MICHIGAN: Tradition Blotted

Few people disputed the noose-worthiness of Anthony Chebatoris, 40, sneering, hard-bitten little Pole of Hamtramck, Mich, who, with an accomplice, shot two officers of the Midland (Mich.) Chemical State Savings Bank, killed a passing truck driver, was captured thanks to the marksmanship of a deer-hunting dentist. Taking life during a bank holdup calls for the death penalty under Federal law.

But not since 1830, before Michigan became a State, had anyone been executed in Michigan.† Governor Frank Murphy thought trying to preserve that tradition would be a popular gesture. With Killer Chebatoris...

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