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M an's death sentence reinstated
WASHINGTON (AP)-The Supreme
Court, in its latest venture into the legal
quagmire of capital punishment, made
it easier yesterday for states to send
convicted murderers to their deaths.
The justices ruled, 7-2, that death sen-
tences may be imposed even when state
courts do not try to determine whether
others convicted of similar crimes were
treated more leniently.
WRITING FOR. the court, Justice
Byron White said the Constitution's bar
against cruel and unusual punishment
does not require the "comparative
proportionality review" that a lower
court demanded for every death
The decision reinstated the death sen-
tence of California murderer Robert
Alton Harris for the 1978 slayings of two
teen-agers in San Diego.
Harris was convicted of murdering
John Mayeski and Michael Baker after
abducting the two 16-year-olds from a
San Diego hamburger drive-in.
THE 9TH U.S. Circuit Court of Ap-
peals had thrown out his sentence,
saying a proportionality review was
needed to make sure Harris was not
being punished arbitrarily or
capriciously. The Supreme Court
reversed that ruling.
It may be months before the ultimate
effect of Monday's decision on the
nearly 1,300 men and women on death
rows nationwide is assessed.
But aside from apparently clearing
the way for Harris' execution, the
decision could have immediate reper-
cussions in Texas, where some 170
people are on death row.
IT WAS JUST over three months ago
that White spared the life of condemned
murderer James David Autry, who was
already strapped to a wheeled cot in the
Texas death house awaiting a lethal in-
The last-gasp legal argument raised
by Autry's lawyers was comparative
proportionality review, and White said
he should be kept alive until the Harris
case was decided.
Texas officials said White's order last
October effectively blocked all
executions. It appears the state now is
free to reschedule Autry's execution,
and others as well.
WHITE ACKNOWLEDGED that
any capital sentencing scheme may
occasionally produce aberrational out-
comes," but noted that the Supreme
Court previously has said there is "no
perfect procedure" for deciding when
the death penalty should be imposed.
Justices William Brennan and
Thurgood Marshall, who are opposed to
capital punishment under all circum-
The court also refused to hear the
death row appeal of a Deer Park,
Texas man sentenced to die for mur-
dering his 8-year-old son by giving him
Halloween candy laced with cyanide.
In other matters yesterday, the court
struck down a ruling that would have
forced Pennsylvania to close down its
once-notorious Pennhurst Center for
the mentally handicapped. The
justices, by a 5-4 vote, ruled that a
federal appeals court exceeded its
authority in ruling that state law
... wrote majority opinion
requires Pennhurst to be phased out
and its patients be placed in "com-
munity living arrangements."
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BE ALLYOU CAN BE.
gas prices, Foulke said.
The figures for the increases were
calculated by looking at projections for.
utilities, telephone, labor, and equip-
ment costs. The committees also com-
pared projected figures from other Big
Ten universities and area landlords.
The 5.7 percent increase would in-
" 2.2 percent for labor and equipment;
. 1.4 percent for utilities;
" 1.3 percent for food costs; and
" 0.8 percent for telephone charges.
THE COMMITTEES also examined
possible ways of changing the services
provided by the residene halls, but
found the level of service is good.
"We decided to keep the services the
same," said LSA sophomore Doug An-
derson, a member of the rate commit-
tee. Anderson added that he felt the
rate increase was fair and justified
because of the rising costs.
There are two rate study committees,
one for single student housing and one
for family housing. The committees,
composed of students and housing of-
ficials, started meeting in early
Npvember, 1983. They continued to
meet about twice a week until the
beginning of January, said LSA
sophomore Margaret Martin, a mem-
ber of the student rate committee.
Hughes probably will present the final
recommendation to the regents in
February, Foulke said. '
' Regent Sarah Power
may run for Congress
MAJ. JIM DENT
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contest, well before the June filing
Sallade added that if the district can
raise enough money, they will hire a
national pollster to determine the par-
ty's best strategy for ousting Pursell,
who has held the seat since 1976.
Power served in 1980 as deputy
assistant secretary for human rights
and social affairs in the U.S. State
Department's Bureau of International
Organization Affairs. She has also
represented the U.S. at a number of
United Nations conferences, and
worked on many Democratic political
Despite Pursell's formidable record,
she said, "I think a good candidate can
put up a good race in this district."
Compled from Associated Press and
United Press international reports
Rebel factions battle near Beirut
BEIRUT, Lebanon-Druse and Christian militiamen battled in the hills
south of Beirut yesterday and authorities warned that the capital's elec-
tricity may be cut to four hours daily because of fighting around the coun-
try's main power plant.
The battles in the mountainous Kharroub province northeast of Israel's
Awali River front, 22 miles south of Beirut, erupted in late afternoon. The
mountains rise from the coastal town of Jiye, site of Lebanon's main power
Officials announced yesterday they will have to cut Beirut to four hours of
electricity a day from six because repair crews cannot reach the plant,
which was damaged during fighting earlier in January.
Also yesterday, Libya's second-highest official was quoted as warning that
the multinational force that includes U.S. Marines "will suffer painful blows
from the Lebanese resistance" if it does not soon withdraw from Lebanon.
But Maj. Abdel-Salim Jalloud, whose country backs anti-government
militias in Lebanon, did not make clear whether he was making a threat or a
prediction, said the Kuwait News Agency.
Courts indict 53 in drug ring
ATLANTA-Fifty-three people have been indicted in the "largest nation-
wide narcotics investigation ever," with 30 of them accused of smuggling
five tons of cocaine worth $3.8 billion into the United States, authorities an-
The 53 were named in indictments unsealed Monday in Atlanta, Los
Angeles Miami and Little Rock, Ark., with some defendants indicted in
more thin one city.
"We believe..:it is the largest nationwide narcotics investigation ever,"
FBI agent Jim Nelson said in Los Angeles.
The 30 named in Atlanta were accused of operating what a Justice Depar-
tment official called "the largest cocaine trafficking ring in the nation's
Associate U.S. Attorney General Lowell Jensen said the ring smuggled
about five tons of cocaine from Colombia into Georgia, Florida, Tennessee
and Pennsylvania between June 1982 and September 1983. Of that amount,
authorities seized 2,700 pounds valued at $940 million, he said at a news con-
Germans charge woman with
stealing U.S. military secrets
KARLSRUHE, West Germany-The federal prosecutor yesterday filed
charges against a West German woman accused of giving U.S. military data
to the terrorist Red Army Faction while she worked at a U.S. Army base.,
Federal Prosecutor Kurt Rebmann charged 31-year-old Gisela Dutzi with
membership in a terrorist organization, participation in a bank robbery,
forgery and violation of the weapons law, his office said.
The charges were filed in a Frankfurt court. A date for the trial was not
Dutzi was armed with a loaded .45-caliber pistol and fake identity papers
when she was arrested last March 1 in Darmstadt, police said. She has been
in investigative custody since then.
Special-effects experts testify
at 'Twilight Zone' trial
LOS ANGELES-Two special-effects experts testified yesterday that the
mortar used to blow up a lean-to on the "Twilight Zone" movie set was not of
the type that would normally explode upward, hurling debris that disabled a
The witnesses said the type of mortar used was instead designed to hurl
most of its discharge horizontally along the ground.
Prosecutors contend the mortar explosions hurled debris vertically into
the air, disabling the helicopter which crashed atop actor Vic Morrow and
two children and killed them during filming of a Vietnam war scene.
"This is the most significant part of the entire testimony yet," said Arnold
Klein, an attorney for special-effects coordinator Paul Stewart, who was
among five moviemakers charged with involuntary manslaughter in the
deaths of Morrow, Renee Chen, 6, and Myca Le, 7.
Yesterday's testimony came from Kevin Quibell and Jerry Williams, who
were in charge of setting off a series of mortars andbullet-impact explosions
throughout the mock Vietnam village during the 1982 filming.
Nation recovers from arctic cold
The nation thawed out a bit vesterday with the departure of a dome of
record-setting arctic air, but fresh snow and freezing rain left a dangerous
swath from Oklahoma to Wisconsin.
The ice storm in cities such as Kansas City, Mo., St. Louis and Omaha,
Neb., caused numerous highway smashups and school buses came to a halt
in many areas across the Mississippi Valley. About 30 cars and trucks were
involved in one pileup in Utah as new snow also fell in the Rockies.
The weeklong cold wave was blamed for at least 46 deaths in 15 state<
before it drifted out over the Atlantic on Sunday. During the siege 100 U.S.
cities marked record-low temperatures for individual dates, and some had
their coldest readings ever.
Among the victims was a New York state man who police said froze to
death when he was locked outside a friend's home overnight while drunk and
an intoxicated woman who fell down and froze to death in Charlottesville,
Police in Setauket, N.Y., said three youths were using serving trays to
slide down hills at a golf course shortly before midnight Sunday when the
three collided and Kenneth Razzetti, 19, of New Hyde park was fatally in-
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