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Tuesday May 23, 1978
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This Day In 1970's History: Tuesday May 23, 1978
  • A unified border control policy is being seriously considered by the Carter administration, according to sources familiar with the plan. They said that the proposals called for transfer of much of the Immigration and Naturalization Service from the Justice Department, combining it with the Customs Service to create a single, unified agency. Also being considered are greatly expanded powers for the Director of the F.B.I. in a reorganization of law enforcement agencies. [New York Times]
  • Claiming "absolute" presidential immunity in national security decisions, the Carter administration told a federal appeals court that former President Nixon and his chief aides should not be liable for civil damages as a result of wiretapping government officials and newsmen. [New York Times]
  • Voting 8 to 1, Justices of the Supreme Court ruled that juries testing obscene magazines and films against "community standards" may not consider the possible reactions of children, but should weigh the views of "sensitive" adults and the special interests of "deviant sexual groups" in reaching a decision. [New York Times]
  • David Berkowitz will be sentenced on June 12 for the "Son of Sam" murders no matter how he behaves in court or what his next psychiatric test shows, state Supreme Court Justice Joseph Corso said. Legal authorities said the examination had no relevance to the defendant's fitness to be sentenced, and thus would not be subject to a legal challenge. [New York Times]
  • French forces will leave Zaire as soon as their assignment of rescuing French civilians from the southern battle zone of Shaba Province is completed, President Valery Giscard d'Estaing announced. He mentioned no time limit. France has said that 70 of its nationals are still missing in the wake of 11 days of fighting after an invasion by Katangan exiles from neighboring Angola. [New York Times]
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