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Page 10-Saturday, April 11, 1981-The Michigan Daily
Reagan administration
supports death penalty

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Reagan
administration said yesterday it sup-
ports legislation permitting the death
penalty for some federal crimes, in-
cluding espionage and the killing of a
president.
Assistant Attorney General Lowell
Jensen said the Justice Department
endorses death penalty legislation
proposed by Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-
S.C.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary
Committee.
THURMOND, meanwhile, said he is
considering additional legislation
making it a capital crime to attempt to
assassinate a president. He said the
pendulum toward protecting the rights
of accused criminals had gone too far.
"There are too many bleeding hearts
who seem to forget the victims who
have been robbed, killed, or raped,"
Thurmond said.
Jensen, a former California
prosecutor who has been head of the
Justice Department criminal division
for just 'a week, said the department
would consider whether to support
making the attempted assassination of
a president a capital crime. But he said
there is nothing unconstitutional about
such a proposal.

MORE GENERALLY, Jensen said,
"The subject of the death penalty is not
a pleasant one for a government official
... to have to contemplate."
But, he said, "The rising tide of
violent crime in this country, as
evidenced by recent statistics and the
events in Atlanta, makes consideration
of the death penalty necessary and ...
appropriate."
Jensen said while there are "men of
ability, good will, and conscience" who
have views opposing the death penalty,
"this administration does not subscribe
to them."
Dale Robinson, a Georgetown
University law professor, and Ferris
Lucas, executive director of the
National Sheriff's Association, suppor-
ted Thurmond's proposal.
Robinson said would-be assassins
"should be warned of the extreme
possible consequences of their intended
actions, irrespective of whether they
succeed or fail in their effort."
Federal law already calls for the
death penalty for first-degree murder
committed on government property,
for the killing of a president, for some
kinds of espionage and treason, and in
some cases, kidnapping. But the

Supreme Court struck down the death
penalty in 1972 as "arbitrary and
capricious," including the federal
criminal statutes.
IN 1976, however, the court ruled that
new death penalty laws enacted by
three states were permissible because
they met certain guidelines, including
participation of the jury in death
penalty deliberations.
Since then, 37 states have approved
replacement death penalty laws, and
there have been four executions. But
repeated efforts for such legislation in
Washington have failed.
Now, with a Republican Senate and a
changed political climate in both
houses of Congress, supporters believe
the federal guidelines will be enacted
soon.
Thurmond, a former judge who said
he had sentenced four separate mur-
derers to die, asked Jensen if he belived
the death penalty is a deterrent for
criminals.
"It does deter," Jensen said.
President Reagan and Attorney
General William French Smith have
previously expressed support for the
death penalty, but the administration's
specific position for federal crimes was
not known.

AP Photo

Headed east

George Murray, left, and Phil Carpenter, both from Florida, whiz down Los Angeles streets in the first day of their
cross-country trek. If they make the trip, it reportedly will be the first time the United States has been crossed by
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Jailed IRA
guerrilla'
defeats
Protestant
in election

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland
(AP) - Convicted IRA guerrilla Bobby
Sands yesterday defeated his
Protestant rival in a parliamentary
election but cannot take his seat in
Britain's House of Commons because
he is in prison on a hunger strike "to the
death."
Sands, who has gone without food for
41 days in a bid to win political prisoner
status for jailed Irish nationalist
guerrillas, defeated his only opponent,
Harry West, by 1,446 votes in the Fer-
managh and South Tyrone district of
this British province, authorities said.
YESTERDAY'S result was likely to
be a setback for Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher's Conservative
government in its campaign to alienate
the guerrillas from Northern Ireland's
Catholic minority of 500,000.

.. .. . .

Sands, a Roman Catholic, was given
a 14-years prison sentence in 1976 after
a gunbattle with police. He is a member
of the outlawed Irish Republican Ar-
my's "Provisional" wing, an over-
whelmingly Catholic movement
fighting to end British rule here. Its aim
is unification with the 97-percent
Catholic Irish Republic.
Sands' victory in this rural district
along the sensitive border with the
republic underlined the deep divisions
between Northern Ireland's feuding
communities and was expected to help
push the one million Protestant
majority behind extremist leaders in
next month's local government elec-
tions.
"THIS NAUSEATING result has ex-
ploded the myth that Catholics do not

support the IRA," snapped Peter
Robinson, deputy leader of the Rev. Ian
Paisley's Protestant Democratic
Unionist Party. "They're conducting
genocide against Protestants along the
border."
Oliver Napier, leader of the non-
sectarian Alliance Party, declared:
"These votes will be claimed by the
IRA as endorsing their vicious canA
paign of murder and destruction."
Many Catholics regarded the win as
a "historic victory."
Chief electoral officer Alistair Pat-
terson announced that Sands took 30,492
votes in the Thursday election.
West, a farmer and tough law-and-
order advocate whose campaign slogan
was "a vote for Sands is a vote for
terrorism," polled 29,046.

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Hippo stew eaters debate
female admittance to club

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NEW YORK (AP) - Tonight's menu
at the Explorers Club includes fried
catfish nuggets, lion loaf, mountain
bear meatballs, yak patties, jellyfish,
moose mousse, and hippo stew.
Tomorrow morning's distress,
though, will not be of the gastric variety
for some members. That's when the
Explorers learn the results of a secret

vote on whether to admit women to the
group which has been all-male since it
was formed in 1905 by a big-game hun-
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fighter.
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pessimistic: "The feedback I get is
negative. The members who are again-
st it are very emotional and very
vocal."
Members last rejected women in
1977, and IBM, which has a policy
against sexual discrimination, can-
celed its corporate sponsorship.
Feuds are nothing new for the Ex-
plorers, who spent their early years
bitter wrangling over such topics
who reached the North Pole first.
"I'VE GONE OUT ON a limb on this
and I've gotten a lot of brickbats,"
Brush said on admitting women.
"There are going to be resignations
over this no matter which way the vote
goes. But it's bizarre for us to call our
selves the Explorers Club when we ex-
clude half the human race."
But in a letter to members, board
Director Bengt Jansson argued for
male "camaraderie . . . You have e4
perienced it if you have served on an
expedition where survival was a man-
to-man interdependent function."
He said that "even a single female
would destroy the quality camaraderie
for which the organization exists."

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'Blues
(Continued from Page 5)
feeling. The show's lighting cues seem
an incurable series of botches, but
Danek's urban sound effects of street
vendors and wandering evangelists
create an appropriately wistful aur
(though the on-stage actors seem
consistently turn in the wrong direction
from the origin of the offstage calls).
Lady House Blues is an outline of a
play with nothing as its center, an
exasperating pretender to profundity.
It is, regrettably, a characteristic of-
fering from The Canterbury Stage
Company, whose admirable courage in
searching for offbeat material is con-
sistently subverted by the pedestriaAh

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