New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 15, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Texas may get louder voice
WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas could get from two to five new seats in Congress after the 1990 census, possibly surpassing New York, according to projections of reapportionment based on population trends.
The American Federal of State, County and Municipal Employees used U.S. Census Bureau data and a system of “equal proportions” to project how the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives would be divided in 1991.
Congressional seats are reapportioned every IO years after the census.
“The AFSCME calculations show that the big gainers will be California, Texas and Florida; the chief losers — New York and Michigan,” said the group.
Another study, by the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress, also predicted that population would continue shifting from the Northeast and Midwest to the South and West.
Using data from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Planning Association. CRS predicted Texas would gain from two to four seats in Congress.
AFSCME predicted that Texas would get five more seats for 32 while New York, currently at 34,
and Michigan would lose three each.
That would put Texas ahead of New York and in second place in the number of House seats. California would remain first by also gaining five seats for a total of 50.
CRS, which gave ranges for most states, said New York could lose from two to five seats and California could gain from two to four.
States that would gain seats under either of the projections were Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington.
Those that would lose seats were Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
CRS analyst David C. Huckabee issued a caution with his figures.
“The apportionment formula is sensitive to minute population shifts,” he said. “Adding or subtracting a small number of people from a state’s population can make a difference in whether or not a seat is assigned to that state.”
AFSCME president Gerald W. McEntee, a member of the Democratic National Committee,
sees the expected changes benefiting Republicans.
“There is a heavily funded Republican effort to take advantage of the population shifts in this decade as the COP openly plans to use the redistricting process to seize control of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years,” he said in a statement accompanying the projections.
The GOP says it would benefit from increased population in the more conservative Sunbelt, but Democrats counter that many of the voters who move to the Sunbelt may bring their Democratic preferences with them.
It is difficult to project where any new seats would be located within the state, because the liegislature draws the new boundaries, a process that historically has been fraught with allegations of partisan finagling.
A lengthy dispute over Texas’ 1980 reapportionment plan had to be settled by a panel of federal judges.
Based on the 1980 census, Texas got three new congressional seats, one between Dallas and Fort Worth, one in Houston and the other in South Texas.
Mattox wants to repeal clergy-child abuse law
AUSTIN (AP) — Attorney General Jim Mattox says the state law requiring clergymen to report church members who confess to child abuse needs to be changed.
Mattox earlier this week issued an opinion saying the law that requires Texans to report suspected child abuse cases to authorities also applies to clergymen. Only lawyers defending accused criminals are exempt, the opinion said.
An attorney general’s opinion generally carries the force of law unless changed in the legislature or overturned in court.
Although that is what the law says, Mattox said he doesn’t agree with the idea and believes the statute should be amended.
"lama strong Southern Baptist, and I think that an individual should be able to visit with spiritual advisers without having
to worry about that being disclosed,” Mattox said in an interview published Wednesday by the Houston Post.
Religious leaders across Texas have said Mattox’s legal opinion runs contrary to church teachings and practices. Roman Catholic priests, for example, face ex-communication from the church if they reveal what someone confesses to them, experts say.
“The law itself is unsound, and I think it should be changed. I suspect the legislature did not give it adequate consideration,” Mattox said.
The attorney general also said he would support any lawmaker who is willing to amend the law.
Mattox said he doubted that any clergymen would be prosecuted for refusing to report suspected child abusers who confessed in a confidential setting.
TCLU asks for probe of coverup, brutality charges
AUSTIN (API The Texas attorney general's office is looking at allegations of brutality and coverup made by the Texas Civil Liberties Union against the
San Antonio police department, a spokeswoman in Jim Mattox's office says.
James Harrington. TCLU legal director, also asked Mattox on Wednesday to look into allegations that San Antonio police officials failed to report “a serious claim of sexual abuse of a minor by a police officer" to state officials, as required by law "The confidence that people have in the police and rn the rule of law and order cannot long survive if any of the issues that we have raised, which involve misconduct at least or a cover-up at worst, go unpunished.’' Harrington wrote.
Paul Buske, spokesman for the San Antonio police, said Hie department would have no comment on the charges until police officials reviewed the letter.
Kina Christopher, spokeswoman for Mattox, said the attorney general’s office had received the letter and, “We’re looking at it."
In his letter. Harrington said the state TCLU office and the San Antonio chapter of the American Civil Uberties Union had received complaints over the conduct of San Antonio police
Harrington listed five areas where he said an independent investigation is needed Specifically, he asked Mattox to investigate whether
— There is “a significant, widespread pattern and practice of official misconduct with respect to the use of excessive force" by San Antonio officers.
— The San Antonio police have “a pattern and practice” of “hiding from public and legal scrutiny claims of misconduct.’’
— The San Antonio Police Officers .Association has used “threats of intimidation to deflect and prevent claims of misconduct from being heard by the police department and the city...”
The department uses "the filing of criminal charges against the victims of police misconduct as a way of undermining the charge of misconduct and discouraging people" from bringing complaints.
— The police chief and other high department officials “have deliberately and intentionally refused to report incidents of sexual abuse of nunors by officers in the police department to the Texas Department of Human Resources, as required by law.”
Harrington said tile last allegation follows reports that a police ink mal affairs committee determined that an officer “committed homosexual conduct with a minor over a period of time” and recommended the officer be dismissed.
Police Chief Charles Rodriguez rejected the recommendation, Harrington said
In his letter to Mattox. Harrington noted the attorney general ruled Monday that not even clergymen are exempt from the child abuse reporting law.
Accused phony agent was international swindler
AUSTIN iAPi — Before bilking an Austin man by posing as a KGB agent, Bratislav lube used his Yugoslavian accent to swindle governments in the world’s most troubled regions, according to FBI testimony in a federal fraud trial.
Federal indictments say Lilic, 33, lied to Douglas Pierce of Austin and persuaded the wealthy businessman to give him $46,000. Lilic allegedly promised he could win the release of Pierce’s son John, missing since the Glomar Java Sea sank Oct. 25. 1983, in the South China Sea.
Pierce’s body was never found. His father is convinced his son drifted in a lifeboat to Vietnam and is still being held prisoner there. Pierce testified he has spent $400,000
searching for his son.
The Glomar Java Sea was a
drilling ship, but Pierce said he
suspects the CIA had agents on
FBI agent Sikes Houston of Austin, who arrested Lilic in San Antonio on Jan. ll. testified that lulu.* told him he made a living by selling phony information to foreign governments.
U.S. District Judge James Nowlin previewed testimony about earlier
schemes that may have involved Lilic. The judge later ruled jurors could hear the testimony, but could not hear about Lilic’s prison record.
Ulic has served two prison terms, according to defense lawyer Joe Turner.
Byron Eden, a Chicago FBI agent, testified about his interview with Lilic after Lilic was arrested in connection with dealings with the B'nai B rith Anti-Defamation League in New York.
He described himself as a con man and burglar, indicating he had been in contact with representatives of foreign governments for the purpose of using his foreign accent for the purpose of pulling off cons,” Eden said lilic told him.
Eden said Lilic claimed to have attempted scams on the governments of Bulgaria, Romania. Libya and the Soviet Union. Lilic liked the plans because he felt he could not be prosecuted unless those foreign governments admitted to engaging in espionage in he United States, according to Eden.
Eden testified that Lilic was arrested but never charged in 1983 after meeting with the Anti-
Defamation League's security director.
In that case, lilic told the Jewish organization that he discovered weapons in packages he had delivered, Eden said, adding that Ulic had been told the packages contained drugs.
Ron Butler, the ADL’s security director, said Lilic told him the weapons were going to people who were “going to cause problems for Jews and blacks in this country.”
“He said he was not a killer. He was just a thief, that’s what he had always been,” Butler testified.
Butler said he met with Ulic in a Chicago apartment, and Lilic carried a gun and was suspicious of Butler.
"I think he was looking for a rabbi with a yarmulke. It w as hard for him to believe I was the director of security for a Jewish organization,” said Butler, who is black.
“He wanted me to name all the Jewish holidays. After we got past Yom Kippur, it was basically useless because he didn’t know,” Butler added.
Lilic asked for $500 and expenses in return for the information, according to Butler.
Stay granted just before execution
HUNTSVILLE AP) Five Supreme Court justices granted a stay of execution for Jay Kelly Pinkerton, 26 minutes before he was to be put to death for the 1979 rapt and mutilation of a mother of three
Pinkerton, a 23-year-old meat cutter from Amarillo, was waiting in a holding cell only a few feet from the death chamber when Warden Jack Pursley told him that the execution had been blocked
“Thank you," Pinkerton said and then shook Pursley s hand He was taken back to his death row cell at the Texas Department of Corrections’ Ellis Unit, 13 miles away
He would ha\ e been the youngest inmate to be executed Since the Supreme Court restored the death penalty in 1976
1 We were of the opinion that a stay probably wouldn't be granted.” Texas Attorney Genet a1 Jim Mattox said in announcing the high court 's decision
W e looked at the issues and didn t see any meritorious issues,
He said. however, tliat his offfice was surprise was initially was moving through the appellate process “as rapidly as it was ”
Pinkerton, a convicted burglar with a history of juvenile crime, w as sentenced to die by a poison injection shortly after nudnight Wednesday for the Oct. 26, 1979 rape and mutilation of Sarah Donn lawrence. 30 He also has a death sentence for a similar mutilation five months later of Sherry Welch. 25. a former beauty queen.
“It figures," Mrs. Lawrence's mother. Virginia Royer. of Lubbock, said after learning of the stay. “I was afraid this would happen. But may be it was God’s will."
The Supreme Court's decision came two days after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to block the execution
U S District Judge Hayden Head also denied an appeal typed by Pinkerton only hours before he was transferred to Hie W alls Unit in downtown Huntsville The appeal was carried by the inmate's parents, Margie and Gene Pinkerton, to Houston federal court and electronically sent to Head.
According to Mattox, five justices halted the execution because questions raised about Pinkerton's trial lawy ers and allegations that information from a jail cellmate was illegally used against him.
Attorneys question witness' credibility
CONWAY. Ark (AP) Attorneys for two former police officers charged with the 1960 killing of Marvin Williams want to question the credibility of a potential witness for Uh* prosecution
Marvin Iberg, 50, and O H. Bill" Mullenax. 48, are charged with the first-degree murder of Williams, a 21->ear-old black man found dead in his jail cell after the two white policeman arrested turn for public drunkenness.
A coroner s jury cleared the two in 1960 without seeing Williams’ autopsy. The case was reopened last year when a state prison inmate, Charles Hackney, wrote letters to officials saying he saw a black man beaten in tile Faulkner County Jail the night Williams died.
Mullenax is a state police sergeant on leave. Iberg is a truck driver.
Attorneys must select another juror to complete tile 12-member panel, plus two alternates Opening arguments are expected Friday.
Helen Rice Grinder, lberg’s attorney, and Bart Mullis, Mullenax s attorney, filed a motion Wednesday asking that they be allowed to disclose to the jury a manslaughter conviction of Joe Flake, Williams companion the night he was arrested. The motion said Flake was convicted of manslaughter within three years of Williams’ death and served more than a year in prison.
According to rules of evidence, convictions cannot be introduced as evidence after either IO years from
the date of conviction or the release of the prisoner Jury fouls out in foul ball decision
HOUSTON (API — A judge has overruled a jury’s finding that $180,000 should go to a woman hit by a baseball as she was getting autographs in a dugout at tile Astrodome
In a letter mailed to attorneys of Karen Friedman this week, visiting State District Judge Robert Montgomery of Memphis, Texas, said he would not approve the jury’s award. Attorneys said Tuesday that Montgomery did not explain his decision.
Jurors last month found that the Houston Sports Association, which owns the Houston Astros baseball team, was negligent in not warning Ms. Friedman, then ll, of the danger of foul balls.
“I personally am shocked for our jurors, really," Leonard Kahn, Ms Friedman’s attorney, said. “It’s a slap in the face to them ”
Ms, Friedman, now 18, was at a Houston Astros game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 14, 1978, when she was struck by a line drive off the bat of Enos Cabell.
She was standing behind the first-base dugout getting autographs from the players when the ball struck
her in the head, according to testimony
Danny looms on coast
NEW IBERIA, la <APi Hurricane Danny bore down on the central louisiana coast today with torrential rain and wind gusts to 92 mph, and authorities said more than 30,000 people were evacuated from offshore drilling rigs and towns as far south as Galveston, Texas.
But as the leading edge of the sprawling, wet storm lashed the coast with thunderstorms, the path shifted slightly to the north, prompting forecasters to adjust predictions for landfall, expected in the marshes south of New Iberia.
Gale winds and flash floods were expected all along the louisiana coast, including in New Orleans, about 125 nules east. Gale warnings and a hurricane watch were posted from Freeport, Texas, east to Pensacola, Fla
“Danny lias the potential for further strengthening before landfall," the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday.
At 5 am, the hurricane was centered near latitude 28.8 north, longitude 92.5 west, or about IOO nules south southeast of Lake Charles and was moving toward the north northwest at IO to 15 mph. Forecasters said Danny was expected to cross the louisiana coast south of I .ake Charles by late morning
Although classified a minimal hurricane, the storm was so poten bally dangerous that hurricane warnings remained rn effect from
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