Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on June 26, 1973 · Page 8
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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 8

Galesburg, Illinois
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Tuesday, June 26, 1973
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8....ftaljBsbiiffl. Reg}stef-Moil f Galesburg,111, Tuesday^, JumM, 1 .973 Senate Approves Bill Re imposing Death Penalty in Certain Cases By JEWRY t. SHELER SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The Uiindis Senate has approved a bill td relmpos© the death penalty for convicted murderers who kill again and for persons convicted of murdering police* men, firemen or prison guards. One senator said the bill was aimed at the likes of "that miserable piece of human flesh" Rich Speck, a convicted mass murderer whose death sentence was annulled and who is now serving a. life prison term. Under the bill, Which cleared the Senate Monday on-a 35-12 Vote, persons convicted.of killing on-duty policemen, firemen or corrections officials or are con victed of murder a second time would face a mandatory death sentence. Although the bill has already woh House approval, it must return there for consldefatidrt of a Senate amendment which added the "second offense" provision. To Walker If .the House approves that amendment, the bill, will go to Gov. Daniel Walker's desk, where it apparently faces an uncertain future. Walker, at an accountability.' session in Streator late Monday, said he approves of the bill's provision concerning tmt der of corrections officers, par ticularly when they are killed by inmates already serving 'a life sentence. But he said, "The more you expand the death penalty, as some of the bills.d'o, into other areas, then they will run right into the face of the Supreme Court decision Snd it will be an unconstitutional law and. then we'll end up with nothing." Walker could limit the bill to his amendatory veto power. "I cannot fathom the governor summarily wiping out art opportunity to protect the lives of the people of Illinois^" . said Rep. Roscoe Cunningham, R Lawrenceville, sponsor of the bill. "Capital punishment is 6 deterrent. The crime figures have skyrocketed' since the Supreme Court ruling." But Illinois-Corrections Director, AJlyn Sielaff, a Walker appointee, said he has seen "no research to indicate that it has a deterrent effect. I think we need to be 100 per cent that provision through use of certain a man is guilty before taking his life, and Vtii not sure our. criminal justice aya tern has reached that stage ofi perfection." Strike tkmi ;The senate approved the measure over objections by seflie members that. the. courts would only strike it down again. They suggested postponing leg islative action pending the outcome of a Florida case now before the high' court. "This bill, I ant confident, will be declared unconstitutional," said Sen. Hudson Sours, R-Peoria. "We should not pass Governor Favors Death for Prison g 8 STREATOR, 111. (UPI) -Gov. Daniel Walker said Monday night he favors re - imposing the death penalty for a prison inmate lound guilty of murdering a guard. Speaking before an "account­ ability" session at the Polish National Alliance Hall, Walker said he could not provide a specific answer on whether he should sign a bill reinstating the death penalty because a number of bills are pending in the legislature. "I have great sympathy for reimposing the death penalty in the case of a corrections officer getting kilted by an inmate of a prison," he said, "particularly a lifer' because what has Checks Fully Personalized Free Checking... This Package Available Only At The Bank of Galesburg. "The Bank That Leads The Way" Bank of Galesburg MAIN & KELLOGG MEMBER F.D.I.C. PH. 343-4141 the 'guy got to lose if he can' to given the death penalty? "But," Walker added, "the more you expand the death penalty, as some of the bills do, into other, areas, then they will run fight in ithe face the United States Supreme Court decision! (and will make if ah unconstitutional law and then we'll end up with nothing." The state Senate Monday passed a bill that would set a mandatory death penalty on persons convicted of killing policemen, firemen, prison guards or persons convicted twice of murder. The bill must return to the House for concurrence with the second-offense provision. —He does not want to know names of contributors after the election to the. deficit in his campaign fund because he is running the state's business and "the public is much better protected by my ndt knowing." He emphasized that his statement applied only to contributions alter his victory. —He is- glad the recent U.S Supreme Court decision allowing localities to set standards for pornography "is giving us some latitude so we can deal with that problem." He termed materials offered for sale it some book and magazine stores in Chicago "s h o c k i n g" and "hard core pornography of the filthiest kind." ; •He would favor a stale lot- Soft Whiskey belongs to the most exclusive dub in the has a membership of one. Calvert ExtraJhe Soft Whiskey. AMERICAN WHISKEY—A BLEND . 86 PROOF » 01973 CALVERT DIST. CO., LOUISVILLE, KY. tery if assured it would not fall in the hands of organised crime and that, poor people would not be the main support Walker got • his second standing ovation of the .evening from ithe 400 persons who attended the session when he promised that Illinois 23 would be rebuilt during the next fiscal year between Streator and Ottawa. He also promised to widen and resurface Illinois 23 from Ottawa to Ponitiac while he is governor. The condition of the road has prompted a local campaign that includes bumper stickers that say "Pray for me, I drive Route 23." The governor, who also received a standing ovation when he entered, also oaled for legislation .that would impose tough, mandatory prison sentences "for peddling the hard drugs" and a - stepped up Illinois Bureau of Investigation probe into organized crime, especially its involvement in drug trafficking. laws designed to fill up death row for years and years only to have the Supreme Court turn them loose." Others said the people of Mi* nois "demand the death penalty be reimposed," arid cited Speck as an example of a convietedl killer "getting off easy." "That miserable piece of human flesh who should have been dead;long ago is sitting there growing fat and basking in the security of the Supreme Court decision," said Sen; John Ora* ham, R'BarTittgtort. Sr*ck WAS sentenced (o die in the eleefcfji chair for strangling and stabbing to. deflth eight Chicago* hwm in M The sentence voided by the Mgh.court ruling and he Is now serving a life sentence at Stat* villa.' NOW Union Optical Co. 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