Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 4, 1976 · Page 32
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July 4, 1976

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 32

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MC -J"Iy 4. 1976 Sunday Gatetti'-Mail Charleston West Virginia Claims Court Overhaul Proposed To Aid Consumers in Fair Hearings WASHINGTON (AP) -The Chamber of Commerce has proposed an overhaul of the nation's system of small claims courts to make it easier for consumers to get a fair hearing for their complaints. The chamber offered a "Model Consumer Justice Act" calling for establishment, by the states, of locally run small claims courts with branch courts, open evenings and Saturdays. The courts would deal with cases up to $1,000; would not allow lawyers to act as principals although they could provide advice and information; would not allow collection agencies to use the courts to sue for bad debts; would require speedy processing of all claims, and would provide a followup mechanism to make sure that judgments are paid. Appeals -- with the use of lawyers -- would be allowed. THE CHAMBER SAID that existing small claims courts "have failed to fulfill their intended purpose of providing an inexpensive and convenient forum in which disputes are effectively and swiftly resolved." A growing number of Americans have been turning to small claims courts to resolve disputes with businesses. At the same time, critics of the system charge that it is often weighted against the consumer. They argue that the normal nine- to-five hours of operation are inconvenient for working people and say that the practice of allowing lawyers often benefits the large corporation which has its own legal staff. They claim the dollar limits on cases are too low. They also note that once the case is decided, the court makes no at- tempt to insure that the winner gets his or her award. WILLIAMC.REVERCOMB,MJ). Announces The Association Of DMLB.MACCALLWM.D. In Practice Of INTERNAL MDIICME July 1,1976 3416MacCorkleAve.S.E. PHONE 342-1108 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS 10,1976 FIHAL WEEK OF OUR 11th ANNIVERSARY / AND FOR OUR TWO MILLION TOP VALUE STAMP GIVEAWAY SK2ESK? 111 * T m FflS C| M SUPERMARKET I SWEEPSTAKES CLOSES JULY 10TH, GRAND PRIZE ORAWMGS MON. JULY 12TH. SUPtRIORALL MEAT maim INALLSTORES * Up Close Four-year-old Germaine Amerson holds a flag as sister Taya, 5, claps her hands over her ears to shut out the sound of the drummers only a few feet away. (Staff Photo bv David Vick) ROUNDUP INSTANTCOFFK j tOot.JAP. * IB. * SUPERIOR SLICfD CARNIVAL WITHCOUPONBEIOW ANDSIO.OOPU8CHASEOBMORE Supreme Court Finishes Week of Sweeping Decisions 1************ ******** 12 a. SMALL UNDER SPARE RIBS $159 IB. By W. Dale Nelson WASHINGTON LAP) - In a week-long series of sweeping decisions, the Supreme Court has laid down new rules on issues ranging from capital punishment to the freedom of the press. Other decisions during the week affected the rights of women to have abortions, busing of children for desegregation, the strip mining of coal on the Great Plains and the firing of government workers for political reasons. The series of rulings was climaxed Friday by a 7-2 decision upholding the constitutionality o'f the death penalty but holding that it was applied improperly in several states. The ruling could bring an early end to a nine-year moratorium on executions in the United States. The court upheld laws in Georgia. Florida and Texas in which juries are given discretion, under the guidance of a judge, in deciding whether a defendant should be sentenced to death. It rejected laws in Louisiana and North Carolina t h a t made the death penalty mandatory for certain kinds of murder. The major decisions of the court always tend to be announced near the end of the term since they present complex issues which the justices have difficulty in resolving. Ex-Hanoi Leaders Get Top Posts B A N G K O K . T h a i l a n d I.AP) - Vietnam's National Assembly named former Hanoi leaders to most of the top ministerial posts in the government of the newly reunified nation. Radio Hanoi announced Saturday. The 492-member assembly, which convened 10 days ago in Hanoi, concluded its first session with a ceremony pledging "to rebuild Vietnam 10 times greater than it was before in every field." There was no indication when the assembly would meet again. THE ASSEMBLY declared the nation formally reunified on Friday. 14 months after the United States withdrew from South Vietnam and pro-Communist forces took over Saigon. The formalities of setting up a government machinery also were carried out during the session. It named Hanoi as the capital and adopted the former North Vietnamese flag, anthem and emblem as symbols of unified Vietnam. In a list of 30 ministers, the portfolios of interior, foreign affairs, defense and national planning went to men who held those jobs in the now defunct North Vietnamese government. The roster of ministers was presented to the assembly by Premier Pham Van Dong and approved without exception, the broadcast said. "Under our national flag, under the leadership of our Lao Dong (Communist) party, we will smash all obstacles and march forward to rebuild the country," the newly elected Vietnamese president, Ton Due frhang, said in a broadcast. THIS YEAR, partly because of the illness and retirement of Justice William 0. Douglas and his replacement by Justice John Paul Stevens, the court fell somewhat behind its normal pace and had to extend its term into July for the second time this century. In an unusual move, the justices convened each day Monday through Friday last week to dispose of cases. Ordinarily the court sits only three days a week at most and sometimes only once. The court will be back Tuesday for what is expected to be its concluding session. The press freedom decision came on Wednesday, when the court ruled that it is unconstitutional, except in extraordinary circumstances, for a judge to restrict news media reporting about a criminal case in an effort to guarantee the defendant a fair trial. The decision stemmed from a Nebraska judge's order barring pretrial reporting of much of the information about a mass murder, including testimony at an open preliminary hearing. On Thursday the court ruled 6 to 3 that states may not require a woman to get her husband's consent before having an abortion. In the same case, the justices ruled 5 to 4 that parents may not be given an absolute veto over abortions for unmarried daughters under 18, although laws giving them some control might be permissible. The busing decision, handed down Monday, was the least sweeping of the rulings on major issues. The court had already said that once school systems achieve integration they could not be required to revise their busing plans year after year. In a Pasadena, Calif., case, the court added that the principle holds even if the school district has not become fully integrated in all respects. * » » ON THE SAME day as the busing deci- sion, the court rejected attempts by environmentalists to stave off strip mining in the northern Great Plains by requiring the Interior Department to prepare a statement of its impact in a four-state region. Also on Monday the court ruled b to 3 that dismissing governmental workers in order to make room for members of a different political party is unconstitutional. When they return on Tuesday the justices will have half a dozen cases remaining to dispose of, but only one appears to be of major constitutional importance. In that case state officials have appealed federal court decisions striking down two murder convictions on grounds that the evidence was illegally seized. They have asked the court to overrule a controversial 1969 decision of the so-called "Warren Court." led by the late Chief Justice Earl Warren, requiring federal courts to consider such claims by prisoners. The men involved are Lloyd Charles Powell, who was convicted of shooting the wife of a liquor store operator in San Bernardino, Calif., and David L. Ricen who was found guilty in the dynamite death of an Omaha, neb., policeman. GROCERY ARMOUR TWITTMTM 89* MEADOW COLD JWrf% . BUTTERMILK:...»«TM. 59* CAPTAINKIDOOtAPt,LEMONS, OXANCE ^ ^ . FRUIT DRIHKS ·» 89* PRODUCE SamirShabb,M.D. and James E.Boggs,M.D. announce the association of Gabriel AI-Hap.D. in the practice of General Surgery as of July 1,1976 428 Division St. South Charleston, W. Va. 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