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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana October i! ---Taking the time to make a difference--- About suits, ties and backward baseball ca A friend of mine told me his son was the only one in his college art class who did not dress all in black. I laughed at the mental image of a dozen or more students in black, surrounding a single stu- dent in multi-colored clothing. Wearing all black clothing, I thought, was probably intended to be a way of expressing non-confor- mity. It seems incongruous that there should be so much unanimity in expressing non-conformity. And it is funny that the person in ordi- nary street clothing would be the one who did not conform to the group of persons who had chosen not to conform to the rest of society. I recalled another image, this one of a young man in a car at an intersection. He was facing the bright sunlight of a late afternoon, and was strug- gling with the pull-down sun visor. Just as his face disappeared behind the shade, I caught sight of the baseball cap he wore backwards on his head. The cap's visor covered the back of his neck, as he squinted into the glaring sunligh t ahead. Baseball caps were designed, of course, to pro- tect a player's eyes from the glaring sunlight. That's not how baseball caps are worn these days. I know enough not to laugh at a backward baseball cap, as I sit here in an office wearing a suit and tie. I By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR realize I am wearing clothing that has certainly developed to a point where the original need has long been replaced by some current notion of acceptable fashion. Casual dress days have begun to spread into many a work place. A lot of the credit -- or blame -- for that trend is given to the practices of young executives at computer software companies. Young, rich, powerful -- and casual -- they have the ability to set a trend that others want to imitate. Running shoes may make more sense than wingtips on city streets, but style and good sense are not always good friends. I read an article not too long ago in a Catholic newspaper about the way people were dressed when they went to Sunday Mass. Some of the people quoted in the article were upset with the casual and some- times skimpy clothing some other people wore. If there is a common thread to these observa- tions, it is that clothing does send a message to those around us, Intended or not, our clothing is an item of our communication. $ $ $ Is there a dress code at the place you work? Or in school? What social pressures do you experience in re- gard to clothing? Name brands? Styles? What role do fashion magazines play in purchasing decisions? ! What social pressures do school students face; regard to clothing? Shoes? Hair styles? * $ $ Christians are called to be some people say. Others describe our role as tianizing the world -- not countering the world, but somehow making it holy. What is your view of the role of a Christiav the world? Wilt they "know we are Christians by our because of the way we dress? Or by the way we act?, * $ * Take the time today to examine the reasons wear what you wear, to work, to school, to What messages are intended? { What messages are given? If there are children in your home, ask describe what pressures they face at school in gard to clothing or style. Take the time to reflect on the things you "have t have." Acknowledging a desire to conform, or not! conform, may not reduce the pressure -- but make you more aware of the reasons for your Questions and comments are welcome at Christian Family Movement, P.O. Box 272, Iowa 50010. Washington Letter The justice system: How it works for people without m By PATRICIAZAPOR ference lamented that the result most convicts on Florida's "People want to believe that costly for most crimini Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The O.J. Simpson verdict wasn't even known yet when an. attor- ney at a Washington press con- October 13, 1995 Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation. iAct of Aug. 12, 1970: etion 3685. Title 39 United States Code i The mailing address of the office of publlca- ti(m arid generol business ofl)ce of the Message i PO iRox 4169, Evansville, indiana 4772-L QI69 Publisher: Midst l').e (;erald A. (;ettell]nger, EO Bo ,tl69, E',ansviih,, Indiana ,17724 I)1 Edittr: Paul R. 1..ingang, P(). lhx t16 E'ansiile, Indiana 4772;-0169. Owner: CaO-miic Press of Evansville. inc. P.o Box 4169 Evansville. Indiana 7724-o169 The purpose, furwt mn and tion-profit star us of this organizati.n and the exempt status fi)r l:ederd inc(,me tax |)lirpt)e hav.! 1",oi challged dlri*g the preceding 12 mt,nt'ls Aeragc rllHn{)(!r of C(Ip|i!S printed net prvs run} of (.ach .sue during the prect,dmg 12 months )(:t. 1. 1994 -- .%'pt. ,30. 1995,: 10, 2;(l; actual numN..r uf mpies pmnted ,'.pt. 29. 19957 8, I -,l. Average total paid circulation: 9,,938; actual aid circulation fir !pt. 29, 19.95: 8,1l)7. Average number distributed free by mail: i79: actual number distmbuted free by mail ,*a*,pt. 29, 1995: 179. Average number distributed outside the mail: in; actual number distributed outside the mail pt. 29, 1995: If0. A*erage copies not distributed; 52: actual number of cupies not distributed Sept. 29, 1995: 53. Average total distribution: 10,228; actual total distribution Sept. 29, 1995: 8,396. The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47711 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weekly except last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville Pul:ister .............. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger Etor ............................................ Paul Leingang P  .................... AI I-sman .................................... Paul Newland Staff Wnte ............................. Mary Ann Hughes Address all communications to P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 Subscription rate: $15.00 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as 2nd class matter at the post offce in Evansville, IN 47701. Publica- tion number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Office of Publication 1995  Press of Evansv would only cloud the public's un- derstanding of how the justice system works for people without Simpson's money. "I wish the public were as concerned about the innocent people who are found guilty as they are about those who seem guilty based on sound bites and get off," said Stephen B. Bright, director of the Atlanta- based Southern Center for Human Rights. Congress this fall eliminated the $20 million funding for a network of 20 death penalty resource centers, created by Congress in 1988 to recruit and train attorneys and sup- port the defense of people on death row in appealing their convictions. A House budget report argued that the re- source centers were a signifi- cant factor in the delay be- tween convictions and executions of criminals. But Bright contended at an Oct. 2 press conference spon- sored by the Death Penalty Information Center that many of the more than 3,000 people on death row would not be there if they had had even marginally better de- fense counsel, let alone the "dream team" Simpson hired at an estimated cost of $10 million or more. Without an understanding of what most people experience in the criminal justice system, "people are going to assume that everyone went through a process like the Simpson case," Bright said. To illustrate more typical ex- periences, two one-time death- row inmates told reporters how they came to be sentenced to death and ultimately were re- leased. With no previous criminal record, a stable career and two children, former schoolteacher Andrew Golden was atypical of death row. In deep depression after his wife killed herself, Golden told reporters, he was barely aware of what was happening when he was arrested several months after her death and charged with murder. His at- torney assured Golden again and again that the prosecution had no case. But the attorney also did nothing to prove there was no case. Although police investiga- tors and medical examiners testified no sign of foul play was evident in Ardelle Golden's death, jurors were never told about her depres- sion and evidence pointirg to suicide. Golden was convicted and sentenced to death. "I wasn't even at the trial," Golden said, because his attor- ney was so convinced there was no ease. "Two days later I was on death row." His 18-year-old son stepped in and found a new lawyer who eventually proved the prosecu- tor lied and withheld evidence of innocence. The Florida Supreme Court ruled no crime had occurred and Golden was freed, but the process took more than two years. Shabaka Waglini spent 14 and a half years on Florida's death row, once coming within 15 hours of execution. He'd al- ready been measured for a burial suit and had his head shaved befare a stay was granted. After 11 courts considered his case, the llth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned his mur- der conviction when previously undisclosed evidence about the time of death exonerated him. It also turned out that the one "witness" was in jail at the time of the crime and had actually only been shown photos and taken to the crime scene by po- lice, Waglini said. if someone is charged with a crime they must have done something," Waglini said. "They say, :It's the law.' Well, not too long ago slavery was the law. Twelve people said I was guilty .... I wasn't." Sister,of St. Joseph Helen Prejean, who chairs the board of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, said while most'people realize that Simpson received an un- usually strong defense, "aware- ness about what kind of de- fense people who are poor get is very bad:" She contrasted Simpson's defense to that of Patrick Son- nier, the first death-row in- mate she got to know as a counselor. "He met with his lawyer only twice, once on the morning of his trial." In the days following the Simpson verdict, newspapers around the country reported that the lengthy televised trial distorted how most cases go. The fact that most murder trials take a few hours or at most a few days is lost on people who heard about Simpson's trial for nearly a year. Expert witnesses and DNA testing are simply too fendants, attorneys saY, According to Bright, more typical -- es capital murder cases uations such as those in "With Justice for port by the Death formation Center appointed attorneys under-funded, overworked or, competent. The report tells that tucky Departnmnt of vocacy found a state's death-row represented by had since been signed rather than face ment. In California, 249 people on death awaiting appeals lawyers, it said. With strong country that enforci death penalty is a tough on crime, Sister said, it's hard to public that the a hear about may have terrible injustices handled trials. "There's just no the problems with the trial level." Bishop's Sched The following activities and events are listed on schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger. ; OcL 22i