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The Michigan Daily
Vol. XC, No. 32-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Saturday, June 21, 1980 Ten Cents Sixteen Pages

News shuts
down in
with order

AN ANN ARBOR police officer looks on as an employee of Danish News Co.,
located at 209 N. Fourth Ave., locks the shop's door. Washtenaw County
Circuit Court Judge Henry Conlin authorized the city to enforce his order
mandating the adult bookstore's closing.
Carter warns allies
they must condemn
Afghanistan invasion
From UPI and AP Carter's dinner toast was the last
ROME-President Carter sternly major address of his two-day state visit
warned America's allies yesterday to Italy. Today he visits Pope John Paul
they must vigorously condemn the II in the Vatican, then flies to Venice for
Soviet invasion of Afghanistan he said a two-day summit of the seven major
"recklessly threatens world peace." industrial nations.
In a toast during a formal state din- Carter's day was a mixture of talks
ner hosted by Italian President Sandro with Italian leaders and a sightseeing
Pertini, Carter said the NATO allies tour with his family of the ruins of an-
cannot be lulled into believing "that cient Rome.
somehow America or Europe can be an BUT IT WAS at the banquet that he
island of detente while aggression is delivered his unequivocal message to
carried out elsewhere." Moscow and tried to rally Washington's
HE WARNED THAT Russia's oc- allies to his cause, saying the Soviets
cupation of Afghanistan might en- are "recklessly" threatening world
courage further Soviet aggression in peace and "pursuing a policy of armed
the strategic Persian Gulf, adding that intervention."
passive allied acceptance of the in- In a joint'statement following face-to-
vasion would be a "cynical signal to the face talks, Carter and Italian Premier
world." See CARTER, Page 7

A controversial adult bookstore
closed its doors voluntarily yesterday af-
ter city police informed the
management it was in violation of a
court order.
Two Ann Arbor police officers en-
tered the Danish News Co. on North
Fourth Ave. shortly before 4 p.m. and
informed the lone employee there of the
court order. The employee subsequen-
tly telephoned the store's manager and
was directed by him to close the shop.
THE BOOKSTORE has been open
regularly for more than one week, in
apparent violation of a temporary in-
junction issued by Washtenaw County
Circuit Judge Henry Conlin. Conlin
handed down the order on May 28 to
keep the store closed while the issue of
Danish News' alleged violation of a city
zoning ordinance is decided in court.
Yesterday's closing came in the wake
of an amendment to the temporary in-
junction made Wednesday by Conlin.
The bookstore's management had
claimed the injunction's language was
ambiguous, unclear, and did not legally
stop the store from operating.
According to City Attorney Bruce
Laidlaw, Conlin's amendment with-
drew the bookstore's permit to operate,
preventing the operation of business of
any kind in the store's location.
LAIDLAW SAID the usual enfor-
cement agency for the Circuit Court is
the sheriff's department, but said
Conlin authorized the city to enforce his
"The judge said that we should go
down and close it, and if we didn't close
it we could go down and pick up some
bench warrants for arrest," Mayor
Louis Belcher said.
Laidlaw said the police officers in-
Daily staff writers Nick Katsare-
las and Joshua Peck filed reports
for this story.

volved were authorized to "persuade"
the management to close the store, but
not to take any physical action, such as
padlocking the establishment.
DANISH NEWS attorney William
Swor, reached at his Detroit office, said
he was aware of Conlin's amendment to
the order and had advised his clients to
close the store. He said he is already
working on an appeal for the amended
Swor said the injunction's wording
was previously ambiguous. But now
that it is clear, he said, compliance with
the order is essential. "You can't win a
fight with the court. There's no need to
fight the court," he said.
Swor added he has had no response
from the state Court of Appeals on his
appeal of the original temporary injun-
LAIDLAW SAID yesterday that city
officials will keep a close eye on the
store and Conlin will be reached at
home if necessary to close the
bookstore if it reopens.
The city attorney said he planned to
ask Conlin yesterday to issue a contem-
pt of court citation against the store's
owner, but owner Terry Shoultes could
not be located to be servedwith the or-
der to appear in court.
Conlin then said he would be willing
to issue bench warrants to arrest em-
ployees who were running the store un-
til a hearing could be held.
Laidlaw said he has set up a
preliminary hearing date of July 2 to
continue with the contempt
The opening of the bookstore has
generated a great amount of citizen
concern. A group of businesspeople
from the Women's Crisis Center
(located directly above the store), the
Wildflour Bakery, and the People's
Food Co-op (both located across the
street) have retained three Ann Arbor
attorneys to make sure their concerns
are heard in the courtroom.

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