The Honolulu Advertiser from Honolulu, Hawaii on September 4, 1983 · 41
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The Honolulu Advertiser from Honolulu, Hawaii · 41

Honolulu, Hawaii
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Sunday, September 4, 1983
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.A.v J. ...... ... i . n lie bprmgman TB egs for By James Litke CHICAGO For more than a half-century, lawyer Luis Kutner has been "The Spring-man" of prelates and poets, the poor and the powerful jailed on the whims of misguided justice. He earned a fortune and the nickname in his first year as a lawyer, when he was an inventive 22-year-old who found profit during the Depression in his life's obsession, the writ of habeas corpus. Two Chicago detectives had been fabricating evidence to put suspects behind bars at Stateville Penitenitary. Kutner learned of it and filed writs through the mail demanding freedom for every one of the wrongly accused. If the prisoner walked, he paid $2,000. If not, no charge. "I had, altogether, 4,000 files...I won 123 on those two (detectives) alone," Kutner recalls. "I made enough to do whatever I wanted " t What he wanted was justice, (or: anyone held illegally, anywhere. J In 1930 Kutner founded World Habeus Corpus his dream for aiu international tribunal to f hich all nations would subscribe, and to whose judgments $11 nations would acquiesce. Punch Gets Married FRESNO (AP) Punch and Judy brought Jimmie Ketner and Debbie Warnick together, so the puppets dressed as bride and groom accompanied the couple to their wedding. The puppeteers were married recently as their puppets waited to provide entertainment at the reception. The skit was called "Mr. Punch Gets Married." 'The Ketners shared a desire to perform with puppets in a children's church group when they met at West Coast Christian College in Fresno early this year. I WICKER HANDICRAFTS 50-60 OFFTr'-t! , BASKETS, l-fjfl WINE RACKS, ftt snub y hM n HJA- HAND CROCHET ITEMS50 OFF Blouses r.(. 24.oo NOW 1 11.95 Short Sleeve DRESSES reg. 60.00 HOW '24.95 CAPIZ HANGING LAMPS 60 OFF Also plocemats, coasters, tissue boxes, napkin rings & more. OIL PAINTINGS 50-80 OFF MACRAME 60 OFF O BACKGAMMON 60 OFF METAL SCULPTURES O SHEEPSKIN Sale thru Sept. 1 7 INTERNATIONAL ARTS Upper level Ward Wareheute 531-7426 OPEN SUN. THRU SAT. 'Til 9 P.M. MAJOR WAIKIKI HOTEL RENOVATION OFFERS YOU QUALITY USED FURNISHINGS AT BARGAIN PRICES! I 'Il eld ' . ' Eli DESKDRESSERS $99.00 STUDENT DESKS $85 00 i DRAWER CHESTS see. oo TABLE moo PARSONS CORNER TABLE I 21 119 0O ISLAND TRADING 717 Moowaa St. (Back of Kapalama Shopping Canter) Justice Associated press The idea has been regarded as both noble and naive. Most noble perhaps, to those whose freedom has been won with Kutner's aid, people like the late Cardinal Josef Mindszen-, ty of Hungary, or those whose life hung on Kutner's persuasive powers, like the late Moise Tshombe, deposed president of the Congo. A large, gregarious man of impeccable manners and dress, Kutner owned an extraordinary set of credentials at an age when most young men begin collecting them. He entered the University of Chicago at age 15, clerked for Clarence Darrow, became a prize pupil of international law scholar Harold Laswell and attracted the attention of Harvard's Roscoe Pound before completing law school at 21. In 1952, he was judged among the 15 foremost poets in America and is an accomplished painter whose works have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But, ultimately, it is his savvy and his legal strategies on which Kutner's reputation rests. "For 40 years, he had no competitors," says Anthony D'Amato, a professor of international law at Northwestern University. "I was getting out of a car when I saw him," said Debbie Ketner, 24. "For me, it was love at first sight." The couple started dating in April, put on their first puppet show together the next month, and Ketner, 29, proposed May 15. The wedding skit featured Punch in formal attire and Judy in a veiled white dress carrying a bouquet. The puppets' booth at the reception sat in a position of honor at the end of the head table. LEONORA de HEER BALLET tbHii .f 7 ANNOUNCING FALL REGISTRATION PRE-BALLET; BEG.. INT., ADV. BALLET; ADULTS; Maiimim clan size 12 Parking; Bat Stop IS yeart of profenioaal Quiet Environment instruction LOCATION: 3430 E. MAKOA RD. (Monteisori Community School) CALL: 988-2419 Glasses begin September 12. -rv UNA! CHAIR! MOO LANAI $1100 RATTAN HEXAQONAL COFFEE TABLE $5 00 RATTAN OCCASIONAL CHAIR (45.00 W2 TABLE LAMPS RATTAN SIDE CHAIR S.00 HEADBOARDS 0O-1?OO BEDSPREADS 114.00-IHOOr BEOS I390O-I8900 NIGHT STANDS T 77 "One success led to another until it became a pattern. "THE DIFFERENCE between Lou Kutner and everybody else is that he files first for the record and then goes after public opinion. He files, he cajoles, he threatens, he embarrasses, he uses contacts, and most important," says D'Amato, "he persists." ' At 76, Kutner pores over pleas for help in his dark, wainscoted office, an aging crusader struggling to keep man at arm's length from his own worst self. Each day, he sifts through packages and pictures pleading for aid: For the tortured Baha'is in Iran, for prisoners in the Soviet gulags, for people on death row in the United States. Some days, the strain of four "Versailles" Solid Forged Brass Lever Handle by Baldwin . . . Carefully engineered for security, durability, reliability and design Shutter & Sfi Hardware i' Specialists. fiddler's 11020 Auahi St. 533-4952 f Between Fttrmmr' Marital t il f V, TAB LEO - 15.00 I1S.0O ' L 124 00 PH. 847-1361 X ' L. - 'v f 'i i fT" 4 : decades of man's laments stretches intolerably."I am the voice that cries every night," he says. "In the last resort, law is an instrument of public opinion and Kutner is much more daring and more willing to face rebuff and defeat than most lawyers," says Myres McDougall, Sterling law professor emeritus at Yale. "He operates within legal procedures, but using a great many more tactics than most lawyers are trained or willing to do." Kutner's attributes made him the man to call in times of crisis: When Cardinal Mindszenty was imprisoned in Hungary in 1949 afteD being convicted of treason, Pope Pius XII retained Kutner, who won him a habita- i I X A. OUR ANNUAL POLYNESIAN FASHION SHOW will be held on Wednesday, September 7th at 1 1 AM in our Ala Moana shop. featuring guest narrator Cathy Foy, special l vxa'iq, dances by Beverly Noa, Kanoe Miller & Libby Lee jQ&isF, ana I ne squires iium ma nwMSD vi Collections . . . don't miss the excitement Lh) & romance of these feminine looks for 1983. Limited Seating . . . please come Luis Kutner in his memory-filled office in Chicago. The highly successful attorney has spent more than half a century fighting for justice for clients around the world. ble cell and respite from relentless interrogations. During the Hungarian uprising of 1956, the Soviets allowed Mindszenty to escape to the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, and ultimately to freedom in the West. A 9th century Spanish cross, given in appreciation by Pope Paul VI in 1965, hangs outside Kutner's office. In 1958, when Ernest Hemingway wanted to get poet Ezra Pound freed from a psychiatric hospital, where he was confined for 12 years after being declared mentally incompetent to stand trial for wartime treason, he turned to Kutner. Kutner and the late Abe Fortas, who long afterward became a Supreme Court justice, were instrumental in winning Pound's release. Pound, who had broadcast Fascist propaganda from Italy, rewarded the lawyers with an insult for being Jewish, Kutner says, "but Hemingway made good on the fee." When Tshombe fled the Congo in 1967 and was kidnapped en route to Spain and a promise there of political asylum, his wife enlisted Kutner. In an llth-hour plea, Kutner persuaded Algerian President Hou-ari Boumedienne to reverse his decision and block extradition to the Congo, where Tshombe faced execution on a charge of high treason. Vt A fl (Mm rvar ifv" -5 Til C -V eany. Tshombe died quietly of a heart attack two years later in a heavily guarded Algerian villa-still under house arrest. When Bridget McDonnell failed for five years to free her son, one of 346 Catholics jailed by the British in Northern Ireland on suspicion of terrorist activities in 1969, she too turned to Kutner. He went to the European Court of Human Rights, and four years later, he says, won the release of nearly 2,000 men and women interred under the Special Powers Act. Britain paid reparations. Now, in the autumn of his ca-, reer, Kutner girds for a final ; test: He hopes to force the Soviet Union to reveal the fate of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplo- ; mat credited with saving more than 375,000 Hungarian Jews and gentiles during World War II. Wallenberg established "safe , houses" in Budapest to shield civilians from the Nazis and , saved others by giving them " Swedish passports. He disappeared after the Sovi-; ets captured the city in 1945. The Soviet Union announced on four occasions between 1947 and 1972 that Wallenberg died of a heart ' attack in a Soviet prison, but some insist that others have seen J him alive. Kutner believes the Soviets will comply if an international body orders an accounting. He ,' already has made a personal appeal to Secretary-General Javier ' Perez de Cuellar to set the U.N. ; machinery in motion. He also hopes to build on the-public clamor over the case, given a boost recently when President Reagan's made the Swede an honorary U.S. citizen. , "International law," he says, "can be made pragmatic by. moral force."

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