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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 1, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Crime-condoning jurors walk us into trap of jungle law II I s1 ..____. r Smi, BX Jenkin lloyd Jonei A couple of months ugo my son-ln- law. out In California was telling mo about a personal friend, a daring nar- Wici undercover agent, who had been gunned down in a hotel room by persons posing as dope peddlers who had ar- ranged a "sell." Fortunately (or so it seemed) other federal jgeiils, posted outside, had closed in Immediately and nabbed the four-mun gang, all in their 20b. So it was with more than passing interest that I read that a jury, after de- liberating eight days, acquitted all four, including the man who admitted he pulled the trigger The jury bought his story that the experienced of- ficer had "blown his cover" by pulling his gun first. The judge in the cose said he was "shocked" at the verdict, and the dis- trict attorney it as "the most outrageous verdict m my 23 yjars as a piosecutor If other Los Angeles juries confirm this open season the results should be fascinating Recently, a city prosecutor m Tulsa, Okla complained that becoming increasingly hard to get guilty verdicts from young jurors in misdemeanor cas- es "They are skeptical of a'police of fleer's he said. Nol long ago a Michigan judge, fu- rious at an innocent finding in the fare of overwhelming to the contra ry, ordered the court clerk to re- the names of the jurors permanently from the jury wheel. The legality of this is questionable and its effectiveness even more so, but it's hard to blame the judge. Juries, theoretically, are composed of "1? jood men and true" (women'now al. 'hat is rcihi.fd i; good men and one character determined Israel-sellout impends Opinion Page Vbwi Ideas Insights Judgments Comments to vote innocent no matter what and you have no law. In swinging communities it wouldn't take many of the latter on any panel of vcniremen to exhaust the prose- cutor's peremptory challenges Now it can be said that people de- termined to fiee ithe guilty will get their own comeuppance because they will have to live in the jungle they create. But so will everybody else. In a free society the majority of peo- ple living in it at any one 1' ,ie should have a right to set their moral and behavioral standards! If they want to condemn sinners for falling asleep in church or wearing silver buckles, why not' If they wjnt to adopt a lifestyle based on the Ginza, Carnaby street and Las Vegas, why not' But a hung jury Is not the same as a majority vote What we are reaping is the moral confusion that only yesterday was caus ling campuses to riot against the "fuzz." A federal official recently forecast (hat 25 percent of government student loans, will be welched on. We are getting the dubious dividends of "blaxploitation" films like "Super in which the narcotics peddler was pictured as an admirable super- man. Wo are beginning to see tliu enormlt; of steeping a whole generation In vldei violence, and the results of Hollywood'; progression from (lie flawed hero ant the noble outlaw to the untlhcro. But now the scenario writers have r topped with the antl-anti "Death is doing a big business and Is causing lalscd eyebrows among the llbettaiians because it glorifies u man who takes tin. his own hands and goes forth to exterminate muggers This is, perhaps, an cffort-to gain a fistful of dollais ft om KI owing' pubili sympathy for the vigilante icsponse, tha< is, (he cltuen executioners Who invariably arise in any culture when ii becomes apparent that the law can no longer' protect them The deepening curses from the blue-collar class abbul the decline in public order can be sam pled free in an interview with almosl any big'clty cabdt iver But the anti-anllheto is against Iht law just as muc1 as the outlav So ju- ries that to corvict the plainly guilty may lead us to lynch mobs which will cheerfully hang the merely suspect- ed It would be difficult to judge the greater outrage. Contempt for law is almost as dan gcrous among the lobbed as among the robbers Public ordei is threatened al most as much by those who see (he law as an ass as by those who defy it as exploitivc A people can be conditioned to save or destroy their civilization Mass com- munications simp'y speed and intensify the really thinks that young America is being conditioned for (the survival of a decci.i, orderly anu just nation? General Features corporation Arab-oil blackmail denounced By Norman Cousins One of the most disgraceful episodes in history is- the blackmailing of the world's peoples oy the oil-rich Arab na- tions Even more sickening is the be pooling our research to speed up alternate sources of power particularly solar energy and goo-ther- mal energy. We ought to be engaged in all-out research for nitrogen in the soil in order to free ouibcives from the present need to have of petrolc: um for every ton of fertilizer. We ought to be speaking" over Ihc heads-of therArab rulers'to their peoples by every means available'to us, be-'- cause the Arab peoples have not fared, well at the hands of their rulers -not; in health, housing, education or social, services. We-.arc helpless in dealing with-the Arab, oil kings only if we-play their game. Our history has prepared us lo dp many thifigs but being craven isn't one of them. Los Anodes Times Syndicate Way with words Cussing? By Theodore M. Bernstein Now and again you will.see a men- lion in print of menswear indeed, there Is an organization called ens- wear Retailers of America. If you wore writing about that outfit, you would have to use Its official name and write memweor. But In any other Instance that Irregularly formed word should h avoided. The apostrophe belongs In the term to Indicate the possessive case and you can't properly nlacc it In the middle of the word and write wvor. There- fore, what you should swear by is men's wear. More about men. The fact that the English language has no easy word meaning person to replace mon or woman has caused George A. Kcnmore, N.Y., to nominate a candidate. Ho finds chairperson somewhat clumsy (who doesn't and ho suggests chairONE He believes that all -man words should become-one words. Hmm. It sounds like n reasonable Idea until examine the unpronounceable-ap- pearing words (foreone, iceone, ftreone, conwroofwj and the ones that seem It) suggest unrelated roots (borone, bell- one, poitone, Nopo, they really won'tdo. Now YorK Svndicole look to the leader. What's a Thulman? The Thulman, named for its inventor, is a special kind ,of fireplace manufactured by the Majestic Company. It is special because it is a prefabricated woodburning fireplace that cools itself automatical- ly while the fire burns. Since its outside does not get hot, the firebox can be set on carpeting and right against'wood, allowing for flexible and easy installation. The advantage for you lies in the fact that you can now have the appearance and function of an expensive all-masonry fireplace, but with im- proved performance and at a fraction of the time and cost. The Majestic Thulman has a zero-clearance firebox, uses its own metal chimney, antl requires no heavy footings. thulman FIREPLACES Unique Majestic Thulman Features: The entire system, firebox, and chimney is cooled entirely by outside air. This means that you urc not taking additional room air to cool the fireplace. It also means that there is Icm expoieil melul in opening itself. The hearth can be set level with the firebox floor and the appearance of a masonry fireplace preieraed. The Thulman has a tight-clump-shut with an asbestos seal, thus greatly reducing heal loss and draft when the fireplace is not in use. The Thubnaii lias a realistic and attractive brick-like housing which complements the appearance of the most elegant home. These are only a few of the many reasons why Ma- jestic is still the leader. THE HOUSE OF FIREPLACES 2055 North Towne Lane NE Hours: Weekdays 8-5 Mondays 'til 8 P.M. 362-5551, Saturdays'lil Noon. SERVICE "STORES PLAYS RECORDS 8 TRACK TAPES FM STEREO RADIO Complete 5-Piece GE Stereo Component Set m Excluding 5-Piece Tri-Mode Stereo Component Set (or two additional sptaun lor quadrapfaMik tound! radio! .tuner 8-Trnck tnpo .player 3-Spccd qulomnlic record chnngor .17" x 11" x 5V." 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