The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 12, 1976 · Page 44
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 44

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 12, 1976
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rB8-Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 12, 1976 : 'I can't explain what the feel- 5 ing is to be a mother waiting for someone to be electrocuted . . . ; Night and day, it's terrible, it's I terrible.' : Maggie Pugh Court Time Clock from Mastercrafters: Genuine championship tennis raquet with battery operated clock; adds a sporting touch to the den, office or playroom wail. "The Tennis Player's Apparel Shop" For Men, Women & Children RAQUET STRINGING 9 Citizens Against Death Penalty Organize Group net ploy casuals 127 Lakeview Ave. West Palm Beach Phone 655-6152 if f0 if , jiV.qvJ. HOURS 10 A.M. - 5 P.M. MON. THRU SAT. ouncl Schrader Sport sizes By BOB BRINK Post Staff Writer DELRAY BEACH - Several blocks away from where Patrolman John Kennedy was shot to death 28 months ago, the convicted killer's mother and other persons including a man who spent 12 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit met yesterday to discuss ways of banning the death penalty. It was the first meeting of the newly formed Palm Beach County chapter of the Florida Citizens Against the Death Penalty. Besides Willie Simpson's mother and Wilbert Lee, who along with Freddie Lee Pitts spent nine-and-a-half of his 12 years in prison on death row before they were cleared of the crime, speakers included a psychologist instrumental in getting Joanne Little freed from a North Carolina prison, a social worker-law student interning at the Florida Supreme Court and a West Palm Beach attorney representing nine persons on death row. "We are all concerned about crime, and we are concerned about the victims as well as the perpetrators," said Susan Stratil, state coordinator for the anti-death penalty organization and a law student interning at the state Supreme Court. "I don't like walking down the street having to be afraid of being murdered, but I don't think execution is going to solve that." Courtney J. Mullin, a psychologist who directed the successful efforts to get a change of venue for Joanne Little, who was acquitted of the murder of a North Carolina prison guard, said the death penalty is not a deterrent against murder and in fact the murder rate sometimes increases in the weeks after an execution. "You can write to your legislators, you can picket, you can talk to your clergymen," Ms. Mullin urged. Death penalty opponents also can "hold silent vigils, pass out pamphlets, speak in schools and defeat the barbarism (death penalty) that still exists in our society." Packing the courtrooms of persons tried for murder can affect decisions of judges, she said, adding, "Judges are people, and they respond to public pressure ... To think otherwise is ridiculous." Lee, his voice rising and falling in dramatic fashion as he paced the floor, told the about 30 persons at the conference in St. Paul's Episcopal Church if the human species "is so wise" as to be able to devise a way to get to the moon, "he can come up with a way to get justice for each and every one of us in this country." "Capital punishment was designed for poor people, and poor people sit around" and let legislators make death penalty laws without protesting, Lee said. "Get involved, that's what you've got to do. Get involved. Let your voice be heard." Lee is working as a counselor at the Dade County Youth Hall and in his spare time has been working against the death penalty. While he spoke, Marion Grenell of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boca Raton, which helped get the state anti-death penalty organization formed, walked outside and put her arm around a despondent Maggie Pugh, mother of Willie Simpson. Earlier, Mrs. Pugh told the audience she had visited her 19-year-old son and others on death row in the state prison at Raiford, thinking that would make it easier for her to accept her son's fate. Instead, she said, it made her feel worse. "I can't explain what the feelirg is to be a mother waiting for someone to be electrocuted," she said. "1 was weighing 172 pounds when Willie was sent to jail. This is the way it's left me." The now trim woman said she weighs 135 pounds. "Night and day, it's terrible, it's terrible," she said. Pugh, Listens to Program OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME CONDOMINIUM ON THI INTKACOASTAL, WALK TO All STOKES. JUST REDUCED Br SJ.. 000, 1 from 119 600- 2 Br.-?B from $27,. 900. IT MAY BE THE LITTLE PARADISE, YOUR REAl HOME, YOU WERE LOOKING FOR. 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