
winnable; the creation of a public con-
stituency against the development and
testing of new nuclear weapons; a
mutual freeze on weapons as the first
step toward arms reduction;

negotiations toward a reduction in all
nuclear weapons; and a pledge to never
be the first to use nuclear weapons.
Weisskopf blamed the arms race on
psychological bullying between the two
superpowers. The Soviet Union has
always been bullied by the United
States, but now that nuclear power is
more balanced, Soviet strength is
"frightening," he said.
Although the Soviets are catching up
to the United States in the arms race,
our arsenal is in no way inferior to that
of the Russians, he said. Reagan's
statements on inferiority are not true,
he added.
"You only need about 2000 bombs to
destroy them. Together, we have
50,000."
He said President Reagan's and
Secretary of Defense Caspar Wein-
berger's outrageous statements on
nuclear war have helped boost the
popularity of the freeze movement.

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check Listerine mouthwash bottles for
tampering after a woman suffered
nouth burns from sulfuric acid in an.
unwrapped bottle.
Oak Park Police chief Keith
Bergstrom said the burning incident
occured Sunday the same day the 38-
year-old woman purchased the product
from a Jewel Food Store in this western
Chicago suburb.
BERGSTROM said the bottle was not
wrapped in the manufacturer's stan-
dard brown packaging.
Bergstrom said one other bottle with
*he wrapping removed was confiscated
by police from the same store. Both bot-
tles were sent to the Illinois state crime
laboratory in Maybrook for analysis.
Police were notified yesterday that
the bottle purchased by Sadie
Daughtrey contained some sulfuric
acid, lout that the second bottle found
with the wrapping removed did not.
DAUGHTREY was treated and
released from Oak Park Hospital
following the incident, according to
.arry Eils, director of Oak Park's
public health department.
A spokesman for Warner Lambert
Co., headquartered in Morris Plains,

N.J., said the firm was aware of the in-
cident and that the matter was being
investigated by police and the Illinois
Attorney General's office.
"It appears that this is a totally
isolated incident that has no relation to
any other incidents of a similar nature
that have been reported in recent
weeks," said the spokesman, Jack
Sholl.
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