Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 16, 1974 · Page 15
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June 16, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 15

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jut* 16,1974 DEATH iy Cwrtteun.il itev Wa.su, ---- Campaigns Against Execution CANON CITY, Colo. Wardei Alex Wilson of the Colorado State Penitentiary is carapaigriflg against a pro- S posed restoration of capital punishment. He says he might resign rather than execute a prisoner. Wilson has been making speeches to try to convince voters to reject a referendum on the issue this November. The legislature referred the measure to the people because the previous death penalty law was voided by the Supreme Court. Wilson. 48. said that if capital punishment were restored, he would have to either carry out the law or resign. -By law, the warden himself must inflict the death penalty." Wilson said. The warden must p u l l a lever connected to the gas chamber, releasing deadly gas into the face of a condemned man. The warden said if an execution were scheduled tomorrow, he'd reluctantly perform the chore. But he also said he might change his mind and consider it necessary to resign. l]e bases his objections to capital punishment on religious grounds. "I don't think Christianity is compatible with taking another person's life." said Wilson, a Roman Catholic. He added that executions shouldn't be performed at the penitentiary in any case. · "This is a correctional institution, not a punishment institution," he said. "Carrying out an execution here would be incompatible with rehabilitation." * » * WILSON WITNESSED the last execution that took place in the nation when Luis Jose Monge was executed at the WARDEN ALEX WILSON Oppose* Execution Canon City prison in June 1967. Monge confessed to murdering his pregnant wife and three of his 10 children. Wilson, who was associate warden at the time, said: '"The prisoners in many cases became disruptive. 1 personally heard vile language being addressed to the warden. "You have to remember that there's a volatile group of people here." If the ballot proposition is approved, as seems likely, Wilson wants executions to take place outside the prison walls. He also wants organs from the bodies of executed men to be used for medical research. "It could prolong the life of another person," he added. Wilson became warden last March. He joined the peniten-. tiary staff in 1966 after serving 14 years with the Parole Board. Democracy Eyed For North Yemen A M M A N , Jordan Itfl North Yemen's army chief of staff said Saturday that the country's new military rulers have pledged to turn the Red Sea republic into a parliamentary democracy and hold general elections within six to eight months. Col. Hussein el Miswari, who was out of the country when a seven-man junta of young-officers seized power Thursday, told a news conference here that the j u n t a planned to retire from poltics after elections are held. Miswari said he was informed of the new regime's plans, in a telephone conversation with Col. Inrahim el. 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