The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 10, 1976 · Page 55
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 55

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Palm Beach Post, Friday, December 10, 1976 D5 nurdines Wflorida Death Penalty Cases Submitted To Parole Board for Review f teLbfflil sas? life ,,4 i ".'Y'y 'r ' "The commission will be concerned with any factors that might shed some light in any clemency hearing," Scriven said. "We are not simply bound by the legal testimony. Some things that might not have been part of the court trial, such as interviewing members of the community and law enforcement officers, plus the man's prior history - we will be dealing with those." There are 82 prisoners under death sentence in Florida. The six referred to the commission by Askew for the first clemency proceedings are the only ones whose death sentences have been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. They include: Learie Leo Alford, 31, of West Palm Beach, convicted of raping Carol Lynn Blevins, 13, blindfolding her and shooting her five times in January 1973. Gary Eldon Alvord, 29, of Tampa, convicted of strangling Ann Herrman, Georgia Oully and Mrs. Hermann's daughter with a piece of cord on June 17, 1975. Clifford Hallman. 26, of Tampa, convicted of the April 10, 1973, murder of barmaid Eleanor Jean Groves by slashing her throat with a piece of broken glass. Charles W. Profitt, 32, of Tampa, convicted of t.h2 July 10, 1973, stabbing death of Joel Medgebow. TALLAHASSEE (AP) - Gov. Reubin Askew referred six cases to the Parole and Probation Commission yesterday which will determine who will become the first person to die in the electric chair in Florida since 1964. Charles Scriven, chairman of the commission, said it will take at least a week for commissioners to decide how they will conduct clemency investigations in those six and future clemency cases. He said he will call a commission meeting next week to establish clemency investigation procedures. Under rules adopted by the governor and Cabinet Wednesday, the commission will conduct investigations on whether the life of a condemned prisoner should be spared, and the governor and Cabinet will make the final decision. "This will be the first time we will be conducting hearings of this magnitude, so the comissioners want to be sure we are all in agreement as to the type of procedures we will be following," Scriven said. It's likely that both commissioners and staffers will interview death sentence prisoners and other interested persons, he said. VIVITAR POINT 'N SHOOT POCKET CAMERA WITH AUTO-FLASH Just point 'n shoot. ..that's how easy this handy-dandy is to operate. No exposure adjustments, no focusing necessary. Remarkably compact-built-in, electronic flash eliminates the need to carry flashcubes, and gives you about 150 flashes from 2 "AA" batteries. With case, film bonus processing coupon. Reg. 44.99 39.99 Controversial Tract Gets Purchase Offer -A v TALLAHASSEE (AP) - The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles proposed yesterday to buy a 6.5acre tract of land owned by a business associate of House Speaker Donald Tucker. The land is to be used for a parking lot. The tract, adjacent to the depart- Court Says Probation Is Limited TALLAHASSEE (UPI) - The 1st District Court of Appeal said yesterday the new "split sentencing law" does not give a judge unlimited discretion in placing an offender on probation. Probation cannot be imposed beyond the maximum permissible sentence for the crime as established in Florida statutes, the court said. Relying on a similar ruling by the 2nd District Court of Appeal, it re-jetted the sentence of a Leon County youth convicted of misdemeanor possession of mari juana. John McNulty was sentenced to six months in jail and two years' probation. The maximum sentence for a misdemeanor is one year in jail, so McNulty could be jailed for six months and put on probation for only six months. The split sentencing law - which allows the sentence to be divided into jail time and probation does not authorize "a trial court to place a defendant who has been adjudicated guilty of a misdemeanor upon probation for an unlimited period of time," the court said. ment's headquarters, was the object of a major House controversy last year because a committee proposed giving the department the funds to buy the land even though the agency had not asked for the money. But department secretary Ralph Davis included the land in an expansion project which was at the top of his capital outlay request in Gov. Reubin Askew's budget hearing yesterday. He said the $4.9 million expansion project was needed to house 130 state workers recently transferred to his department. Davis is proposing to buy the land on the east side of the department's headquarters in the Neil Kirkman Building and use it for parking and an access road. Land on the other side of the building would be used for the new wing. The land on the east is owned by Capital Securities Inc., of which businessman James Tully is the president. He has been involved in a number of business deals with Tucker. Lawmakers removed the $1.6 million from last year's appropriations bill for purchase of the tract after heated protests from the floor, especially from Republicans. Tucker denied any part in the deal. Davis said he had not spoken to Tucker about seeking the money this year. He put the per-acre-price on Tully's land at $40,000 - a $10,000 increase above the per-acre-price Tully wanted a year ago on 54 acres. Davis told reporters he had wanted to buy the land last year but decided not to ask for it because the Deparmtent of Administration recommended against it. 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