The Michigan Daily
Vol. XC, No. 45-S
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, July 24, 1980
Billy to face inquiry
Senate to scrutinize
Carter's ties to Libya
From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON - Senate leaders last
night agreed there should be an in-
vestigation of Billy Carter's links with
the Libyan government, but were
unable to agree on what form the
inquiry should take.
In identical words in separate inter-
views, Majority Leader Robert Byrd
(D-W. Va.), and Minority Leader
Howard Baker Jr. (R-Tenn.), told
reporters, "There will be an in-
THE SENATORS agreed to continue
their discussions today. They will try to
break an impasse over whether to have
the investigation conducted by the
Judiciary Committee, by part of that
committee or by a panel drawn from
The White House, meanwhile, said
Carter was aware of Libyan attempts to
gain influence in the United States, and
the president's brother may have been
used by Libya for that purpose.
"It has been known to us that the
Libyans have undertaken a number and
a variety of efforts to obtain influence
in this country, both during the time of
this administration and previous to it,"
said press secretary Jody Powell.
"I THINK it would be natural to
assume that their interest in Billy may
have been in an effort to influence
either the government or American
The Judiciary Committee - acting
without its chairman, Sen. Edward
Kennedy - took the first step yesterday
towarda possible investigation.
The panel appointed a special four-
member subcommittee to decide within
48 hours how the committee should
respond to Republican demands - led
by Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.), - for
hearings on the activities of Carter's
brother, who registered last week as a
KENNEDY (D-MASS.), who is
challenging the president for the
Democratic presidential nomination,
left the committee room after telling
members he believed he "should not
participate in making decisions of this
"As chairman, I believe that the
committee's credibility and integrity
can best be preserved if its powers are
used neither for narrow partisan ad-
vantage nor as a barrier to legitimate
inquiry," Kennedy said.
Sen. Paul Laxalt (R-Nev.) - cam-
paign chairman for Republican
presidential nominee Ronald Reagan -
also excused himself, saying he would
feel "very uncomfortable" taking part.
In Los Angeles, Reagan, giving his
support for a federal investigation of
the Billy Carter-Libyan ties, said he
didn't know if there were any serious
charges involved, but added, "That's
.why maybe they better look into
it ... Anytime a charge is made I think
we're better off if we clear the air."
The subcommittee, headed by Sen.
Birch Bayh (D-Ind.) planned meetings
with Senate leaders. Minority Leader
Howard Baker (R-Tenn.), has proposed
creation of a special committee to look
into Billy Carter's activities.
In another development, Billy Carter
told a news conference in New York
that he disagreed with Carter's
statement that his relations with Libya
Billy Carter registered as an agent
for Libya at the insistence of the Justice
Department and under the threat of a
grand jury investigation. He has
acknowledged accepting two payments
from the Libyan government, totaling
$220,000, which he says were in-
stallments on a $500,000 loan.
On Tuesday, the White House an-
nounced the president's national
security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski,
capitalized on Billy Carter's relations
with Libya last fall., using him as a go-
between in seeking Libyan assistance
to free the American hostages in Iran.
Film maker and comedian Peter
Sellers died in London, England
as evening, one day after suf-
fery, amassive heart attack.
Se tr, Page 9.
On top of things
An unidentified man lays on top of a booth watching shoppers pass by the
corner of State and William Streets. The visitors began arriving in Ann
Arbor early yesterday for the start of the Ann Arbor Art Fair.
- ASSERTS SIXTH- YEAR REVIEW NOT CUSTOM:
By HOWARD WITT
Special to The Daily
DETROIT-"There is no University-
wide custom that non-tenured
professors have a right to a tenure
review in their sixth year," University
President Harold Shapiro testified in
federal district court here yesterday.
Shapiro also said inter-University
politics, not alleged violations of
engineering college rules, prompted
him to intervene in the tenure review
case of Jonathan Marwil.
"I DIDN'T SUGGEST a review (of a
1978 decision not to reappoint Marwil)
because I felt any rules were violated,"
said Shapiro, who was vice-president
for academic affairs at the time he
directed the engineering college to re-
examine Marwil's case.
"We had a political problem to deal former assistant professor of
with on campus with the faculty: Some engineering humanities is seeking a
thought the non-reappointment decision court-ordered tenure review.
was made without an evaluation of MARWIL, WHO HAS been off the
Marwil's work. I encouraged the University payroll since May 31, 1979, is
suing the Regents and three members
of the humanities department admin-
"' strative committee: Department
M o m _ _ _OChairman J.C. Mathes and Profs.
Ralph Loomis and Dwight Stevenson.
A quesfti on6f Marwil charges the committee mem-
bers deliberately sidestepped ap-
tenure reyj/we plicable department and College
policies requiring that he be granted a
tenure review in his sixth year as an
College of Engineering to conduct assistant professor at the University.
another evaluation to satisfy any The University contends that Univer-
faculty doubts, Shapiro testified. sity-wide policies were followed in
Shapiro's statements came during Marwil's case and that department
the eighth day of testimony in Marwil's
suit against the University in which the
See SHAPIRO, Page 9