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January 8, 1973

Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa · Page 4

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Around the Rotunda ESTHERVILLE DAILY NEWS, MON., JAN. 8, 1973 Page 4 Illegal Deferred Sentencing By HARRISON WEBER Iowa Daily Press Association DES MOINES - (IDPA) - Attorney General Richard C. Turner has requested all 99 county attorneys to provide him with a list of all persons who have been accused of a felony in the past six years, and subsequently received a deferred sentence. Turner's request was prompted by a recent decision of the Iowa Supreme Court in which deferred sentencing was held to be improper. At the time of the opinin, Chief Justice C. Edwin Moore said the high tribunal was not going to arbitrarily take action on all deferred sentence cases, but would review them on an individual basis. The attorney general presumably wants information from the counties to determine which cases his staff might present to the state supreme court for review. There are several hundred such cases, mostly from the more populous counties.. Under the deferred sentence procedures some district court judges have permitted deferred sentence until the end of probation periods. If a defendant stayed out of trouble during the period of probation, he was permitted to withdraw his plea of guilty and the charge was dismissed. The Iowa Supreme Court ruled in a case appealed from Dubuque County that the procedure is unlawful and cannot be used unless specifically authorized by the Legislature. Turner concedes that the issues "Is not a one-way street" It is a matter of national concern, he said, and while a majority of states have enacted statutes permitting deferred sentences, he personally is concerned that such laws are subject to abuse and questions whether he would support such legislation. However, Turner feels certain that an attempt will be made at the 1973 General Assembly to permit deferred sentencing. "We already have it in some drug cases," he added. One reason Turner is cool toward de- Of ferred sentencing is that he believes it can lead to plea bargaining, a practice he abhors. The attorney general is also adamant- AP XPIVS Analysis ly opposed to expunging court records, which has been done on several occasions in Iowa where people accused of a felony have received deferred sentences. Turner is asking for the county attorneys to provide him with the information he requested by Jan. 19. The information pertains to cases filed in the respective counties on or after Jan. 1, 1967, except those filed in juvenile court or narcotic drug cases in which a deferred sentence was properly granted as authorized. 'No Trespassing 7 Signs LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Letters to the editor are welcome. They should be brief, legible, written on one side of the paper and include signature, address and telephone number. Daily News reserves right to edit contents. BY WILLIAM L. RYAN AP Special Correspondent From what Moscow has said and done— or, perhaps, failed to say and do—it seems Soviet leaders are as relieved as anybody outside North Vietnam by suspension of the bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong. This suggests a clue to things to come. Possibly, Moscow foresees a whole new chapter in superpower relations that cannot begin to unfold until the Americans find some acceptable way out of the Indochina mire. Maybe—just maybe—the Russians even might be willing to provide a little extra shove to help matters along. Why were Soviet leaders so clearly worried and so meticulously careful about their reaction to the fierce U. S. bombing of their ally? Obviously, Moscow ardently has wanted to avoid upsetting the new trend in U.S. - Soviet relations for down-to-earth practical reasons involving the Sovieteco- nomy and its troubles. But there are deeper reasons, perhaps. Can it be that the Russians are worried that endless U.S. involvement in Indochina paralyzes American policy planning and inhibits developments of a sort the Kremlin would like to see take shape? Is it that Leonid Brezhnev has reverted to an old notion of Nikita Khrushchev that it might be possible to insulate the two superpowers against the possibility of blundering into war with each other? Back in the 1950s, Krushchev threw out broad hints, scaring West Europeans in the process, that the Americans and Rus- AILY NEWS An independent newspaper published "Monday through Friday," except principal holidays, excluding February 22 and Veterans Day. Second class postage paid at Estherville, Iowa. Published by the Estherville Daily News, Division of Mid-America Publishing Corp., 10 N. 7th St., Estherville, Iowa 51334. Subscription rates: City of Estherville, Armstrong, Ringsted, Terril and Graettinger, delivered by carrier, 60 cents per week; $7.80 for 3 months, $15.60 for 6 months, $29.70 year. By mail in Emmet and bordering counties: $15.60 year, Zones 1-8, $19.50 year. Fred E. Williams, Publisher; Charles Ostheimer, Managing Editor; Richard Myers, Advertising Director; Gladys Streiff, Business Manager; DonaldStoffel, Production Manager. Member of Associated Press, Iowa Daily Press Association, Iowa Press Association. Photos submitted to this newspaper will not be returned by mail. However, they may be picked up at the Daily News Office. sians might do worse than stake out spheres of influence in a sort of superpower coexistence that the rest of the world would have to accept. Khrushchev was repudiated eight years ago, but the notion of whacking up the world seems to be popping up again. Whatever their goal in the present circumstances, the Russians had to have important reasons for the way they spoke and acted when U.S. B52s rained destruction on Hanoi. Figuratively, they wrung their hands. They said it wasn't right. They denounced it as barbarous. They said it might affect Soviet-American relations. Might. They didn't say positively. That was a good deal less than they could have said and probably much less than North Vietnam wanted them to say and do. Meantime, the Russians walked on tiptoe in the Middle East as if to suggest they didn't want anything untowardly to happen there, thus affronting the Egyptians. They made a big pitch for detente in Europe. They engineered a new, peaceful-looking relationship between the two Germanys. They talked affirmatively with the Americans about a number of things all the way from strategic-arms limitation to commerce. Moscow might see some important benefits from a modus vivendi under which both superpowers observe "no trespassing" signs. The United States did not interfere when the Russians crushed a reform movement in Czechoslovakia, and Americans officially appear resigned to the idea that Communist-ruled Eastern Europe is the Soviet backyard. That sort of idea would have frightened Europe in the 1950s. Today, it is less worriesome. The Common Market, now expanded from six to nine nations, wields mighty economic power. The Americans have said that, if they can get out of Vietnam, this will be the "year of Europe" in U.S. policy making. In fact, China might be a good deal more worried. A Soviet-American detente leaves the Russians freer to attend to whatever they might regard as threatening from the Chinese direction and to pursue a contest with China for dominating influence in the rest of Asia. But China, too, has seemed careful in her reaction to the Vietnam events, as if just as anxious as the Russians not to interrupt processes set in motion by the events of 1972. SGT. STRIFES... FOREVER by Bill Howrillo The Least Worst All-Mediocre Bottom, Dismal Awards Return By RALPH NOVAK NEW YORK— (NEA) — It is that time of year again when trophies, cups, plaques, bowls and laurels flow with the uncontrolled volume of platitudes rolling off a sportscaster's tongue. So it is also time for the second annual NEA Least, Worst, Bottom, All-Mediocre and Dismal Awards for non- achievement in the worst traditions of American sports: Henry Kissinger Rose-Colored Glasses Award: to Roger Craig, pitching coach of the San Diego Padres, who finished last in the National League West and whose pitching staff had the second worst earned run average in the major leagues. Craig was still able to say, "Personally, I think I've done a great job." He was fired. Thumper the Rabbit If You Can't Say Something Don't Say Anything at All Award: to Duane Thomas, who couldn't and didn't. ABA* Most Valuable Player award: to Jim McDaniels, who set an all-time record by being involved in seven lawsuits at the same time when he jumped from the Carolina Cougars to Seattle Supersonics. (*American Bar Association.) Vanity, Thy Number Is 13 Award: to Wilt Chamberlain, the 7-3 basketball star, for saying, "The height has nothing to do with it. I consider myself maybe the best all-around athlete in the world, who happens to play basketball." William Shakespeare Discretion Is the Better Part of Valor Award: to Pillsbury College of Owatonna, Minn., for forfeiting its football game to William Penn College of Oskaloosa, Iowa, which had won its first two games of the season, one of them 63-0, while Pillsbury was losing 61-14 and 44-6. Honestly Is the Best Policy Award to Pillsbury's coach, Harold Hall, for explaining why he forfeited to William Penn: "We're afraid our kids are going to get slaughtered." Julia Child Stuff Those Artichokes Award: to Dean Marion Donaldson of Scottsdale, Ariz., Community College, who vetoed a student committee's decision to nickname the school's athletic teams the "Artichokes" as a "nonaggressive symbol." Myrt Powers Sports Fan of the Year Award to President Nixon, who spent so much time c ounseling coaches and congratulating athletes that he did not have time to campaign for reelec- THE THOMAS WOLFE You Can't Go Home Again Award to Bob Short, owner of the Texas Rangers, who got the above reception from some diehard Senators fans when he attended a game in Baltimore. MOST PASSES ATTEMPTED, off-season, award to Joe Namath, here escorting Raquel Welch at the 1972 Academy Awards. Namath is the one on the left. tion, which showed how important sports are. I Eat 11 Boxes of Milk Duds a Day and I Still Can't Steal Second Base and Now I Weigh 340 Pounds Award: to Lou Brock, who made a television commercial citing Milk Duds as one of the sources of his speed, but was thrown out by the Federal Trade Commission, which called the commercial deceptive. Pearl Buck Good Earth Award: to the ground crew at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, where Los Angeles Rams and St. Louis Cardinals football players incurred mysterious burns and bruises during a game. It was later learned that the ground crew had mistakenly treated the artificial turf with calcium chloride, a compound commonly used to melt ice on streets. W. C. Fields On the Whole, I'd Rather Be in Wichita Falls Award: to Philadelphia sports fans, who are cursed with more burdens than Job, namely the Phillies, Eagles and 76ers, whose combined winning percentage this year was so low as to defy all laws of probability, r The Foster Castleman Forgotten Man Award: to Roy Smalley, for the second straight year, since nobody remembered him in 1972, either. Tarzan-Jungle-Jim- Flash Gordon E. Post Facto Superstardom Award: to Mark Spitz. May his mustache never go bald and leave him dependent on acting ability. Take Me Out to the Anomaly Award: to Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, who described baseball's antitrust exemption as "an aberration" and "an anomaly" but voted to uphold it anyway, because the San Diego Padres might not move to Washington otherwise. Richard Nixon De-escla- tion Award: to Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton, who beaned Montreal's Tim Foli, then said, "I'm sorry I punked Foli in the head. I was trying to hit him in the ribs." Let No Cornhusker Tear Asunder Award: to the Lancaster County, Neb., District Court, which settled a marriage dissolution case by ruling that Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edholm would each get to use the couple's season tickets to University of Nebraska football for three games. Mrs. Edholm got fulltime child custody. The Enos Slaughter Great Competitor Award: to amateur golfer Walter Bargovist of Skellefteaa, Sweden, who was bitten by a poisonous snake while warming up for a round, then returned to play 18 holes after he had received an antivenom shot at a hospital. He shot a 78. Joyce Brothers Niceness Award: to 22,090 wrestling fans at New York's Madison Square Garden for not being fooled by the deceitful maoh- inations of Professor Tanaka. "Tanaka had bowed politely to the crowd on entering the ring," reported the New York Times, "but the fans did not think he was sincere and jeered his every move." (NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN.) THE BORN LOSER by Art Sansom WINTHROP UH-OH... WINTTHBOPfe BEEN AT THE GOOKIE UAR /AGAIN. [ GUESS THE L&eST I CAN CO IS HELP HIM CLEAN UP THE EVIDENCE. by Dick Cavalli <=3 «a«-«>. •4 -<E3 --^o.Y. 1-8 THE BADGE GUYS HE THINKS A PRETTY WOMAN WILL MAKE HIM FEEL MORE LIKE A BUSINESS , LEAPER. by Bowen & Schwarz 'Here she Is now! She's been racing-off with one of those ends I've been trying to make meet!" Male chauvinist pig or not, haven't I always treated you like one of the family?" WANT ADS SELL-PH. 22622

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