Mitchell Ware

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31- Mon- 5- Mon-ticello. Speakers Instant Experts' By Bill Prater "We intend to compile hopefully before the next election a list of judges who have been acting as legislators," Mitchell Ware, superintendent of the Illinois Bureau of Investigation, told Macon County's teachers today at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center. Ware said he "would probably be cited for contempt of court 100 times." He explained that some members of the judiciary think they are "instant experts" on drug problems. He said that often a double standard exists, where one person can get the maximum 10-year sentence for drug possession, and another person gets off on probation. "The end result is that both those persons despise our legal authority," he said. Ware, is iVJ Of Legislating Staff pnoto by Bob Strongman Harold Pluimer (left) and Mitchell Ware. LaKin&r Ware told the educators, gathered for the county teacher's institute, that there are two commitments man must make if he is to avoid destruction: All citizens must be equal under the law. All citizens must respect and be equally bound by the laws even those with which they disagree. "Young people are being taught . disrespect for everything," he said. "The crime rate" by the wealthy has tripled in recent years. Disobedience is being rewarded by concessions. Psychedelic orgies have become religious experiences." He said drugs are a very serious problem for Illinois. "The best we can say of our state is that we are not witnessing the same epidemic that has 4 7 hm struck Florida, New York and California." Ware emphasized that the legislature makes the laws, the judiciary interprets and the executive branch enforces.' "I don't pick and choose which laws I enforce," he said. After his speech, Ware said the State's Attorney's office was compiling statistics for his bureau's study of judges. "We want to get figures from 102 counties," he said. "But figures from some areas are not coming in. We're going to get our facts straight, then make those facts known." Ware said that every man in his bureau has a college degree, and that there were 900 applicants for the original 100 openings. "Hopefully we will be doing in Illinois what the FBI has done for the nation," he said. Judges

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  1. The Decatur Daily Review,
  2. 19 Oct 1970, Mon,
  3. Page 26

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