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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 14, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Weather- 1'artly cloudy tunijjlu, In the mid 40s. Fair Wednesday with highs In the low lo mid 60s. VOLUME 92 CITY FINAL 10 CENTS CEDAR UAPIDS, IOWA, TUESDAY, MAY 14, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES PANEL TO HEAR FIRST TAPES Henry: No Pact, Continues DAMASCUS (AP) _ Secre- tary of Stale Kissinger said Tuesday that no agreement was reached with Syria on disengag- ing forces on the embattled Golan Heights, and that he was returning to Israel, "bringing to the government there further Syrian thoughts." "I expect to return to Damas- cus he added, then flew off to Jerusalem. "Review Ideas" Kissinger and Syrian Pres- ident Hafez Assad met for 1% hours, and the secretary said t h e y continued to "review various ideas on a disen- gagement agreement, further refining them." He did not elab- orate. Despite Israeli denials, a se- nior U. S. official told newsmen on the flight to Damascus that Kissinger was bringing new re- finements for the Syrians to consider. The official also said the buffer zone to be set up as part of the disengagement agree- ment would be demilitarized under Syrian eiviladminis- tration. What role a U. N. peacekeep- ing force would play in the zone Wirtpholos was unclear. But it seems cer- tain such a force would main- tain positions on three strategic hills that overlook, the Golan town of Quneitra, which Israeli troops captured in the 1967 war. Close? U. S. officials indicated Mon- day that the two governments are close to agreement on thin- ning out armor behind the even- tual disengagement lines and the kind of U. N. buffer force that will stand- between their armies. One senior American official said Israeli and Syria had moved closer to agreement.on the location of the front lines their forces would man on the Golan Heights. But he said while the distances still in dis- pute are relatively small, they are of major concern to both sides. Meanwhile, COUNSEL IN WATERGATE CASE James D St Clair, left, White House counsel, and J. Wilson, attorney for H. R. Haldeman, former Wh'ite House chief of staff, leave U. S. district court in Washington after a closed hearing before Judge John J. Sirica in connection with a subpoena for White House tapes. Say Kissinger Is Unlikely To Visit Russia WASHINGTON (AP) Sec- retary of State Kissinger is un- likely to. make a widely fore- cast trip to Moscow to prepare :or a planned summit visit by President Nixon, it has been Any'Kissinger decision to fore- ;o such a trip seemed certain :o raise questions about the status of Nixon's own summit intentions. At the was seen fueling further speculation that a significant arms limita- tion Agreement cannot be ne- gotiated in time for a meeting of the "President and Soviet Communist party chief Leonid Brezhnev. Italian Vote Hurts Vatican ROME (AP) The over- resignation as long as possible whelming defeat of the Vati to shore' up the party's posi- Not Affected The White House reiterated Monday that summit plans have not been affected by the house impeachment inquiry and that Nixon still Intends to be in Mos- cow late next month. Some American newsmen in ihe Soviet capital also reported receiving word there that a Kis- singer visit prior to the sum- Israel said itsmit was unlikely However, _ a warplanes hit Arab guerilla units in southern Lebanon again Tuesday while its artillery crews exchanged fire with the Syrians on the Golan Heights. Syrian communiques reported nightlong artillery and tank duels and said the fighting spread along the entire 45-mile front during the day. Machinist Halt Threatens United WASHINGTON (AP) The International Assn. of Machin- ists said Tuesday that it will strike United Air Lines at 2 a.m. Wednesday if its members re- ject the company's latest con- tract offer. Machinists Vice president John Peterpaul said voting on the offer would be completed Tuesday. A union spokesman said that, while officials were hopeful ol approval, the union wanted to give some advance warning that ,1 strike was possible. Today's Index .16 Comics Crossword ..................16 Doily Record................3 Deaths lidilorinl Features...........C Fnrm ......................10 Finiindnl ..................17 Marion ....................17 Movies .....................15 Society .....................8 Spiirls Stale ......................'1.5 Television ...................9 Wnnl Ails............... high state department official expressed bafflement at this, saying he still expects Kissinger to precede Nixon to Moscow. If Kissinger indeed foregoes a presummit journey he once described as likely, it was un- derstood lie would cite as the reasons his own busy travel schedule and the short time pe- remaining before late June. Although it seems apparent here 'lias been some delay in irm planning for a Nixon trip o the Soviet Union, the White louse reportedly has attributed his to the normal workings of he diplomatic process. Recurrent Rumors Word that Kissinger might not go to Moscow in the weeks just ahead also seemed likely to iadd to recurrent rumors that Nixon hopes to make an early trip to the Middle East, perhaps later this month. Tlie President is on record as looking forward to a visit to Egypt and has been invited to do so. If he does go lo Cairo lie also would be expected lo visit Israel and perhaps such other Middle Eastern nations as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Kissinger, of course, w o u I d accompany lim. The secretary of slate went o Moscow in late March hopc- 'nl for a breakthrough in ncgo- iating a new curb on offensive nissilcs lo follow Ihe original iALT agreement Nixon and Brezhnev announced In Moscow n 1972. Kissinger's hopes were dashed anrt it had been cd he would return lo Moscow prior lo any Nixon Visit in a new effort in press for an ac- cord in the nrca ol multiple in- dependently targeted re-cnlry vehicles, commonly known as MIRV missiles. can's campaign for repeal o the Italian divorce law spurrei a drive Tuesday to end th privileged status of the.Roman Catholic church in Italy. a vigorous, two-montf campaign by Italy's bishops nuns, and politica (Photo on Picture Page) allies in the Christian. Demo cratic party, Italians voted 3 ti 2 in a referendum Sunday anc Monday to retain the divorce law that has been on the books only since 1970. Petition Drive As soon as the results were known, anti-clerical groups an- nounced a nationwide drive to collect- signatures on a petition calling for a referendum on all laws giving the Church a special position. One such law stipulates thai "the Roman Catholic Apostolic religion is the only religion of the state." Others give tax ex- emptions and other privileges to agencies of the Church and Vati- can employes. The outcome of the referen- dum was also a stinging rebuff to the Christian Democrats, Italy's dominant party ever since World war II, and its secretary- general, former Premier Amin- lore Fanfani, who led the party fight against the divorce law. Politicians said Premier Mariano Rumor was expected to step down following the vote, but his Christian Demo- crats would likely delay the tion. The .campaign divided Ru- center-left coalition gov-j eminent and promised new stresses, and.strains. for it in the future. fThe' "three par- the So- cialists, Democratic Socialists and Republicans were for divorce, along with the Commu nists; the Christian Democrat and the Vatican were supportei only by the neo-Fascists of tlie Italian Social Movement, whos backing is usually considered a embarrassment Thousands celebrated Monda; night in Rome and a doze (Continued: Page 5, Col. 3.) Paper of Nixon Donor Urges Impeachment GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) The Greensburg Tribune-Re- view, owned by Richard Mellon Scaife who contributed almost million to President Nixon's re-election campaign, called "or Nixon's impeachment Tues- day. The newspaper said in a front-page editorial that im- peachment was n e c e ssary "for the preservation of the democratic system." It urged Nixon to step aside under constitutional provisions until his guilt or innocence is decided by the senate. The 25th Amendment to the institution allows for the ice-president to assume the duties of the President if the }hief Executive is deemed im- ible to fulfill his duties. "Not only has he mishandled lis 1972 mandate, but he is now nisbandling his own defense that is the right the ditorial said. "Through some orm of blindness, he has con- used himself with the Office of the Presidency, and in his con- fusion, he is doing neither him- self nor that office any good.. "We are sickened with Mr. Nixon's twisted sense of loy- alty to those shadowy figures who have been close to him; this at the expense of a much higher form of loyalty we feel he owes to the good people of this country." The Tribune-Review 'said it abhorred the "rampant pro- fanity" represented by exple- tive deleted references in the transcripts. Scaife, a principal heir to the huge Mellon fortune, is the son of Sarah Cordelia Mellon and Alan Scaife and a nephew of '.he late Richard King Mellon. In 1970, Seaife purchased the daily newspaper' which has a circulation of about He s chairman of the board and jublisher of the jiewspaper. Scaife contributed lesser amounts to Nixon's 1968 cam- >aign for the presidency and to >en. Barry Goldwater's 1964 Vote on New Subpoena Scheduled Wednesday WASHINGTON (AP) Th house judicary committee me for more than two hours i closed session Tuesday for wha one member described as a 'monotonous" back groun briefing in preparation for ar afternoon of listening to Whiti House tapes. The committee was spending .9 first full day reviewing evi dencc on the possible impeach ment of President Nixon. Rep. Waldie the only committee member who had any comment when 'the meeting broke up for lunch, said, "Nothing we heard today has not been heard by the public." The focus of day-long closec sessions Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday was the attempt ed Watergate cover-up, when the President learned of it, and what he did about it. First Tapes Extraordinary security was in 'orce for the committee ses sions. The committee hearing room was sealed with no one other than the 38 members o he panel and its staff allowed nside before or after sessions. For the first time, committee members other than the chair man and ranking Republican vere to listen to some White House tapes. And on Wednesday, the committee is scheduled to vote on issuance of a subpoe- na demanding additional tapes. Notice of the meeting, sent to committee members on Monday, did .not specify which tapes would be sought. However, it was learned lat ast week that the subpoena vould include a meeting on April 4, 1972, involving the Pres dent, H. R. Haldeman and John Mitchell. Four days before thai neeting, according to'testimony y Jeb Stuart Magruder, Mit- hell approved a political in- elligence plan that included ugging Democratic national ommittee headquarters in the 'atergate office building. Schedule Lags Chairman Rodino (D-N.J.) as said he hopes to complete he closed portion of the Water- ate breakin and cover-up pres- ntation this week. But during the initial session Air Force Gen. Brown To Head Joint Chiefs WASHINGTON (UPI) Pres- ent Nixon announced Tuesday iat he would nominate Gen. eorge S. Brown, air force chief F staff, to be chairman of the lint chiefs of staff. Brown, 55, will succeed Adm. Thomas Moorer as the armed o r c e s top-ranking officer, [oorer plans to retire from the avy July 2. General David C. Jones, com- lander of U. S. air forces in urope, will succeed Brown as r force chief of staff. last Thursday, the pace proved slower than Rodino and John Doar, chief counsel of the im- peachment inquiry, had antici- pated. And the tape playing could slow it even more. All parties who have heard any of the tapes have described them as ex- tremely difficult to understand. May Hear Buzz The June 20, 1972, tape is ex- pected to be the first that will be played for judiciary com- mittee members. But all they'll hear of interest will be a buzz that drones on for 18% minutes. None of the audible conversa- tion on the tape deals with Wa- tergate. Next in line chronologically would be the tape of a luncheon the President had on June 30, 1972, with Haldeman and Mit- chell. The next day, Mitchell resigned as head of Nixon's re- election committee. He said he was resigning at the insistence of his wife, Martha. After that would come tapes of a series of meetings climax- .ng with two on March 21, 1973, ;he date the President says he first learned the details of the Watergate cover-up. Transcripts of those meetings, beginning on (Continued: Page 3, Col. 7.) Iowa County Farmers Voice Road Gripes By Tom Fruehling AMES Representatives ol Iowa county farmers who a opposed to the proposed foi lane highway between 1-80 a highway 6 along county ro W21, voiced their complain Tuesday morning ,to the low highway commission. As a result of a design, publ hearing in Amana March 27, th oad is scheduled for approva ly the commission Wednesday. The project is supported b lie Amana Society, the low ounty board of supervisors an .mana Refrigeration Co. Unnecessary Richard Pundt, Cedar Rapid ittorney, who represents his fa her, Arthur, and other Ian wners, said Tuesday that th oad is unnecessary. He said it would be takin :good agricultural land out 'reduction for the benefit of n ne." He implied that special inter est groups had railroaded th commission into acceptance o the project. Cost ?2 Million Pundt noted that the highway would cost about ?2 million. A an alternative, he suggested re paving county road W21, whic! (Continued: Page 3, Col. 8.) Judge Disagrees on Lascivious Acts Ruling By Roland Krekeler The state stalule forbidding lascivious acts with a child, declared unconstitutional by Linn District Judge William Eads in February, was de- clared constitutional by Linn District Judge James Carter late Monday afternoon. Carter's ruling came in the case of Alvin E. demons, 51, who gave a northwest Cedar Rapids address at the time of his arrest last November. The defendant is accused of performing lascivious acts with a child between Sepl. 3, 1970, Tind Nov. 5, 1973. Some Doubt In his ruling Monday, Car- ter said his views on the con- stitutionality of the statute are not "totally free of but Ihnt there appears to be substantial reason In wait, for the Iowa supremo court to pass on Hie validity of the law. A supreme court decision on Ihe validity of lire stnliile will have limited application, be- cause, as Judge Carter noted, the legislature adopted a new statute on the subject that, will become effective July 1. Judge Eads, in his ruling in February, "reluctantly" de- clared section 725.2 of the Iowa code unconstitutional due lo "verbal vagueness of the term lewd, immoral or lascivious act." Similarity His ruling called attention lo the similarity between lhat which had been declared un- constitutional by the Iowa su- preme court in December and February. Judge Eads' ruling has been appealed lo the supreme court. Judge Carter, in liis ruling Monday, called attention lo differences between the sec- tions voided by the high court and Ihe section dealing with lascivious ncls will) n child. He noted that 725.3, clc- claml void by the high court in December, deals with the regulation of public enter- tainment "which enjoys First Amendment prelection and which the public is not com- pelled lo witness." This differs substantially, he said, "from the regulation of individual conduct directed to- ward unwilling parlicipaiits or protected classes of persons such as children. Accordingly, the cited decisions involving significant bearing on the validity of section 725.2." Of more significance, he said, is the decision in Febru- ary saying section 725.1, which prohibited gross lewdncss and indecent ex- posure of one's person, was unconstitutionally vague. Language Akin Thr prohibition of lewd, im- moral or lascivious acts in the presence of a child is akin lo language described as uncon- stitutionally vague, Carter said. However, he said, there are the additional limitations as to place (in the presence of a child) and Ihe possession of a specific intent on the part of the perpetrator. The lascivious acts statute declares the conduct a crime only if it is done with the spe- cific intent of arousing, ap- pealing to or gratifying the lusts or passions or sexual desires of the offender or Ihe child. More Specific 'Hie statute also prohibits lewd, immoral or lascivious acls upon or with the body of n child. Carter wrote that this conduct can be more specifi- cally identified with respect to the type of act prohibited, because it is limited lo acts performed on or with a body, with n specific intent. The additional requirements in the lascivious acts statute, Carter said, narrow the law to the point that it meets mini- mal constitutional standards. In fact, he said, the type of acts which might be per- formed on or with the body of a child would in certain in- stances be best left un- dcscribed. To specify, he said, would serve to exclude other acts equally loathsome, not included because of unfamil- iarity with all conceivable types of perversion. Can Challenge Carter noted that if demons is convicted he can still chal- lenge the statute in an appeal to the supreme court. To uphold his challenge to the statute now would delay Ihe trial for over a year, if the supreme court should sustain the statute, he said. The judge set trial in the case for June 3 and gave demons until May 30 to clod to plead lo the charge or (Continued: Page 3, Col. G.) Kopechne Death File To Probers BOSTON (AP) Records from the closed inquest into the Jeath of Mary Jo Kopechne have been sent to the house ju- diciary committee, which is considering impeachment pro- c e e d i n g s against President Mixon, officials said Tuesday. Miss Kopechne was killed in July, 1969, when a car driven by Sen. Kennedy. (D-Mass.) went off a bridge and into a tidal pool m Chappaquiddick island off :he Massachusetts 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 prompt- ly to Washington. The material which the com- mittee requested was made pub- ic in 1970. Assistant librarian Marie Se- kula said the set of copies was mailed some lime ago. The library keeps copies of records and briefs of all cases that are appealed to the Mas- sachusetts s u p r em e judicial court for reference by. lawers. Refuses Comment A c c o r d In g to the .Boston Globe, a committee spokesman refused to comment "hi, any way" on the request for docu- ments. "I don't know if we have and. I couldn't comment the spokesman .told the lobe when asked if material lad been requested. Edgartown District Court Judge James Boyle directed .hat the January, 1970, inquest >e open, but the state supreme udicial court ordered it closed fter Kennedy's counsel argued lat an open hearing would re- ult in publicity "so widespread to taint with irremediable rejudice" any court proceeding eld later. Negligence? In the report of the inquest, eleased in April, 1970, Boyle aid there was cause to believe Kennedy drove negligently, but e did not'file negligent driving :harges against the senator, nd there were no other court iroceedings in the case. One; week after the accident, (ennedy pled guilty :to leaving ie scene of an accident. He given a two-month sus- ended jail sentence; placed on robation for one year, and lost is driver's license for one year. No reason was given for the ommittee's request for the doc- ments on the Chappaquiddick iquesl. Wiretap Charge Margaret Carroll, who was iss Kopechne's roommate at ie time of the incident, filed uit last August charging that rmer White House aide John hrlichman and two former ew York City policemen then n the White House payroll took in placing an illegal wirc- p on her telephone. Testimony at the senate Wa- rgate hearings has linked the 'o ex-policemen Anthony lascwicz and John Caulfield ith attempts by the White ouse to gain information on litical figures who opposed e administration. There have been reports that c of the targets was Kennedy, the White House transcript of March 13, 1973, conversation, rmcr White House counsel tin Dean told President Nixon at "right after Chappaquiddick mcbody was pill up there lo art Today's Chuckle We can tell right from rong; what we need is n olproof way to tell temptn- on from opportunity. Copyright   

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