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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 16

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, June 4, 1974
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14 M«rrt»w«t Arkame* TIMtS, Tmt., June 4, 1974 ACKAMtAf Donna Axum Mutscher Former Miss America Filing For Divorce AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) - Donna Axum MuUcher, Miss America of 1K4. hu filed for divorce, layinc her marriage to convicted ex-House Speaker Gus Mutschcr had become "in- lupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities." State District Court Judge Jim Meyer* set a hearing for Friday on temporary child custody and support and conservation of the couple's prop erly while the divorca is pending. He also issued a temporary restraining order Monday, commanding MuUcher not to dispose of any property. Mutscher currently is appealing his March 15. 1972, con viction on charges he conspired to accept a bribe from Houston promoter Frank Sharp in the form of a lucrative stock deal. Mrs. Mutscher. formerly o( El Dorado, Ark., was Miss Aransas of 1963.: Mrs. Mulscher moved into an Austin apartment last fall and worked as a research associate at the University of Texas School of Communications. She seeks permanent custody of the couple's son, Gus Hurley Mutscher, 3, whom she said is now living with his father in Brenham. Mrs. Mutscher, 32, also has a daughter by a previous marriage. Her last name was changed to Mutscher after the former House speaker became her stepfather. HEARING SET The hearing set for Friday will be for Ihe judge to receive evidence on temporary custody Friday Says Expense Accounts 01 Legislators Are Legal LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Her- stitution itself recognized that a schel Friday of Little Rock, an attorney for four state senators who had to repay some expense account money, told the Arkansas Supreme Court Monday that the account. 1 ! are legal because they are not prohibited by the state Constitution. Herbert Rule, the attorney for the plaintiffs in the suit challenging the expense accounts, said that Friday's assumption that something is legal U it is not specifically prohibited by the Constitution is a dangerous extension of the document. Chancellor Murray 0. Reed of Pulaski County had ordered Sens. Ralph Patterson of North Little Rock, Joe Ray of Havana. Dr. Jerry Jewell of Little Rock and Virgil T. Fletcher of Alexander to repay certain ex penses drawn in advance. Fletcher was ordered to re pay- certain expenses which he had received under Act 274 of 1971 during the period when the General Assembly was not in session. Reed ruled that Act 274 was unconstitutional because, he said, legislators did not have Interim duties. He also said the act was in violation of Amendment 48 to the Arkansas Con- ititution which limits the salary of a state senator to $1,200 anually. Under Act 2 of 1973. all but two state senators were allowec to draw $600 for telephone and postage expenses, $1,200 for the fifl-day legislative session am (1,100 for contingency expenses The (1,200 must be drawn on a monthly basis. Friday said the monthly payment! showed that the Con Weston To Run As Write-In Candidate LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Sec retary of State Kelly Bryan laid Monday he would ask thi attorney general's office wha procedure Joseph H. Weston o Cave City would have to follow to qualify as a write-in guber natorial candidate in the November general election. Weston. editor of the con troveriial Sharp Citizen news paper, asked Bryant to reques the opinion. Weston got only a handful o votes and lost his bid for the Republican gubernatorial nomi nation last week in the GOP primary. He announced Frida that he would file as a write-in candidate. Weston filed his corrupt pi tices pledge with Bryant A' day, but Bryant said be did no consider Weston to be a lega candidate yet. According to Section 3-641 o the state Election Code. Bryan said a write-in candidate has t notify all county election com missioners at least 30 days before the general election. Wesl on said he would try to do tha Weston contended that Sec tion 3-641 conflicts with Sectio 3-1103 in that the latter sectio requires candidates for stat and district offices to file a po litical practice pledge with th secretary of state at the sam time he files as a write-in can did ate. Weston called this a physica impossibility and predicted tha . he would face "violent politica antagonism" in dealing wit the election commissioners. HOOM Opposed WASHINGTON (AP) - The House Agriculture Committee' Rural Development Subcom mtttee went on record Monda aa opposed to the Nixon Admin i f t r a t i o n ' s national tran portatjon proposal unless it in eludes more funds for rura areas. Rep. Bill Alexander. D-Ark i» chairman of the subcom mittee aad author of an amen merit to pump an additions Jl-J billion into country roa and bridge construction ore the next two fiscal years. "A mass transit proposa without feeder highways from the rural regions is not a na tonal transportation policy. Alexander said. "One canoe exist without the other." gislalor's job was not limilct the length of the session. He said expenses allowed un er Act 2 did not represent an ^constitutional salary in ·ease. However. Rule contende( lat expenses allowed unde ct 274 would amount to extra ompensation. He said that any interim uties of a legislator were hi olitical responsibility and wer burden of his office. Unt Jie Constitution is changed, h annot be reimbursed for thos xpenses, Rule said. APL Told To Pay On Contract LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Ar :ansas Powe r Light Co. wa rdcred Monday to pay Pau Lardeman Inc., a Caiiforni on'stt'uction company, and il Bonding agent, Aetna Casualt nd Surety Co.. $1.4 million be ause the utility wrongfully te inated a contract with Hare man in 1964. APiL awarded a contract t lardeman in March 1964 fo Construction 6E a 139-mile pow er line from West Memphis Mabelvale. It canceled the c ract Nov. 28. 1964. claimin hat Hardeman wasn't meetin he work schedule and had vi alert the conditions of the con ract. Hardeman sued the utility fo 2.5 million damages, allegin that APL h a d induced th irm to enter into a conlrac lat the Utility knew to 'be un air. Hardeman claimed AP tad concealed informaion ad showing that Hardeman jid was erroneously low an lad given misleading inform ion to Hardeman when it i quired about other bids on tl project. Haideman bid $2.7 million f ,he project and the next lowe bid. unknown to Hardema was S3.8 million.. APL contended at a U. District Court trial here that he time of the biddng it did n lave the information to sho -hat Hardeman's bid was base on error. However. Judge G. Thorn Eisele said that APL did ha an accurate basis for eva uating Ifarcieman's bid and Ih utility did in fact have doub about the accuracy of the hid. The utility didn't questio lardeman about Us bid. Eise said, because if didn't want risk having the f i r m withdra the bid.. He said instead APi checked- the financial reson bility of Hardeman to dele mine if the company had tl resources to complete the co tract at a substantial loss. Hurst Quits Law Practice PINE BLUFF. Ark. (AP) Former slate Sen. Q. Byru Hurst, 55. of Hot Springs h given up his license to practi law because of his guilty pi to a felony charge. R. A. E bolt Jr. of Pine Bluff, Hurst attorney, said Monday. Eilbott said that he mailed letter to Taylor Roberts, hea of the stale Supreme Court Committee on Professional Co duct, Monday which said .tha Hurst was tendering his cense. Earlier this year Hurst plea ed guilty in U.S. District Cou at Kansas City to illegally co verting to his own use $210,'! in loans from three banks owned in Arkansas and M souri. Hurst was given a tentati five-year prison sentence M 20. pending a 90-day medic examination at the Medic Center for Federal Prisoners Springfield. Mo. Eilbott said Hurst would ter the federal hospital dele tion center June 10, The fin. sentencing will be pronounced following the center's report to the court. the couple's son, temporary pport for Mrs. Mutschcr and r children, an inventory and praisal of property and a mporary injunction to pre rve the property intact. In the suit filed by her law r. University of Texas law rof. Joseph Wilherspoon HI rs. Mutscher said her hus-| and was "in possession of! uch properly, some of which unknown" lo her. She said .e fears he "will dispose of or icumber this property and ssipate the proceeds" and derive her of her share. She said she had an "in- implete knowledge" of this ·operty and sought a sworn ccounting of both property and ehts. Mrs. Mutscher said her hus- and should continue support- g her and her children while ie divorce suit is pending. She aid they have "insujficient in- ome for support while" Mutcher "has an annual income uch in excess of any amount" ie was capable of earning. The temporary restraining ·der issued by Meyers forbids lutscher to sell, transfer, a s - 1 gn, mortgage or encumber ~iy property or incur any in- ebledncss on account of their i ommunity property except in he normal course of business r for necessary living ex- Mutscher was a 36-year-olci j Bachelor in his firut year as [ouse speaker when he was in- roduced by a legislative col- eague to the pretty former s America, who was teach- ng speech at Texas Tech Uni- 'ersity. JUNE BRIDE Their courtship led to a June 7. 1969, wedding in Ihe Lulhor- n church that Mulscher had ttended while a University of 'exas business student. At the ime there was talk that Mut- .cher might eventually run for Congress: But his political hopes col- apsed when the Sharpstown lock scandal broke in January 971, a few days after Mutscher vas sworn in as speaker for a ·econd term. Mutscher was tried in Ahi- ene a little more than a year aler and was convicted of ao -cpling a bribe in relurn for his efforts to pass a bill that allegedly would have enabled Sharp,town State Bank lo evade scrutiny by federal banking a u - ; horilies. Wilh a loan arranged by Sharp from his bank, Mutscher ought stock in the National Bankers Life fnsurance Co.. also controlled by Sharp, and urned a speculative profit a 'ew months later. But he Bought more stock with a Jharpstown loan. The slock collapsed, leaving him with a debt of about $300,000 to the now defunct bank. "Everything he gets he is having to pour into thai debt." i friend said in October. The, riend also said Mutscher was n the real estale and cattle business "here and Houston and around." Mrs. Mutscher lashed out occasionally at her husband's' critics as well as at newsmen i who covered his political and legal troubles. After his con- viclion at Abilene, she struck a newsman with her purse." Sanfarelli Said On His Way Out; Silence Prevails WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald E. Santarelli, a Nixon administration trooper who broke ranks, reportedly is on his way out but nobody wants to lalk about it. Congressional sources said Monday that Santarelli has resigned as head of the Law En forcement Assistance Adminis- t r a t i o n , the Justice Department' agency that passes out nearly $900 million a year to state and l o c a l governments to fight crime. Santarelli refused to talk lo reporters. His aides first said 'no comment" to the report, but later referred questions to the White House. The W h i t e House and Justice Department hari no comment. Last week. Santarelli, a glib nd brainy 36-year-old lawyer, told an Associated Press reporter that the Watergate scandal has made the government 'a nastier place to be t h e s e days." He said then that he wanted to leave government service soon, but meantime he would "very assiduously avoid" mentioning President Nixon's name in public. When the report was pub- ished. Santarelli complained of 1 misunderstanding and claimed he had not meant hisi remarks for publication. Three days later, he com plained of the "unfortunate notoriety" the news account stimulated and launcher! into tepi dpraise for the President's support of LEAA. [ Sunday, Santarelli's public criticism of Nixon heightened when the Philadelphia Inquirer's "Today" magazine; published an account of a re-cent interview in which Sanla-' relli urged the President to re sign. Santarelli was quoted as saying, "It pains me. but I think he should resign. After al!. you've got the cleanest vice president in history over there, his whole life's been gone over by every agency imaginable.] he's got USDA Prime stamped I on every haunch." 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