Man sues 'U' after being
booted out of law library
The Michigan Daily - Saturday, October 29, 1983- Page 3
By JODY BECKER
An Ann Arbor man who was kicked out of the Law School
library last month is suing the University for $16 million,
saying that the University infringed upon his rights by
refusing him entrance to the library.
Glen Roberts filed suit in Ann Arbor's U.S. District Court
Wednesday in an attempt to force the University to relax
entrance restrictions on the underground section of the law
library. Roberts was asked to leave the building Sept. 11,
after he tried to use the library with a research pass.
ROBERTS, WHO said he was researching another
lawsuit he was involved in, proceeded into the lower level of
the library despite a guard's warning that he was not per-
mitted to enter without a pass.
Two University security officers arrived and escorted
Roberts out of the library, telling him that he would be
arrested if he tried to enter any University buildings again.
Roberts said tha the officers thought he was a street per-
son because he has no home phone number, and that they
told him "go hand out on the south corner of the Diag with
all the street people and vagrants."
HE SAID THAT the threat to arrest him if he enters a
University building not only infringes upon his right to use
the library, but prohibits him from voting at University
polling sites or using health care facilities at University
He also maintained that since the law library is a Federal
Depository Library - it receives all federal publications
free - it should be open to the general public.
Admission to the underground wing of the library is
limited to law students and people with passes. Library of-
ficials say the restrictions were set up to avoid over-
crowding of the facility, which is often visited by people in-
tersted in its novel architectural design.
MARGARET Leary, the library's associate director, said
that passes are "regularly issued to anybody who needs to
use our books." But she added that Roberts never applied
for a library pass.
the library does not check for passes all of the time
because it cannot afford "to have someone guard the doors
at all hours," but officials run spot checks "when the
library looks crowded," Leary said.
Roberts said that he did not have a pass because they are
not available on Sunday, when he was trying to enter the
HE SAID THAT he tried to settle the matter with Univer-
sity officials by contacting William Cash, an assistant to
University President Harold Shapiro, who suggested that
Roberts apply for a pass. But Roberts said he cannot use
the pass unless the arrest threat is rescinded.
Roberts said that the $16 million he is seeking is "an
abitrary figure." But he said he thought the sumn should be
high enough to bother University officials. "Unless these
guys get their fingers burned, they'll keep harassing
people," he said.
Roderick Daane, the University's top attorney, called the
suit a "frivolous" case. "I do not think such claims ought to
be filed in already overburdened courts," he said.
But Daane rejected the idea of an out-of-court settlement
which might intimate that the University was wrong to bar
Roberts from University buildings. "There will be no such
concessions on that point," Daane said.
Roberts also filed a complaint with the FBI to seek felony
charges against the officers who escorted him out of the
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Latin Americans fear U.S. itervention
(Continued from.page 1),
Arene, a former member of the
military junta, said that the people of
El Salvador have had to resort to
violence because they were unable to
change their world in any other way.
"THE PEOPLE of El Salvador have
The Latin American Solidarity Committee is sponsoring a teach-in on the
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be workshops and lectures on topics such as U.S. Policy Toward Latin
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tried all peaceful means to improve
their lives, to increase salaries, to have
access to social security, access to
education, access to the free press, for
the free democratic elections, and fqr
an independent, fair judiciary system,"
he said at an earlier interview.
William Vigil, a counsellor for the
Nicaraguan Embassy in Washington,
and a member of the ruling, Sandinista
government, said in a speech following
Arene's that his government is also
worried about U.S. military interven-
tion in his country.
"One of the main goals of (the Reagan
administration) is to destroy
Nicaragua," Vigil said, noting that the
United States has called the Sandinista
government a "totalitarian
that is exporting revolution and is a
threat to United States national
VIGIL CHARGED that the United States
has been increasing "covert
operations" in Nicaragua, despite U.S.
denials of the possibility of an invasion
of a war.
Bayliss said panel members will
meet for the first time Tuesday to come
up with a statement of their goals and a
meeting schedule for the next two-and-
The school already has felt some of
the lengthy reviews the school under-
went last spring as this year's
enrollment dropped by 9 percent or 53
students, said Bayliss.
"The' sheer sense of negativism
surrounding the review process itself
created a great deal of fear in potential
students," Bayliss said.,
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