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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - May 14, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFFICE Murphysboro Harrin 710 N Illinois 1113 Walnut 212 N Ulfa Southern Volume a Copy iuccwertoCirbondiH fntPna Jourml Murphyjboro TUESDAY MAY 14 1974 Just ducky Jon Dietrich 3 of Marion found its easy ta make a flock of new friends pro vided you have a paper cup of popcorn and a willingness to share Jon met and divid ed his snack with these mal lard ducks today at the Play port boat dock on Crab Or chard Lake Jon Is the son of Mr and Mrs Dan Dietrich 100 Skyline Drive in Marion Photo by EdGreer Inmate is an impostor N b role By Wanda Barras Of The Southern Illinoisan An impostor has been dis covered among inmates at the Marion Federal Prison one day after the prisoner he im personated was released from federal prison in Dallas Warden Ralph Aaron said today that Richard Larry Kusk alias Demetri Thor has been impersonating Wallace Rhodes for 30 days Rusk and Rhodes pulled a switch before US mar shals came to Ogden Utah to move Rhodes and another prisoner to the Marion prison in early April Aaron said Aaron said the impersona tion was discovered Friday by a staff member The of ficer checking Rhodes file discovered the picture didnt match the prisoner Rhodes released from cus tody Thursday in Dallas was supposed to be serving a 10 year sentence in Marion for kidnaping Rusk was being held in the federal custody in Ogden for transfer to Dallas on narcotics charges When Rhodes arrived instead of Rusk he was re leased after the officials rec ognized he was not Rusk US Atty Richard Stevens of Dal las said Rhodes is being sought Aaron said he suspects that Rusk planned to prove he was not Rhodes later to gain his release The Federal Bureau of In vestigation determined the im poster wasRusk from finger print records in Washington D C Prison officials have deter mined that Rusk is wanted in Dallas Tex on federal charges He will be moved there Aaron said Aaron said the switch was possible because a US mar shal did not properly check out Rusk before taking him from the Ogden prison By Seymour M Hersh c New York Times Washington President Nixon in a letter sent two weeks ago to a federal judge declared that the White House plumbers unit was op erating tmder a general delega tion of his presidential authority it broke into the office of Dr Daniel Ellsbergs former psychiatrist in 1971 highly reli able sources said today The letter was sent to U S District Judge Gerhard A Gesell who will preside over the trial of six men indicted in the breakin Gesell placed the letter under seal April 30 Lawyers interviewed Monday said the Presidents letter could prove significant in the pending trials set for June 17 because under the criminal statute involved the burden of proof is upon the Watergate prosecutors to prove that the intent of the defendants was to commit a crime With the submission of Nixons letter some lawyers said the defendants have greatly im proved their chances of suc cessfully arguing that their in tent was to follow the Presi dents instructions on a matter of national security Other lawyers suggested that the Presidents letter would have minimal impact on the trial because of the intent of the Watergate prosecutors to focus on what they believe to be the goalof thedefendahfs involved in the burglary to get politi cally damaging information about Ellsberg for later use In his previous public state Letter to judge reportedly says unit operated under delegation of his authority ments Nixon has not discussed the Plumbers in terms of his delegation of presidential au thority He1 came close to that kind of assessment May 221973 when he noted that because of the emphasis I put on the cru cial importance of protecting national security I can unders tand how motivated indi viduals could have felt justified in engaging in specific activities that I would have disapproved had they been brought to my attention Consequently as president Nixon added I must and do assume responsibility for such actions despite the fact that I at no time approved or had knowledge of them In the twopage letter ac cording to some who knew about it Nixon said made the full delegationofChis presidential powers in an attempt to stem a series of newspaper leaksthat he perceived to be a threat to national security and foreign relations One source who has had ac cess to the precise wording of the letter reported that Nixon had written in effect that it was his intention which he be lieved he conveyed to his sub ordinates that the fullest au thority under the Constitution and the law should be used if necessary to bring a halt to the disclosures Gerald L Warren deputy White House press secretary confirmed that a private com munication had been sent by the President to Gesell but re fused to comment on its con tents GeseE is the presidingjudge In the trial of former White House aides John D Ehrlich man Charles W Colson and four other men indicted for conspiracy in the September 1971 breakin bargaining Public employes bill sidetracked LindsaySchaub News Service And Associated Press Springfield A state Senate subcommittee on public employe collective bargaining today released a draft interim report stating it will not advance proposed col lective bargaining legislation at this time draft report concludes the principal collective bar gaining for public employes is acceptable But it also says the possibility of legalizing the public employes right to strike is repugnant to this committee 21 indudibles or 2 Two versions of same conversation admitted Washington CAP j The White House acknowl edged today that the Watergate transcripts released by Presi dent Nixon two weeks ago con tain two versions of a portion of one presidential conversation There are two substantial dif ferences in key words and phrases in the two version of the taperecorded conversation be tween President Nixon and Asst Atty Gen Henry E Petersen on April 161973 White House Deputy Press Secretry Gerald L Warren said White House secretaries went over and over various portions of the transcripts to try to pull out all of the words possible that one of the revisions was just added onto one of the ear lier versions and included in the material released by the White House April 30 Warren said Warren acknowledged the du plication after The Washington Post published a story about the incident Warren said he did not know whether there were any other such duplications The contrasting words and phrases which occur at corre sponding points in the two dif ferent versions include President in one version press in the other Gray formerFBI Di What apparently happened isrector L Patrick Gray and Panel members listen to tapes Washington AP The House Judiciary Commit tee today began its first full day of reviewing impeachment evidence with most members getting their first chance to lis ten to White House tapes Committee members went into the closed session carrying the thick looseleafed index books they received last week from the committee staff While the panel moved ahead with its review of the evidence its staff has collected over the past four months President Nixon continued to put out word that there isnt any chance he will leave office voluntarily The committee session today was expected to focus on the Watergate coverup when the President learned of it and what he did about it In addition to the index listing all the materials collected by the staff committee members receive each day another loose leaf book laying out the specific allegations and the evidence supporting them i Daylong closed sessions also are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday Wednesday the committee is scheduled to vote or issuance of a subpoena demanding addi tional tapes Notice of the they bah and act stick in one version still in the other While the first version of the conversation segment1 contains inaudible 21 times the second makes the same reference 12 times Both the House Judiciary Committee and Watergate spe cial prosecutor Leon Jaworski have subpoenaed the original tape of this conversation but the White House has refused to turn it over Monday Caspar Weinberger secretary of health education and welfare told newsmen that the President has assured him there isnt any chance he would resign Renewed statements of the Presidents determination to stay in office followed calls last week from some Republican members of Congress for the President to consider resigna tion Congressional Democrats Monday said Nixon should not resign Senate Majority Leader Mike Kopechne inquest data delivered Boston AP Records from the closed in quest into the death of Mary Jo Kopechne have been sent to the House Judiciary Committee which is considering impeach ment proceedings against President Nixon officials said today Miss Kopechne was killed in July 1969 when a by Sen Edward M Kennedy D Mass went off a bridge and in to a tidal pool on Chappaquid dick Island off the Massachu setts coast A spokesman for the Social Law Library in Boston said a member of the Judiciary Com mittee staff telephoned the li brary located in the Suffolk County Courthouse and re quested that a full set of copies of the records and the lawyers briefs be sent promptly to Wash ington According to tiie Boston Globe a committee spokesman refused to comment in any way on the request for docu ments No reason was given for the committee request Jefs a possibility Jets could be operating out ofthe Williamson County Air port within two years But to justify their use the number of long distance travel ers will have to increase Paul Rodgers Ozark Airlines vice president said today The airport authority has been improving facilities for several years to accommodate jets The main runway is being widened now to 150 feet and should be ready by July 1 Airport authority members discussed the arrival of jets at its Monday night meeting Bill Bainbridge an authority member said Oazrk had been saying for years the airport will get a jet When the runway is widened there will be no reason why jets cant use the airport he said Rodgers said there is no firm timetable for the jets at the airport To justify the use of jets there must be availability of jet equipment fuel and econo mic support Rodgers said He said the airline has 24 jets and is considering the pur chase of more this year The report says the subcom mittee does not wish ot violate Senate rules limiting the current legislative session to budgetary matters I in other action at a brief Sen However subcommittee ate session Monday Republi chairman Sen Harber Hall Rjeans introduced a package of Bloomington had previously bills to swing greater control of Classified Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family Living Records Sports Weather details map Youth 1316 19 4 6 1617 1112 17 5 Tonight mostly cloudy and cooler Showers and thunder storms likely high in upper 60s to lower 70s Mostly cloudy Thursday through Sat urday showers likely about Friday or Saturday a majority of checks said he would call his bill up for a final vote in the Illinois Senate today Sen Don A Moore RMid lothian said he was confident the bill would pass the Senate and would have no major diffi culties in the House The measure provides an ad ditional million for fee gen eral assistance fund from which welfare checks are drawn Of that is a new defi ciency appropriation and millions is to be transferred from the medical fund to the general assistance fund The additional money is needed to provide general as sistance checks through the current fiscal year which ends June 30 saidthoserulescouldbe waived if the subcommittee could agree on a bill with a nostrike clause Apparently that agreement was not forthcoming the Regional Transportation Authority from Chicago to the suburbs The bills would increase the isize of the RTA board from I aiiC VI LUG UUOJU ILUljkJ The subcommittees Republi1 njjie to 15 members and require can majority would have ap proved the interim report today but Sen Terry Bruce DOlney asked for time to submit addi tional remarks for the commit tees consideration Following Braces request the subcommittee decided to meet May 22 to approve the report that aH revenue from taxes im posed by the RTA be returned to the counties and suburbs where it is collected Notably absent from the Sen ate GOP proposals which emerged from party caucuses last week is a provision to per mit individual counties to with and to consider whatever state ments Bruce might submit The subcommittee decided to submit an interim report instead of a final report because wanted to continue its study of public employe bargaining leg islation Committee members said to day that they wanted to await the outcome of legal cases cur rently pending in Illinois which involve the question of whether public employes now have right to strike and low speed limits have failed In other Springfield action the to generate much initial support sponsor of legislation designed But they still hope they can draw from the RTA Such a provision is the key element in a bill backed in the House by Speaker W Robert Blair R Truckers push their protest By tiie Associated Press Militant truck drivers pro testing against high fuel costs to keep the state from running out of money to pay welfare convince reluctant counterparts to join their strike Mansfield of Montana said is not the an is time t Resignation swer It cool And Senate Majority Whip Robert C Byrd DW Va said he feared that if the Presi dent resigned people would feel he had been driven from office by his political enemies i In other Watergate develop However it was learned late ments U S District Judge John J meeting members sent to Monday committee did not specify which tapes would be sought last week that subpoena would Soys mine assessmenfs spurred charges Macaluso accuses commissioners include a meeting on April 4 1972 involving the President H R Haldeman and John N Mitchell Four days before that meeting according to testimony by Jeb Stuart Magruder Mitchell approved a political intelligence plan that included bugging Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate office building Chairman Peter W Rodino Jr DN J has said he hopes to complete the closed portion of the Watergate breakin and coverup presentation this week Sirica says he will release the final report of technical experts on the gap in a subpoenaed Watergate tape in about two weeks The gap ap pears in the tape of a conversa tion on June 20 1972 between the President and Haldeman Sirica also took under ad visement a dispute over whether the White Housemust give spe cial Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski tapes of 64 conversa tions he has sought as evidence for the coverup trial The White House has said Jaworski has all tto evidence he needs By DeMaris Berry Of The Southern Illinoisan Perry County Supervisor of Charles Macal uso says he was suspended from his duties by the Perry County Board of Commission ers to prevent him from rais ing the assessments of the coal mines The personal property assessments are due by June 1 None of the coal companies had submitted proposed as sessments by April 29 the date the commissioners sus pended him Macaluso said Macaluso says Commission ers Vallie West and John Bar ber have a possible conflict of interest because they sell merchandise to the coal com panies In their positions they make decisions direcdy affect ing the coal companies They must approve mining permits land reclamation plans road closings and the county tax rate and they sit on the board of review Macaluso said He has asked States Atty Michael Grabowski to investi gate and issue an opinion on possible conflict of interest The states attorney should either issue ari opinion or re quest an opinion from the at torney general Vallie West and John Barber are either guilty of conflict of interest or they arent but this matter should be resolved immediate ly Macaluso said The board of commissioners will have a hearing on May 29 to determine the merits of Wests accusations West will be asked to document his charges then Asst States Atty William B Starnes has said a grand jury will be called within 30 days to determine whether any criminal charges should be filed against Macaluso The commissioners agreed to suspend Macaluso for 30 days without pay after West made 12 accusations against Macaluso The charges include frater nizing with known criminals and permitting them to oc cupy premises owned by Mac aluso where drunken orgies allegedly have occurred and pornographic films have been made and soliciting for pros titution and illegally attempt ing to purchase or arrange for the sale of illegal drugs or controlled substances Macaluso denies all the charges made by West When told of Macalusos al legations West at first term ed them an outright lie but then said hed been advised by his attorney not to com ment Macaluso has been making these offtherecord comments all over the county West said but I say we should let it all come out May 29 at the hearing I dont know what would give him that idea respond ed Barber Nothing like that has ever come up I didnt even know he was going to raise the assessment I do sell to strip mostly mine timbers and have for 40 years When I ran for office there was a question of conflict of interest but I talked to sev eral lawyers and they said there was no conflict Im not denying that I do sell to mines But these mines will be assessed just like any other mones regardless of whether or notI sell to them It is my understanding that I am not in conflict but if the board finds that I am I will step down   

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