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Court Orders Georgia To Postpone Execution Of Convicted Murderer

October 15, 1985

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Supreme Court has ordered postponement of Tuesday’s scheduled execution of convicted murderer Jerome Bowden in Georgia.

The justices voted Monday 9-0 to put off the execution pending filing of Bowden’s appeal with the high court. The order was a reversal of action Friday, when the court had rejected Bowden’s request for a stay of execution. In the interim, Bowden’s lawyers filed another emergency request raising new legal issues.

Bowden was convicted of the Oct. 11, 1976, butcher-knife slaying of Kathryn Stryker, 55, during a burglary of her Columbus, Ga., home. Defense lawyers said Bowden did not receive a fair trial because he was denied the opportunity to hire a state-paid psychiatrist to help develop his claim of mental incompetence. They also argued that the jury that convicted Bowden was predisposed to favor the death penalty.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A group of senators is urging President Reagan to seek Senate ratification of the genocide treaty prior to his summit meeting next month with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, says Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass.

Kerry said Monday he and 45 other senators wrote to Reagan, saying, ″As you prepare for the summit next month with General Secretary Gorbachev, we believe it is important for you to be in the strongest position possible to raise the concerns all of us share over the plight of Soviet Jews. We believe that Senate passage of the Genocide Convention would place you in that position to deal credibly with Mr. Gorbachev on the issue of human rights.″

The United Nations adopted the Genocide Convention, which makes mass killings a violation of international law, shortly after the end of World War II in reaction to Nazi Germany’s attempt to eliminate European Jews. Presidents including Reagan have supported the treaty but the Senate has never ratified it.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service says the claims of five companies that creams can enlarge a woman’s breasts are false.

Judicial officer Randolph D. Mason has ordered postmasters in Chicago, Houston, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and Westport, Conn. to hold any mail sent in connection with the products Macrocell-D58, Mamralin-BX2 and Breast Formula XP-39. The Postal Service order, dated Sept. 30, said the products were advertised in a number of national magazines. Based on testimony from three doctors, a Postal Service judge concluded ″no topically applied cream or lotion will cause a woman’s breasts to become noticeably larger.″

He said one of the ingredients, comfrey, is a potential carcinogen, and added that the products could cause skin irritation. The companies did not sent representatives to hearings on the case, according to the decision.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission says that pushing down the costs of long-distance telephone calls is a top priority for the government.

Mark S. Fowler promised Monday that state and federal regulators will review the issue next year. He made the remarks in a speech prepared for the United States Telephone Association meeting in San Antonio, Texas. A text of his speech was released here.

Fowler vowed that toll costs would be deloaded ″one way or another.″ Loading refers to the practice of adding into toll costs part of the cost of running wires from the phone company to almost every home and office in the country.

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