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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 8, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 1HI U1WMHD6! HERALD Ftbrauy I, Wl Open SBiison on policemen Police chiefs unhappy with commutations By THE CANADIAN PRESS A lew were outraged and a few philosophical, but police chiefs and prison officials were universally unhappy with the commutation of a convicted po- lice killer's death sentence. Strongest opposition came from Chief M. J. (Duke) Kent of Calgary, who commented: "It's just going to be open season on policemen. It's work- ing to a point where we are just going to be sitting ducks." His comment was prompted by a cabinet decision, confirmed Thursday, to save William Rosik, 23, of Sandwich East near Windsor, Ont., from hang- ing Feb. 23. Rosik was convicted Jan. 20, 1970, of capital murder as the result of a gun battle in which Constable Roy Carrick was killed and two other policemen injured. The incident occurred Aug. 23, 1S69. SUGGEST REASON Many police officials, checked in a Cross-Canada Survey by The Canadian Press, said the defence Rosik's mental state was so impaired by alcohol and tranquilizers that he was incapable of forming the intent to played a large part in the com- mutation. "You have to consider the po- sition of the said Met- ropolitan Toronto Chief Harold Adamson. "They have to take into account not only the evi- dence but all aspects of the case." He added: "From a police standpoint, of course, we are not happy. The man was con- victed and sentenced to hang." Finley Carroll, chief of police at London, Ont., and president of the Canadian Association of Cliiefs of Police, agreed that "it was a clear-cut death penalty, there was no recommendation for clemency, but I guess the cabinet just saw fit co commute the sentence." He said a committee of chiefs of police discussed the death penalty last week with Justice Minister John Turner and Sfclici- tor-General Jean-Pierre Cover. "At the meeting I got the'im- pression that they (the cabinet) don't intend to hang Chief Carroll said. LAST HANGING IN 1962 The last hanging in Canada was in 1S62. In the federal government passed a bill that a five-year moratorium on hangings except in the case of persons convicted of slaying po- licemen or prison guards. Chief Carroll noted the mora- torium has another year to go "but what the purpose of it is I don't know." "I suppose they will compare statistics of that five-year pe- riod with the five years that preceded it but what they will do with those statistics I don'l know." He suggested that because of recent terrorist activities in Quebec the government migh' add government officials to the list of persons whose murders would call for the death penalty But whether the cabinet woulc even then carry put the wishes of the court, he didn't know. NDP best bet claims Douglas EDMONTON (CP) The Al- berta New Democratic Party held a testimonial dinner for T. C. Douglas Saturday night, and the retiring national leader re- sponded with a passionate claim that the party is the only Dan Blocker singers die in accident DARDANELLE, Ark. (AP) Five members of the Dan Blocker Singers who operated the Big Piney Guest Ranch and the Mount Magazine Lodge were killed and three others in- jured in a three-vehicle acci- dent near here. State police listed tha dead as Hart Jackson, 24; Loren Nor- man, 23; Sinon Ganju, 26; Tony O'Neil, 21; and Angus MeMas- ters, 21. Authorities said the accident occurred when a tractor-trailer truck crossed the centre line of the highway and hit the small bus driven by Jackson. A car then slammed into the wreck- age. The injured persons were identified as Shawn Pepper, 21; Mike Alsup, 27; and Sid Eudy, 22. The singers, most of whom originally were from Odessa, to Hollywood to try for a professional career as a group. They met Dan Blocker, who plays Hoss in the Bonanza television series. Blocker agreed let them use his name. political vehicle in Canada tha can bring about required socia change by democratic means. He told 500 delegates to the provincial parry's ninth annua meeting that it is up to the NDP to save the country from disintegration from within an absorption from without. "Canada is a better place ti live in today because you hav backed the social democrat! Mr. Douglas sai in accepting tributes to his con tributions to Canada. PRESSURING FORCE "We have been a pressurin force in society which has ded and pushed reluctant go' ernments to put in reforms tha would not be there otherwi: old-age pensions, unemploy ment insurance, hospital insur ance, free care for cancer an mental illness, public ownershi of gas distribution facilities an medical care insurance." "But we have an even mor important role to play in th future. "There is a real danger Can ada could break up unless w can cope with the problems c Quebec which has legitima' grievances. "We must say to the peori of Quebec that the NDP ca enable you to rectify the soci. and economic problems y o face." MEAL SERVICE EDMONTON (CP) Th University of Alberta hospit said it served mea last year with raw food cos amounting to ow try a gentle laxative from the maker of It's called Ni because it's Nature's Remedy. The Turns people, as you would expect, know a great deal about sensitive stomachs. That's why they make their laxative only with vegetable ingredients. So, Ni brings easy, effective, overnight relief. gentle Action works while you sieep without disturbing your rest. There is no letdown, no uncomfortable after- feeling. Try Nature's Remedy, a gentle all-vegetable laxative. Regular or chocolate coated. Nt tonight, tomorrow alright In Toronto lawyer Arthur Ma- ney, a capital punishment op- nent, applauded the commu- Uon but said he did not think signalled an "effective end capital punishment in Can- da. A director of the Canadian So- ety for the Abolition of Capital Imishment, Mr. Maloney said the Rosik case the killer's ental condition "was far from irmal." OVERNMENT CAN ACT Edmonton Chief Fred Sloan aid: "It's the prerogative of e government and that's the ame of the game. As long as le lawmakers provide for com- lutation then that's the way it When Ernest Noel of the Fort Saskatchewan Provincial Jail ear Edmonton said the deci- on "is in keeping with the pol- :y the cabinet has estab- shed." "Whether it is a positive or a egative move only time mil ell." POLICE WIN SUIT NEW YORK (AP) The Pa- irolmen's Benevolent Associa- tion won its suit for month parity pay increase to- day, with its police mem- bers also being awarded a man retroactively. Mayor John V. Lindsay said the city will appeal the decision. Failure to settle the suit led to a six-day strike of patrolmen last month. STADIUM PROPOSED TORONTO (CP) B all goes well, Metropolitan Toronto could have a domed stadium with artificial turf in time for the 1973 Grey Cup game, Alder- man David Rotenberg said re- cently. Rotenberg heads a spe- cial committee studying feasi- bility of a domed stadium and where it should be located. dog LONDON (Reuler) A two- year old German shepherd called Ramcon Swashbuckler won the champion of champi- ons title at Crufts dog show, which set his estimated com- mercial value at The dog is owned by a Pakistani priiice. Nawab Ahmed Husain. Mark holiday NEW YORK (AP) major stock and commodity ex- changes and United Ststcs banks will be closed Monday, Feb. 15 in observance of Wash- ington's birthday. The Chicago livestock market will be open. Hoods kill 8 SYDNEY, Australia (AP) Torrential raw and the result- ing floodwater have taken eifht lives in eastern Australia dur- ing the last 10 days. 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