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Being on the winning side of two milestone decisions of the Michigan Supreme Court is a distinction most neys would like to claim. Colorful Arthur E. Carpenter, 48, an Ann Arbor attorney, has those feathers in nis cap. And there might even be a third landmark decisión one of these days, if the Michigan Supreme Court agrees to hear an appeal of a suit handled by Carpenter which challenges the Ann Arbor city clerk's practice of refusing to register citizens to vote on the grounds they are University students. Carpenter's latest Supreme Court victory carne nine days ago, when the hih court reversed decisions of Washtena&w Circuit Court Judge William F. Ager Jr and the State Court of Appeals and ruled that public schools in Michigan must provide free textbooks and supplies for all students. This ruling will probably cost Michigan school districts between $12 million and $20 million next year. Rough esümates of the cost to the Ann Arbor I School District, which is expecting 20,975 pupils this fall, are $200,000 to $400,The Ann Arbor School District has 20 days to ask for a rehearing of the case If it does not, the ruling will go into effect all over Michigan this fall. Carpenter says he was certain the case would go to the State Supreme Court when he filed suit nearly four years ago, "and I knew we'd win it. The Circuit Court and Court of Appeals were afraid to give the word 'free' its real meaning. Free means no charge at all, llt's as simple as that." The Supreme Court agreed w i t h plaintiffs Mrs. Lillian Bond, a black mother of four, and University Prof. (over please)


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