Strait_v1n3_1971-10

NEWS

DISTAFF LAWYERS SUFFER "QUITE A PUT-DOWN" Sylvia Roberts, chairwoman of the Committee on Rights for Women, of the American Bar Association, claims that a statement attributed to President Nixon that there are no women qualified enough to serve on the Supreme Court is absolutely incorrect and unfair . "There are plenty of women qualified and available," Roberts said . "It's not possible to dismiss all the women in the legal profession," she stated, and considered the remarks attributed to Nixon, "quite a put down." Roberts is concerned about the notions planted in the heads of men in the legal profession that a female judge, justice or attorney cannot, somehow, be as distinguished as a male judge, justice or attorney . In a letter submitted to President Nixon the ACLU urged the appointment of women to the U.S. Supreme Court and the lower federal judiciary. ACLU Executive Director Aryeh Neier reported to the President, "We condemn the historic exclusion of women from the highest court in our land and urge the President , in filling present vacancies on the Court, to focus his search upon women in the legal profession who have a strong understanding and commitment to the Bill of Rights." GREEN LIGHT MIGHT TURN ON TO CANADIAN GRASS A green-light recommendation on legalizing the possession of grass in Canada is the expected result of a 22-month study of drugs by a special Canadian drug commission. The five member panel has been studying the impact of all drugs from alcohol to heroin, and in a preliminary report last year urged government officials ┬Ěnot to impose jail sentences for the possession of any drug. Rather, it suggested that slight monetary fines be imposed as a form of punishment for "possession" convictions. James Moore, executive secretary of the Commission, has not yet stated that the specualated recomme- ndation would be proposed, but said that the final report , not expected to exceed 1000 pages-"will set off a small furor up here." The five commissioners-including a lawyer, a doctor, a social worker, a criminologist, a psychiatrist and a sociologist-visited 22 Canadian university campuses and held hearings in 27 cities during the two-year research. Said Moore: "We didn't have a single politician on our panel." ADMINISTRATION GEARS YEAR FOR ACTION President Nixon has developed a number of innovative programs related to the young people-draft reform, enactment of the 18-year-old vote, a new drug program for military personnel, the new ACTION agency, a proposed _expansion of student aid and loans, and the summer job program. The "University_Year for ACTION", the government's latest, enables students to do volunteer work in nearby communities using book-knowledge to gain practical experience in their fields of study. Full academic credit up to 30 hours will be awarded for a full years volunteer service. Joseph H. Blatchford, director of ACTION, stated in a news letter oriACTION,that while solutions to the problems of urban America, the environment, and the perpetual cycle of poverty are being sought, more must be done to involve the young in finding the solutions. THIEU VICTORY VIEWED WITH SULLEN RESIGNATION Vietnamese say the only difference between Thieu's "election" victory with 91.5 per cent of the vote and similar victories during Ngo Dinh Diem's presidency is that with Diem, at least token opposition can- didates appeard on the ballot. A study of election statistics and voting analyses by American and Vietnamese officials on the 3 October vote has swamped the 87.7 per cent turnout and "landside victory" of Thieu with doubt. Election irregularities and inflated turn-out figures appeared to be rampant. Cases of multiple ballots, aQ.d voting supervision were reported, along with evidence indicating that the number of voters going to the polls was puffed up. In Danang 35 per cent of the population was to have voted by 11 :00 a.m. - the time demonstrators throughout the city were clashing with police. Observers agree that the streets were virtuu:lly empty of voters at this time. A strong feeling among many Vietnamese is that Thieu presently has control over the means of force in the country because of U.S. support-both financial and military. One Vietnamese government official summed up the sentiment saying:"This government without the support of the Americans is a big zero."

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