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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 27, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunf els January 8 Death Row inmates cheer execution stay HUNTSVILLE AP Henry Porter is pleased a Supreme Court move probably will delay executions including his scheduled for 10 but hes not convinced the action will save his Im not exactly hopeful because I know Im going to be executed sooner or said who was convicted of murdering a Fort Worth police officer in Porter said he believes his execution will be put off for three or four months as a result of the Supreme Courts decision Monday to stay the execution of Thomas Andy The court will use the case to determine how to handle emergency appeals in death penalty Death Row inmates broke into applause and cheering in one area when the stay was an nounced on radio and television while in other sections inmates were reported to have spread the word quickly but It was like a giant sigh down and people were yelling and they were It was like cheering they were said Billy Hughes of who was convicted of shooting a Texas Department of Public Safety officer who stopped him along the highway near said he was so moved he had to sit Everything seemed to drain out of he I got weak in the knees because it was just such a relief to know that the man was not going to be The Supreme Court action probably also will keep other inmates from being executed for a Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox said he expects no executions in the country until the court announces a and that is not expected until Assistant Attorney General Doug Becker has said that until that the state will not oppose requests for stays of execution for Porter and the other two Texas inmates with execution James David Autrys execution was set for 21 and Leon Kings for March Barefoots stay Monday came less than 12 hours before the time of his scheduled who was convicted of killing a Marker Heights police refused to talk to reporters but Hughes said Barefoot told him after returning to Death Row that he had thought he would He said he thought he was Hughes He thought he definitely was going to He knew they meant Inmate Jimmy Vanderbilt said that while Barefoot waited for word on his appeals in a cell a few feet from the death in mates on Death Row in the Ellis Unit 13 miles away were agreeing they should turn their TV sets off for four hours before the They had done that in honor of Charlie Brooks on just before his Hughes said inmates were a little more relaxed about their fate after the Barefoot but added they would never return to the attitudes they held before the Brooks It was like they expected the cavalry of the Marines or somebody to land at the last minute with a stay and the person would be Since Brooks was everyone has come from that halfasleep state to a full Hughes Inmate Clarence convicted of a rape and strangulation in said he believes most Death Row inmates are adopting a waitandsee I feel like they are but we dont know how the Supreme Court is going to rule and what kind of guidelines and what effect it will have on your Brandley The court is using the Barefoot case to decide whether federal appeals courts should rule on an inmates formal appeal before allowing the execution to take The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals had decided it should issue stays only if it found the federal appeal had a good chance to Thats the position it took in the Barefoot and Brooks deciding each time against a The result was that Brooks died without the appeals court ever ruling on the formal ap convicted of killing a state legislators predicted the Supreme Court will back the appeals courts If they say it is they kind of catch the 5th Circuit with its pants I dont look for them to do that to the 5th Cir Vanderbilt The rulings going to be detrimental from the point of view of the Death Row or I expect it to If you tell me I can appeal my case after you kill it dont do me much good to appeal does it Which is what they did with Charlie and I anticipate the Supreme Court will say thats Mubarak visit Egyptian president wants increased pressure on Israel WASHINGTON AP President Reagan will assure Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak that the United States is doing all it can short of cutting off aid to press Israel to withdraw its troops from officials who arrived in Washington for a threeday visit late planned to confer today with Reagan and with Secretary of State George Shultz and Secretary of Defense Caspar Egyptian officials said Mubarak would express his unhappiness over the slow pace of negotiations to obtain a withdrawal of the Israeli troops in Egypt is the only Arab nation with a peace treaty with Israel and the continuing Israeli presence in following the June 6 is an embarrassment to Mubarak not only wants an Israeli troop withdrawal from but also a halt to Israeli construction of settlements in the occupied West He is also seeking better terms on aid to his own A wellplaced State Department official said Wednesday that Mubarak probably would press the ad ministration for concrete such as curtailing the nearly billion in annual military and economic aid to if Israel doesnt get moving soon on a troop Egypt receives about billion in While ah aid cutback was among options before the official said Reagan was prepared to tell Mubarak it would be a mistake We are going to try to keep him Mubarak persuaded that we are making a full said the who like another State Department official spoke on the condition that he not be The official thought it was unlikely that Reagan would opt for an aid partly for political reasons and partly because it could backfire and worsen Congress might veto such a the official But if there is a he said it probably would be in the form of a suspension of military aid while Israeli forces are in In an action designed to show disapproval over what the ad ministration now regards as Israeli footdragging in the troop withdrawal the State Department made clear Wednesday it doesnt want Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to visit Washington until significant progress is made toward a troop Mubaraks visit to Washington is his second to Washington since assuming his countrys leadership after the assassination of Anwar Sadat in Mubarak will attend a dinner in his honor given by Vice President George Bush While in he ialso will meet with congressional labor leaders and representatives of the Jewish com He will go to New York on Friday to meet with Secretary General Javier Perez de Christian Science Monitor Photo HOSNI MUBARAK with Reagan Winter storm causes deaths By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A bruising Pacific storm slammed inland today after destroying seaside buildings with barnsized forcing dozens of coastal residents to darkening California homes and closing two highways with heavy rain that sent rivers The string of coastal storms which began Sunday is already blamed for seven Wed nesdays violent weather was only the vanguard of a still worse storm expected to hit In unusually forceful the Weather Service warned people who lived near creeks and rivers in Northern California that they might have to act quickly to save yourself and those who depend on You may only have The storm whipped down the Pacific Coast and was expected to cross the Rockies reaching western Wyoming and In the heavy snow made driving hazardous and two traffic fatalities were reported in Near a mudslide Wednesday shoved two a bulldozer and a bus carrying Shasta County prisoners down a 60 yard ravine and into a killing a county public works crewman David The prisoners had been trying to clear a flooded road choked with In southern 80100 mph wind gusts interrupted a search for a hiker lost near Mount and waves pulled one man and four trucks into the surf of Coos Bay all were safely At least most in the San Francisco Bay lost said Dennis spokesman for Pacific Gas Electric Pacific Telephone reported phone circuits The storm sweeping over the Santa Cruz Mountains was ex pected to bring a foot of rain to the area 90 miles south of San Fran where 18 people died when mudslides crushed several homes last To the up to half a foot of snow fell in causing scores of rushhour accidents in Kansas City and Schools closed in much of northwest An 18yearold woman was killed when a car driven by her twin sister slid into the path of another car near and a truck driver died near when his truck slid down an By early the snow had spread eastward from northern Mississippi to western Penn sylvania and New with travelers advisories issued for North Mondale blasts Reagan in Texas campaign visit SAN ANTONIO AP President Reagans State of the Union address should trigger a great debate on whether midcourse corrections should be made to his disastrous economic former Vice President Walter Mondale who is expected to seek the 1984 Democratic nomination for criticized the program outlined Tuesday night by Reagan during a nationally televised j Reagans proposals create no new jobs and threaten deficits of up to Mondale said at a news conference in San where he met with Democrats who have pledged to support his run for the Mondale likened the economy and high unemployment to the Great Depression times described in John Steinbecks Grapes of Americans voted for a change in the 1982 and now Congress may have to force Reagan to make changes halfway through his Mondale I hope this State of the Union message will Christian Science Monitor Photo WALTER MQNPALE Midcourse correction needed begin the great debate that will change policy this Mondale We cannot wait until 1985 and a new People need jobs They need opportunity now and Im hopeful that the on a bipar tisan will in fact change the which is exactly what the people voted for here in Texas and around the country in He said Congress should repeal income tax cuts scheduled to go into effect next July defer or repeal indexation of impose hospital cost controls to hold down prices of medical care and reachan accord with the Federal Reserve Board to permit longterm economic The Democrat said if unemployment can be cut by 3 which he said should be no big the result would be a billion reduction of the federal after meeting with told reporters that Reagan has cut social services but has steadfastly refused to do away with the tax cuts which Mondale said benefit the wealthy at the expense of average Theres more suffering going on in this country than Ive seen since a child in the Great The un the discouraged workers number perhaps more than 20 million in our For the first time since John Steinbecks Grapes of we have thousands of Americans roaming this country homeless and desperately trying to find work and unable to do Mondale also said that Reagans program could drive deficits as high as the president looked at the largest in the history of a radical situation that is crying out for and did not take any meaningful steps to reduce that deficit at After the presidents message last its clear that were looking at billion or billion or maybe billion deficits and I know of no business person or entrepreneur or financier who believes theres any hope for sustainable economic growth working against enormous deficits of that Mattox casts doubt on Gramm special election AUSTIN AP A special election called after former Phil Gramm resigned his seat and switched parties to run as a Republican may not be Attorney General Jim Mattox a said Wednesday his office is evaluating contentions that former Secretary of State David a invalidated the election by not notifying the Justice Department of it in accordance with the Voting Rights Mattox also said the 12 election date might not be legal because it is not one of four dates specified in the election Representatives of Texas Rural Legal Aid filed a challenge con tending the February date discriminates against minorities and violates the Voting Rights The challenge was filed in Tyler as part of a lawsuit over the states reapportionment District Judge William Wayne Justice said he would hear arguments on the issue Saturday morning in federal court in where he was scheduled to hear cases all next Justice also said he was uncertain whether he actually had jurisdiction over the special election Gramm resigned his seat in Congress on after Democrats moved to relieve him of his seat on the House Budget who was elected in 1978 as a had actively sup ported President Reagans budget Although he could have simply an nounced he was changing Gramm said he opted to run as a Republican to give his constituents an opportunity to voice their feelings about When Republican former Bill Clements set the 12 election state Democratic party leaders said the election was not legal because Gramm had voted in last Mays Democrat who had authority to issue elec tion law said the election date was Mark a Democrat who defeated Clements told reporters at his Wednesday news conference that he had problems with the date set by I was concerned that it didnt permit adequate time for voter It didnt permit adequate time for discussion of the issues and deliberation among the he All those pieces fell together rather didnt they said It looked like it was a very well planned call of the and I thought they had done that too many times It seems that we had a lot of little special elections here recently that were seemingly designed to help one person or White Nursing home plea bargain dead GALVESTON AP A district at torney says he will seek new indictments against a nursing home firm that had been accused of killing patients through Officials of Autumn Hills Convalescent Centers said they withdrew their approval of a plea bargain agreement Wednesday because Galveston County District Attorney Mike Guarino asked a judge to find the company guilty of in voluntary Autumn Hills pleaded no contest 27 to a single involuntary manslaughter count and agreed to pay Visiting State District Judge Larry Gist of Beaumont had promised to find the firm innocent if it kept state law for the next 10 but Guarino argued successfully that Texas bars corporations from benefiting from such deferred Gist then ordered Galveston County to return the nursing homes We have done nothing weve never harmed any of our patients and weve never been able to tell our side of the said Autumn Hills President Robert The Houstonbased corporation and eight present and former employees of its Texas City nursing home had been in dicted on murder charges in the deaths of eight patients between and I think its the kind of case that should be aired before a grand said who succeeded James Hury at the first of the But he said he did not know what charges he would Guarino asked Gist for an immediate finding of but the company The firm pleaded no contest to in voluntary manslaughter in the death of Edna Mae ending a threeyear investigation of patients deaths at the Texas City After Wednesdays Guarino said he planned to study the case and that it could be two months before it is presented to a grand Im not on any time he Autumn Hills attorney Roy Minton of Austin denounced as foolish Guarinos attempt to take the case back to the grand Former Assistant District Attorney David whom Hury fired for in subordination 16 for seeking to block the plea said he was surprised and happy with Wednesdays develop He said he was confident if someone works on this case it can be successfully
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