Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
28 - THE IETHBRI0OI HERAIO - Wadnstday, March 24, 1971 Ice island murder case legal angles argued WASHINGTON (CP) - Lawyers for the man charged in the so-called "ice island murder" say the United States has no jurisdiction over crimes committed on ice floes in international waters. In support, they bring up the matter of U.S. jurisdiction over islands covered with bird droppings. Mario J. Escamilla, 33, of Santa Barbara, Calif., is accused in the July 16 murder of Bernie B. Lightsey, leader of a 19-man team of weather researchers on T-3, a floating ice island the U.S. has maintained as a weather station in the Arc- tic almost continuously since 1951. The government, in a memo last week to the district court in nearby Alexandria, Va., claimed that for legal purposes a manned iceberg is the same as a U.S*. ship and that the government therefore has legal jurisdiction in the case. Congress, the government argues, has said U.S. courts have jurisdiction over crimes committed on U.S. vessels and aircraft that are in international waters or airways. The "tabular iceberg" should be regarded as a U.S. ship since it was occupied by a U.S. agency and flew the American flag. If there is to be equality of opportunity between men and women, much of the responsibility must fall on school teachers, says former federal cabinet minister Judy LaMarsh. Miss LaMarsh told the teacb-ers-of-the-young section of the Ontario Educational Association it is up to them to teach their pupils that "women are people too." The lack of equality of the sexes is rooted in early training, she told the teachers who deal with children aged five to seven. In school textbooks, she said, "boys' roles are still shown to fc.3 inventive, brave, and to protect." "A little girl though is still shown helping with the cooking, and sewing on buttons. "Men and women alike don't really believe in equality." * * *_ Denis Lapalme, a 12-year-old hockey player who has both legs amputated below the knee, performed liis first official function recently as the 1971 crippled children's Timmy. He sold Prime Minister Tru-deau $10 worth of Easter seals. Denis, who plays centre for a hockey team in his hometown of Timmins, Ont., on artificial limbs, is this year's representative of crippled youngsters in the annual Easter seal fund-raising campign. * * * Sir Hughe Knatchbull - Hug- essen, the diplomat whose secrets were stolen in the Second World War Cicero spy case, dLed recently in England. He was 84. While Sir Hughe was British ambassador to Turkey, his Albanian valet extracted top-secret documents from the embassy safe and sold them to the Germans. Some accounts said the documents included detailed plans for the 1944 Allied invasion of northwest Europe, but JUDY LaMARSH . . . Women people too Court action held up in damage suit PEACE RIVER (CP) - A "certain development" has held up court action in the town's cfaim for damages against the British Columbia Power Authority, Town Solicitor E. A. Campbell said today. Mr. Campbell, speaking in an interview, would not specify what the development was but said some action on the statement of claim may be expected by the end of the month. The town issued the statement of claim for damages they charged were caused to its water system by low levels on the Peace River. The town said in its court action that the low levels were caused by the W. A. C. Bennett dam, upstream on the river in British Columbia. The B.C. Power Authority had been given 45 days to answer the statement issued in Peace River on Jan. 22. Residents of Fort Chipewan, Alta., are also seeking damages from the authority, charging that the Bennett Dam reduced water levels downstream to such an extent that their livelihood as hunters and trappers in the Peace - Athabasca delta was harmed. Gold prices LONDON (AP) - Tuesday's closing golci prices in U.S. dol-Jars an ounce: London 33.95 Paris 39.19 Frankfurt 33.97 Zurich C3.95 Hong Kong 39.98 Beirut $1,256 a kilo the Germans feared a hoax and made little use of them. The valet - Elyesa Bazna, code name Cicero -- died in Munich last December. * * Clyde Shields, 51, of Seattle, the first man to stay alive by using a kidney dialysis machine, died in hospital. Shields had used the artificial kidney machine for 11 yeai-s. He was taken to University Hospital after suffering an apparent heart attack at his home. � * * Allen Klein, former business manager of the Beatles, was fined $15,000 in New York for not filing income-tax reports for 10 employees. . Federal Judge Morris Lasker imposed the fine and gave Klein until April 15, the filing date for 1970 income - tax returns, to make the payment. Failure to pay by that time could result in a prison term. Klein was found guilty earlier this month of failure to report quarterly income - tax returns and social security contribu-t i o n s amounting to $8,000 between December, 1959, and June. 1962, when he was head of Allen Klein and Co. * * Businessmen have to become actively involved in government to stave off threats to the incentive economic system, a former aide to Paul Hellyer, William Lee of Ottawa, president of Executive Consultants Ltd., told a meeting of the Canadian Club in Toronto that Canada is becoming a paternalistic society because of the inexorable expansion of government. Executive assistant to Mr. Hellyer when he was minister of defence and minister-of transport, Mr. Lee noted that by the end of the century government is expected to spend an amount equal to 50 per cent of the gross national product. He sai"1 Parliament is dominated by academics and lawyers. Businessmen must begin to participate if they hope to preserve an incentive economy. GM calls in school buses PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -General Motors Corp. has advised about 3,600 owners of light- and medium-duty 1971 school buses and trucks to return the vehicles to dealers for replacement of possible faulty brake systems. Spokesmen for GM, GMC Truck and Coach and Chevrolet Motors Division said Monday that hydraulic brakes may go out on those buses and trucks with a single-brake system. In vehicles with dual brakes, a reduction in braking ability would occur but the unaffected half of the system would continue to function, GM said. Dealers will inspect the vehicles for replacement of a fitting which may permit leakage of brake fluid from the hydraulic brake system, GM said. But the defence, in a memo today, said that if Congress meant the law to include ice islands it would have said so specifically, as it did with islands covered with bird droppings. Some lawyers have suggested that the case could eventually go before the International Court at The Hague or before some nation-possibly Canada -claiming that T-3's position is within its territorial waters. With regard to U.S. jurisdiction, the defence memo cited an 1856 law which gives the president power to extend maritime law over islands containing guano. At that time, the memo said, the country had a great need for guano-the excrement of seafowl-as fertilizer and Congress enacted legislation to encourage citizens to seek out deposits. In addition to providing monetary incentive, the law extended the protection of the criminal code to enterprises on guano islands. The defence argues that if Congress was careful enough to extend U.S'. law to guano deposits it would have extended them to ice islands if it had wanted them to come under it. Escamilla is scheduled to go on trial May 5 but the judge his not yet set a date for a hearing on the jurisdictional question. RELAXED AND TALKATIVE-David Harris, 25, was relaxed and at ease at El Paso, Texas, International Airport as he and his wife, folk singer Joan Baez and their son, Gabriel, 16 months, walked to their fliht to California. Convicted of refusing to submit to induction, Harris was released on parole from La Tuna, Tex., Federal Correctional Institute. 'Hell with it, sarge By HOLGER JENSEN ON HIGHWAY 9, South Vietnam (AP) - "Hell with it sarge, we don't want to go back there." But the United States Army sergeant ignored his men because he knew they would go back. And they did. Tired, scared, covered in grime, they grimly boarded a tank, two armored personnel carriers and two "dusters"-vehicles armed with converted Second World War anti-aircraft guns-and headed west along Highway 9 toward the Laotian border to guard against any North Vietnamese advance into South Vietnam. "We've been hit every day on this road since March 16," explained Platoon Sgt. Kenny Osborne, 32, of Welch, W.Va. "We were hit this morning. I feel just like my boys. I want to get the hell out of here and go home. "But we're staying until we get the job done." Osborne's men sneeringly refer to him as a "lifer"-a career army man-but they grudgingly admit he's "got his stuff together." "A" Battery of the 1st Battalion, 44th Artillery is one of the mechanized armored units waiting on the border for North Vietnamese tanks which are pursuing a South Vietnamese armored column out of Laos. While they wait, they endure mines, mortars, artillery, rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire on what has be- come known as "Ambush Alley," a six-mile stretch of Highway 9 between Lang Vei, South Vietnam, and the border crossing of Lao Bao. "It's a death trap," muttered Sgt. William Lore, 24, a Canadian from Toronto. He enlisted in the U.S. Army when he moved to San Francisco because "they would have drafted me anyway." The five vehicles passed bomb craters and the gutted hulks of two armored personnel carriers and three trucks. As they rounded a bend in the road, all hell broke loose. Mortars slammed into the road and bullets ricocheted off Osborne's duster. Up ahead an armored personnel carrier belonging to the 1st Brigade of the 5th Mechanized Infantry Division was blazing fiercely, victim of a direct hit from a rocket-propelled grenade. Osborne grabbed a grenade launcher and began hurling rounds into the surrounding brush. SPRAYS FIRE Sgt. Wayne Coons, 23, North Salem, Ind., sprayed fire from his M-60 machine gun. Spc. 4 Jack Wooten, 21, Monroe, N.C., opened up with the 40-millimetre duster guns. Lore and S'gt. Drayton Markle, 23, St. Augustine, Fla., loaded frantically. "Get them, dammit!" yelled Osborne, pointing to the muzzle flashes of North Vietnamese mortars a mile away at the base of Co Roc Ridge. The anti-aircraft guns swiv- elled and sent more than 800 shells across the Xe Pon River into Laos. The mortars were silenced. "I think we got them," said Osborne. "That makes four this week." Japanese firm signs copper import pact TOKYO (Reuter)-C. Itoh and Co., a leading Japanese trading house, said today k has reached basic agreement with the American Smelting and Refining Co., to import copper concentrates from British Columbia on a long-term basis. The Japanese firm said it hopes to sign a formal contract with Ascarco early next' month. 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