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Page 16-Friday, May 25, 1979-The Michigan Daily
Supreme Court dissolves
order preventing execution
ACLniued on Page 5)
the highest court, which has refused IN TALLAHASSEE, opponents of the
four times to overturn his 1973 convic- death penalty called Smith's action
tion for killing a hitchhiker he picked up "cruel" and urged Graham to issue a
in a Nebraska blizzard and brought reprieve.
with him to Tallahassee, Fla. "Please don't put us through this or-
The last-minute appeal to Marshall deal again," said the Rev. Joe Ingle,
had been based on a claim that state director of the Southern Coalition on
prosecutors hadn't given Spenkelink Jails and Prisons. "I am deeply distur-
adequate notice of what "aggravating bed with Attorney General Smith's at-
circumstances" they planned to raise titude with this execution."
in seeking the death penalty. Spenkelink was sentenced to death
Smith, representing the state of for the 1973 murder of Joseph Syzman-
Florida, said the execution had become ckiewicz in Tallahassee. Spenkelink
a states' rights issue. "What we are was a California prison escapee and
saying is that the federal courts now Syzmankiewicz, an Ohio parole
have to let the states get on with capital violator, when the two met and traveled
punishment," he said in Washington. the country together.

Gong show a
Continued from Page 10)
Smyth approaches the microphone.
Showing a real penchant for trendiness,
she strips down to what appears to be a
plastic garbage bag to perform a pain-
fully self-conscious punk rock song
called "Nuclear Waste." But whatever
direction that could have been gained
through this return to rock basics was
lost in the void of absolute artistiw
freedom that defines the evening's en-
tertainment.
THE HIGHLIGHT of this gong show,
is the appearance of Daevid Allen,
progressive rock pioneer and "inter-
planetary poet." Wearing a grossly
green jumpsuit and a huge, pointed
wizard's brim, Allen moves the band
known as N. Y. Gong into a lenthy
space-rock improvisation. After
leaving the stage for most of the num-

disappointment
her, the earthly representative of the
planet gong returns to find his perfor-
ming time cut short by the bar's im-
minent closing. Dismayed, he spends
the next five of the remaining ten
minutes castigating the promoters.
Considering the casual attitude flaun-
ted by the performers all evening, this
seems particularly unfair. As Allen
grits his teeth for an appropriately
defiant rendition of his pseudo-punk
song "Opium for the People," an ec-
static member of the audience informs
me that this is the music of the future.
Personally I'll take the Sex Pistols ver-
sion of anarchy any day; they may not
know what they want, but they know
how to get it. From viewing the cosmic
muddle Tuesday night, one couldn't say
the same for Gong.

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