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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, September 16, 1982-Page 5
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Death penalty
LANSING (UPI) - The Michigan son's claims that signatures h
Supreme Court refused yesterday to ted for his capital punishment
allow the question of reinstating the drive should be accepted even
death penalty in Michigan on the of them were not signed in th
November ballot. way the individual was regis
The high court, in a unanimous three- vote.
page decision, denied Oakland County Patterson, the Republican ca
Prosecutor L. Brooks Patterson's plea for attorney general, was r
to place the proposed constitutional mediately available for con
pchange on the Nov.pose Following the unfavorable
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off ballot
that if Patterson took the measure to
the federal court it would be an "utter,
utter" act of desperation.
The high court was clear in its
decision to refuse the death penalty a
spot on the ballot. It stated the Board of
State Canvasses "did not err" in
determining that death penalty suppor-
ters did not have sufficient signatures
to place the measure on the ballot.
"We perceive no basis for concluding
the Board of State Canvassers or the
secretary of state had a clear legal duty
to certify the ballot proposal in question
or that the plaintiffs had a clear legal
right to have the proposal certified,"
the justices said.




THE HIGH court agreed with an
earlier Michigan Court of Appeals
ruling and said Patterson and his death
penalty supporters did not meet the
requirements for placing the measure
on the ballot.
The supreme court rejected Patter-

ou[ucsion, n ane womconsidr,
taking the matter to the federal courts.
HOWARD SIMON, of the Michigan
Chapter of the American Civil Liberties
Union said, "I am utterly grateful the
state is going to be spared this totally
unnecessary and devisive issue."
"This closes the door," he said noting

AP Photo
Pope John Paul II greets Yassar Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, as they meet privately


Arafat meets
VATICAN CITY (AP)- Pope John Paul II gave Yasser
Arafat a private audience yesterday and told him
Palestinians deserve a homeland but everyone in the Middle
East must shun terrorism, retaliation and other forms of
violence, the Vatican announced.
The pope later addressed 20,000 people in St. Peter's
Square and called on Israel and Arafat's Palestine
Liberation Organization to "accept the existence and reality
of the other."
THE 20-MINUTE meeting here, the first between Arafat
and a pope, drew another sharp protest from Israel.
The PLO chairman, who is a Moslem, made no public
comment on the Vatican session, but a Palestinian priest said
Arafat considered it a turning point in the PLO's quest for in-
ternational support.
Arafat, wearing a green uniform and his familiar black-
and-white headdress, was whisked in and out of the Vatican
through a little-used side entrance, riding in a bullet-proof

pope in Rome
limousine followed by police cars bristling with submachine
IN A THREE-paragraph communique, the Vatican said
John Paul spoke in English with Arafat, expressing "good
will for the Palestinians" and telling him that a Middle East
peace solution "must exclude recourse to arms and violence
in every form, and above all terrorism and retaliation."
John Paul also called for "a recognition of the rights of all
peoples and in particular those of Palestinian people for their
own homeland and of Israel for security."
Neither the Vatican communique nor PLO spokesmen
revealed what Arafat told the pope.
In the later speech, the pontiff said, "The pope and the
Catholic Church look with sympathy in consideration of both
peoples (Israelis and Palestinians)," and added he hopes
that "each one accepts the existence and reality of the other
and that they may find a path to dialogue."

Israelis renew attacks in Lebanon

(Continued from Page 1)
Israel called its surge into Beirut a
"limited" action.
Prime Minister Menachem Begin's
spokesman, Uri Porat, told reporters in
Jerusalem the army sweep in west
Beirut was to head off a "dangerous
situation."' The Israelis also placed a
curfew on Sidon, . the main city in
southern Lebanon.
The Moslem half of Beirut was
shaken by the naval bombardment as
Gemayel's funeral was conducted in his
hometown of Bikfaya, 12 miles east of
Lebanon's capitol, in a solemn
Maronite Christian rite. ,

Gemayel, at 34 the youngest man
ever elected president of Lebanon was
killed Tuesday in a massive bomb ex-
plosion that wrecked his Phalange par-
ty office in Christian east Beirut eight
days before he was to be sworn into of-
THE DEA TH of Gemayel, who was to
become president next week,
threatened 'to plunge Lebanon into a
new round of warfare. The presence of
Israeli troops and Syrian forces in
eastern Lebanon also carried the threat
of a new confrontation between those
Throughout the nearly hour-long
ceremony, Israeli jets circled one at a

time in the clear blue sky above the
village square, arriving in relays in an
apparent show of respect for the man
Israel has supporte for several years.
In Washington, the State Department
said U.S. officials have urged Israel to
"do nothing to increase tensions." in
The Assassination of Gemayel looks
like the third serious setback to Israel's
ambitious plans for Lebanon.
THE FIRST setback was Palestinian
leader Yasser Arafat's emergence
from the Beirut siege with his political
standing enhanced.



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