Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 14, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
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Although the U.S. Supreme Court ruled more than a year ago that capital as it had been im- is illegal under the some 29 men and women currently are awaiting death in the nation 11 of including Sam right here in North Carolina. The American death penalty is far from being dead. The Supreme Court did not say that executing felons was un- constitutional Only that the laws of execution were illegal because they were unevenly imposed. Thus proponents of capital punishment have rallied in many states to change the laws to satisfy the courts and get back to the routine business of gassing or hanging the bad guys. North Carolina is one of 20 states which have enacted new legislation toward this end. Deciding that the chief objection of the Supreme Court was that the death penalty was that is to say thus cruel and North Carolina decided to make the penalty mandatory for murder rape and burglary 1. Thus not having killed was trapped by the mandatory and could conceivablay die because a jury thought he to rape. Other states have passed somewhat narrower death laws. Idaho has instituted automatic capital punishment for various kinds of murder only. Florida permits execution for but only when the vic- tim is 11 years old or under. California has recently made the death penalty mandatory for 11 types of including killers of police officers and train saboteurs. Connecticut laws permit the death sentence for narcotics pushers who sell their goods to people who die from the drug use. however framed the their sudden proliferation is arousing anew the historic antagonists of the death penalty controversy. Those who thought the question was settled by the 1972 Supreme Court ruling are back to the barricades. No one has been executed in the nation since but now there is a growing possibility the punishment will be ad- ministered again to the 631 people on death row prior to the court their penalties have or are expected to be and forces.are regrouping on both sides of the issue Public is siding with the new death penalties. A Gallup Poll taken last year indicated 57 per cent of the people queried favored reinstitution. President Nixon and other politicians have called for executions in certain circum- stances. Proponents point to the fact that if U.S. capital punishment is cruel and as the Eighth Amendment three fourths of the world's those that have some form of death are equally barbaric. Besides the commonness of the proponents believe that street crime in America is such now that something must be done. Milton director of the National Council on Crime and says people are searching for answer to cut the crime And that is last year's known U.S. murders were S per cent over 1971 and rape in this country has increased 70 per cent since 1967. Opponents naturally insist otherwise. David of the NAACP Legal Defense a group that has fought capital punishment since 1965 because in the last 43 years 52 cent of all murder executions and 90 per cent of all rape ex- ecutions involved says opinion has nothing to do with it. Bill of Rights was written to put some things beyond the reach of shifting majorities. If we relied on merely public we might not even have As for cutting crime and deterrence Kendall says such hopes are illusionary. he can the crime rate by reduced by capital punishment when since out of some murder only 394 people were ex- Criminals can read figures too. And Kendall tells of the San Quentin inmate who helped to install the gas chamber there and then killed three people when he was released from prison. And so the old argument is resurrected. None of applying to the case of Sam A. Poole of North Carolina. He sits here waiting to die for a rape that didn't take place. It's highly and more than that he is in this predicament because the highest court in the land tried once to protect him as an American from cruel and unusual punishment.