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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 3, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Weather- Partly cloudy with a chance of rain through Tuesday. Low tonight in the mid 60s. High Tuesday in the 80s. VOLUME 02 NL'MBKil CITY FINAL 15 CENTS CKIMK HAl'Iltt, IOWA, MONDAY, JUNE 3, 1974 ASSOCIATED PUESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES COLSON ENTERS GUILTY PLEA Ray Signs Consumer Credit Bill By Val G. Corley DBS MOINES (AP) A mea- sure to allow retailers to charge up to 18 percent annual intcresl on credit sales was signed into lav.' Monday by Gov. Robert Ray. The interest rate is a portior of the measure designed to rewrite Iowa's credit statutes. The act goes into effect July 1. Usury Law Iowa's credit interest ceiling has been 9 percent since the Iowa supreme court ruled lasl September that retail interest rates are limited by the state usury law. The ceiling under the statute is 9 percent. Previously, retailers had com- monly charged 18 percent inter- est. Ray said no piece of legisla- tion the size of the credit bill could possibly be perfect. "I am not a member of the general assembly and have no authority to change, modify or alter the contents of this Ray said. "As governor, I have only two choices: to accept it or reject it in its entirety." Ray said that if there are changes that need to be made and flaws that need to be cor- rected, it is up to the legislature to do so next January. He said there was consider- able debate on whether the ceil- ing for open-end, or credit card- type retail accounts should be 12 percent, 15 percent or 18 per- cent. He said the overwhelming majority of legislators in both political parties agreed that 18 percent was acceptable on the first but should be trimmed to 15 percent after that point. Credit Reliance "We have come to be a soci- ety of reliance on credit'pur- Ray said. He said the practice of charg- ing 18 percent retail credit in- terest began in Iowa in the mid- 1960s when the prime interest rate the rate at which banks lend money to their best cus- tomers was 5 percent. The governor said the prime rate is now 11.5 percent, with retail merchants being practical and not extending credit at 9 percent when they must pay more than that themselves. He said if he chose to veto the bill, "I would be a party to forcing the people who uti- lize consumer credit to their advantage, particularly low income people, to borrow (Continued: Page 3. Col. 3.) Israeli, Syrian Genera Is Set Truce Plan GENEVA (AP) Syrian an Israeli generals announced Mon day that they have reache agreement on all essentia points of a plan for disengagin their forces on the Gola. Heights and will sign it Wednes day. A U.N. communique issue after three days of meetings o the so-called Military Workin Group of the Geneva Middl East peace talks said it "com pleted work on all basic docu ments that will be signed o Wednesday, June 5." Prisoner Exchange "Agreement has been reachei on the modalities for the ex change of all remaining prison ers of war and the return o dead bodies. "A subcommittee will prepar the final maps that will b signed also on Wednesday." General Herzl Shafir of Israe and Gen. Adnan Tayara of Sy- ria were the principals of the working group which met fo seven hours and 50 minutes Sat urday, Sunday and Monday. Their job was to draw up de marcation lines for the Gdlan buffer zone and areas o thinned out forces of each side as well as a timetable for pu'. ting it into operation. Meanwhile, Israeli Premier- designate Yitzhak Rabin pre- sented his new government to parliament Monday, pledging that Israel will work for peace in the Middle East "but not peace at any price." Rabin won approval in parlia ment by a vote of 61 to 51. He said the truce pacts worked out by Secretary o State Kissinger opened the road to fuller peace talks with th Arabs, but that Israel will kee] strengthening its army and no withdraw to the prewar border: of 1967 as the Arabs demand. "The next stage on the roat to peace must be between Egyp and Israel" with negotiations bj steps toward a full settlement he said. "As for Syria, there is no place for an interim stage." No More This was a clear declaration that Israel intended no more withdrawals on the Syrian fron and that only a full peace treaty would be considered. But he questioned "whether Syria is ready to sign a peace treats with Israel." In Beirut, a Lebanese publi- cation said Monday that Sec- retary of State Kissinger has sent secret messages to Syria and Israel spelling out their unwritten commitments to each other under the Golan Heights disengagement agree- ment he negotiated. The Arab World, an usually well-informed digest of Arab (Continued: Page 3, Col. 8.) British Reject Troop Pullout from Ulster LONDON (AP) The British government Monday rejected demands to pull its troops out of Northern Ireland and declared that only the army was prevent- ing anarchy in the province. "The fact is that without the British army, the forces of law and order could not cope with the immediate Merlyn Recs, Britain's administrator for Northern Ireland, told the house of commons. Rccs was reporting to law- makers recalled early from a spring vacation for an emer- gency debate on Northern Ire- land. He said the British govern- ment was against the view that we should pull out quickly" from Northern Ire- land and "let the two com- munities fight it out." Prime Minister Wilson called parliament buck into session after the collapse of attempts to govern Northern Ireland by a coalition of moderate Protes- tants and Catholics. The coali- tion government resigned and the British government re- sumed direct rule of Hie 'pro- vince after a 15-day general strike led by militant Protes- tants opposed to the sharing of power with the Catholics." Although there was consider- able belief in British political circles before the strike that the moderates in Northern Ire- land would eventually win out, many of Wilson's Laborites, some Conservatives and a num- ber of Liberals now arc report- ed in favor of selling a dale for Britain In gel out of Northern Ireland. One usually informed political source said lhe government's new formula includes election of a now provincial assembly, as demanded by the Protcslant leaders of tho general strike, and another attempt at a pro- vincial government named by lhe assembly. The'source said British offi- hope the Catholics would ,'o along with this because Sinn [''ein, the political front for the outlawed Iris h Republican Army, is now legal and could ml. up candidates. jAdmits Role in Ellsberg Case WASHINGTON (UPI) involvement in the Charles Colson, former of the office of his psy- counsel to President Nixon, pledicnia'risL guilty Monday to a single count Mcrri" said lne Plot dis- Son Francisco Shooting Telephoto A bride of one day was shot and killed Saturday in front of hundreds of shoppers near a downtown San Francisco department store. A woman bystand er points out the suspect, the victim's husband (not to an arriving policeman. The suspect, Timo thy Griffith, 30, was being held by a 21 -year-old wit- ness who knocked him down with a flying tackle. Griffith reportedly fired six shots at his wife, Carmen. At least three slugs struck her. Decision May Reopen King Case WASHINGTON (UPI) Th> supreme court Monday clearei the way for James Earl Ray tc withdraw his guilty plea in the 1968 slaying of Martin Luthe: King on grounds his attorney: may have influenced his deci sion because of a planned boo] about the assassination. The court's decision coulc mean a new trial for Ray, sen fenced to 99 years in prison after pleading guilty in 1969 to killing King .in a Memphis motel. Voluntarily? Clearance for a possible change of plea came in the court's refusal to hear appeals in which the state of Tennessee claimed the guilty plea was vol untarily and intelligently made and therefore was legally valid. Galley Attorneys Lose Bid To Gel Army Evidence COLUMBUS, Ga. (UPI) A federal judge Monday refused a motion by attorneys for formei Army Lt. William Calley to ob tain results of an undisclosed in vestigation by the army of the My Lai massacre. U. S. District Judge J. Rober lliott said the report had been made available to defense attor neys during Galley's origina rial and he felt, therefore, il was not an appropriate matter "or use in an appeal. Attorneys for Calley are scek- ng to have his 10-year sentence :or the slaying of at least 22 South Vietnamese civilians overthrown. They sought in five notions discovery of evidence hey felt was needed in Calley': ippcal, including the controver- sial "Peers the army's nvcstigation of the My Lai in- :idenl and its alleged cover-up. Elliott has scheduled a hear- ng June 24 for Callcy's appeal. T h c 30-year-old ex-platoon is currently free mdcr bail granted by Elliott. Galley has served almost three 'ears of his 10-year sentence. Should Callcy's appeal fail, he vould be sent to Ft. Lcavcn- vorlh, Kan., to serve the rc- naimler of his sentence. He vould be eligible for parole in ,ix more months. Chuckle He thrifty when you are and when you arc old ou'll be able to afford all the liings only Ihc young can enjoy. Copyright The sixth U. S. court of ap- peals had ordered a hearing to decide whether Ray's constitu- tional rights to due process and assistance of counsel were vio- lated and that he therefore was entitled to change his plea. That hearing now will be held. Shortly after he was sen- tenced, Ray charged that Percy Foreman, the criminal lawyer from Houston, had coerced him into pleading guilty. Ray had given Foreman his case after dismissing his original lawyer, Arthur Hanes, who had signed a book contract on Ray's behalf with author William Bradford Huie. Under the arrangement, Hanes was to get 30 percent of royalties from the book about the slaying. Foreman changed the agreement to receive 60 per- cent, and Ray contended that Foreman told him to plead guilty to prevent information on the case from being presented in open court. Questioned In accepting the original plea, the trial judge, W. Preston Bat- tle, questioned Ray thoroughly and the defendant said his plea was knowledgeable and volun- tary. But the appeals court, in a 2-1 decision, said the record of the case "reeks with ethical, moral and professional irregularities, demanding a full-scale judicial inquiry." In other actions Monday, the court: Declined on technical grounds to decide whether state laws requiring consent of husbands or parents for abortions are constitutional. The ruling was in a Florida case, and at least 17 other states have similar laws. The issues are presented in two appeals from Florida where a three-judge panel voided the state spouse and parental con- sent requirements. The three-judge federal court declared the law unconstitu- tional, but refused to issue an injunction blocking its en- forcement. Both the plaintiffs and the state appealed. The supreme court declined to (Continued: Page 3, Col. 5.) Repe McCormick Bows Out of Iowa Politics MANCHESTER Financia pressures and prolonged legisla live sessions have forced State Rep. Harold McCormick (D Manchester) to withdraw as a candidate for re-election aftet Tuesday's primary election, he announced Monday. McCormick, finishing his sixtl year, in Ihc Iowa house, is unop- josed for the Democratic nom- naticn in the slate's 18th louse district but his announce- ment came too late to remove lis name from the primary election ballot. Convention This means the nomination fill have to be filled by an 18th listrict Democratic convention ifler McCormick withdraws of- icially as the party's nominee. "Regretfully, I will be unable o seek a fourth term in the owa house this McCor- nick said in a formal news re- casc Monday. He continued: "Financial pressures, coupled the growing frustration of ver longer legislative sessions, lake it impossible for me to onlinue serving my people Her this year. Closes Store "Partly because it lias been difficult to operate a busines: and at the same time serve in Hie Iowa house, I find it neces sary to close the furniture ston that my father, 'Charlie', helpec establish three-quarters of a ecu tury ago. "I will be opening a smallct 'Sleep which will de mand my full attention. "I express my gratitude to the people who have allowed my 15 years of public service, nine as a city official and six in 'he Iowa house. "The past session was the lon- gest in Iowa history and the icxt session will probably be even longer. Vision' "I have seen the legislative iroccss warp the vision, finan- :ially harm and physically kill >ood legislators. "I will continue to be avail- ible to the people of my district or assistance they may need." The 18th (listrict is composed if parts of Clayton, Delaware, )ubitquc and Fayctlc counties. Candidates for the Republican lominalion for McCormick's eat, at Tuesday's election, arc: louglas Woods of Strawberry 'flint and Howard Dunlap of vlanclicsler. Young Cyclist City's Seventh 1974 Fatality Cedar Raotds A 21-year-old motorcyclis was killed Sunday night wher he was thrown, from his cycl after it struck a parked vehicle. Duane N. Stansbery, 1428 Sec ond street.SW, was dead on ar rival at Mercy hospital with in juries to his head, chest, hip and pelvis. Stansbery was going east in the 5600 block of Sharon lane NW around p.m. when his motorcycle crossed the center of the street and struck a parked pickup belonging to Ed- ward McDonough, jr., 5600 Sharon lane NW. Stansbery was thrown over the truck and against a tree on the parking. The youth was Cedar Rapids; seventh traffic fatality of the year. Only two were recorded in all of 1973. Duane N. Stansbery, 21, of 1428 Second street SW, a life long Cedar Rapids resident, was born Dec. 28, 1952, in Cedar Rapids. He attended Jefferson high school and received the Bronze Star during the Vietnam conflict. He was formerly cm ployed by Cryovac. Surviving are his parents, Mr and Mrs. George T. Stansbery Cedar Rapids; two sisters Norma Gustafson, Waterloo and Lois Schmitz, Ccda Rapids; and two brothers, Don aid, Pclla, and Gary, Cedai Rapids. Services: Cedar Mcmoria Chapel of Memories lat a.m. Wednesday by the Rev. Er nest W. Larson of Trinity Unitet Methodist church. Burial: Cedar Memorial. Friends may call a the Cedar Memorial funcra home after noon Tuesday and ai the chapel after 9 a.m. Wednes day. The casket will be closed at Wednesday. Today's Index Comics .....................19 Crossword ..................19 Daily Kccord ................3 Deaths ......................3 Editorial Features...........6 Farm ......................13 Financial ..................20 Marion .....................11 Movies .....................12 Society ......................8 Sports ...................15-18 State Television ..................10 Want Ads............... 21-25 of obstruction of justice in con- nection with tho 1973 trial of 3 e n t a g o n Papers defendant Daniel Ellsberg. Watergate special prosecutor j Leon Jaworski, in accepting Poison's guilty plea, dropped all other charges now pending against him both in the Water- ;ate cover-up ease and in the >reak-in of the office of Ells- berg's psychiatrist. The development occurred be- 'ore U. S. District Judge Gcr- lard Gesell, just as he was about to begin a hearing on pre- rial motions in the Ellsberg )reakin case, which had been scheduled for trial June 17. Coison waived indictment be- :ore. pleading guilty t'o the ob- struction of justice charge which carries a maximum pen- alty of five years in prison, a fine of or both. Highest Official Colson is the highest ranking former White House official to plead guilty or to be convicted in connection with Watergate and related scandals. Nixon's former counsel, John Dean, plec guilty previously to a conspira- cy count in connection with the Watergate cover-up and has not been sentenced. "How do you wish to Gesell '.asked Colson standing, head bowed, before him. "I plead guilty, your he replied, his voice breaking. Devised Scheme Assistant special prosecutor William Merrill told Gesell the government could have provec that Colson was "responsible for devising and implementing a scheme to defame and destroy the public image and credibility of Daniel Ellsberg and those en- gaged in the legal defense of Daniel Ellsberg, with the intent to influence, obstruct, and im- pede the conduct and outcome" of Ellsberg's criminal trial. He said the scheme began June 28, 1971, the day Ellsberg was indicted in connection with lis release of the Pentagon Papers. All charges were dis- missed against him a year ago on grounds of government misconduct in the case.following disclosure of White House. CHARLES COLSON credit Ellsberg involved in part "what can only be described as a scurrilous and libelous memo- randum" written about his law- yers and leaked to the press. Breakin Only Part The formal charge filed with lhe court said that Colson knew that the release of that mem- orandum would "influence, ob- struct and impede" Ellsberg's case. The formal charge also said that the raid on the psychia- trist's office which was conduct- ed to obtain Ellsberg's psyehia- (Continued: Page 3, Col. G.) -K Judge: Nixon Can'f Decide On Relevance WASHINGTON (UPI) U.S. District Judge: Gerhard Gesell Monday rejected President Nix- on's claim that he has sole au- thority to decide whether to sur- render evidence subpoenaed for trial of former administration officials in the Ellsberg break- in. Gesell said the law clearly gives the courts that authority and he has "various tools" he might ultimately use if the ma- terial is not produced, including contempt, indefinite delay, of the trial or the dismissal of charges against all men indicted in ithe case. The President claimed author- ity to decide what evidence to surrender after former presi- dential aide John Ehrlichman sought access under subpoena to the files he once used 'in the White House. "Matters of Law" Only the court can determine the relevancy or materiality of subpoenaed Gesell ruled. "These are matters of law, not of policy 'If the court determines that production is required of any document, that document must be produced." While Gesell said "the court must reject the President's sug- gestion" that only he can make such decisions, the judge did ac- cept a compromise proposed by [he White House last week on :hc issue of dissent subpoenas in ;he Ellsberg case. Accepts Suggestion Gesell agreed to a White House suggestion to allow the files to be examined for selec- tion of relevant documents. He urged that this be done promptly. Gesell said he then would examine the materials and rule on their relevancy. Ehrlichman's lawyer said they would begin the review And selection process at the White House later in the day and Gesell scheduled another learing Friday, the morning after the deadline for Nixon to comply with the subpoenas. In other developments: Rep. Waldic (D-Calif.) said lunday he heard a derogatory ethnic term used by Nixon on one of the tapes now in the (Continued: Page 3, Col. 7.) Gun Accident Fatal To Delaware Boy, 11 MANCHESTER Wesley Uicas, 11, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Lucas, Delaware, was ac- cidentally shot and killed Sun- lay afternoon, according to Del- ware county Sheriff liert El- cilgc. According to hospital reports, he boy was dead on arrival at he Manchester hospital at iboul 3 p.m. of a gunshot wound o Ihc chest. Sheriff Elledge .said he could lot release any other inforniu- ion at this lime, other than the hooting was accidental. The shooting reportedly occurred at the Lucas farm near Delaware. Services for young Lucas will be held Tuesday at 2 at St. Paul's Lutheran church, Dela- ware. Clifton funeral home in Earlville is in charge of ar- rangements. The boy is survived by his parents; a sister, Ruth, at home; two brothers, Daniel and Robert, at home; and grand- parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Eggers, Qiiiisquclon, and Mr. Mrs. K. F. Lucas, Pills- burgh, Pa.   

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