Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on September 8, 1972 · Page 6
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 6

Alton, Illinois
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Friday, September 8, 1972
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Alton Evening Telegraph Friday, September 8,1972 Justice Douglas s&ys high court is not overworked BvBARRTSCHWEro WASHINGTON (AP) Ever stace Warren Burger became chief Justice he has sounded one persistent theme: the Supreme Court is overloaded with work and something must be done about It From Justice William 0. Douglas Wednesday night came a dissent—calm, soft. with a smile, but a characteristically independent disagreement with the predominant view. Burger's plea, sounded before bar and judicial groups and the public at large, has won for the court a handful of additional law clerks and administrators, an extra few dollars from a sometimes skeptical Congress. But is the court overworked? Douglas, in a rare CBS-TV interview, suggested it is not. He agreed with Burger that the actual number of cases reaching the high court is on the-rise— from 1,800 a year three decades ago up to about 4,200 currently. The more important point, Douglas went on, is that "we're actually hearing and deciding fewer cases now than when we were when I went on the court." This means more appeals than ever before are being tossed out without full consideration. Douglas, the senior justice, who took his seat upon appointment of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939, said the court still has nine men, but the selective process has changed. And that's not all, he said. "The judges have changed, the idea of what is important has changed in the minds of the judges—a highly selective consideration. "Is this case fit to take- should we 'take it—and so on? And we take fewer and fewer. "When I went on the court we sat six days a week. Under (former Chief Justit-e Earl) Warren we sat five days a wek, a confernce on Friday. "And now it looks as if our trend will be to three days days a week, a conference on Saturday. The job takes about four days a week." Burger has signaled Congress that he would welcome legislative action to cut down the kinds of cases that can be brought to ihc court. Douglas went along—to a point. One of the reasons courts are congested, he said, "is that we as a people had a great propensity to make everything that somebody objects to on some moral ground a crime. And a lot of the stuff that's going on in our courts involve only people but no victims." By this he said he meant crimes like vagrancy, drunkenness and prost'tution—"too much minutia of the lower thing." Judges, Douglas said, "should save their energies for the big things." And, he added, "on the big things, the problem has been greatly exaggerated." And this is where Douglas clashed directly with the Burger view. Environ mental and consumer class actions, he said, must not be shut out. ''If Congress should redesign the jurisdiction of federal courts so as to leave out of them the environmental questions, then we go down the drain really very fast." the justice said. "Because we then would be victims of the administrative agencies. "And these administrative agencies, though they're very high - minded and though they're not venal, are very oppressive. There must be some check on them. There must be, unless they're going to be abolished." Douglas' work methods are very much in line with what he said. Every year, consistently, he votes to hear many more appeals than any other member of the court. Douglas also writes the tersest and briefest opinions, if not ncessarily the most literary. Candidates of 3 radical parties ruled off ballot By MICHAEL ROBINSON SPRINGFIELD, 111. (AP Al candidates of the Communist, Socialist Workers a"d American parties were ruled off the November ballot in Illinois today by the State Electoral Board. Court challenges appeared the last chance that ballot spots will be given to electors pledged to Linda J?nness. Socialist workers president!?! candidate, Communist Gas Hall as well as American party bidders for statewide office led by Dakin Williams of Belleville, who is seek'ii" the U.S. Senate. Lawyers for the Socialise and Communists said their hopes now hinge on the ruliir_; of a three-judge federal cour* pane] scheduled to convent; Monday in Chicago. Meanwhile, Atty. Gen. William J. Scott told the electoral board hearing thyt lawyers tor the American Party filed suit in Circuit Court in Chicago seeking a ballot spot. The Communists were ruled off the ballot for refusing to sign the state's anticommunist loyalty oath ani because they lacked enough downstate signatures on their nominating petitions. The Socialists were barred because they would not sign the oath and because Mrs. Jenness is too young to serve as president. Board members ruled the American party of the ballot after it was learned that it's nominating petitions c o n- tained only seven signatures. A minimum of 25,000 : s required. An independent candid'i'e, Lar (America First) Daly, also was barred from the ballot because his nominating petitions contained only two signatures. Atty. David GoWbereer of the American Civil Liberties Union, representing the two radical parties, renewed his argument that the board had no legal right to act and that its rules were unclear. "The whole thing has been Kafkaesque," Goldber^r said. Secretary of State John W. Lewis, acting chairman of the board in the absence of Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie, had warned at a hearing Wednesday that he would ra*« the issue of Mrs. Jenness' agt when the time came to veto on whether to give the Socialists a ballot spot. INCOME TAX COURSE Inn COM* to COOL • Chafe* of bMic or «d«tnc«d • Choic* of <t*n Md ch*« lunw. f ENROLL NOWI t Cia«c«» Start Sept. 11 or Writ* MS N. Main, EdwardsvWe. 111. IC023 Call <J6«-1H| Stolen guns recovered JERSEYVILLE — Seven guns and rifles, some of them collector's items, taken in a burglary at the Donald Beiser home near Dow, have been recovered as result of a call from an unidentified Madison County attorney. The guns were valued at more than $1,000. Sheriff Gerald Nairn told the Telegraph that he received a call from the attorney who said that the guns could be recovered at the Madison County state's at- Dangerous trek for tot Sen. George McGovern, Democratic Presidential Candidate, has a laugh over the dry martini and balogna sandwich served to him by newsmen as they were flying from Dallas to Houston. (AP Wirephoto) CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) Police said a 3-year-old boy tumbled from a moving car on a busy interstate highway, bounced to a stop, got up and walked across two lanes of traffic and escaped with only minor cuts and bruises. Young Raymond Wagenknecht, of West Chester, Ohio, was riding in a car driven by Patricia Stradlmen 22, of West Chester, when the mishap occurred on Interstate 75 Wednesday. Miss Stradlmen said the car was traveling about 60 miles per hour when youns Wagenknecht opened the rear door and fell out. Witnesses said the boy bounced and rolled nearly 150 feet, but rose and walked across two lanes of traffic to the median strip. Three drivers stopped to help, and the car of one of them was hit from behind by a fourth car. No one was seriously injured. torneys office in Ed- wardsvllle. The guns had been found in a Madison County home and the attorney's clients agreed to turn them over to authorities, the sheriff said. He was unable to get further information, he said. However, Nairn and Beiser picked the guns up at the office of the Madison County state's attorney. Although other items taken in the burglary were not recovered, Nairn expressed satisfaction that the guns which were the major portion of the loot had been returned to the owner. A car in which three youths were riding was observed near the Beiser home on the afternoon preceding the burglary and at one time witnesses said the car had parked half in and half out of the driveway at the Beiser home with the youths going to the garage area of the house. Entry was made through the garage, police reports indicated. All Lines of Insurance Homeowners, Fire, Auto, Boat, Commercial Life, Accident, Health BROAD RIDGE AGENCY Don VanMeter, Mgr. 311 Ridge 462-9217—Evenings 254-1353 BACK-TO- SCHOOL SHOES Boys & Girls '1.99 «. MENS* BOYS BYM SHOES Reg-. 4.05 2»99 op Nationally Known LADIES' SHOES Reg. $2*.B5-$26.0C! 6.88-8.88-10.96 WESTERN SHOE STORES 804-06 E. 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Peirce, author of "The Megastates of America" ranks Nelson Rockefeller and Richard Ogilvie as the nation's two best governors. Sunday, Sept. 10, 4-8 p.m., Belle-Clair Exposition Hall, St. Clair County Fairgrounds Box lunch Free entertainment: • Tickets $2.SO THE BLACK KNIGHTS GEORGE HUDSON'S ORCHESTRA Metro East Salute to Governor Ogilvie Committee. Howard Kaseberg, Chairman

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