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Berkowitz mentally fit
for trial, judge says
NEW YORK (AP) - David Berko-
witz will stand trial for the slaying of
a Brooklyn woman in the year-long
Son of Sam rampage which he said
was dictated "by demons demanding
blood," a judge ruled yesterday.
Justice John Starkey, in a ruling
described as unappealable, held the
24-year-old defendant mentally fit for
trial after hearing a psychiatrist for
the state declare: "His mind is free
'and there are no signs of any-schizo-
IRA JULTAK, one of Berkowitz's
defense attorneys, said: "David is
significantly pleased with the deci-
sion. David was quite satisfied."
In a taped psychiatric interview
introduced at the competency hear-
ing, Berkowitz had pleaded for a trial
so he could tell his bizarre story of
demonic possession and "at least
have peace of mind."
Dr. David Abrahamsen, the prose-
cution's psychiatrist, testified during
a ,two-day competency hearing that
Berkowitz "understands the charges
against him, is ableto aid in his own
defense and is able to stand trial."
BERKOWITZ IS charged with six
murders with a .44-caliber pistol. The
victims were all young people, five of
them women and most of them
parked in lovers' lanes at the time of
the shootings. Seven persons were
wounded in the attacks. Yesterday's
ruling applies only to the slaying of
Stacy Moskowitz in Brooklyn, the
last of the victims. The other
murders took place in other jurisdic-
Abrahamsen said Berkowitz suf-
fered from delusions, but said he
believed they were invented. "But if
the delusions are true, there would be
a psychosis," he said.
Starkey accepted Abrahamsen's
testimony over that of two .court-
appointed psychiatrists who labelled
Berkowitz unfit to be tried because of
"flamboyant madness." One de-
scribed him as "earnestly insane?'
But the judge ruled: "There is no
question as to Mr. Berkowitz's fitness
to proceed. He knows what's happen-
ing, that's for sure. The possibility
has entered my mind that his actions
were caused by rejection by girls."
HOA talks: issues unresolved
By SUE WARNER
Negotiators for the University and
the University of Michigan House Of-
ficers Association (HOA) failed to
resolve three outstanding issues at a
bargaining session Thursday night.
As a result, HOA, which represents
some 600 interns and residents respon-
sible for patient care at University
Hospital, will hold a membership
meeting within the next two weeks to
decide what action its bargaining team
"WE'VE GONE as far as we can as
re-resentatives of the union," said HOA
Bargaining Committee member
Pauline Reisner yesterday. "We have
to take it to the membership and ask
them what they want us to do."
HOA's last contract with the Univer-
sity expired August 31, but has been ex-
tended on a day-to-day basis.
Reisner would not comment
specifically on the unresolved issues.
However, she did say'two of the issues
are "important to us in the realm of
defining what a physician in training is
and what his responsibilities are going
DR. OLIVER CAMERON, HOA bar-
gaining committee chairman, said
emphasis belongs on issues such as
patient care and job description rather
than the proposed financial package.
According to Cameron, HOA
leadership will present the qontract as
it now stands to the union membership.
They will then vote to aceept it as it is,
vote it down and seek arbitration
through the Michigan Employment
Relations Commission (MERC), or
vote it down and take job actions.
Cameron said an HOA strike is
"The possibility of any action that
would affect the patient care are zero,"
UNIVERSITY NEGOTIATOR Doug
Geister said he believes the two sides
are close to agreement.
"We have a good opportunity to reach
a settlement soon," said Geister,
"we're not at an impasse."
Geister said he expects the two sides
to meet again within the next 10 days.
Cameron said he would be willing to
hear any new University proposals but
noted he is not planning to initiate any
changes in HOA's current bargaining
ANN ARBOR (UPI)-The Ann Arbor
Board of Educhtion has suspended a 35-
year-old woman high school teacher for
allegedly maintaining an "un-
professional relationship" with a 17-
year-old male student.
School officials said the woman, who
teaches perfoming arts, allegedly
kissed or embraced the student at his
apartment and also took him on an un-
chaperoned .two-week car trip and
allowed him to drive her car without a
A SECOND CHARGE alleges the.
teacher kept 'a 15-year-old female
student at her home overnight without
the pe~rmissian of the girl's parents.
The teacher was suspended with pay
from her duties at Community High
School. She has until Dec. 19 to seek a
tenure hearing before the board, which
she can request be either open or closed
to the public.
School officials said the charges were
based on interviews with both the
teacher and several students.
Larry Stewart, president of the Ann
Arbor Education Association,
dismissed the charges as "grossly
misleading and no better than gossip"
and said the orgartization would provide
the teacher with legal counsel.
Profs unaffected by
By MARK PARRENT
Though legislation passed by the U.S.
Senate Wednesday which raised the
mandatory retirement age to 70 exem-
pts tenured college professors, the bill
will have little effect upon the Univer-
sity, which has always maintained a
mandatory retirement age of 70.
But other universities across the coun-
try still can force tenured professors to
retire at the current mandatory age of
65 due to the exemption.
UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT Robben
Fleming supports the Senate action and
the exemption clause.
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Volume LXXXVIII. No. 39
Saturday. October 22, 1977
is edited and managed by students at the University
of Michigan. News phone 764-0562. Second class
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"The life blood of a university is new,
young faculty members," he said.
"Its'a trade-off, though. Forced
retirement can rob a university of some
of its most experienced and
The bill, which would give most other
Americans the option to remain
working until age 70, is now being
scheduled for a conference committee,
which will attempt to iron out differen-
ces between the Senate bill and a House
version which was passed earlier.
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