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Page 4 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, June 7, 1983
Ltuzzos file motion to
protest court order

The American Civil Liberties Union
(ACLU) yesterday filed, a motion
requesting a federal judge review his
decision that the family of a slain civil
rights worker pay the government's
court costs in a $2 million lawsuit
against the FBI.
The motion, filed by Michigan ACLU
head Howard Simon, asks Federal
Judge Charles Joiner to reconsider his
decision imposing court costs because
they are "inappropriate in the present
case," and to order the government to
pay its own court costs, estimated at
about $100,000. The judge will decide
within 10 days whether he will hear
arguments on the motion, which is not
standard procedure in such cases.
Joiner's order to pay court costs was
buried in his May 27 decision against
the children of Viola Liuzzo, a 39-year-

old Detroit housewife shot to death
while transporting a black civil rights
worker back to Selma, Ala. after the
historic Selma-to-Montgomery Voting
Rights March in March 1965.
The Liuzzos lost their suit which
charged the government with negligen-
ce in supervising FBI informant Gary
Thomas Rowe, who was in the car
carrying three Ku Klux Klansmen
when the fatal shots were fired at Liuz-
The Liuzzos also charged that the
FBI officials knew Rowe had violent
tendencies when they hired him.
In addition to the government's court
costs, the Liuzzos must pay their own
court fees, estimated to be about
$60,000. The Liuzzo's lawyers took the
case free of charge.
The government's costs included fees
for court reporters, witnesses, and
filing, but not attorney fees.

Man claims he aided

gang rape
DEDHAM, Mass. (UPI) - A key
prosecution witness to the alleged gang
rape of a former Ohio beauty queen
testified yesterday he helped the
terrified woman after five men raped
her and left her freezing and naked ina
secluded wooded ares.
Christian Dickson, 23, an admitted
participant who turned state's evidence
in return for immunity from
prosecution, said he drove the woman
to a fire station after the alleged Janury
But Dickson, a Marine Corps cor-
poral and son of a minister, said he
refused her request to be taken to the
"I told her I couldn't do that because
we would get into trouble," he-said in
his second day of testimony in the Nor-
folk Superior Court trial.
Defense attorney's claimed the
woman agreed to have sex with the men
for $200.
Dickson, whose testimony was
crucial because the victim was not ex-
pected to testify,hsaid Fridaysthe
woman pleaded with the men to stop,
but was dragged from her car by-her.
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sity's cross claim.
David Scott, who filed the sexual
harassment suit could not be reached
for comment yesterday.
But according to Ray Clevenger,
Walter Scott's attorney, the University
discriminated against Scott when he
was fired.
"The University failed to follow its

feet during the atack and left scraped
and bleeding.
The five defendants pleaded guilty to
rape in plea bargaining in October 1981
and received suspended 3- to 5-year
sentences and $500 fines. After a public
outcry, Judge Herbert Abrams recalled
the men and ordered them to stand trial
or serve out the suspended sentences.
The defense appealed on grounds of
double jeopardy but the U.S. Supreme
Court refused to hear the case, which
received so much media attention a
mistrial was declared last month after
first attempts to find an unbiased jury
The woman, now 42 and living in
western Massachusetts, tried to com-
mit suicide shortly after the incident,
according to a rape crisis counsellor
who treated her. She has been un-
dergoing psychiatric treatment since
the incident.
Media covering the trial have not
reported her name because of her
delicate mental condition, which her at-
torneys say will prevent her from
charges filed
own procedures," Clevenger said ad-
ding that Scott was asked to accept a
transfer and demotion request five
weeks before he was discharged. Scott,
however, refused the request because
there "were no grounds for that," said
Hospital officials could not be
reached for comment.

Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
O'Neill pushes income tax cut
WASHINGTON - House Speaker Thomas O'Neill, declaring that
economic recovery "is not assured," called yesterday for a $700 limit on this
year's individual income tax cut and a sharp reduction in President
Reagan's defense budget to help pare federal deficits.
"I believe we should at least cap the third year of the income tax cut at
$700," O'Neill declared as he launched the final Democratic assault against
this year's installment of Reagan's tax cut program.
"Every taxpayer should receive a cut, but those earning $100,000 a year
would not get the windfall they are getting," he said.
Reagan, asked whether he had a message for O'Neill, told reporters: "No,
but I'll give him my autograph on the veto bill."
Reagan, asked whether he had a message for O'Neill, told reporters: "No,
but I'll give him my autograph on the veto bill."
Nicaraguan government expeks
three American diplomats
MANUAGUA, Nicaragua - The Sandinista government accused three
U.S. diplomats yesterday of conspiring to assassinate top Nicaraguan
leaders, and the leftist junta ordered the Americans expelld.
U.S. Embassy spokesman Gilbert Callaway called the charges "absurd"
and said the embassy protested the expulsions.
A Foreign Ministry communique - dated the night before but made public
yesterday - declared the three diplomats "personae non grata" and said
they were given 24 hours to leave the country.
Relations between the United States and Nicaragua have deteriorated
steadily in the three years since the Sandinista revolution and both gover-
nments accuse each other of threatening the peace of Central America.
Callaway said the embassy received a note from the Foreign Ministry late
Sunday night ordering the diplomats out, but that it was not clear at what
time the government started counting the 24 hours. He said the embassy
immediately sent a note to the Nicaraguan government denying the charges.
High court backs waste rule
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court, by an 8-0 vote, yesterday upheld
the government's controversial assumption that no dangerous radioactive
waste will escape from eventual permanent storage sites for used nuclear
The unanimous ruling reversed a decision rejecting the Nuclear-
Regulatory Commission's rule for evaluating the environmental effects of a
nuclear power plant's fuel cycle.
That rule - reinstated by the court's action yesterday - assumes no
nuclear waste would be released from eventual storage in salt mines, even
though none is now buried there.
Writing for the court, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said the NRC's "zero
release" assumption is not arbitrary nor capricious, and followed
requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act.
The zero-release assumption is a "policy judgment. .. within the bounds
of reasoned decision-making," O'Connor said. "It is not our task to deter-
mine what decision we, as (NRC) commissioners, would have reached."
Doctor says dioxin risk ignored
NEWARK, N.J. - Workers at a dioxin-contaminated plant here suffered
boils, skin discoloration and unwanted hair growth during the manufacture
of herbicides in the 1960s, and the government took no action when told of the
health threat, a dermatologist who treated the workers said yesterday.
"They were aware of what was going on," said Dr. Roger Brookin, head of
dermatology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, who
treated up to 50 employees of the Diamond Alkali Co. in the early-and mid-
"No one worried much about the skin disease because everyone was
determined to make production schedules" for Agent Orange, the Vietnam
War defoliant which has been found to contain dioxin, said Brodkin.
Brodkin, who was paid by Diamond Alkali to treat its workers, said he
notified federal and state health officials in 1983 that the plant contained
hazardous amounts of dioxin.
Lebanese mourn past wars
Black flags fluttered from rooftops and mosques throughout Lebanon
yesterday in what Prime Minister Chefik Wazzan called a "sorrowful"
commemoration of the Israeli invasion exactly one year ago.
The, nation also marked the 12th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War,
which resulted in Israel wrestling the West Bank from Jordan and the Gaza
Strip from Egypt.
Israeli soldiers yesterday patrolled the occupied territories in heightened
alert against Palestinian demonstrations. The largest West Bank city,
Nablus, was shut down by a curfew. No disturbances were reported.
Israeli troops in Lebanon also were reportedly ordered on alert for
possible violence on the first anniversary of the June 6, 1982 invasion that
resulted in the expulsion of 11,000 Palestinian guerrillas from Beirut.
Army cantors chanted memorial prayers over the graves of soldiers killed
in Lebanon as families and friends of the dead gathered at military
cemeteries around the country.

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