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he Supreme Court has
agreed to hear a case that
could pit Jewish groups
against some of their usu-
al partners in the ongoing fight
to prevent legislation mandating
prayer in the public schools.
The justices decided to hear a
Virginia case involving the ques-
tion of whether state-funded
schools can deny subsidies to stu-
dent religious publications while
funding similar non-religious
A lower court ruled that the
University of Virginia was right
by refusing to provide funding for
a magazine published by a Chris-
tian group on campus. The case
is controversial in the religious
community because it involves
the treacherous intersection be-
tween free speech rights, church-
state separation and what some
people see as a growing discrim-
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Candidate for Board of Governors
Wayne State University
T HE D ET R O IT J E WIS H NE WS
Ed Haroutunian, a practicing attorney in Southeast Michigan for over 25 years, primarily
as a stockholder with the Southfield law firms of Rubenstein, Isaacs, Haroutunian and
Sobel, P.C., and Rubenstein Plotkin, P.C., is running for the Board of Governors of Wayne
State University. Being a resident of Detroit for 30 years, Haroutunian and his wife
Susan (Licata), a lifelong Detroit resident, received their law degrees from Wayne State.
Before High Court
Haroutunian is dedicated to:
• Maintaining the urban mission of Wayne State.
• Keeping tuition levels low.
• Aggressively seeking to augment public funds with alumni contributions.
• Strengthening alumni pride in and identification with Wayne State University.
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ination against religion and reli-
It was complicated by the fact
that the university had provided
funding to Jewish and Muslim
groups for cultural programming..
The Anti-Defamation League
plans to file a brief supporting the
lower court decision.
"We believe the university is
right in denying funds to an
overtly religious group," said
Michael Lieberman, the group's
Washington counsel. "People ar-
gue that this is discrimination
against religion, that religious
speech is treated worse than oth-
er forms of speech. Our response
is that religious speech is differ-
Jewish activists say that giv-
ing state money to groups pro-
moting sectarian views has the
effect of promoting those views.
Death Of Judge
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (JTA) that Mr. Demjanjuk did commit
—The sudden death of the Cleve- other Nazi war crimes while serv-
land judge in the John Demjan- ing as a guard at the Sobibor
juk case has delayed indefinitely death camp and at the Flossen-
a new round of denaturalization burg and Regensburg concentra-
hearings against the notorious tion camps.
The Israeli Supreme Court's
Nazi war criminal.
U.S. District Judge Frank Bat- decision cleared the way for his
tisti, 72, died from what doctors return to the United States in
said were complications from tick September 1993.
Earlier this month, the U.S.
bite suffered during a fishing trip
Supreme Court elected not to
Sources close to the case ex- hear an appeal of a lower court
pressed both grief and frustra- ruling that found Justice De-
tion that any new judge partment officials mishandled
appointed to the case will not Mr. Demjanjuk's case when its
have as much knowledge of the Nazi-hunting unit, the Office of
Special Investigations, pursued
issues as Judge Battisti had.
Judge Battisti was the origi- his original denaturalization.
The court's move cleared the
nal judge who had ordered Dem-
janjuk's extradition to Israel in way for Judge Battisti to re-open
a new round of denaturalization
"What had been a clear path hearings. The hearings would be
to deportation is no longer clear. based in part on charges that he
This will certainly delay things," lied about his Nazi past when he
said a source, who spoke on the applied to immigrate to the Unit-
ed States in 1951.
condition of anonymity.
Successful prosecution of the
The case now is expected to be
heard by another district judge 74-year-old retired Ohio auto
in Cleveland, Ohio, or to be di- worker in denaturalization hear-
ings could clear the way for his
rected to a deportation court.
After Mr. Demjanjuk was ex- deportation.
Throughout his protracted
tradited to Israel, he was con-
victed and sentenced to death for legal battle, Mr. Demjanjuk has
being the brutal Treblinka con- said he is not guilty and is, in-
centration camp guard known as stead, a victim of mistaken iden-
"Ivan the Terrible." After spend- tity.
"Every day this Nazi war crim-
ing seven years in an Israeli
prison, however, the Israeli inal draws breath in the United
Supreme Court last year over- States is atrocious," said Michael
Lieberman, associate director and
turned his conviction.
However, the American and Is- counsel of the Anti-Defamation
raeli courts have not questioned League's Washington office.