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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 17, 1983 - Page 5
Ginny Foat cleared of
murdering businessman

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From AP and UPI
GRETNA, La.-A jury found Califor-
nia feminist leader Ginny Foat innocent
yesterday of murdering an Argentine
businessman 18 years ago, rejecting as
lies the testimony by her ex-husband
who had implicated her.
"Thank you, thank you, everyone,"
Foat, 42, said to friends and supporters
who cheered in the packed state
District Court chamber as the jury
returned its v.erdict after less than two
hours of deliberations.
THE SIX-MAN, six-woman jury had
gotten the case after a plea from
Foat's attorneys to look on John Sidote,
her ex-husband and the prosecution's
star witness, as "a crazy man and a
liar."
Foat was charged with clubbing
Argentine toymaker Moises Chayo to
death with a tire iron in a New Orleans
suburb in 1965 while robbing him of
$1,400 cash.
"It's the first time I've had to tell my
story to the people," Foat said, adding
that previously when she had told her
story it had been to police and
prosecutors who did not believe her.
HER SISTER, Emilia Guidi, said,
"She's finally free. She's finally free.
It was the last time he (Sidote) could do
this to her."

Jurors said they reached the verdict
on their first vote and one juror, Melba
Sowell, said, "I didn't decide until we
sat down and considered all the facts."
Defense attorney Robert Glass said,
"I always had doubts, but this is a per-
son who deserved to be free."
FOAT, a former California state
president of the National Organization
for Women, was a go-go dancer in a
seedy Canal Street bar in New Orleans
at the time Chayo was murdered.
Sidote testified that she lured Chayo
out of the bar and the two of them killed
him after robbing him of the money he
carried to pay his son's hospital bill.
Sidote, serving an unrelated prison
term in Nevada, was promised im-
munity from prosecution in the Chayo
case in return for his cooperation.
Foat said Sidote accused her to get
revenge because she left him after five
stormy years during which he beat her
and terrorized her.
ASSISTANT District Attorney Tom
Porteous said the jury was being misled
if it accepted Foat's attempts to picture
herself as a weak person dominated by
someone else.
He accused her of lying during her
two days on the stand, especially when
she said Sidote threatened to get even

with her by seeing that she "rot in jail"
if she left him.
He questioned how Foat could
remember so many details about her
life but nothing about the night Chayo
disappeared, when she and Sidote sud-
denly fled from New Orleans for Texas.
District Attorney John Mamoulides,
summarizing the prosecution's case,
said Sidote solved the crime when he
went to authorities to confess and im-
plicate her.

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'U'prof fires student activist

(Continued from Pagel1)
LEWIS admitted he misused the key
and said he sympathized with Datsko's
position. Lewis said he wouldn't file a
complaint with the College of
Engineering because he still hopes he
can get his job back.
Datsko said he didn't know if he
would re-hire Lewis. He added that he
had been dissatisfied with the student's
work last summer and considered
firing him then.
Other PSN members were more
critical of the dismissal. They say it
illustrates the strong influence the Pen-
tagon has on campus.
"PROFESSORS argue that there
shouldn't be guidelines (for non-
classified research) to protect their
academic freedom, but students who
protest - and happen to be in the wrong

department - get fired," said PSN
member Tom Marx.
"Students who protest better keep
their mouth shut if they want to keep
their job," he said.
If another company had sponsored
the project and PSN protested that
company, the University wouldn't be
"up in arms" about it, Marx said. The
University defers to the Pentagon, he
said, because the school depends
heavily on those research funds, which
increased by 20 percent to $6.3 million
this year.
BUT engineering associate dean
Charles Vest said the same standards
would apply with any company. It is up
to the professor to determine who
should work on a particular project,
Vest said.
"The professor candidly discussed

the matter with the student and in-
dicated that he felt it was inappropriate
to hire a research assistant on a DOD-
sponsored project if the person was
philosophically opposed to such resear-
ch.
"This seems to me to be good com-
mon sense," Vest said.
Other PSN members, however, say
that argument is a smokescreen. They
say the firing is a reaction to last
week's sit-in.
"Obviously Lewis' beliefs haven't in-
terfered with his work he's done in the
past several months. Why would it ef-
fect it now?" said PSN member
Stephen Austin.,
He said many professors do research
for companies they don't necessarily
support.

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PLO forces driven from camp

(Continued from Page 1)
He left the headquarters a few minutes
later, along with his military adviser,
Khalil Wazir, for another location in
Tripoli.
Arafat has said he will leave Tripoli
only when he has guarantees of safety
for his fighters and Palestinian
civilians. He has given his probable
destination as Tunis, where he set up
headquarters 15 months ago after the
Israelis forced him out of Beirut.
Beirut radio said the mutineers were
led by Ahmed Jibril, the head of a
small, radical PLO faction backed by

both Syria and Libya, which accuse
Arafat of abondoning military struggle
against Israel. The attack began with a
Syrian artillery assault, followed by
either Syrian or rebel tank charge.
IN BEIRUT, Syrian-backed militias
struck the Defense Ministry and the
U.S. Marine base with rocket fire and
killed at least seven people in new at-
tacks on Christian east Beirut and the
besieged Christian enclave of Deir el
Kamar in the Shouf mountains.
No Marines were injured.
It was the fourth day of battles in the
capital, which threaten to erupt into a

new round of civil war, jeopardizing
plans for future peace talks.
ISRAELI JETS, meanwhile, swept
into the Bekka Valley in a retaliatory
strike that demolished bases of a pro-
Iranian group believed responsible for
the Nov. 4 bombing of the Israeli
headquarters in Tyre and the Oct. 23
bombing of Marine and French bases in
Beirut.
The raid, carried out only three miles
from the Syrian border in the Bekaa
Valley, came at a time of heightened
tensions between Syria and Israel.

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