Page 2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, December 11, 1984
Drug user fights to
counsel drug abusers
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Schultz to confer with NATO
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A woman who
says she uses the hallucinogen peyote
for religious purposes has overcome
criminal charges but now is fighting to
win back her job - counseling children
on the dangers of drug and alcohol
Frances Warner, 50, was found in-
nocent by a jury of distributing peyote
and now has appealed her dismissal to
the state. She say she will take legal ac-
tion if necessary to regain her post as a
program specialist with the Lake
Region Human Services Center in
WARNER AND her husband, John,
were arrested July 13 at the state
Capitol in Bismarck while attending a
chemical dependency seminar. A day
earlier, state and federal authorities
confiscated 5,000 peyote buttons and
peyote tea from their rural home at
Warner lost her job for admitting
during their trial that they used peyote,
a powerful drug derived from a cactus
and used in Indian ceremonies. Her
various counseling duties in a six coun-
ty area surrounding Devils Lake had
included educating children on the
dangers of alcohol and drug abuse.
Many of those children were on the Fort
Totten Indian reservation.
"Her use of peyote damages her
credibility and the credibility of the
department," says John Graham,
director of the state Human Services
Department, which oversees the Devils
Warner was suspended without pay
after the couple's arrest and was fired
Sept. 27. A federal jury found the War-
ners innocent on two drug charges Oct.
GRAHAM upheld her firing last mon-
th. "I think I made a judgment in as ob-
jective manner as possible," he said. "I
didn't intend to persecute her."
The Warners argue that they are
members of the Native American
Church. An exemption to the Controlled
Substances Act of 1967 allows members
of the church to use peyote in religious
Prosecutors argued that the exem-
ption didn't apply to the Warners
because they do not have at least one
quarter Indian blood.
"The Human Services Department.
said I destroyed my credibility as a
drug counselor, but I didn't destroy it,
the government did it by bringing
charges against me ... and we were
acquitted," Warner said.
The Warners were represented in
their trial by American Civil Liberties
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Safety engineer Angelo Joseph gets a close up view of the Statue of Liberty,
which is being refurbished. The refurbishing will be completed in 1986, the
100th anniversary of the statue.
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State George Shultz plans high-level talks
in Western Europe this week with the NATO allies to learn their ideas for the
U.S. negotiating strategy when arms control talks resume with the Soviet
Union next month.
Shultz was leaving Washington late yesterday for an overnight stop in
England to confer with the British foreign secretary, Sir Geoffrey Howe.
He will go to Brussels tomorrow for a three-day meeting of North Atlantic
Treaty Organization foreign ministers, followed by a brief stop in Frankfurt
on Saturday to confer with West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl before
returning to Washington.
In all of the meetings, Shultz will discuss his trip to Geneva on Jan. 7-8 to
confer with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko. Also on the agenda in
Brussels will be discussion of plans for strengthening NATO's non-nuclear
Shultz also will discuss the problem of international terrorism and press
for improved coordination of anti-terrorist efforts and a joint stand on how to
deal with it, aides said.
FAA chief calls airlines safe
WASHINGTON - Federal Aviation Administration chief Donald Engen
said yesterday that commuter airlines are safe, despite a fatal crash last'
week in Florida, and said he "wouldn't hesitate" before taking a commuter flight
Engen said the FAA's order to airlines late Sunday to inspect the tail
assemblies of about 13 planes used by 20 commuter lines was a
"precautionary measure." He said the agency wants to make sure the
Brazilian-built Embraer 110, known as the Bandeirante or Bandit, does not
have a structural flaw.
It was an Embraer 110 twin-engine turboprop flown by Prvincetown
Boston Airlines that crashed last Thursday after taking off from Jacksonville
International Airport, killing the 13 people.
Engen, in an interview with wire service reporters said his message to the
American public is "please don't have any concern."
Court curtails defendants' rights
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court, which punctuated its 1983-84 term
with decisions curtailing the asserted rights of criminal defendants, yester-
day took up where it left off last July.
Announcing decisions in four relatively minor criminal cases, the court
ruled against defendants in each.
The justices unanimously upheld the 1981 drug conviction of a Tennessee
man by ruling that defendants who fail to take the witness stand because
they fear cross examination bout prior convictions have no right later to ap-
peal a trial judge's decision to allow such questioning.
They reinstated the conviction and 25-year prison sentence of a California
bank robber by ruling 9 -0 that objected to testimony was proper.
They unanimously reinstated the federal convicton and four-year prison
sentence of a San Diego woman linked to a family drug-trafficking business
by ruling she could be found guilty of using a telephone to promote a drug
conspiracy even though she was acquitted of participating in the conspiracy.
And they voted 6-3 to uphold the convictions and 25-year sentences of two
Miami men, ruling that the federal law making it a crime to rob mail or
money from Postal Service workers also applies when the victims work for
other federal agencies.
Astronomers spot new planet'
WASHINGTON - Astronomers in Arizona have discovered what appears
to be a giant ball of hot gas orbiting a distant star, which would make it the
first planet observed beyond our solar system, the National Science Foun
dation announced yesterday.
The government research agency said a team led by Dr. Donald McCar-
thy of the University of Arizona used a new technique to detect heat
radiation from the apparent planet around the star Van Boesbroeck 8, which
is 21 light years from Earth.
McCarthy and associates calculated the object to be 30 to 80 times more
massive than Jupiter, the largest of the nine planets circling the sun. They
estimated the outermost temperature of its gases is about 2,000 degrees -
hotter than any of the sun's planets, but too cool to be a star.
"This one is certainly not a habitable planet and the star it is going around
is not very hot like our sun so there probably isn't any life there," McCarthy
said. "But it is a step in the direction that should lead to the discovery of
systems of plantets around other stars."
Army kills 15 in Sri Lanka
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Army troops killed 15 people and rounded up 750
during a weekend drive against separatist Tamil guerrillas in northern Sri
Lanka, authorities said yesterday.
The authorities said 375 suspects were detained from among those cap
tured in the sweep. The army also removed 260 inmates, most of them
Tamils, from Jaffna prison Sunday.after intelligence reports indicated that
guerrUlas planned to storm the prison and free them, government sources
U.S. special envoy Gen. Vernon Walters, meanwhile, was reported to have
delivered a message from President Reagan stressing the need for a
political solution to the violence that has claimed more than 400 lives in three
Authorities imposed a 61 hour curfew on the entire northern Jaffna penin-
sula, stronghold of the minority Tamil rebel movement. It began last night
and lasts until Thursday morning.
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