MESSAGES: SENT AND RECEIVEDI
© 1981, Los Angeles Times-
Washington Post News Service
ATLANTA — A series of at least 38
unsolved killings of Atlanta-area girls and
women — most of them black and in their
teens and 20s — has taken place since late
U.S. city?" Georgia state ftep^ Mildred
Glover, Dh-Atianta, said Sunday.
Glover jalso urged Mayor Maynard H.
Jackson to relieve Brown of his command
to the task force.
"We need to treat this as a crisis now,"
she said; "It's no different than baseball.
; When you're in the fourth or fifth inning
1978 and has gone almost unnoticed be-j] and ym]re j^g ^^y you change pitch-
cause of the attention focused on metropolitan Atlanta's case of .28 murdered
young blacks, 26 of whom were males.
These additional homicides have aroused so much alarm at City Hall that Mary
Davis, w*ho heads the City Council's Pub-
lie Safety Committee, said she has now
asked Lee P. Brown, the city's public
safety commissioner, to give the committee a list of all unsolved slayings in'
Atlanta, "male and female, black and
" "We were concerned about so many*
women being killed that we wanted to
look at the other side of the coin," said
Davis, whose committee asked for and
received from Brown a list of homicides
of black females here for 1978 through
It is believed by some observers that
the number of unsolved slayings of females would exceed 38 if victims whose
bodies were found in all suburbs and
neighboring counties also were counted.
That procedure is already used in the
widely publicized case of black youths,
ages 7 to 27, whose slayings here since
July 1979 are being investigated by a special" police task force and FBI agents.
"The potential number is so staggering
that it's likely to be the worst problem of I
unsolved murders in the history of any !
Look at the language of
this editorial! 9 un-
have made an untenable intrusion into the marketplace. Their decision
trivialized the court
which is to act only on
the largest and most important issuas. The
Supreme Court should
"leave people alone and
let them go back to
handling their own
affairs." I wonder if
the Chronicle would
feel the same if the
issue were to do with
freedom of the press?
Oh, that's an important
against women isn't. I
Brown, a target of frequent criticism
' because of the inability thus far of the
*task force to solve the cases, has been '
steadfastly supported by Jackson, who
appointed him in 1978. __ ^
Of the 28 young blacks whose slayings
are now assigned to the task force, only1
two were girls. Angel Lanta/32, was
strangled, and*LaTonya Wilson, 7, whose'
cause of death was undetermined.
Most of the other 38 female victims,
who range in age between 14 and 60, were
strangled or stabbed to death. Four of the
88 were white, including three young
women who were found strangled in
apartments during the last seven months
and a girl, 15, who was found shot to death
in 1979 — all in suburban DeKalb County,
where bodies of some of the officially listed black males were discovered
The headline should read that
President Reagan immediately
mobilized the Federal Bureau
of Investigation to enter the
investigation of this ghastly
slaughter cjust as he did the
the other murders that have
taken place in Atlanta. It
should, but it didn't—and 1
it probably never will. ]
In re Tom Bass, Harris County Commissioner for Precinct 1: In a two
page statement sent to Pat Kuhlmann
he accepts the position that life
that must be protected is present at
conception, but castigates Pro-Life
for single issue politics. Then he
states that as an elected official
he must represent his constituents
and should not impose his religious
beliefs on the public, but enough of
them oppose abortion to withhold
tax money from Jeff Davis' abortion
clinic. Ill the midst of this is a
statement that begs to be quoted:
"We all hold life preci£ous, but it
takes strong religious beliefs in the
afterlife to believe that ultimately
the abused child is better off than
the unborn child."
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the Supreme Court
ti+bs-roiO Ofrt*V/CME nXu«>€ /^J^f/
When is the U.S. Supreme Court
| gbjrig to get out of people's lives and
\ quit intruding into every detail of how
■ Americans work and live ?
I The American people did quite well
for ground 200 years with minimal
[attention in this respect from nine
jutaelected and unaccountable men.
'But for some years now it seems that
the Supreme Court has taken unto itself the position that it must be involved in the hour-by-hour functioning of
jy American life.
| ^Tbecojurt could hardly have provided a more vivid illustration of this
meddling than in its recent 54 decision involving pay for women. The
court has placed itself and the rest of
tbe federal judiciary squarely in the
position of assuming a right to judge
how much an employee is worth, or
conversely, is not worth. This was
made inevitable when the court went
beyond the question of equal pay for
identical work and ruled in favor of a
federal court right to make decisions
'ip the' vague realm of equal pay for
non-identical work. It is an untenable
intrusion into literally millions of individual judgments and decisions made
weekly in the marketplace.
In addition to all the other roles it
has assumed, the Supreme Court has
now set itself up as the national personnel manager.
This is trivializing the Supreme
Court. It was set up as a court of last
resort to resolve only the largest and
most difficult problems. The court has
over the years now changed that concept to involve itself in the most
minute facets of everyday activities.
That is an endless, self-generating
process. Each time the Supreme
Court does it, there is opened up a
whole new area of probing for federal
court authority over ordinary private
life and decision-making.
The more the Supreme Court has
intruded in this manner, the worse
things have become. It should leave
people alone and let them go back to
handling their own affairs.