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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 74

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Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 12, 1976 D3 -' 1 1 ii' OPEN , , ' ... ' (lfl! filial, , 5- ( today .-fii i- yrQfm N l2:30lo 5:30 isfiVfWt iw Castro . Pre Holiday mmL q n 1 n n c S3W wssa.i' . n., ..h,, .., hir- w m- llHiSir 'f the Difference . I rJl jir i Always Choose I $299 This Trade Mark. M The Ridgefield Full Size... in eartntone Herculon plaid... Finely tailored buttoned back... simplicity of contemporary design... Converts to a most comfortable bed sleeping two. Save and Still Get the Best... "A Castro Convertible" ; Only America's Largest Manufacturer of Fine Convertible Furniture, -Selling Direct -to -you, Could Offer Such Values...!'; Remember... We Don't Have to Cut Corners to Bring You Bargains..."! ' " 'Compliments of the People of South Korea, A Small Donation To Aid You in any Investigations You May Be Undertaking . . .' Martha Musgrove Two Men Start Again We Manufacture, We Sell, We Deliver.. J..- il- When You Buy a Castro, You've Bought The Best...!'' Matching Loveseats and Chairs Are Available for Every Castro Convertible,;, Only at Castro's 85 Showrooms. ..r Convenient Budget Terms...! ' ; sity of South Florida after leaving prison, and he's earned a straight A average and been elected to numerous honor societies. "I've thought about my life a lot," Kester told the board. "Today drugs are repulsive to me in every way." In his medical studies, he said he'd found "unlimited challenge and I think I have the potential to be a doctor, to work with people and to help people." But without a pardon he could never qualify for a physician's license, so he could never win The Stamford Longline... in rich Damask... rf graceful buttoned loose pillow back... flounce base... SCS,ii '!$I?W$'j8k " J&$$ix$fli I Converts to a most comfortable bed sleeping ;-.vo. . 5399 f II A'llt''-Lijtii handsome contemporary lines... jj&i v jfftfflfl fluffy loose pillow back... "Si. $ f j . twi Converts to a most comfortable J f tv ' i'!! queen size 60"x74 bed. i" k,-- ' 1 rectional Institute; Edmonston to Sumter. Three months after arriving, Kester was standing in a food line when he was attacked and beaten. "I can't take it no more, I am just about to go out of my mind," he told a prison psychologist. He was transferred to work release and paroled after serving seven months. Four months after incarceration, Edmonston too got into a fight. His cellmate pulled the knife but by the time guards arrived it was Edmonston who was yelling, "I'll kill you " and had to be restrained. He was transferred to DeSoto, then a prison without bars or guns, later put on work release. When his sentence, shortened by gain time, expired April 30, 1971, he had served 10 months. "When I was released, I thought it was all over . . . that life would start all over. I was wrong," he says. He stood alone before the pardons board dressed in cotton twill pants and a blue denim jacket. He'd taken a bus from Titusville and had been up all night. He said he was working as a janitor at a Titusville hospital when he decided he'd really like to be a nurse. But his applications for training had been turned down by the hospital because "I have a record." He tried to join the Navy and scored high on the tests but . . ."if I can get a pardon, they'll take me. I can get my schooling, probably become a nurse, and serve my country all at the same time." Kester had gone on to the Univer TALLAHASSEE - This is the story of two men one brilliant, from an upper middle class family, aiming to be a doctor; the other average, from a broken working-class home and aiming to be a nurse. Both in trouble. Robert H. Kester wore a brown polyester suit with a Phi Beta Kappa key and took a lawyer with him to the Board of Pardons last week. In the audience sat his mother, a soft, lovely woman with tears rolling down her cheeks, his father, face pinched with worry, and a family friend who happened to be a judge. In 1973 Kester had been a student at Florida State University an 18-year-old sophomore majoring in government, minoring in drugs. He opened the door to his dormitory room one night to a friend asking to buy some downers. Ten minutes af ter the sale Kester was on his way to jail charged with possession and sale of barbiturates. Four months later a judge candidly told him, "I'm going to make an example of you." Kester was sentenced to three years. Owen Edmonston never graduated from Cocoa Beach High School he was suspended for truancy. When he was six his mother had deserted the family, leaving his father to raise three children. At 10. in 1970, he "needed money." He and another man pried the screens from the Anchor Inn and made off with three guitars and some beer. Edmonston was sentenced to 18 months by a judge who told him, "You're off on the wrong foot and I'm going to teach you a lesson." Kester was sent to Apalachee Cor- George Will Castro's Exclusive Am $199 Magic Table... This striking coektable table converts to a console table Castro Hi Riser. ..converts to two single bt'ds or 1 quenn size bed. ..with super fnm Atio-pedic mutt stuicly all Mi'el frame and rug rollers... fitted rover additional. Castro... First to Conquer Living Space... a dining table seating 4. ..a queen size cocktail table a dining table seating 8... Extronic'top. admittance to medical school. The Parole and Probation Commission recommended civil rights be restored to both men but against the pardons they sought. "They don't meet the criteria," an official said. What criteria? Pardon is an act of grace: there are no written rules to spell out who qualifies, but "pardons are based on need and merit. And the board has always said it wouldn't give a full pardon to anyone who hadn't been out and clean for 10 years." The vote on Kester was 4-2 for a pardon. Secretary of State Bruce Smathers disapproved. "It seems if you're bright, articulate, have money and get a lawyer you can get a pardon, but what about all those other people?" The vote on Edmonston, one of "the others," came next. "After what Smathers said . . . they couldn't turn him down," observed the parole investigator. The vote was 4-2. Life for Edmonston, too, would finally start all over. G 2850 OKEECHOBEE BLVD. W.P.B. Phone 686-5366 Tum., Wed., Thurs. & Sat. 10 AM to 6 PM Mon. I Fri. 10 AM to 9 PM Sun. 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM $ljt Of Death and Dignity political goal by manufacturing con ishment to deter murder. But, of course, if deterrence were this society's only value, it would take lessons from the hard-boiled past, when condemned persons were: Boiled in oil, burned alive, lashed to low rocks in tidal areas, pulled apart by horses, blown out of cannons, broken on racks, disembowled and drawn and quartered, thrown to lions, and crucified. People who favor the (relatively) decorous modern forms of capital punishment do so because they think it is an appropriate response to murder, and because they think it deters murderers. But that is hard to prove because most murders are crimes of passion, and because capital punishment has been inflicted only infrequently and capriciously in recent decades. But it is odd for people to say, as many do, that they are "unalterably" opposed to capital punishment. Surely, reasonable people must always be open to evidence that capital punishment is a powerful deterrent. The Gilmore case has become a study in immoderation. The attempt by "civil liberties" groups to block his execution on constitutional grounds is an attempt to achieve a stitutional principles from thin air. The men who wrote the Constitution favored capital punishment. Two-thirds of today's Americans favor it. The Supreme Court does not think it is cruel and unusual, or that it cannot be administered fairly. By continuing, with increasingly strained arguments, to challenge the constitutionality of capital punishment, opponents are trying to accomplish by litigation what they cannot yet accomplish by legislation. They are seeking an authoritarian rather than a democratic victory against capital punishment. Capital punishment is, I think, a mistake, but a constitutional mistake. It can and should be attacked by political argument that refutes the prevailing consensus. The argument about capital punishment is "political" in the best and broadest sense of the term. It is about what values society should nurture, and how it should nurture them. The argument should, I think, turn on this fact: Evidence that capital punishment does substantial good, either as a deterrent or an expression of society's justified indignation about murder, is no more compelling than the probability that it does harm by coarsening society's WASHINGTON - General Keitel, a Nazi, objected when the Nuremberg Tribunal sentenced him to hang. He said hanging was appropriate only for criminals, but that death by shooting would be of soldierly dignity. Admiral Byng, an 18th-century British gentleman, objected when a court-martial convicted him of inadequate warmaking and sentenced him to be shot on the main deck of a battleship. Byng said this sentence was cruel because it was humiliating: An admiral had a right to be shot on the quarter deck. He was. The Earl of Mar, a 15th-century Scot, accepted the rough and tumble of Scottish politics, and understood when some rivals decided to hang him. But he said they would be needlessly cruel if they did not use a silver rope. They used hemp. Today Gary Gilmore, the murderer in the news, wants the State of Utah to give him a six-pack of Coors beer, and then shoot him. He says this would be less cruel than life imprisonment. This vexes some ferocious souls who favor capital punishment as the "crudest possible" pun Policy on Reporting Suicides r Lois Wilson You are cordially invited to visit Brigadoon-a distinguished apartment compound on the ocean with every luxury and convenience expected by those accustomed to the very best. The furnished models are open for your inspection daily from ten to five. For further information please telephone Mr. William Fleming at 622-2622 Prices commence at seventy-one ' thousand dollars. There are no land or recreation leases. 500 OCEAN DRIVE, JUNO BEACH, FLORIDA UN -A I The listening Post Schoonmaker adds he has never owned a silver Rolls Royce and arrived at races with his Star sailboat in tow behind his station wagon. Forrer says it was his mistake as he relied on a usually reliable source for the information and didn't check it further. He says he will know better next time. February and the annual Post Travel Show are getting closer so it's time for another reminder. Post Promotion Director Vivian Geer is looking for ethnic costumes to borrow for the show. They will be handled with tender loving care and returned afterwards. If you have something she can borrow, call her at 833-7411, ext. 281. c (Do you have a comment, correction or complaint about something you've read in The Post? If go, phone The Listening Post at 833-7411, ext. 219 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. From Boca Raton, Delray Beach or Broward County the number is 427-2430. In the Belle Glade area call 996-5258.) A letter from Barrie B. Laszlo asks why The Post printed an article on Dec. 5 about the double suicide of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Fullington. Laszlo says the article came as another blow to their children, relatives and friends after a first article had appeared two days earlier. Post Day City Editor Ed Crowell says it is general policy at The Post not to publish articles about suicides if they occur in private and involve individuals who are not prominent community figures. However, the Fullingtons' deaths occurred in a large public hotel and the police were called in to investigate any possibility of foul play. Too, that an elderly husband and wife chose to end their lives together gave this incident another measure of news value. It certainly is not the desire of The Post to add more grief to the relatives and friends of suicide victims. But when two local residents check into a hotel and commit a double suicide it becomes a matter of public interest that cannot be ignored. The story was covered by all local media. The Post published two paragraphs on the deaths the day after they occurred and then followed up with a later story of moderate length which sought only to answer the question of why an elderly couple would kill themselves in such a manner. James M. Schoonmaker takes exception to Greg Forrer's story on the Sandpiper Bay Regatta that said Schoonmaker "creates a stir when he pulls up at races in his boat behind a silver Rolls Royce."

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