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Page 4-Tuesday, August 10, 1982-The Michigan Daily
Judge refuses to stay
Cappola execution

RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- A federal
judge yesterday refused to stay the
scheduled execution tonight of Frank
Coppola, rejecting a request filed
without the consent of the convicted
killer, who says he wants to die.
U.S. District Judge Dortch Warriner
issued his decision after meeting with
Coppola, 38, who had been brought from
the Virginia Penitentiary here to a
private holding area in the federal
courthouse.
THE PETITION was hrought hy J.
Gray Lawrence, one of the two lawyers
Coppola fired last May when he decided
to accept the sentence of death and
forgo further appeals.
The lawyers representing Lawrence
said they will seek a stay again
Tuesday from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court
of Appeals in Richmond.
Lawrence argued that the brutal and
dehumanizing conditions on death row
at the Mecklenburg Correctional Cen-
ter forced Coppola into making an
irrational decision.
But Warriner said he found Coppola
was competent to make such a decision

and questioned the legal profession's
attempts to postpone executions in
defiance of their clients' wishes.
THE JUDGE likened Coppola's case
to a terminally ill patient kept alive
through extraordinary medical means.
"Perhaps we are performing the
legalequivalent of inserting tubes, in-
jecting material . . . so we can satisfy
the quite appropriate urge to maintain
life, not, perhaps, for the good it does
the client or the patient, but for the good
it does us."
Coppola is scheduled to die at 11 p.m.
todsy and would become the first
prisoner executed in Virginia in 20
years and the fifth in the nation since
the Supreme Court revived the death
penalty in 1976.
THE STATE attorney general's of-
fice told the judge the petition is
"merely a delayng tactic to keep the
commonwealth from carrying out" the
execution.
. Coppola, a former Portsmouth
policeman, has reiterated for four mon-
ths that he wants to be executed, saying
he would rather die than continue to be
incarcerated on Death Row.

Wealth in U.S. impresses
visiting Japanese students

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specialize later-when they begin their
careers.
Junichi Tanaka added that American
students study harder in order to
become specialists, but he felt that
Americans have not learned enough
about other cultures.
The Japanese women said they were
surprised by the number of American
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women who hold executive-level
positions. Although there are many
working women in Japan (two-thirds of
the students' mothers work either full-
or part-time), there are not as many
executives, they said.
"WE ARE A little behind the
Americans, but we have some of the
same problems with women working,"
said Takao Goto. "It is a dilemmanfor
women to have both a family and
work."
But in Japan young adults usually
live at home until they are married, she
added, "so that although women work
in Japan, they don't live on their own.'
The Japanese students agreed that
Americans spend too much time
dwelling on the ailing auto industry and
tend to overlook the "wealth of good
things in America," such as the diver-
sity of successful businesses, the high
standard of living, and, most importan-
tly, the emphasis American culture
puts on individual freedoms.
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In Brief
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press international reports
Judge bars Alabama prayer law
MOBILE, Ala. - A federal judge yesterday barred use of Alabama's new
school prayer law before a trial is held on its constitutionality, and described
the law as an attempt by the state to encourage religious activity.
In a 11-page opinion, U.S. District Judge W. B. Hand said, "This court
makes it absolutely clear that by this injunction it holds only that the state of
Alabama must remain neutral in resepct to establishing a religion."
His action came just weeks before start of fall classes Aug. 31. No trial
date was set.
Han's decision came after two days of hearings last week on a lawsuit
brought by Ishmael Jaffree, a Mobile lawyer who claimed his three children
were obstracized for refusing to join in classroom religious activities.
Dollar hits record high abroad
LONDON - The U. S. dollar's surge to record highs against several
currencies in European trading yesterday puts extra cash in the pockets of
American tourists but increases financial headaches for European gover-
nments already battling an economic slump.
The stronger dollar will increase Europeans' oil and gasoline import bills
which must be paid in dollars. Foreign governments or companies holding
debts denominated in dollars must come up with more local currency to pay
them off. The cost of imports direct from the United States also will rise.
But the dollar's surge comes at the height of the tourist season in Europe,
sparking hopes in the industry that Americans visiting the continent will
spend more.
"As the dollar goes screaming up against everything, it makes it very
cheap for Americans'," said Richard O'Brien, chief economist for the
American Express International Banking Corp. in London.
More charges expected in
attempted assassination of pope
ROME - Authorities are expected to file charges against several people
suspected of helping Mehmet Ali Agca in the attempted assassination of
Pope John Paul II, police sources said yesterday.
They said investigators will first go to Switzerland and possibly to West
Germany, Austria and Spain to gather more information, however.
The sources did not say who might be accused or what the evidence was,
but they said Italy is continuing to probe links between Agca, who is Turkish,
and a gun-smuggling ring operating in Bulgaria and Turkey.
"It's too early to say when the indictments will be handed down," said a
high-ranking police official who asked not to be identified. He said it could
be in several months.
Gunman kills six in Texas
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas -A truck driver killed six people and injured
four yesterday as he shot up his bosses' offices and crashed a tractor-trailer
rig through a police barricade before he was gunned down, authorities said.
Police said the violence began about 8 a.m. when John . Parish, 46, of
Dallas, armed with two pistols and a rifle, walked into the Western Transfer
Co. building in the central business district of this Dallas suburb.
Witnesses said Parish spoke to no one as he calmly shot and killed three
people, including his supervisor. He then left the building, crossed the street
to another office of the trucking company, and fatally shot two more people.
.A few minutes later, Parish entered the warehouse of Jewel-T, a discount
grocery store, and shot a supervisor there.
"We believe he was a contractual driver for both of the firms and had a
dispute," said Police Lt. Gene Kilgore.
Parish then took off in an 18-wheel, semi-trailer truck, officers said.
About 30 minutes after it all started, police said, Parish rammed the truck
through a police barricade, seriously injuring an officer who was standing
outside his car.
Nofziger leads Reagan's push
for approval of tax hike
WASHINGTON - Veteran Reagan operative Lyn Nofziger, who broke with
the president last week to oppose raising taxes, was back in harness yester-
day - leading aneffort to win congressional approval of the biggest tax in-
crease in history.
Nofziger's conversion provided President Reagan a bit of good news in his
effort to quell a conservative rebellion against higher taxes. The rebels, led
by Rep. Jack Kemp. (R-N.Y.), threaten to scuttle the tax bill, a big part of
Reagan's strategy for reducing interest rates.
Reagan, who turned up few votes for the bill in arm-twisting sessions with
dozens of House Republicans last week, arranged sessions with others
yesterday.
Meanwhile, a House-Senate conference committee resumed work on
writing a compromise version of the tax measure, which would raise taxes
by about $99 billion over the next three yars. Also attached to the bill is about
$17 billion worth of spending cuts, affecting mainly the Medicaid and
Medicare programs.
Conservatives generally oppose the tax increase on grounds it runs con-
trary to the philosophy on which Reagan campaigned: economic stimulation
through less government. Other lawmakers say the tax boost is needed to
lower the federal deficit because last year's tax cut was too big.

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