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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - November 22, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFFICE Carbandalt 710 N Illinois Murphysbere 1113 Walnut Herrin 212 N If til Southern Illinoisan Volumt 12No 284lSe Copy JStetl ERROR Should be 250 cases including felonies and misdemeanor 010175 W LIBRARY Hon LS NEWSPAPERS BOX 789 I ILL 62525 SuecMSW te frm Prtji Hirrln Billy Jeurnil Murphyrtwrt FRIDAY NOVEMBER M 1974 By Noreen Marcus Of The Southern Illinoisan Randolph Countys only assis tant states attorney is drawing a fulltime and a parttime pay that would to tal a doing only a parttime job The state which pays the salary of the assistant Charles Stegmeyer Jr of Belleville will not honor an invoice for his salary for the two jobs during the mouth of October Vince Johnson fiscal officer for the Illinois Department of Local Government Affairs said today he will advise the Ran dolph County Board of Com missioners We dont think one man can serve in both missioners will have to select one job or the other for Steg meyer and fill the other County records show Steg meyer is currently receiving every two weeks which would amount to an naully The salary equals that received by both Stegmeyer and David Pete Rau who was a fulltime assistant be fore Rau left states Atty Her bert Lantzs employ at the end of September Because the Menard Correc tional Center is located Vithin the county the state pays a year for what Johnson said he presumed was a full time assistant states attorney The state also provides for a parttime assistant be cause of the states Chester Mental Health Center former ly the Illinois Security Hospi Stegmeyer was receiving the prior to Raus de parture Rau was paid Con tacted in Red Bud where he has opened a private law prac tice Rau said heworked many more than 40 hours a week while he was an assistant states attorney State statutes do not specify asistant must work fulltime except in counties where peni tentiary inmates number 2000 or more The average daily resident inmate population of Menard is 1424 Lantz said the salary he has authorized for Steg meyer is legal He said Steg meyer devotes quite a bit of time to Randolph County mat ters but not a full 40hour work week Contacted today Lantz said he has not heard anything of ficial from the state I still think Mr Stegmeyer can re ceive both payments he said Hes been underpaid for a long time he said Stegmeyer who has been practicing criminal law since k time 1 paychecks he works for the county varies from a full week to try a fe lony case to two days a week when there is a slack case load He said he must use library facilities in Belleville where1 he has a private law practice for county legal work Since the beginning of 1974 Lantzs ofticejias filed char lelomes in tomasdemeanors with secretary for the Belleville firm of Karns Starnes Nester and Stegmeyer said Stegmeyer 1963 said he does almost all is available there usually the trial work for the states every afternoon And a week attorneys office long phone check of Lantzs of fice indicated Stegmeyer was reachable only twice out of eight attempts to call him at the states attorneys office in the Randolph County Court house Attorneys who deal with the states attorneys office and who wish not to be identi fied say they have been told to schedule court exchanges with Stegmeyer for Mondays and Thursdays Stegmeyer confirmed this He said judges who work the Randolph County circuit prefer the arrangment since they are not available in the county every weekday However a clerk in the circuit clerks office said judges are either available or on call Monday through Friday Randolph County board members whose duties include approving salaries to county employes said they do not know Stegmeyer is drawing two salaries They said the re imbursements are a state mat ter subject to state control That Stegmeyer is a work ing son of a gun said Com missioner Kenneth Been when informed Stegmeyer spends time in his Belleville office as well as the states attorneys None of the three commis sioners expressed dismay about Stegmeyers situation Stegmeyer said Lantz is try ing to upgrade of law in Randolph County by retaining him a man who can match high priced defense attorneys load ed for bear when they walk into the Randolph County court room Theres no substitute for experience Lantz said of Rau whose first job out of law school was in the states attor neys office Lantz said he had limited courtroom experience before he was elected to the Randolph County post and while Im not saying I cant do my job its good to have someone like Charles Stegmeyer to fall bade on Nomlnet Nelson Rockefeller right chats with Rep Peter Rodino loft and Rep Edward Hotchinson AP Wlrephoto Senators urge Rockefeller approval Washington AP The Senate Rules Committee voted unanimously today to recommend the approval of Nelson A Rockefeller to be vice president The 9 to 0 vote sends the nomination to the Senate floor The full Senate if expected to vote after Congress returns from its brief Thanksgiving recess The Rules Committee deci sion came after eight weeks of investigation and hearings into the finances and public and private record of the former New York governor The decision became unani mous when Sen James B Catholic bishops are opposed Stcry on page Allen DAla joined the ma jority to vote for Rockefel ler Allen had said earlier he had not made up his mind how he would vote because he disap proved of Rockefellers big government tax and spend philosophy But Allen said that from Rockefellers responses at the hearings he believes Rocke feller has moved philosophi cally toward the right in recent years Rockefellers nomination also appears certain to win a solid recommendation from the House Judiciary Committee despite some concern about his vast wealth Rep Jerome R Waldie C Calif said at House Judiciary Committee hearings Thurday he sees a pattern in Rockefel lers loans gifts and political and charitable contributions to use money to enhance your political power Waldie sparked the only show of anger from Rockefeller when he suggested the committee investigate whether Chase Manhattan Bank headed by Nelsons brother David Rockefeller made loans to New York assemblymen when Nelson was governor I resent that question Rockefeller said We dont operate that way The bank is not used on a political basis Waldie joined by several other members said the Rockefeller familys wealth and million in political campaign contributions over the years required me com mittee to investigate the entire familys holdings and not only Nelsons Major contract changes needed UMW chiefs say Washington AP Regional leaders of the United Mine Workers served notice today that a proposed contract with coal industry would not be ratified by the unions 120000 striking miners major changes are made at the bargaining table Speaking for the UMWs council Gene Mitchell said the tentative agreement was unacceptable He predicted that it would be rejected if it were submitted to the rank and file in its present form Mitchell a council member from Illinois said the main points of disagreement were wages vacations and failure to win the right to strike over grievances Mitchell spoke at a news conference called without the knowledge of UMW President Arnold Miller Mitchell said the council is 100 per cent behind our offi cers But he said the ma Mitchell calls tentative pact unacceptable jprity of its 390 members be lieve that major changes are needed before the pact can be approved and the strike end ed Earlier council member Lee Roy Patterson of western Ken tucky said Miller had been di rected by the council to return to the bargaining table and he can either get what we want or its going to be a long shut down Miller traveled to West Vir ginia Thursday to drum up support for the tentative con tract and predicted the mem bership would ratify it if a few changes could be made during renewed negotiations with the coal producers Its the very best contract thats ever been negotiated in the labor movement Miller said The bargaining council rec ommended earlier this week that the contract undergo what it said at that time were some minor adjustments before being submitted for ratifica tion The chief negotiator for the Bituminous Coal Operators Association Guy Farmer said the operators do not intend to reopen the talks Miller said he hasnt been officially informed of that decision While not rejecting the con tract outright the Bargaining Councils decision to withhold it from member ratification means the nationwide strike will probably continue into a fourth week Ford aide will meet dissidents Seoul AP President Ford saw the big gest crowds of his life today and pressed by critics at home agreed to have an aide meet spokesmen for dissident factions who oppose the re pressive rule of South Koreas President Chung Hee Park Press Secretary Ron Nessen appeared in the hotel press center shortly before midnight to say that five clergymen representing Protestant and Roman Catholic groups would meet with Richard Smyser whom he described as a senior member of the National Se curity Council staff to hear the clerics complaints Nessen said Smyser would stay over in Korea after Fords departure to meet with the churchmen The press sec retary promised that whatever the clergymen told Smyser would be passed on to Ford The U S chief executive flew into Seoul this morning to an elaborate welcoming ceremony Rioting by Arabs disrupts Jerusalem By the Associated Press Arab rioting erupted in Je rusalem today and Israeli troops fired warning shots to break up a stonethrowing demonstration outside Al Aqsa Mosque Authorities said one police man was injured and 30 dem onstrators were arrested About 200 Arab youths wav ing Palestinian flags and anti Israel placards swarmed out of the mosque following prayers and police said the protesters stoned troops Riots and demonstrations have flared in Jerusalem and Israeli occupied west Jordan since last weekend The pro tests were in support of the Palestine Liberation Organiza tion and against Israeli rule in occupied Arab territory U S Israel face defeat on UN vote on Palestine In other Middle East devel Meanwhile the US and Israel opments An explosion wrecked the entrance of the British Bank of the Middle East in the northern Lebanese port of Tripoli and destroyed three cars parked nearby but caused no casual ties Two Arab rockets were fired at the Israeli border town of Qiryat Shmonah from across the Lebanese border but caused no casualties the mili tary command reported faced another defeat at the United Nations today on a vote endorsing the Palestinians claim to nationhood at the ex pense of Israel A resolution on Palestinian rights introduced Thursday night by 38 Arab and Third World countries was assured of approval in the vote late today in the General Assembly The resolution affirms the Palestinians rights to self determination independence and sovereignty It also affirms their right to return to their homes and property from which they have been displaced and uprooted by the formation of Israel In addition it recognizes the Palestine Liberation Organiza tion as the representative of the people of Palestine and declares the Palestinians a principal party in the estab lishment of a just and durable peace in the Middle East This was a direct hit at Is raels refusal to negotiate with the PLO A second resolution intro duced by 20 Arab and sue other countries would grant the PLO permanent observer status at the General Assembly and at i n t e rnational conferences sponsored by the United Na tions One every 2 Tiours Guerrillas threaten to kill hostages Tunis AP Three Arab guerrillas holding 47 persons on a hijacked British jetliner in Tunis threatened to execute one passenger every two hours today unless 13 comrades jailed in Khartoum and Rome are freed two newsmen allowed aboard re ported But a Palestinian splinter group in Beirut identifying itself as the hijackers com mand said its men sought the release of two comrades jailed in Holland and unless it got them every Dutch Belgian and Luxembourg hostage aboard the plane would be killed There was no immediate ex planation for the difference between the demands In Rome officials said there were no Palestinian terrorists held in Italian jails But five guerrrillas charged with plot ting to blow up an Israeli jet liner in Rome in September 1973 were later freed from Italian jails and flown to Cairo Eight other guerrillas con victed in Khartoum Sudan of killing two U S diplomats and a Belgian envoy last year were also later flown to Cairo Re ports conflict on whether the eight from Khartoum and the five from Rome are in prison or merely under house arrest awaiting transfer to another Arab country The hijacking was attacked by the main Palestinian group the Palestine Liberation Or ganization which called it a desperate attempt to defame the struggle of the Palestinian people and their armed revo lution Three Palestinians seized the plane in the Persian Gulf sheikdom of Dubai late Thurs day then forced it to fly to Tripoli Libya where it refuel ed From Tripoli they diverted the flight to Tunis A stewardess and a porter were wounded when the hi jacking began in Dubai and there were reports two other persons were wounded during the flight from Tripoli to Tunis The hijackers command In Beirut Lebanon said We want our comrades Adnan Ahmad Nuri and Houssin Tamirnah freed at onct by Dutch government Watergate CWeogo Tribune says testimony nears end Washington AF Federal prosecutors sum moned their final witnesses to day preparing to rest their case against the five defend ants in the Watergate coverup trial Some of the last prosecution testimony to be heard by me jury in the complex conspiracy case came from Watergate conspirator E Howard Hunt Hunt was among 26 witnesses to take the stand during the 5V4 weeks the prosecutors made their case CLOUDY Racing manager gave to the GOP Chicago AP The general manager of the Egyptian Trotting Association contributed 30000 to the Illi nois Republican campaign the Chicago Tribune reported in todays editions Clyde Lee of Mt Vernon a former state legislator and now head of the harness racing asso ciation said he paid half the money in 1970 and half in 1971 the newspaper said The funds were solicited by a political ad viser of former Gov Richard B Ogilvie the newspaper said Lee was scheduled to appear before the Illinois Racing Board during its investigation of political contributions and their effect on assigning racing dates The Tribune said Lee felt he made the contribution because we want to tay in business Thats all It didnt have any thing to do with the racing dates Im certainly not proud of what we did Lee said Thomas Drenna Ogilvies campaign manager and political confidant solicited the contributions Lee was a prosecution wit ness in the investigation of racetrack stock dealings that resulted in former Gov Otto Kerner going to prison Files suit against Sielaff Partly cloudy and warmer tonight low 37 to 42 Saturday variable cloudiness and mild high in the low or mid 60s Par fly cloudy and cooler Sun day lows mid 20s to mid 30s highs low 40s to low 50s Fair and wanner Monday and Tues day lows mostly 30s highs Monday upper 40s or low 50s Highs Tuesday mostly 50s Carey claims abuse of prisoner furloughs INDEX Religion Comiei TV Bridgt Crossword Family living Rteordi Sports Wwthtr details map 13lf 5 4 1617 1112 17 Chicago AP States Atty Bernard Carey has filed suit charging that the head of the state Department of Corrections has grossly abused the prisoner furlough pro gram Carey said Thursday that suit stemmed from an incident this week in which Robert HaD 31 was charged with killing his wife while on an unescorted furlough from Menard State Prison Hall was serving one to four years for attempted murder and aggravated bat tery The states attorney said that Allyn R Sielaff head of state corrections failed to give ade quate notification of such fur loughs Carey said the suit was aimed at forcing Sielaff to notify the states attorneys of fice or face a contempt cita tion But Sielaff said that Careys office was informed of Halls furlough adding that the states attorneys statement about the Hall incident has done a great disservice to prisoner reform Mr Careys outburst Thurs day is nothing more than i coverup for bungling of his of fice he said in a statement Carey had almost four days to check on any other informa tion he needed Sielaff added This was nothing more than a coldblooded example of politi cal opportunism using the tragic stabbing of Mrs Hall for Mr Careys own benefit Sielaff said Let me remind the public there have been al most 6500 furloughs and this is the only serious criminal act under the program during thii administration   

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