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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, August 1 1978-Page 13
Bundy faces new
charge after pleading
innocent to slayings

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (UPI) - For-
mer law school student Theodore Bun-
dy was charged with the kidnap-slaying
of an 11-year-old girl yesterday, a few
hours after he pleaded innocent to the
slayings of two Florida State University
coeds.
In an indictment returned July 20 and
ordered unsealed yesterday, Bundy
was charged with the killing and kid-
napping of Lake City Junior High
School student Kimberly Diane Leach.
BUNDY, INDICTED last week for
the slayings of two FSU sorority sisters
and the beating of three other coeds,
currently is being held at a jail in
Tallahassee.
Leach was abducted from her school
grounds Feb. 9. Her sexually molested
and decomposed body was found
beneath the tin roof of an abandoned
hog pen near Live Oak April 7.
Bundy, 31, is charged with first-
srito or size degree murder and kidnapping.
LAKE CITY authorities declined to
Tired of feeling the odd man out, young Jesse Napolitano gets into the act while comment on the evidence against Bun-
attending a weekend convention of more than 100 chimney sweeps with his dy, who had heen named a prime
parents at a Chicago hotel, suspect in the crime, other than to say
Negligence suit against NBC to
test TV's freedomof expression
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In a case viewed the movie. compensatory damages and $10 million
that could affect the future of "WE VIEW THIS as a terribly in punitive amages, waged a lengthy
television, trial began yesterday in an significant First Amendment case legal battle just to get the case to trial.
$11 million negligence suit against NBC dealing with constitutional rights of Her suit was initially dismissed in
for' showing a movie about a sexual free expression," Abrams said. 1976 by a state trial judge who ruled
assault on a young girl. Abrams said he feared an NBC loss in that litigation was barred by con-
At issue is whether the First Amen- the case would "lead to a kind of blam- stitutional guarantees of free speech
dment protects television's right to air dness, a kind of television dealing with and free press.
movies dealing with brutal subjects, hard and real and poignant social THE STATE COURT of Appeals
such as the Sept. 6, 1974, showing of the problems." overtuned the decision, declaring the
film "Born Innocent." Lewis, however, complained the dismissal of the suit impinged on the
movie was aired at 7:30 p.m. in some victim's right to a trial to determine
THE CASE WAS assigned to Sperior areas and at 8 p.m. in others and whether the movie provoked the
Court Judge Robert Dossee, who heard suggested "there is no question that assault. The U.S. Supreme Court
a series of routine motions from attor- children and young people learn by refused to hear NBC's appeal.
neys in closed session yesterday. He imitation."
scheduled arguments on the motions THE GRITTY realism of the film in- ,: -

"We feel good about the case we have
against him."
Bundy, described by the FBI as a
suspect in as many as three dozen mur-
ders from Florida to the Rocky Moun-
tains, acted as his own attorney yester-
day in the Chi Omega case, refusing
Circuit Judge John Rudd's offer of a
public defender.
BUndy indicated he will defend him-
self unless the court allows Atlanta at-
torney Millard Farmer to take his case.
"YOUR HONOR, I'm not accepting
the public defender," Bundy said rising
from his seat at the defense table.
"I would like to plead not guilty," he
added a moment later, waiving his
right to hear the charges against him.
Bundy is described by the FBI as a
suspect in as many as 36 murders of
women in the west and in Florida. He
escaped on New Year's Eve from a
Colorado jail where he was being held
on a murder charge in the slaying of a
vacationing Michigan nurse.
The Globe Theater, built in 1598 in
Southwark across the river from
London, accommodated about 1,200
theater-goers.
The first play written by Pierre
Corneille, the father of French
tragedy, was "Melite," a comedy.
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for today with jury selection to begin
tomorrow.
Marvin Lewis, an attorney for the
laintiff, said the trial would probably
last three to four weeks.
The movie charted the life of a
runaway teen-ager, portrayed by ac-
tress Linda Blair, star of the movie
"The Exorcist," and included a scene
at a reformatory in which she is
sexually assasulted with the wooden
handle of a plumber's plunger.
FOUR DAYS after the TV movie was
aired, a 9-year-old girl was similarly
attacked by three girls with a beer bot-
tle on a San Francisco beach. Her
mother, Valeria Niemi, filed suit in San
Francisco Superior Court contending
the film inspired the crime.
"It's merely our contention that the
particular scene, which was graphic
and unnecessary for the telling of the
plot, caused harm to an innocent vic-
tim," said Lewis.
NBC lawyer Floyd Abrams countered
that there were conflicting statements
about whether the girls, and one boy
who stood lookout, for them, actually
saw the movie. He said, however, the

spired the concept of "family-hour"
programming in which the Federal
-communications Commissions slap-
ped stringent guidelines on the por-
trayal of sex and violence during early
evening shows.
Mrs. Niemi, seeking $1 million in
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