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NEW CAPITAL PUNISHMENT S TA TUTE USED:

human rihts turning Illinois killer gets death sentence
since Hill's attorney William O'Malley,

into a political issue

(Continued from Page 1)
Amnesty's 2,000 chapters throughout
the world seek to gain the release of pri-
soners assigned to them. In order for
the local chapters to remain non-parti-
san, they are never assigned prisoners
from their own countries.
Amnesty finds out about prisoners
through a variety of sources, Ruben-
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stein said. Often a prisoner's family
will write to Amnesty or the organiza-
tion will receive reports from clergy in
different parts of the world.
''We've even received letters
smuggled out of prisons," he added.
After an Amnesty chapter is assigned
a prisoner, it will send letters,
telegrams or aerograms to the gover-
nment of the country in which the per-
son is imprisoned. These letters, "polite
and persistant" in tone, ask for the re-
lease of the prisoner in question,
Rubenstein said.
RUBENSTEIN said Amnesty uses
this letter-writing approach because
"governments like to work in the dark.
They like to think that they can put
someone away and no one will know.
Everyone is watching Solzhenitsyn
and Sakharov, but when Joe the grocer
gets arrested and letters pour in,
they're astounded.
Although Rubenstein's organization
has gained the release of many prison-
ers of conscience, he emphasized that
Amnesty "does not regard itself as a
panacea" for various governments' use
of violence and torture to squelch
dissent.
"Often we work on cases that are
very dispirited," he said.
When asked if he felt his organization
was doing any good, he replied, "In
Uruguay, they say we're communists.
In the Soviet Union, they say we're im-
perialists. If they both dislike us so in-
tensely, we. must be accomplishing
something. If our effect is so illusory
and ineffectual, why would they care'
either way?"
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CHICAGO (AP) - William Hill,
convicted in the execution-style slaying
of two West Side drug store owners, was
sentenced yesterday to die in the elec-
tric chair.
The wails of Hill's stepmother and
stepsister pierced the courtroom as
Judge John Moran ordered sheriff's
deputies to take Hill to Stateville for
execution, "causing a current of elec-
tricity to pass through the body of
William R. Hill until the defendant,
William R. Hill, is dead."
IT WAS THE first imposition of the

death penalty since the new Illinois
capital punishment statute was signed
into law on June 21 by Gov. James
Thomson. The last prisoner to die in the
electric chair was James Dukes,
executed in 1962 in the Cook County Jail
for killing a policeman.
As Moran read the sentence, tears
streamed down the faces of Hill's
relatives, the younger woman being led
from the courtroom by a matron and
her anguished sobs echoing in the em-
pty marbled hall on the sixth floor of the
Criminal Court Building.
Before Moran imposed sentence, Hill,
28, declared that the trial, at which he
was convicted of killing pharmacists

Allen Ziperstein, 61, and Robert Fields,
47, had been "an injustice."
"I DON'T THINK I got a fair trial,"
he said. "I would have pleaded guilty if
I was guilty of the charges."
Hill, wearing a black, pearl and
lavender checked suit and a black shirt
and surrounded by three policemen,
two armed bailiffs and two husky Cook
County Jail guards, then told Moran:
"Do what you have to do." With that,
Moran, his eyes fixed on the defendant,
began to read the elaborately worded
death sentence prescribed by law.
Moran fixed the execution date for
Jan. 9. But that was merely a formality,

plans an appeal to .the Illinois Supreme
Court. In Springfield, Supreme Court
Clerk Olell Woods said it was unlikely
that the appeal would be decided before
May.
THE PROSECUTION contended that
Hill contracted with a West Side den-
tist, the late Dr. Max Kaye, to execute
Fields. Kaye was said to have been in-
furiated with Fields because the phar-
macist refused to participate in a plot of
defraud the Illinois Department of
Public Aid.
Ziperstein was killed by a shotgun
blast Aug. 23, 1974, outside his
Haymarket Pharmacy. Prosecutors
told the jury that Hill killed Ziperstein
by mistake, thinking that he was
Fields. Realizing his blunder, they con-
tended, he returned to the drug store to
get Fields, who was shot and killed Jan.
18, 1975,as he arrived for work.
Hill was said to have received $2,800
for both killings.

Otterbacher tells local Dems
he wants Griffin's Senate seat

is a bad neighborhood," said Otter-
bacher. "But we've got a long way to
go if we're going to arrive at the
place we said we were 200 years
ago."
OTTERBACHER said he spent
some of his free afternoons talking to
his constituents in a neighborhood
pub. From these conversations the
senator said he garnered the sense of
disillusionment of the lower middle
class.
"They know folds are just driving
through the tax system," said Otter-
bacher. "They feel they're not going
to ante up to a system that isn't
giving them anything in return and
they begin to ask 'What the hell is
going on here?' "We are going to be
better served by a few folks who are
not separated .from their condi-
tion...
"We're not going to make it all
better; We start out thinking that
we're going to make it all better, but
we realize we're providing inade-
quate solutions to complex problems
and it takes it all out of you.
"But there's one thing you can't
take out of John Otterbacher and
that's his neighborhood. You can try
but you just can't take it out of me.."
Otterbacher ran for the Democrat-
ic nomination for the Senate seat
vacated by Phil Hart in 1976 and lost.

But he never 'really stopped running
for the United States Senate. He has
accumulated a grass roots network
of volunteers who have their sights
set on the Democratic nomination in
1978.
THIS YEAR Otterbacher has trav-
eled to 82 of 83 counties in the state,
talking about his neighborhood and

Senate floor to get bills passed. I like
to campaign. I want to be where the
action is.
"And that's why I get into the car
in Lansing and come down and talk
with you, when I could be sitting in a
bar in Lansing."
Otterbacher said he hoped he could
run an honest, issue-oriented cam-
paign, even at the risk of taking some

'I come from a neighborhood that is screaming for
change. It is an inner city neighborhood with a 12
per cent unemployment rate. Most of the people with
a little money have gotten out ... There's one thing.
you can't take out of John Otterbacher and that's
his neighborhood.'
-State Senator John Otterbacher
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his pet issues - health care and the
problems of the aged.
"Why do you go through it all?"
askedOtterbacher. "Well, in third
grade, I decided I wanted to be the
quarterback of my school's football
team. I've always wanted a piece of
the action. I' like struggling on the

unpopular stands.
"In running for high office, I hope
we can trust each other enough to
disagree on some issues," said
Otterbacher. "It's not easy to walk
the line saying what political ana-
lysts say you should. So I'm going to
say what I feel is right and hope we
can find areas of agreement."

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Amy asks
for cake,
burgers on
birth day
WASHINGTON (AP) - Amy Car-
ter's 10th birthday, to be held today,
is being handled like most other offi-
cial business at the White House - by
memo.
Tucked inside a bright orange
folder were several notes from
Rosalyn Carter to her daughter with
suggestions for the party as well as
an invitation in the form of a poem,
printed on an orange pumpkin.
Following her Dad's example,
Amy initialed the memo with her own
big "A" and wrote an enthusiastic "I
like it," according to Mary Hoyt, the
first lady's press secretary.
So today, 14 young guests will
gather in the Solarium for hamburg-
ers - "Let everyone put things on
their hamburgers," Amy wrote -
vanilla cake with chocolate icing,
and ice cream.
TflE EN'l't(TA INM ENT will be
the original movie of "Frankenstein"
because, Amy.put in a request for a
horror show for her birthday.
Amy's guests will include friends
from school, her violin partner, the
children of presidential press secre-
tary Jody Powell and congressional
liaison Frank Moore.
The party invitation was composed
by a member of the first lady's staff,
Barbara Block. It reads:
"Next Wednesday's my birthday,
and I can't thnk of anything "I'd
rather do than to celebrate my
tIrning 10 years old by having a
party with you. There'll be pumpkins
to carve, and friends to meet and
even our own horror show. We'll also
hav dinner - hamburgers, I hope,
and birthday cake - that much I
know.
"Please join me next Wednesday.
It should be great fun - from 5-7 at
night - having you here will be all
that I need to make my 10th birthday
just right."
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