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AUSTIN — Speaker Bill Clayton
id he dismissed as “bull” an under
cover FBI agent’s suggestion of a
potential $600,000 campaign contri-
nterview bution for the speaker and his
i an emoti friends.
time she Si Clayton’s attorney in the Brilab
andarticii (bribery-labor) investigation,
vould havfl Charles Burton, confirmed to repor
ters the $600,000 figure had been
; mentioned in conversations Nov. 8
asked htij between Clayton, undercover agent
usinesswaslj Joseph Hauser and labor leader L. G.
noticed y Moore of Deer Park,
oat for their At that meeting, Moore left an en-
Tvelope containing $5,000 in $100
| bills on Clayton’s desk as a political
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contribution after Hauser had sought
the speaker’s help in attaining a mul-
timillion-dollar state insurance con
tract for Prudential Insurance Co.
Clayton said Hauser told him
“something like if they got the con
tract, they might have as much as
$600,000 for the race for governor.
“I might have said something like,
‘That would be fine’ or something
Burton said Hauser had suggested
the $600,000 might be available for
“Clayton and his friends” in ex
change for the speaker’s help in
obtaining the insurance contract.
Clayton was not available Tuesday
for further elaboration on the sugges
tion of the $600,000 in contributions,
and an employee in his office said the
speaker would not be available to
answer reporters’ questions.
“His lawyer called and said flat out
no more reporters,” the employee
Clayton’s attorneys have repe
atedly urged him to avoid comments
to the news media concerning the
allegations against him, but Clayton
up to now has continued to make
periodic statements about the Nov. 8
meeting involving himself, Moore
Burton said Clayton’s aide. Rusty
Kelley, had told Moore after the
Nov. 8 meeting that the $5,000 in
cash would have to be reported as a
campaign contribution. The attorney
said Moore replied something like,
“Don’t do anything before you call
me” or “Don’t report it before you
Burton said Clayton was entrap
ped by the FBI in an effort to make
him appear guilty, and said the FBI
has a taped recording of the meeting.
“Hauser was planting incriminat
ing remarks on the tape recorder that
he knew was running” without the
speaker saying anything improper,
the attorney contended.
Clayton is scheduled to appear in
March before a Houston grand jury
investigating the Brilab activities.
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‘ prison. AUSTIN — Twenty Iranians and
ling thatmyi jjArabs continued their fast in the
.‘r. It basn icountyjail Tuesday but three women
reater depfe; arrested with the group last week
s she want? Accepted personal bond and were
linistn factf freed Monday.
lenowwrfe “They’re prisoners by choice,”
to tell said Craig Campbell, a jail adminis-
• consciousrjfj trator. “On a Class B misdemeanor,
nee and hi qt’s real easy to get bond.”
able to artr|* The foreigners refused to accept
;aid when a» persoial bond when they were
allowed to ftarrested last Wednesday and Thurs-
should mesHday on charges of disrupting the
peech of the former Iranian ambas-
ador to the United Nations, Ferey-
Baby dies after gas mix-up
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liles awayn; SAN ANTONIO — A misconnec-
I tion thd sent laughing gas instead of
ve a lot to °^ ; oxygen coursing into a respirator at
I m not afrak s‘Robert B. Green Hospital Tuesday
k I should 1 was beng investigated in the death
of a 5-veek-old girl.
Offiuals said they also want to
know whether the mix-up had
affected any other patients.
Johi Guest, associate director of
the Bexar County Hospital District,
said the investigation would con
tinue until officials find out how the
v Ctk nitrous oxide (laughing gas) was con
nected to lines clearly marked for
oxygen at the outpatient pediatric
The irisconnection was disco
vered after officials became suspi
cious abmt the death of the baby,
who war brought to the clinic last
doun Hoveyda, on the University of
Texas campus Jan. 31.
Since they entered the jail, the 20
have subsisted on sugared tea and
have refused all meals.
“One meal we went ahead and
served them but they refused it,”
Campbell said. “We go ahead and
ask them each meal. It’s kind of a
waste to put food in there. ”
Campbell said the foreigners have
demanded they be kept together in
the jail and separated from other
“They’re in two different areas,”
the jail official said. “They want to be
all together but we just don’t have
The women, particularly, were
unhappy at being housed with other
females facing criminal charges and
agreed to accept personal bond and
be released Monday.
“We thought we would be treated
as political prisoners,” Lana Budeiri
told reporters. “We didn’t kill any
one. We aren’t prostitutes. Our case
Budeiri, who was bom in Lufkin
and raised in Kuwait, said the
women feared they would contract
diseases from the six American
women who shared their jail cell.
Wednesday suffering breathing
problems. They said a death was rare
at the outpatient facility.
When the child’s respiratory prob
lems worsened while at the clinic, a
physician ordered oxygen resuscita
tion to help her breathe, Guest said,
and the girl died at 12:15 p.m. the
Hospital officials would not iden
tify the dead girl because a lawsuit
was likely to be filed and because the
parents had not given their permis
sion, according to Jeff Duffield,
spokesman for the Bexar County
Hospital District which operates the
Guest said final results of an auto
psy performed last Thursday will not
be known for several weeks, but that
the preliminary tests indicated the
baby was suffering from viral
Two other infants died at the same
hospital over the past six weeks, but
Duffield said the deaths occurred in
a high-risk infant care section where
death statistics are higher and ox
ygen resuscitation is seldom used.
“We asked to use other shower
facilities because one of the (Amer
ican) women has VD,” she said. “We
were denied, so we haven’t had a
shower in five days. We get along
well with the American prisoners,
but they have complained that we
Campbell said he did not under
stand the women’s objections to us
ing the same shower facilities as
another prisoner with venereal dis
“I don’t think that’s the way you
get VD,” Campbell said. “Maybe
they don’t teach that at UT.”
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HOUSTON — Lawyers repre
senting Mexican children in 17
school districts Tuesday opened a
federal court attack on a Texas law
forbidding state financial support for
illegal aliens, effectively requiring
they pay tuition or be excluded from
Lawyer Peter Schey of the Nation
al Center for Immigration Rights
argued the 1975 law, which he said is
unmatched in other border states,
against 110,000 poor alien children
without benefiting Texas schools.
“We take their (parents’) tax
money and yet we exclude their chil
dren from school,” Schey said in a
trial-opening statement to U.S. Dis
trict Judge Woodrow Seals, who will
decide the case without a jury.
“We’re dealing here with educa
tion. Education has certainly been
held to be one of the most important
rights available to people in these
Assistant Texas Attorney General
Susan Dasher replied that the Sup
reme Court has never held that non
citizens have a constitutional right to
deplete state resources by using free
“No case has ever held that an
illegal alien is entitled to the same
benefits as a citizen of the United
States, ” Dasher said. “The state has a
right to protect its resources for the
benefit of the people who are lawful
Schey argued state exclusion of
non-tuition-paying illegals infringes
on federal prerogative to control im
migration and violates the Treaty of
Buenos Aires in which American na
tions promised free education for all
children, alien or not.
Schey said that, under the law,
school principals and teachers with
out legal training are making compli
cated immigration law decisions that
should be left to federal authorities.
Dasher said the 4-year-old law
does not absolutely exclude non-
tuition-paying illegals but withholds
state funds for them. She said local
districts remain free to do as they
She also said the federal govern
ment has failed to control illegal im
migration, that the Buenos Aires
protocol does not apply and that
Mexico itself forbids free public edu
cation of illegal alien children.
She said 180,000 legal aliens and
Mexican-American children unable
to speak English already enjoy state
sponsored bilingual schooling anc
she said admitting illegals withou'
tuition might destroy that program
Dasher said, “The influx from the
border is going to bankrupt borde
schools. They already have such ■<
low tax base.”
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