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Arkansas TIMH, TUM., Mfc V, 1*7» *AYrrT«VILLC, A«KAN»»» · In Arkansas Senate Douglas Bill On Death Penalty Approved L1TLE ROCK (AP) -- A bill to reinstate the death penalty in-Arkansas and set out guidelines under which it would be administered was approved Monday by the Senate. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Larry Douglas of Springdale. orovides a life sentence for all crimes for which the death pen- ally may be imposed under current law and ' specifics crimes for which the death penalty shall be imposed. The measure passed on a vote of 31-3 and now goes to the House for consideration. Vollng against the bill were Sens. Jerry Jewell and Ben Allen of Little Rock and Jim Caldwell of Rogers. The U. S. Supreme Court ruled last s u m m e r thai the riOiilh penalty, as II had been administered, constituted cruel and iimi.wiil punishment and therefore was uncontitutional. Douglas siiicl his bill hopefully would reinstate capital punish merit in u way that would be conlitutional. Douglas' bill provides that a death penalty would be provided, but would not be man datory. for a person convlclct of a slaying pcrpclraled In an act of .arson, rape, robbery, burglary, kidnaping or alrcrafl piracy; for treason; killing of a policeman, peace officer, prisonlbill saying that reinstatement uard jailer, prison official or of the death penalty " m i g h t ' save the life of some innocent people on down the line." , Sen. Milt Earnhart of Fort Smith said; "It's time we decide whether the hoodlums are taking over or whether law abiding citizens will continue to run our society." Douglas' bill is one of six that ireman when the killing is pre- mcditalcd. or the k i l l i n g of two or more persons when the kill- 'ng Is premeditated. J U R Y DECISION A Jury would determine whether Ihc sentence should be dealh or whether a lesser sen- cncc should be Imposed. Douglas, an attorney, hi- Supreme Court had ·aid not .ulcd that the death penalty Itself was not cruel and unusual ·junlshment, but that the way it lad been administered was cruel a n d unusual. " I n other words, II is discriminatory," he said. Sen. Rock, Ihe only black in the Sen ale. said thai "out of a sense of morality and saneness and because we are all capable of error, we should defeat this bill." Jerry Jewell of Little Fie. said that In the 'poor and deprived past, Ihe had suffered most" as a result of the death penalty. "I have communicated with many persons on dealh row," Jewell said, "And each was capable of being rehabilitated. It is not morally right to deny Ihom this opportunity." Sen. John F. Bcarden Jr. of Lc;iehvi!le spoke in favor of the in the legisla or maiming of or candidate for Von Daniken Insists Earth Visited By Alien Spacemen ; By TKIUIY RYAN ·NEW YORK (A! 1 ) -- Erlck vfcn Daniken Insists lhat alien aylt'onnuts visited the earth In ancient limes. To back him up, hp has a pair of worldwide best sellers that have recently .be- cbmc; paperback phenomena In tjis country. "Mayhe not all the theories i j my books ure correct." von Danlkcn said in an interview rfcro Monday. "Bui there is no doubt that we were visllcd ffom ouler space long ago," jVon Danlkcn, 37, a Swiss inn- kl:epcr by trade with no formal higher education, wraps an old lcory with new words in his rfooks. · The theory is llial visitors ftpm other worlds landed on Oflrlh in prehistoric times, cj-calcd the r u d i m e n t s of hu man civilization and departed. ', Recast by von Daniken In Ihe Jargon of contemporary tech nnlogy. Ihc visilors become as tij'onnul.s and their vehicles become nuclear rockcls. ; "Chariots of the Clods?" and 'Wocis F'rom Outer Space," von D a n i k c n ' s books ( B a n t a m -$1.25), sverc published in Eu rope in Ihc late 1900s. Trans latcd into 32 languages, they have now sold more Hum 20 mil lion copies, according to T li ( Trade News Service, a publish ing industry magazine. The Bantam editions, pub lishcd in 1370 and 1071. enjoyed relatively good sales. More than one million paperbacl copies of "Chariots of t h e Gods?" had been sold al the end of last year. Early in J a n u a r y , a film based on the books was showi on network television. Sale: soared. From nowhere. "Chariots o the Gods?" suddenly iippearec. as the second best selling non fiction paperback in the conn try on The Now York Time lisl. A survey of campus book stores by The Chronicle o Higher Education ranked i liiird in sales this month. I vyas not among the top li campus sellers last month. Von Daniken said religion doubts first caused him lo t(iies tion traditional explanations o man's past. Raised in a stric Catholic home, ho began I wonder about Old Testa men references to gods, instead of a singular god. and about Ihc ac tual events thai inspired In biblical writers. Examining the holy book and mythologies of ancicnl peo pies, von Daniken said he con eluded t h a t Ihe oflen mcnlionci gods and fiery chariots wen aslronauts in space ships, They look such men as the prnphc Ezckicl for rides into space am used nuclear weapons lo purgi the carlh of such undesirable as the citizens of Sodom anc Gomorrah, he said. Traveling the world ccade to look for h i m s e l f , von Daniken decided that these pre- ifstoric apace visitors left be- lind great monumenls and statues from Egypt to Easier sland, works he said early men could not have created without help. for a National Bird Dog Champion Tests Continue G R A N D JUNCTION. Tenn. (AP) -- Four more dogs run In Ihe National Bird Dog Championship today, following a Monday running that saw two dogs turn in somewhat better p e r f o r m a n c e s t h a n were recorded last week. Observers fell lhat on Ihe !asis of his afternoon run Mon- Rebcl, a big 'by William day, R a m b l i n g polnler owned Walker of Detroit, Hit 37-dog field. Mich., led Rebel had six quail contacts, a back of his braccrnale and OIK; unproductive point of a rabbit. His bird finds consisted The Kansas Wind, running of five coveys and a single. the huge Ames Plantation in the morning, pointed quail cleanly on four occasions. However, the polnler owned by N. A r m o n Mitchell of Memphis, was charged with one unproductive at the slart and later poinled twice where birds had left. Flis work toward Ihc end of the three-hour test was erratic. Oklahoma Flush, owned by S. If. Vredenhurgh of Birming h u m , Ala., ran in the morning wllh Kansas Wind. Flush, however, hunted for only 43 minutes before disappearing from the hunt. Rebel Knight, owned by R. R. Brown of El Dorado. Ark., ran with Rambling Rebel and had two good bird finds, but was also charged with three unproductive points and was difficult lo handle. Today's morning round lests The Texas Squire and Dr. I.J. In the afternoon Ihe dogs slated to run are M a i n l i n e Trooper and Saladin. have been introduced current session of the ture. Five of Ihe bills were in troduced In the House. Douglas has introduced the only death penalty bill in the Senate. All of the House bills are in a subcommittee, which is to draft a bill based on the various versions. HOUSE BILLS The House hills include: HB 23 by Rep. Art Glvens of Sherwood, which would make the death penalty mandatory for hijacking of a common carrier assassination or atlempted assassination -- --'-'-- "' public officer .. public office, bombing of a pub lie building or meeting place, inlentional killing of a law enforcement officer, including a correctional institution employe acting In the line of duty. HB 28 by Rep. B. G. Hendrix of Fort Smith would make the death penalty mandatory for murder of a prison employe or law enforcement officer by a person serving a term for first degree murder. Another bill by Hendrix, HB 29 would make the death pen ally mandatory for murder of anyone by a person who was i correctional institution inmate at the time of the crime. Rep. Charles "Chuck" Honey of Prescott has Inroduced bill lhat would fix a sentence o life for all capital punlshmen offenses existing under prescn law, but provide the death pen ally -- which would not b mandatory -- for person con victed of a killing committed i the allempl to perpetrate o perpetration of arson, rape robbery, burglary, kidnapin and aircraft piracy. Under Honeys bill, HB 406 the dealh penally also would be provided for aircraft hijacking treason and the premediale killing of a policeman, jailer prison guard, or fireman wh were acting In the line of duty and the killing of two or mor persons "perpetrated from pri ncditated design." Honey's hi would authorize the trial judf io reduce a death sentence life after considering mltigatin circumstances. IDENTICAL Rep. Rudy Moore of Sprin.. dale has Introduced 8 bill tha Is Identical to the Douglas hi that passed the Senate Monday That bill is HB 484. Gov. Dale Bumpers says h position is that some sort c death penalty ought to be pr vided for some crimes, such a mass murder, and the bombin of public buildings, but he ha not yet Introduced a bill in the General Assembly. Courtroom Of Future Under Construction By JAMES K. STALEY SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP -- A "courtroom of the future" l being built for a Sacramento law school experiment aimed at boosting security, curbing disruptions, aiding news coverage and making the jury's job easier. "The practice of law in m»st ourtrooms today is about as lodern as performing surgery a barbershop," says Gordon chaber, dean of the University Pacific's McGeorge Law chool where the courtroom is cheduled for completion in une. The t.464,000 facility, which chaber describes as the first I its kind in the nation, will be sed for real trials as well as mulated trials for training aw students and law officers. Among its innovations will be esk« for jurors, who will be ncouraged to take notes. Ju ors also will have a closeup ook at evidence via nine-inch elevision screens on the! !esks and will be able to view ·ideotapes of the trial during deliberations. Other innovations: --The room will be circula o jurors can sit with the! wicks to the audience and thu c free from distractions from spectators. --News reporters will observ rom a special viewing are nd from behind one-way glass 'to reduce interference and in rease the view." SECURITY --Security devices will in elude remote control locks o courtroom doors and weapo detectors at the doorways) --A soundproof isolatio chamber where an unruly di tendant can hear and see wha is going without being able interfere. --Closed circuit television the trial into a public viewin room in the event the audienc disrupts the trial and must b- excluded. --Translation facilities an headphones for participan who do not understand Englis' Even courtrooms built the late 1960s are obsolete an ill-suited for today's case They are often poorly lighte subject lo distracting i fluences, lacking in proper s curity and offer few improve means of presenting or pr serving evidence," said Sen her, retired presiding judge Sacramento County Superi Court. Schaher told an interview the main purpose of the ne courtroom "will he to train st dents in the basic skills of li gallon." But it Is also intended serve as a laboratory for tes ing new designs and procedur for modern courtrooms, said. y House Committee Six Constitutional Amendments Proposed LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- A ouse committee recommended onday' six proposed con- tulional amendments. in- uding ones' to revise the legis- tive branch of government nd to revamp county govern- ent procedures. The recommendation was ade by the State Agencies nd Governmental Affairs Com- ittee. It picked from among proposals that have been in- oduced in the House. The Sene committee of the same ame wiJI recommend four mendments. Then the two ommittees will meet jointly to are the list to three. The General Assembly may ubmit up to three amendments the 1974 general election. Recommended by the House ommittee Rep. Julian Streett of Camden to rewrite the legislative article of the 1874 constitution and a proposal by Rep. Charles Wade of Texarkana to provide four- year terms for county officers and revise county government procedures. Also recommended were proposals by Rep. Charles Stewart of Fayetteville to allow cities and counties to levy any lax the voters approve, Rep. Roscoe Brown of Jonesboro to give the General Assembly authority to fix the salaries of the seven state constitutional officers, Rep. Cal Ledbetter of Little Rock to provide four-year terms for state constitutional officers and allow t h e legislature to prescribe the officers' salaries, and Rep. Lloyd .he state Highway Commission jrom five to 10 members and to require legislalive confirmation of the commissioners every two years. UA Student In Wreck At Crosses John G. Garrison, 18, a University of Arkansas student, is in good condition at Washing ton General Hospital, where he was taken following a traffic accident Saturday evening. 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