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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta CLOUDY FORECAST HIGH SATURDAY 50-55. "LKTHBRIDGK, ALBKRTA, FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS -24 PAGES By JIM OSDORNE EDMONTON1 (CP) Albei'ta's justice system ap- pears to be one of Hie most punitive it) North Am- erica, perhaps in the entire western world, says Dr. Victor Matthews, a University of Alberta scientist. Hundreds of Alberlans are jailed each year for offences which would bring acquittal, suspended sen- tences or probation in oilier provinces, he said in an interview. He bases his statements on a two-year research of thfi 1960-71) period hf has just completed. Results of the project are contained in .1 ino-paRc report pre- pared for the Alberta Human Hesources Research Council and iclenscd today. The report shows Ihal. a person charged in Al- berta is (our limes more likely to be convictsd than anywhere else in Canada, said Dr. The pcr-capila rate for persons jailed in Allwrta was eight times above the national average and was increasing. And, Ibc national trend was to fewer jail sentences. "It is the police and Ihc courts which must bear thn responsibility For a concept of justice in Alberta that differs insignificantly from that of Canada as a he said. Courts 'blamed "Alberta places more emphasis upon incarceration than The report also says Alberta's rales in almost all categories of the justice system arrest, charge, court appearance. Feii'.encing and jail are higher Inan Die rcM Canada. Dr. Matlhcvs, a recognutvl aulhnrily nn slalistics and social research, said it's unlikely (hat increased criminal activity in Alberta caused (he differences. Convictions (or serious crimes have decreased in lire province, says (he report, and the majority of is minor. However, even for minor offences, excluding Iraf- fic infraclinns, a person arrested in Alberta was twice as likely lo he convicted than in another province. The pattern was the same for serious crimes. Dr. Matthews said the number Canada's two top grain officials, after a day-long closed meeting with in- d u s t r y i opresentative.s, ex- pressed o p t i in i s in Thursday tbat an unprecedented mil- lion bushels of Prairie grain can be moved to overseas markets in the current crop year. G. N. Vogel, chief commis- sioner of the Canadian wheat board, said he lias "every ex- pectation" the target will havo been mot bv the lime the crop year ends ,luly 31. This is a goal ttint would have icen considered unreachablo :ive years ago. tir said. Mr." Vogel and Otto Lang, fed- eral minister in charge of the wheat hoard, met reporters after a session of the grain transportation committee and the wheat board's advisory committee. Delegates included represent- atives of railways, elevator and lake shipping companies, and labor unions in the grain trade. Exports to (lute are running well ahead of last 's pace hut are 23 to Stl million bushels behind the target figure, a lag Mr. Vogel said will take several months to catch up. fv lr prisoners Elevated U.S. train, falls 30 feel CHICAGO (AP) Two cars of an elevated rapid-transit, train plunged 30 feet lo the ground during a blinding rain- stcrrn, injuring HO persons. One of the foiir cars of (lie southbound Chicago Transit Au- thority train lauded Thursday night in a vacant lot and nar- rowly missed a two-storey brick apartment building. A second car was left dan- gling from the tracks. BELFAST (Hculcr) Tile British government began freeing political prisoners in Northern Ireland today just as the Irish Republican Army was insisting that bloodshed must go on. As a start, 73 men now being held without trial will be set free immediately, an official an- nouncement said. At present 728 men are being interned without trial on .suspi- cion of having a hand in guer- rilla activity. Their confinement is allowed under Northern Ire- land's Special Powers Act. A start on scaling down in- ternment was promised weeks ago when the British gov- ernment suspended the Protes- tant-dominated Northern Ire- land government and took over direct rule. The impending releases were announced by the office of Wil- liam Whitclaw, the British min- ister placed in charge of North- ern Ireland. The move came at a time when the militant Provisional wing of the IRA was declaring that its gunmen must carry on their fight against the British Army despite peace picas from sections of the north's Roman Catholic minority. Internment has been one of Ihe Catholics' strongest griev- ances since it was introduced last August. But among the IRA's terms for a ceasefire is the release of all political prisoners, including Irishmen held for climes of violence in England. At Ihe present stage, it seems clear that dues not contemplate an i m m e d i a t e abandonment of internment. But he did rule that the prison ship Maidslonc, Mherc internees are on hunger strike against food and conditions, must no longer he used as a place of in- ternment. You tit held in freak death fCPl Donald Frascr, 18. of Medstcad, Sask., was charged today with causing death by criminal negligence in the shooting of delivcryman John Bergen, fatally wounded when a discharged in a package he was delivering. The youth was arrested laio Thursday and was to appear in court Monday. Mr. Bergen, 50. an employee of CP Rail, was found dead in the back of his delivery van in west-end Saskatoon Tuesday by a tcen-agc girl. At first, it was thought he had died of a heart attack, but closer examination showed ho had a bullet wound in his chest. In a search of the van Thurs- day, police found ;i parcel with ;i hole in it that originally had Ijcen dismissed as and tear from shipping. Inside the parcel they frumd a rifle with a spent cartridge and the safety off. There were pow- der burns inside the carton. Police said at the time that Mr. Bergen may have dropped the parcel, jarring lite living mechanism of the ,22-calibre rifle. ADOPT CiUmaiNKS Tho meeting adopted a num- ber of guidelines which a joint statement said were based on "minimum transportation and handling requirements." They inchirled expansion oE last year's program of six-day- a-wcek carlnadings at country elevators, use of Canadian gov- ernment interior elevators al. Moose .law and Saskatoon and ngveement that Ihe two major railways have to lease addi- tional locomotives and cars lo facilitate grain movements. Lrft unanswered was ihfl question of what if any federal inlej-vention, financial or other- wise, might come if the tar- gets are not met. Mr. Lang said he is "very opt im isl tc about the good 11 nnd determination of all seg- ments of the industry" co operate. He added the requirements now arc in tlie hands of the in- dustry, but any further govern- ment steps would he looked at if the need arose. NO FLASH IN' PAN The minister said he feels annual grain marketings at the present level can be looked at as a continuing program, not a flash in the, pan. delays in getting grain cars to the Vancouver ter- minals because of winter weather have been in the spot- light, Mr. Yogel said it has tended to he overlooked that the cast coast nnd Gulf of St. Lawrence area also has been suffering its worst winter nav- igation season in history. Customers generally appreci- ated the climalic problems and were not upset to the point where it would cost Canada fu- ture sales. the wheat hoard had been forced to pass up some smaller sales because of the lieups, they "have not been very significant." The meeting set up (wo spe- cial operating committees, one for the west coast and the oth- er for Thunder Hay and Si, Lawrence movement IN HOSPITAL rormrr t'.S. Prr-siitml Lyndon K. Jolinson was admitted to the cardiac unit o! the I'pivrr- sity o( Virginia in Charlotte-. villc early l-'riday suffering from cliest pains. Johnson had (MTU visiting liis daugh- ter anil son-in-hiw, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Itiibh, in Cliar- lotU'svilln. ra extends OTTAWA The dian poverninr'nt iins apologized for the "intru'ition'' hy Montreal police into the Cuban trade commission in Montreal early Tuesday following a fatal bomb explosion. M. Drury, acting external affairs minister, conveyed Iho apology Thursday afternoon to Cuban Ambassador Jose Fer- nandez de. Cossio al a meeting called at Mr, Drury's request. Mr. Drury told reporters aft- envr.rd that In the course of the meet in he "clarified the status of Hie trade commission office, which Canadian authori- ties now had decided was enti- tled to consular immunity. Officials were still trying to clarify the status of one of the Cubans, Pnseuat Acosla Ar- min, about whom Mr. Drury said there was "some charged Record high EDMONTOX (CP) A record high temperature for Edmonton International Air- port for April 6 of 55 above was reported today. The pre- vious high for the date was 52 in Edmonton Internationa! Airport is 13 miles south of Ed- monton. after assaulted A r.G-year-old l.clhbridgc man lias been charged with attempt- ed murder following an assault on his estranged wife Thurs- day. Anton Zimmor. KM iwh St. N., remained in police custody this morning. Mrs. Joanne dimmer of 413 I2th St. N was reported in sa- tisfactory coiulitio.i in St. Mi- chael's Kospiial v.ith numerous cuts lo Ihe! and throat. At press time Zimmer was scheduled to appear in magis- trate's court. A polire official said a one remand in cus- lotly would he reciuesled. Joe' shol in rcslauraiil M'lW VDliK (ATI Joey riallo. a member of Brooklyn s flalio brothers gang, was shol lo death early loday in a re.stnui' ant in Little Italy in lower Man- hattan. Police C.illo, more famil- iarly known as Cr.v.y .Joe, or Joey Ihe Blonde, was gunned down by an unknown man who escaped after the shooting. Galln was the s u r v i v i n g loader of Ihe m.lnrioiis gain? (bat was run by Ibrer v.ho pnlire moll on- ilieuUr) President Nixon is reported ready lo bomh North Vietnam deems necessary to hiunl Ihc as hard and as lors as lie lianni offensive inln Smith Viel- nanl by 35.01X1 lank supported troops. Waves of U.S. tighter-bomb- began ti anark ike Norlh Thursday in Ihe hwica flrikes tiicrc since before the bombing halt in Tho president, who flew to his Florida home sonn ;ificr Ihe new air offensive 1 i-sian, or- firrrvl In I f> 1 i'l in h''- rolicy the war hy pulling out Aiiicricmi Irciop.x Informed 50111 Fsi'i that while ih? rr- slric-led the bombing lo npproxi- mnlrh- jusf helo'.v the 2Dlli par- aDH nnrl away ITanni, Hfii- phong and other heavily-popn- latcci areas, he is delovmincr) ID roudiicl resolute r.r'ioji militriry targets to relieve the pressure agi.inst. the Souili Viet- namese, Tlie ponrcos reported Ihal hr- fore flyint! I it Tluirstlay the ouicreil ,n n nlhrr nf I'O 1' ins Immhrn. Inrln rliiiv) in join l.ikinpi part in the bombings or held in reserve. (OMHOINS ATTACK Defence Secrotarv Melvin H, T.aird rnndcmnerl today (ho North Vicmarnopo attack ;i ''massive invasion nf South Viclnmn.1' And he warned that (he Vnilorl Sln'.os will Mir nivil Hie Norili 'i' h c tic i i r o f f i vc i s widely as a critical test of Ihe president's ability to prevent I lie from ovcrrnnnim: niu'll'icrn S o n I h Virturiin. in1-! In I IIP Anirrirrvn and ftnppiuE nf .irlinii, while effective, would jeopard- I'.S. "illi China and tlic Sovicl I'liinn. Hanoi's chief allies and arms suppliers. On Tho war front, Norfli Yier- namcso troops n din- trio: lov.ji in: ill of tn'lv.- 1 otviid'l 3 frmrlh m r nlrl offensive v, ;lh mnr-.1 tlian a ;md bases in the Mekong Delta to llio .south. I'.S, in f hnnimnv-fi n f nrms iv iiii I hap M ;