July 17, 1977 – A Peace Proposal In Lebanon – Protests In Ann Arbor
News of a proposed peace settlement in Lebanon brought cautious optimism. Details of the proposed peace plan, to bring an end to fighting between Christian and Muslim militias had not been disclosed, but reports said it could involve the pull-back of opposing forces from areas near the border with Israel. Such an action could create a demilitarized buffer zone between Israel and Lebanon. A tentative agreement was said to have been reached at a meeting between the Syrian Foreign Minister and a PLO contingent. Spokespeople for the PLO said details of the agreement would be revealed after practical steps had been taken to implement it.
President Carter was quoted as saying he had no intentions of appointing a Special Prosecutor in the “Koreagate” influence scandal that was sweeping over Capitol Hill. Calls for a Special Prosecutor had intensified since the abrupt resignation of the Chief Counsel of the Ethics Committee, Philip Lacovera, amid calls for the removal of Congressman John Flint who was Chairman of the Ethics Committee, conducting the investigation and accused of pushing Chief Counsel Lacovera out of his job by Flint. And the beat goes on.
In Detroit Michigan, the trial of two Filipino Nurses, accused of conspiracy and the non-fatal poisoning of patients at an Ann Arbor VA Hospital, brought a wave of protests, as jurors convicted the nurses of attempted murder after spending 15 days deliberating over evidence; one of the longest deliberations of a Federal trial. The storm of protests over the trial, which was labeled everything from a fiasco, travesty of justice, an exercise in racism and “highly suspicious circumstantial evidence” was considered marred from achieving full justice, in the light of tensions running high over the recent high rates of immigration to the U.S. by Asians. The Ann Arbor protests called for a retrial, but the case was later dropped by the Feds, even though the damage had been done.
And that’s a slice of what happened, this July 17, 1977, as reported by CBS Radio‘s Hourly News.