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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 4, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas New Bfaxinfels January James Kllpatrlck listens to the woes of justice JAMES KILPATRICK HvpAldZfltunj pinions B V Manager Robert Editor James Kilpatrick Burger wants relief for judges In the yearend report he delivered Chief Justice Warren Burger renewed appeals he has made before Federal judges are overburdened and and he wants Congress to give them He makes a convincing In when Burger became chief a federal district judge had a salary of Today that salary is but the Increase is an Inflation has reduced the value of the 1969 salary to only Over the 15year 43 judges have most of them because of inadequate Burger urges Congress to approve a substantial raise when all legislative and judicial salaries come up for adjustment next In Burgers the judicial corps is demonstrably earning its Fifteen years ago a district on the disposed of 311 The average per judge in 1984 was 517 Circuit courts have become even more In 1969 appellate panels terminated 279 cases last year these panels averaged 709 The problem is the problem that vexed old King Canute The waves kept rolling In 1969 the district courts received filings last year they received nearly the number of appeals taken to the circuit courts has tripled in this same At the level of the Supreme cases roll in at the rate of 100 a The nine justices must now work beyond any sound maximum Absolutely no room remains for additional More the precious time for reflection so necessary to a court that decides cases With fanreaching consequences has been reduced and possibly an absolute Burger renews two recommendations he has made Under existing the Supreme Court must review certain cases brought on In the 198384 the court had to accept 26 such and many of them clearly did not justify the courts Burger would abolish this mandatory appellate jurisdiction and give the high court complete discretion over its Last year the House approved a bill for this but the Senate never To provide this relief is the least that Congress could Congress could do something It could take a flier on Burgers second Once again he urges creation of a temporary panel of circuit judges who would sit in Washington for perhaps four weeks a Their function would be to settle conflicts among the 13 circuit courts of The panels unless modified by the high court would be binding on all federal The proposition makes It would cost the tax payers virtually for the curcuit judges who would compose the court already are on the federal The administrative expenses would amount to no more than nickels and but the investment would enable the Supreme Court to turn its attention to larger In the present term of three of the five cases thus far decided have involved intercircuit One case dealt with a Tennessee drug dealer who had been con victed of a narcotics offense in 1974 the question was if the defendant evidence of the prior conviction could be used to impeach his A second case involved a San Diego woman indicted for possession of cocaine with the intent to sell it a jury aquitted her on that but found her guilty of using a telephone as part of the drug The question was whether these inconsistent verdicts could The third conflict stemmed from the conviction of an alleged counterfeiter for attempting to rob a Secret Service The statute punishes the robber of any custodian of mail or of any money or other property of the United The question was whether the law was intended to apply only to thefts of or whether it could be applied None of the three cases amount to a row of The high court disposed of two of them without a dissenting In the robbery Justices Marshall and Brennan took the view that the old postal statute was so clearly intended to apply only to mail carriers that it could not be interpreted The six other justices concluded that the disjunctive or of any money or other was clear on its Burgers point is that the high court has better things to do With its limited and Burger is The intercircuit panel deserves a WORRIT ABoormBEsiww Your representatives Mark White Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station 78711 Tom Loeffler House of Representatives 1212 Longworth House Office Bldg 20515 Lloyd Bentsen IJnited States Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg 20510 Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box2910 Texas 78769 Jack Anderson PACmen make a difference in campaigns There is an untold story buried in the records of the 1984 election These records show what happened in the final week of the most close congressional Its not the amount of money you a veteran senator its when you get Polls are taken to identify why and where a candidate is weak or Then he must have enough money to focus the final advertising blitz where it will do the most Ixistminute can make the difference between winning and losing a close The unsentimental who run most politicalaction committees know they can gain a candidates gratitude and increase their leverage with him by slipping him a bundle of cash during the crucial last days before the The PACmens strategy is clearly illustrated by the eight closest House campaigns last In all but one race where a final determination awaits a the candidate who got the most special interest money won the Heres the rundown on the eight campaigns In southern Republican challenger Richard Mclntyre defeated the incumbent Frank by 34 votes pending a Mclntyre had cash on hand as he moved into the final two weeks of the This was boosted the last minute by in PAC of it from milk McCloskey had only cash on hand but got a lastminute shotinthearm of from including from the campaign chest of ShooIn In history professor Richard Stallings unseated the Republican George by 133 Hansens main problem was his conviction for financialdisclosure But the flow of late cash to Stallings clearly With only on hand shortly before the Stallings got from PACmen who smelled the scent of Hansen had in cash but could raise only more from the In North Republican Alex McMillan owed his 321vote squeaker over challenger David Martin largely to Ronald Reagans But could he have pulled it off without the lastminute infusion of in PAC money Its a question that Martin who could scrape up only in late PAC funds must still be asking In a strategist for Republican winner David Monson told my reporters Tony Capaccio and Scott Barrett candidly that the in lastminute specialinterest money his candidate got was the no two ways about Monson edged Democrat Frances Farley by 472 votes her lastminutes PAC mostly from came to not but not good In incumbent Bob Edgar barely fended off the challenge of Republican Curt Edgars 481vote margin might be traced to the in last minute PAC money he which was more than Weldon In Donald Albosta lost to Republican Bill Schuette by Albosta raised only in lastminute PAC which was significantly less than the Schuette got from the In former Ken Gray regained his old seat by votes over Republican Randy Pat with the help of in last minute donations from labor Though Patchett had cash on hand compared to Grays he could raise only in late PAC In North where Republican challenger Bill Cobey beat incumbent Ike Andrews by the winner collected in lastminute PAC including out of the blue from the fundamentalist Christian Voters Victory Andrews riased only from the PACs in the waning days of the Mission impossible The Army Corps of Engineers is one of those cando outfits that often the difficult we do im mediately the impossible may take a little But the engineers may have met their match in the military eggheads at the National Defense The academicians decided they needed a new wargames center on the Fort McNair campus in southwest And they wanted iThe only trouble was the engineers couldnt find out how big the center should The only clue they got was that the wargames center across the river at the Pentagon was too And while the Defense Intelligence Agency insisted that the new center be no details were given on grounds of national So the engineers went ahead by guess and by One result is that the center will probably cost at least twice the Pentagons original XHIWKJZ MAN DO YOU HAVE AW5MRZ Mailbag policy The HeraldZejtung welcomes the opinions of its and were happy to publish letters to the Letters are published on the Opinions page as soon as they are unless delayed by space While readers opinions on local issues generally are of more interest to other we welcome letters on any topic national or international that the writer chooses to Content will not prevent publication unless the letter is judged to be potentially All letters to the editor should be signed and authorship must be verifiable by Anonymous letters will not be Send your letter to New Braunfels Drawer New Braunfels Letters may also be hand delivered to the newspaper offices at
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