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I ' 7 Y J -WEATHEft- rmu- MOSTi?Y FAIR , Page AmtitMMnfi . .10 Butinoit. . .18-20 CIoMifloct . .25-33 Comics. ..,16,17 Editorials .i, 6,7 Page Ifvinj ....14.1S OWfuoriw . . .25 Rodi.TV..l,17 Sports X-Word 14 See Poge 9 Second Ctaai Pottaf Paid at Naihvillc, Tenn. VOL. 74 No. 282 A GANNETT NEWSPAPER NASHVILLE, TENN., TUESDAY, JAN. 15, 1980 20 CENTS 34 Pages Leave Afghanistan! oviets Ha nde funhiha Rebuke d From WIRE REPORTS UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. General Assembly, in a sharp rebuff to the Soviet Union, overwhelmingly called yesterday for the total and unconditional withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan. Delegates adopted what some described as "a moderate" resolution on a vote of 104 to 18 with 18 abstentions. The Iran Ousts Entire U.S. Press Crew From WIRE REPORTS . TEHRAN Iran announced yesterday it is expelling the entire American press corps because of its "biased" reporting and warned the 50 Americans could remain hostage "more or less forever." The official Pars news agency, quoting Islamic Revolutionary Council member Ali Akbar Moinfar, said, "Iran will soon expel all American reporters and correspondents for publishing biased reports about Iran." FOREIGN press chief Abolghassem Sadegh said all American news organizations, including United Press International and the Associated Press, would close down. He said the affected newsmen would be given a "de- cent" notice period within which to wind up their opera- tions in Iran. A deputy spokesman of the council, said that for the time being, French, British and West German reporters were being allowed to remain in Iran. "But we give them a (Turn to Page 2, Column 1) Nichopoulos Witness Spat Stalls Hearing By JOEL KAPLAN Tennecsean Staff Correspondent MEMPHIS A malpractice hearing for Dr. George C. Nichopoulos was delayed abruptly yesterday to permit his attorneys to get a judge's ruling on whether he must testify as a prosecution witness. "He is not going to testify for the prosecution," said John Thomason, one of Nichopoulos' three attorneys, when the doctor was called to the stand by attorneys for the state. "He is going to testify for the defense. "IF I'M WRONG about it, we'll get some judge to decide, but we're not going to put Dr. Nichopoulos on the witness stand until tne time comes for the defense to present its case." Mike Branham, hearing officer for the state Board of Medical Examiners, recessed the hearing until 8:30 a.m. today, but warned that unless Thomason has obtained a chancellor's ruling in his favor, he will allow the state to call Nichopoulos. Nichopoulos' lawyers were searching for a judge last night. The delay came immediately after Dr. Raymond Harbison, pharmacologist at Vanderbilt University, testified that the combination of uppers, downers and painkillers Nicholpoulos allegedly prescribed for Elvis Presley during the last 20 months of his life was enough to make him an addict. THE BOARD opened hearings, under heavy police guard, on a 59-page complaint charging that Nichopoulos wrote 784 prescriptions in excess of "medically appropriate amounts" to Presley, singer Jerry Lee Lewis and 18 others. The state contends that 193 of those prescriptions were for nearly 12,000 uppers, downers and painkillers Presley received during the months before he was found dead in the bathroom of his Memphis mansion in 1977 at the age of 42. Harbison said many of the drugs Nichopoulos prescribed for his various patients, including Eskatrol and Quaalude, could cause them to become "dependent and psychologically addicted," and might also cause severe liver damage and death. "Eskatrol is an ampehlamine type drug and is used as an apoetite suppressant," Harbison said. "However, tolerance develops in a very short period of time. It's useful only for a very short period cf time six weeks at most." (Torn to P2e 8, CtSunsa 3 resolution was sponsored by 24 Third World nations. IT WAS A stunning rebuke to the Soviet Union, which one week ago vetoed a similar resolution in the Security Council. The General Assembly vote came after four days of debate at an emergency session called after the Soviets killed the Security Council action. Lining up against the Soviets were the vast majority of Moslem and Third World nations along with the Western dllics THE RESOLUTION avoided naming the Soviet Union as the aggressor. Soviet Ambassador Oleg Troyanovsky said Russian armed forces will be withdrawn only when "foreign threats" to Afghanistan have ended. He said Moscow sent troops to the Moslem country late last month because it "feared an imperialist bndgeneaa on me southern edge of the Soviet THE KREMLIN'S allies denounced the Assembly's emergency debate on the 'Afghan crisis as "interference," but Third World countries voiced "shock" at the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The resolution approved by the Assembly, meeting in emergency session for only the sixth time in its 34-year history, called "for the immediate, unconditional and total withdrawal of the foreign troops from Afghanistan." Soviet airborne and infantry units moved into 'Afghanistan Christmas Day and two days later Afghanistan's Marxist leader, Hafizullah Amin, was deposed and executed with pro-Soviet babraK Karmai replacing him. IT IS NOW believed there are about 100,000 Soviet soldiers operating in Afghanis-, tan, helping loyal Afghan MEMPHIS arrets ct t. r-;:rj cf M army units battle Moslem rebels. U.S. Ambassador Donald F. McHenry told the assembly Saturday the Soviets "cannot ingore international law without suffering serious consequences." He said America and other nations were taking actions to show the Soviet government "the magnitude of its error." (Tarn to Page 2, Column 1) Merchant Bound Over In 2 Deaths By SHARON WARD Tennessean State Correspondent WAVELRY, Tenn. - A HumDhrevs Countv merchant was oouna to tne grand jury yesterday on two counts of first-degree murder after testimony ne was a "fence" and the victims were gun thieves. Defense attorney Allen Wallace argued unsuccessfully that Vernon Morrisett, 43, acted in self-defense Dec. 5 when he shot and killed Alvin W. Novem, 38, and Jessie Joe Bratton, 47, both of Denver, Tenn. A RELATIVE of the victims, Johnny Brake, testified that on one occasion Morrisett gave he, Vernon and Bratton a list of three stores in Camden, Tenn., to "hit." "He wanted them hit and we was to bring the stuff back to him and he would fence it," Brake told General Sessions Judge John Williams, yesterday. Brake, stepson of Bratton and brother-in-law of Novem, is now the sole defendant in the Oct. 25 theft of firearms from (Turn to Page 2, Column 4) - Dr. GcorSe HkUpmks, r't, tt.sr?sViS City Council cf irs. V ';; -V, . '-Vi ' "- '.. I V I ' V ; , f i , , 1 ' History Rep. Robert Fisher, ousted last night from the House of Representatives, walks alone through a Capitol Hill corridor as Overwhelming 92-1 House By LARRY DAUGHTREY The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly last night to expel Rep. Robert Fisher, R-Elizabethton, from its membership for soliciting a bribe to kill pending legislation. :'.'. rs:. ; The 92-1 vote, taken in a hushed but emotional atmosphere, marks the first time in the 180-year history of the General Assembly a member has been banished from office for official misconduct. AP Lmerphofo ccc mponlod by Ms attorney, rjjrbj tcfire ?! ? $2t3 Maker Passes Votes "I MAY BE the first one to be expelled from this body, but there will be so many clouds hanging over this body that I won't be the last," Fisher warned the lawmakers mo ments Detore the vote was taken. ' . ' Fisher said there is a "thin line" between a lobbyist's $25 steak and an outright bribe. "Where does courtesy stop and a bribe begin?" asked the man convicted of attempting to receive 10 $100 bills. Fisher and his wife left the Capitol immediately after the vote without comment. Ironically, he could be back on the floor as a voting member by the end of the week. THE CARTER County Commission must meet within 10 .days to fill the vacancy, and Fisher has indicated he may seek re-election by the commission. The constitution provides that a member may not be expelled from the legislature twice for the same offense. The lopsided vote surprised many observers. The only member voting for Fisher was Rep. U.A. Moore, R-Memphis, who said the atmosphere reminded him of the ancient crowd in Jerusalem crying "Give us Barabbas." "This body itself faces judgment tonight," replied Rep. Brad Martin, D-Memphis. "The task is distasteful, but the duty is clear." "IF WE DON'T like being the jury in a case like this we shouldn't run for re-election," said Rep. Jimmy Wallace, I-Jackson. "If he thought about taking money for five seconds Jackson Of Klan, By DWIGHT LEWIS As economic conditions worsen, and people search for scapegoats, the United States will see a resurgence of groups like the Ku Klux Klan, the Rev. Jesse Jackson predicted here yesterday. "I'm afraid we'll see a resurgence of the Klan and the Nazis in the 80s," Jackson said at a press conference before giving a speech which electrified an overflow crowd in Memorial Chapel at Fisk University. "AS WE move toward social desperation and our economic options are reduced, some people will tend to look across for scapegoats rather than locking chead f:r new possi as Business Continues two of his colleagues, Rep. Jim Bragg, confer. To Expel Fisher to handle legislation up here, he ought to resign." Rep. Robert King, R-John-son City, charged that Fisher had "violated the trust of the people of Carter County," adding, "I will not permit any Eerson or thing to impugn the onor of this high body." Fisher was convicted in October of soliciting a $1,000 bribe from Carter County Sheriff George Papantoniou to kill a bill the sheriff opposed. HE WAS GIVEN a $500 fine and a 30-day suspended sentence. During secretly tape re Metro Clarksville Panel Appointed By SCOTT SHELTON Tennessean State Correspondent CLARKSVILLE - A blue-ribbon panel of 15 city and Montgomery County community leaders was named yesterday to begin the nine-month task of drafting a charter to unify city-county governments, t Members selected for the special charter commission 10 appointed last night by the County Commission and five selected yesterday afternoon by the City Council will meet tomorrow to organize for the unprecedented undertaking. "I BELIEVE we have a good commission here," County Executive William O. Beach told members of the County Commission, which voted unanimously, 21-0, to seat its 10 representatives. Sees Resurgence Nazis During '80s bilities," Jackson, the founder and executive director of Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity), added. "There will be increased competition for fewer jobs, and when social desperation sets in, political demagoguery tends to emerge and play upon the fears of the frightened people. Therefore, the civil rights movement will be operating against a head wind, because these people will see our chal-lenge for justice as a threat." Jackson added, "What we're going to have to have is the fcind of leadership in the White House that v,:ll provide the cmoUonal and economic secu StoH photo by J.T. Phillips McKinney, right, and Rep. John corded conversations with the sheriff, Fisher said the money would go to House Speaker Ned McWherter and Reps. Tommy Burnett, James McKinney and Elbert Gill. Burnett was out of the state tn business last night, but responded strongly to the allegations in a statement read to the membership. "There can be no question but that Rep. Fisher attempted to use his office for economic gain for himself and none other," Burnett said. (Turn to Page 2. Column 3) "We think there are a lot of people we were not able to place on the commission, because of the limitation of numbers, who can serve as advisers," Beach said. Mayor Ted Crozier said he and Beach conferred numerous times on the nominees, pouring over more than four dozen charter commission prospects. Crozier and Beach both said they hope some of those considered but not seated will consent to serve as consultants to the rest. "I don't know how many hours we spent trying to distill a list of some 50 down to the 15," Crozier told council members. "We'll hold the first meeting Wednesday (tomorrow), and the purpose of that will be to elect a chairman and (Turn to Page 2, Column 3) rity some people feel they're losing a grip on." LATER, IN his speech, Jackson evoked the memory of his mentor, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as he covered topics ranging from international politics to the importance of predominantly black colleges and universities. After his talk, a member of the Fisk University choir, Kimberly Flemming, left many in the audience crying with her rendition of one of King's favorite spirituals, Precious Lord. Jackson was speaking on the eve of the birthday of King, who would have been 51 today. (TurnksPsseS.CcauaiaS)

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