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Page 6-Tuesday, June 3, 1980-The Michigan Daily


Charles Diggs (D-Mich.), lost at the
Supreme Court yesterday on a final ef-
fort to avoid a three-year prison sen-
tence for mail fraud and taking payroll
The Detroit Democrat, Congress'
senior black member, said he will not
try to delay the imposition of the sen-
tence, but will ask the trial judge to
reduce the time he must serve.
Court refused to review Diggs' convic-
ton for inflating the salaries of three
staff members and putting on his
congressional payroll two other people
who did no government-related work.
"Needless to say, I am disappoin-
ted," Diggs said in a statement issued
by his office. His best hope now, he said,
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lies with U.S. District Judge Oliver
"I will immediately petition for a
reduction of sentence and probation,"
the statement said, "in view of the
events subsequent to the trial which I
deem worthy of consideration - mainly
my censure by the U.S. House of
Representatives and agreement to
repay ... $40,000.
"I TRUST that the trial court judge
will be compassionate after examining
these new circumstances plus other
elements in my petitions."
Gasch will decide later when Diggs
will be called in for sentencing.
Diggs was convicted in October 1978
of 11 counts of mail fraud and 18 counts
of filing false pay vouchers. He was
sentenced to concurrent three-year
terms on each count.

THE GOVERNMENT claimed the
scheme allowed him to divert more
than $80,000 to pay his personal expen-
In his Supreme Court appeal, Diggs
argued the charges against him were
improperly based on violations of in-
ternal House rules governing
congressional staff allowances.
He claimed he had the discretion to
compensate, his employees for paying
official expenses with those funds.
THE SUPREME Court yesterday
also denied $100,000 in attorneys fees to
the Black Panther Party in a suit
stemming from a 1969 Chicago police
raid in which two party leaders were
The coirt, in an unsigned opinion,
ruled that since the militant black

group has not won its civil rights suit
against federal and state agents taking
part in the raid, it is not entitled to the
legal fees.
Those bringing the suit "have, of
course, not prevailed on the merits of
any of their claims," the opinion said.
"The court of appeals held only that
they were entitled to a trial of their
At the same time, the Supreme Court
declined to review an appeal by the
government and Chicago prosecutors
seeking to block a new trial, ordered by
the appeals court, on whether there was
a conspiracy between federal and state
law enforcement officers.
The court also dismissed, over one
dissent, a challenge to Pennsylvania's
law requiring busing of private school
students beyond school district lines.



2 more Detroit victims;
'lady killer' probe grows


DETROIT (AP) - Homicide detec-
tives have widened the "lady killers"
murder probe, adding two names to the
list of victims and reporting yesterday
that as many as five men may be
responsible for the slayings of 13
women on Detroit streets in the past
The most recent victim, Linda Mon-
teiro, 27, was found strangled about 4
a.m. Saturday in the driveway beside
her home.
TWENTY-FOUR hours earlier and

less than two miles away, a seven-year-
old boy found the body of Rosemary
Frazier, 28, who had been raped and
Detroit police say the person who
killed Monteiro probably was not the
same one who killed Frazier. Monteiro
was not sexually assaulted, police said.
They were two of 11 female victims
slain this year and included in the in-
vestigation. Over the weekend, police
sifted through the files of unsolved
homicides and added the names of Cyn-

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HENRY, 20, was strangled last June
28 just before reaching the porch of a
male friend's home. Police found her
purse lying open and they say robbery
may have been the motive. Pochmara,
22, was smothered to death, but neither
raped nor robbed, while approaching
the home of a friend in northwest
Detroit in the early-morning hours on
Oct. 8.
"We have two distinct categories of
killings," Homicide Inspector Robert
Hislop said yesterday. "In one, we've
got women who are being attacked as
they leave their cars late at night. And
in the second, women are being picked
up off the street or attacked on the
"One individual killed more than one,
maybe two or three, but we're certain
there are other murderers. There could
be three, four or even five men respon-
A WEEK BEFORE the two latest
slayings, Ernestine Smith, a 34-year-
old deaf-mute, was stabbed to death
while waiting for a bus.
"What makes these cases so dif-
ficult," Hislop said, "is that the killers
are opportunists. That means there's
usually little likelihood of a connection
between the killers and the victims."
The only pattern is that the women
were young, between 20 and 34; they
were out alone late at night, and their
bodies were found outdoors in residen-
tial areas.
NINE OF THE women were
strangled, two stabbed, one shot and
one suffocated, according to police
reports. Police refuse to provide a
breakdown, but they say some of the
women were raped while others were
left fully clothed and not sexually
molested. And only some of the victims
were robbed.
At least four of the victims had recor-
ds as prostitutes, Hislop said. "That's a
risk for prostitutes on the street. They
don't know what kind of john
(customer) they're going with. But
most of the women weren't prostitutes.
They had jobs or were out socially, and
probably weren't even aware the. were
being followed."


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