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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, January 28, 1981-Page 3

Court acquits
local bouncer
of felony charge

Edward Abbott, 23, a bouncer at Second Chance
nightclub, was acquitted Monday in Washtenaw
County Circuit Court on charges of severely beating a
customer last March.
Abbott, an Ypsilanti resident, was charged with
assault and battery in connection with a March 30 in-
cident in which he allegedly struck Roger Neirynck, a
former Farmington Hills Police Department com-
munity service officer.
THE ASSAULT AND battery charges were later.
changed to a felony charge after Washtenaw County
Assistant Prosecutor Robert Cooper announced that
more facts had been made available to him.
"Changing the charge from assault and battery to a
felony (assault with intent to commit great bodily
harm less than murder) made the case a lot more
complex," said Carl Shaner, Abbott's attorney.

Shaner explained that the charge was not changed
until a week after the incident occurred. "Neirynck
went to the police office the next morning with a
black eye. It was obvious he had been in a fight,"
Shaner said.
"But it wasn't until a week later, when he started
noticing some blood, that he went to the doctor and
had X-rays," Shaner continued. "The X-rays showed
a broken bone under his eye," and then the charge
was changed, Shaner said.
SHANER CRITICIZED the Ann Arbor Police for
not conducting a more thorough investigation at the
time of the incident. "According to Detective Price's
testimony, police officials never had more than a
brief conversation with Abbott and (fellow bouncer
Daniel) Haisenleder," said Shaner. "They (the
police) should have made a much stronger attempt to
interview more people."
Shaner added, however, that "by the time the trial

was over, we had pretty much heard from
Monday's events concluded the second trial related
to Neirynck's case. Haisenleder was acquitted of the
felony charge on Nov. 18 after a jury deliberated
most of the afternoon.
Cooper was unavailable for comment on the case.
According to District Court records, the March 30
incident began when University student Thomas
beJonge was asked by the bouncers to leave the bar
because they thought DeJonge was involved in a
beer-throwing incident. DeJonge, after replying with
a vulgarity, was allegedly struck by Haisenleder.
Philip Gozur, a friend of DeJonge's asked
Haisenleder to stop hitting DeJonge and was
allegedly hit by Abbott.

signs bill
on prison
LANSING 1UI)-Lt. Gov. James
Brickley. signed, into law yesterday
prison overcrowding legislation which
could result in early release of some
inmates as soon as this summer to
reduce chronically swollen populations.
The measure requires the governor to
0 shorten minimum sentences by 90 days
when the state Corrections Commission
certifies prisons are stuffed beyond
their capacity for more than three con-
secutive months. Prisoners still would
have to receive regular parole approval
before being set free.
MICHIGAN'S prison system has been
bulging at its aging seams for some
Last fall, ruling in a suit charging
conditions amount to unconstitutional
cruel and unusual punishment, Ingham
County Circuit Judge Ray Hotchkiss
declared the system overcrowded and
ordered steps to ease the situation. He
stopped short of finding any con-
stitutional violations, however.
PRISON OFFICIALS say the system
currently is operating at just below its
capacity of 13,013.
However, projections indicate the
limit will be exceeded in March,
making it possible sentence reductions,
would be required in June if the
problem is not eased.
The new law requires the corrections
commission to notify the governor
when the prison population exceeds 95

Police to charge
victim 's roommate
in recent murder

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percent of capacity for more than 90
IF THE assessment proves correct,
the governor must order the 90-day sen-
tence. If that does not work within 90
days, another 90-day cut must be made.
Prison officials regard the law as a
mere stopgap and warn it could place a
heavy burden on the current staff of
parole officers with no new hiring in
Gov. William Milliken, in his recent
State of,the State address, called the
bill a "badly needed safety valve" but
said it is not a Jong-term solution,
merely providing "time to adopt more
appropriate long-term remedies."
"PLANNING AND construction of
new facilities must continue despite our
fiscal situation," he said.
The crowding law was the key
proposal in a report prepared by a joint
executive-legislative task force on
prison overcrowding.
Brickley, acting in Milliken's absen-
ce, also signed bills to:
* Create a seven-member council to
review all public employee pension
" Revise Michigan's-military code of
justice to conform to the federal law.
" Prescribe procedures for library
board elections.

Murder charges will likely be brought
against the roommate of a Saline man
whose body was found Monday morning
stuffed in the trunk of his car parked in
a downtown parking structure, a State
Police spokesman said yesterday.
The suspect, Gary Lazar, took ari
overdose of pills Monday night before
state police officers found him in the
Saline residence he shared with the vic-
tim, Richard Mosher, State Police
Detective Lt. John Shewell said.
Shewell refused to say if the overdose
was an attempted suicide. Lazar was
listed in fair condition at University
Hospital yesterday.
SHEWELL SAID charges may be
brought against Lazar today.
Police have yet to establish a motive
in the slaying of Mosher, 39, the
manufacturing manager at the Ford
Plastics plant in Milan. The- in-
vestigation "is touchy as hell because

we have a lot of loose ends," Shewell
An autopsy report said Mosher died
instantly from a gunshot wound to the
Last seen on the night of January 20
at an intersection near Arborland,
Mosher was reported missing by Lazar
the next day.
Apparently, police said, a friend of
the victim spotted Mosher's 1980
Mustang in the parking garage at Four-
th and William streets and called
police. Police discovered the body in
the trunk of the company-owned car.
Shewell said the investigation of the
case is continuing.

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Classic Film Theatre-Hamlet, 4,7,9:45 p.m., Michigan Theatre.
AAFC-The Tin Drum, 7,9:30 p.m.,;Aud. A., Angell.
Cinema Guild-Rachel, Rachel, 7 p.m.; The Effect of Gamma Rays
on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, 9 p.m., Lorch Hall Aud.
-Max Kade German House-Effi Briest, 8 p.m., 603 Oxford.
Alpha Chi Sigma-student-faculty tea for chemists and chemical engi-
neers, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 3207 Chem.
CAAS-Niara Sudarkasa, "On the Relationship between African and Af-
roamerican Family Structure," noon, SEB Whitney Aud.
Communication-bag lunch, Percy Qoboza, noon, 2040 Frieze.
CREES-bag lunch, Pamela McKinsey, "Nihilists and Narod: Prede-
cessors of the Movement 'To the People,' " noon, Lane Hall Commons.
Int. Ctr.-student travel series, "Getting Organized," noon, Int. Ctr.
Chemistry-Michael Ferro, "Synthetic Applications of the Divinyl-
cyclopropane Rearrangement and Cyclopropyl Phosphonium Annulating
Reagents," 4 p.m., 1300 Chem.
Chemistry-Bruce Coffin, "Analysis of RNA Cap-Structures by HPLC,"
4 p.m.,-l20Chem. .
Grad. Women's Network-Math support and lecture series, 4-6 p.m.,
Rackham E. Conf. Rm.
Marketing Club-"Forum of Small Advertisers," Wolverine Rm., Sch.
of Bus. Ad., reception following.
Ped., Ob./Gyn.-Elizabeth McAnarney, "Adolescent Sexuality and
Pregnancy," 4:30 p.m., towsley Sheldon Aud.
Chem. Engin.-Brice Carnahan, "The FORTRAN IV Programming
Language-II," 7-9 p.m., Nat. Sci. Aud.
Sch. of Social Work-Brett Seabury, "Case Management: Advocate or
Adversary?," 7:30-9 p.m., Wash. Ctr. Juvenile Court, 2700 Platt.
ARK-Hoot Night, open mike, 9 p.m., 1421 Hill.
UAC-Laugh Track, 9 p.m., Union Club.
Commission for Women-noon, 2549 LSA.
Int. Ctr.-Getting organized about overseas trips, noon-1 p.m., Rec,
Rm., Int. Ctr.
LSA Student Gov't.-6:15 p.m., 3909 Union.
Michigan Republicans Club-7:00 p.m., Pendleton Rm., Union.
Med. Tech.-Hosp. Lab tour, 7-9 p.m., Hosp. Caf. Dining Rm. I.
Stilyagi Air Corps-8 p.m., Alice Lloyd Panel Lounge.
U. Christian Outreach-9:30 p.m., S. Quad Dining Rm. II.
Coll. of Arch. and Urban Planning-Photo exhibition of Art Nouveau
architecture,8 a.m.-11 p.m., 2nd floor Art. and Arch. Bldg.
WVGR-Taped discussion of "The Humanities in American Life," 10 a.m.
Alpha Phi Omega-Red Cross Student Blood Drive, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Union Ballroom.
ECKANKAR-Introductory book review on "Letters to Gail," by Paul

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