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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - July 26, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFFICE Carbondila 710 N Illinois Murphysboro 1113 Htrrln 212 N uthern Ifflnoisan Volume 82No 175ISe a Copy Two Sections 424 Sirica prods for tapes Washington AP Under prodding from U S District Judge John J Sirica presidential attorney James St Clair agreed today to surrender tapes of 20 Watergate conver sations by next Tuesday and to speed work on 44 others St Clair and Special Pro secutor Leon Jaworski agreed to a comoromise timetable for White House surrender of the tan afteSirica made clear he would not accept a promise by President Nixons lawyer to move as quickly as possible but without a specific target date Sirica said he hopes prompt production of the material which the Supreme Court or dered Nixon to surrender Wed nesday will enable the Water gate coverup trial of six former presidential and campaign aides to start on schedule Sept 9 Under the compromise agreement reached in a private conference that lasted more than an hour St Clair will report back to Sirica next Fri day on progress in preparing the tapes and documents relating to the remaining 44 conversa tions Associate Special Prosecutor James F Neal said that next Friday will be a target date for 13 additional conversations be yond the first 20 The 20 conversations for which tapes are to be turned over by next Tuesday include material covered in the edited White Nixon lawyer surrenders 20 House transcripts released in late April Earlier St Clair told Sirica it would be impossible with Ja worskis proposal that the White House surrender all the tapes within 10 days However Sirica told St Clair I think youre making this thing more complicated than it should be Sirica said he would set a timetable himself if St Clair and Jaworski could not agree on one between them selves St Clair had told the Supreme Court that the process could take as long as two months but told Sirica he did not think it would take that long He said President Nixon plars to listen to all of the tapes be fore they are surrendered be cause he feels quite strongly he should know what he is turning over Jaworski said failure to meet his timetable of two to 10 days would jeopardize the Sept 9 trial date If the trial is delayed he said the case may have to be delayed indefinitely because ot the possibility that many ol those involved will be needed foi a possible Senate impeachment trial of President Nixon fccMUortoCarbondan Prw Herrln Dally Journl Murphysboro Irxrtptndtnt FRIDAY JULY 26 1974 010175 IN L IS HA AY LS BOX 789 ILL 62525 CarbondalfHtrrlnMurphysboro Rep Wayne Owens Rep M Caldwell Butler Rep Thomas Railsback Rep Lawrence Hogan Rep Jack Brooks Rep Edward Hutchinsoo Group rejects GOP delay plea Washington AP The House Judiciary Com mittee soundly rejected today a Republican piea for delay and moved on to shape precise charges for its expected recom mendation thai President Nixor be impeached The delay was rejected on a vote of 2711 The panels secondranking Republican sought unsuccess fully to halt the nationally broadcast proceeding giving Vixon 24 hours to say he would over to the committee more Vhite House tape recordings vithin 10 days The roll call vote on the delay motion of Rep Robert McClory Jury indicts Sill I lU officials The current chief of secur ity at SoutherIllinois Uni versity at Carbondale and the schools former executive vice president were indicted Thurs day by a Jackson County grand jury on charges of tam pering with public records Named were Thomas L Leffler 52 of Carbondale SIUC security chief for 15 years and Danilo Orescanin 42 of Carbondale the No 2 man under former president David R Derge The indictments follow an Investigation of th use of more than in SIUC res tricted funds over a period of 19 months to purchase al coholic beverages from the Carbondale Holiday Inn Orescanin and Leffler ap peared in circuit court i n Murphysboro late this morn ing to receive copies of the indictments A recognizance bond was set by Circuit Judge Richard Richman on both In todays court session the defendants through their at torney David Watt Jr of Murphysboro filed motions for discovery of evidence Judge Richman set the mo tions for hearing for Aug 8 at 11 am Jackson County States Atty Howard Hood said today the indictments do not allege any theft or misapplication of funds but charge the two of ficials with an attempt to con ceal the true nature of goods and services paid for The indictments list two counts against each official two against Orescanin for al legedly preparing and sub mitting invoices and two against Leffler for allegedly aiding and abetting Orescanin Hood declined any further comment on the connection of the security officer to the allegations against the for mer vice president Lefflers role apparently consisted of picking up the liquor from the Holiday Inn and transporting it to the Uni versity House where it was used for official entertaining The indictments list two in voices one for and one for They charge the officials falsified and con cealed public records by pre paring and submitting invoice vouchers containing incorrect false or misleading informa tion Hood said Hood said if the two are found guilty it could carry a maximum of one to three years in prison plus a fine It convicted they could Danilo Orescanin Thomas L LeHler Leffler charged tampering with records given probation instead of a prison sentence Asked of the possibility of any charges against the Holi day Inn Hood said he has no comments The indictments allege pur chases were made through the Presidents Official Functions Fund An investigative report from the SIU Board of trustees presented at a press confer ence on Feb 28 shows that 18 university vouchers were processeed calling for pay ments to the Holiday Inn for catering services lunches din ners or receptions The invest igation showed that none of those services was performed The report states the Holi day Inn had purchased liquor and other alcoholic beverages for the university usually in case lots and sold it to the university with a markup of about 10 per cent over the wholesale price The investigation revealed liquor purchases were made in a similar manner for per haps 9 to 10 years According to the report an order was placed with Holiday Inn When the order arrived an invoice was issued on Holi day Inn stationery for restau rant services totaling the same amount as the liquor purchased Vouchers were drawn to pay for the restaurant service and theivouchers were signed by Orescanin who was the exe cutive vice president and cam pus treasurer The report states Derge ap parently was unawareof the manner in which the purchas es were being made Derge had instructed Orescanin to find a method to pay for the purchases wihout using funds appropriated by the Illinois General Assembly the report said Restricted funds are public dollars but are earned through interest and other methods The money is not appropriated by the state from taxes Orescanin now is a teacher in the School of Business Derge resigned as president on March than two weeks after the alleged irre gularities were first revealed He also is a teacher at SIUC The grand jurys action marks the first time leffler has been connected with the case Leffler joined the SIUC se curity force in 1959 as acting chief His official title was and now is security officer Orescanin left Indiana Uni versity in 1972 to become spe cial assistant former SIUC president David R Derge Later that year he was pro moted to vice president for administration and campus treasurer In 1973 Orescanin was nam ed executive vice president or the No 2 man at the uni versity tally Washington AP Here is a tally based on their Leaning peachment towards Democrats im 2 pro and antiimpeachment lines Some of Nixons GOP sup porters joined the panels Democratic leadership in op posing the delay motion while some who seek Impeachment favored the pause Twenty Democrats opposed the motion along with seven Republicans Ten Republicans and one Democrat approv ed As the committee moved from its opening round of debate to voting on motions and proposed impeachment resolutions it was clear that a majority of mem bers favored the move to oust Nixon The committees public ses sion was delayed by a caucus of Democrats They revised the first article of a proposed im peachment resolution to make more explicit the charges against Nixon If the committee as ex pected recommends im peachment it will require a majority vote of the full House of Representatives to send the issue to a Senate trial where a twohirds vote would be re quired to remove him from of fice The unsuccessful attempt for delay was based on a Supreme Court ruling on White House tapes The Supreme Court ordered Wednesday that Nixon turn over tapes and documents of 64 con versations to U S court for possible use in the Watergate coverup trial McClory however expressed some pessimism that the tapes would be provided I have the strong feeling that there is no intention to provide the material but I feel never theless this opportunity should be offered McClory said He added that he will later move Nixon be impeached for con tempt of Congress if he does not comply with various committee subpoenas Rep Jack Brooks DTexas the first Democrat to respond said the motion offered no like lihood of tapes coming to the committee and added the public would not tolerate any de lay Chairman Peter W Rodino Jr DN J told the panel as it closed its general debate Thursday night I find the 0n C V I remarks in formal debate of Brooks Sarbanes Republicans how members of the House Railsback Cohen Mc diciarv Committee now stand on Clory Against impeachment Re publicans 6 Hutchinson Sandman Dennis Moorhead Maraziti Latta Leaning against impeach ment Republicans 4 Smith Wiggins Mayne Lott Uncommitted Democrats 2 Flowers Mann Republicans 2 Fish Froelich For impeachment Democrats Rodino Donohue Kasten meier Edwards Hungate Con yers Eilberg Waldie Seiberl ing Danielson Drinan Rangel Jordan Thornton Holtzman Owens Mezvinsky Republicans 2 Hogan Butler President must be found wan ting Rep Delbert Latta ROhio a committee member opposed to impeachment sees a 2711 vote in favor of a recommendation that the House impeach Nixon and that a Senate trial be held to determine whether he would be removed from office In related developments Vice President Gerald R Ford said conviction and im peachment of Nixon would be very very bad for the coun try both on domestic and foreign fronts He added I can say from the bottom of my heart the President of the United States is innocentHe is right The prosecutionk in its final arguments said today Cali fornia Lt Gov Ed Reinecke deliberately lied to protect John N Mitchell a very powerful man1 who could help Reinecke to become governor But the Majority favors impeachment Harris survey page 12 Other articles charging Nixon with abuse of power and failure to comply with committee sub poenas are to be offered but as soon as one is approved a for mal recommendation of im peachment will have been made The certainty that the com mittee will recommend im peachment was sealed Thursday when every uncommitted mem ber either came out for im peachment or expressed such Nixon in first public appearance since court order APwirephoto deep concern over Nixons con duct of his office that it left little doubt as to how they would vote In a long round of speeches in Economic has no surprises defense contended that the gov ernments perjury case is a phoney deal and although people make mistakes under nath Reinecke does not lie i H Kno plans to continue ttej which 29 membes Judiciary Committee meeting j themselves on the struggl 1USU11J1J1M r into the night if necessary to the evidence the Constitution calling for budget cuts a federal complete the drafting of an ari and their consciences only eight u slash of im Los Angeles AP President Nixon has outlined a nosurprises economic policy compee tide and bring it to a vote came down solidly against im and an appeal that all citjzens salt away 15 cents for every spent Nixon made what aides term1 ed a major televisionradio ad dress here Thursday He was well received by more than 1000 SUNNY Index Tonight partly cloudy low around 70 High in upper 80s to low 90s Saturday Sunday through Tuesday cooler with lows 58 to 68 and highs mostly in 80s Chance of showers Monday Classified 1721 Religion 5 Comics TV Bridge Crossword 23 Editorials 4 Family Living Records 2122 Sports 1315 Weather details map 22 businessmen and manufacturers and their wives who gathered to hear him in a ballroom at the Century Plaza Hotel Applause punctuated his remarks at regular intervals and afterward Nixon thanked his audience for your support The President did not see some 300 pickets who marched outside the hotel These included impeachment advocates and representatives of the United Farm Workers of America Nixon was applauded when he pledged no return to wage or price controls called for energy selfsufficiency and urged a re evaluation of federal environ mental and safety programs to determinewhether they hamper production In Washington US Chamber of Commerce President ArcL Boothcommented Thepolicies President Nixon enunciated are admirable and responsible We need above all as he stated an antiinflation lobby We need B rational will to stop inflation But Rep Wright Patman D Tex chairman of the Banking and Currency Com mittee said It is good thai the President at long last it speaking out on the economj but he still fails to spell the specific steps House sends strip mine control bill to Senate Washington AP The House has passed a bill that would establish national environmental controls for coal strip mining sending it to the Senate where similar legislation was approved last fall A HouseSenate conference to iron out differences between the two versions was viewed like ly A major difference is a provi sion in the Senate bill pro hibiting strip mining of millions of tons of federally owned coal beneath ranch and prairie lands in the West The House bill approved 291 Support of bill brings union rift Story on page 3 to 81 Thursday does not include such a prohibition although it would require the surface owners consent before the fed erally owned coal could be min ed Approval in the House came after six days of sometimes heated floor debate during which environmentalists at tacked the bill as too lax and energyindustry forces criticized it as too stringent The bill would establish a set of federal environmental stand ards for surface coal mining and would create a new strip mining agency in the Interior Depart ment to enforce them States would be permitted to establish their own enforcement pro grams under the bill But their standards would have to be as strong or stronger than the fed eral ones The bill would ban strip mining in such areas as national forests parks grasslands and wilderness would provide espe cially stringent requirements for strip mining in mountains and would require all stripmined land to be restored to its ap proximate original contour after mining The House also would create a fund to help restore land scarred by abandoned strip mining op erations of the past mostly in the hilly coal country of Appa lachia There is no such pro vision in the Senate bill   

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