The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, October 7, 1987- Page 5
Panel proposes stiffer penalties
for crimes against minorities
LANSING (AP) - Attacks on blacks, gays, Jews
and other minorities could result in longer prison
sentences and larger damage awards under legislation
endorsed yesterday by a House committee.
The state House Judiciary Committee approved, 10-
0, and sent to the full House legislation that would add
a new felony to Michigan law books: ethnics intim-
"I call this a civil cruise missile aimed at the heart
of the hate movement," said the bill's sponsor, Rep.
David Honigman, R-West Bloomfield.
The legislation was largely inspired by the widely
publicized 1982 beating death of Vincent Chin, a
Prosecutors contended Chin was mistaken for a
Japanese by men who were angry at that country's
increasing share of the American auto market.
Honigman said the legislation was written with an
eye on the Chin case, the Ku Klux Klan and gay
The proposed Michigan law would create an extra
penalty of up to two years imprisonment and a $2,000
fine for those convicted of bias-motivated crimes.
For instance, if property destroyed because the
owner is black, the vandals could be convicted of ethnic
intimidation and handed a stiffer sentence than is im-
posed for malicious destruction of property.
Honigman's bill also would let victims of ethnic
intimidation file civil suits and collect triple damages
for actual losses and for pain and suffering.
"The treble damage remedy allows the victims of
racial hatred to forcefully attack and dismantle the
infrastructure of hate," the lawmaker said.
State Supreme Court rules judge
was wrong in jailing protesters
LANSING (AP) - Siding with a highest court said Oakland County the plant outside Walled Lake. Thpy
group of anti-nuclear protesters, the Circuit Judge James Thorburn was were held in contempt for refusing to
Michigan Supreme Court yesterday wrong to impose open-ended jail state in open court that they would
said the demonstrators shouldn't sentences on anti-nuclear protesters obey the injuntion in the future.
have been jailed for refusing to who trespassed on William
promise to stay away from a plant
that makes cruise missile engines.
In a split decision, the state's
International Corp. property.
The demonstrators violated a
court order forbidding trespassing at
In the 4-3 opinion, the high court
said the trial judge exceeded his
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WASHINGTON (AP) - FBI
Director-designate William Sessions,
suffering from a bleeding ulcer,
suffered a relapse that sent him back
to the hospital yesterday and forced
indefinite postponement of his
swearing-in, FBI officials said.
Sessions, a former federal judge,
was hospitalized for observation and
treatment in San Antonio. Texas.
Sessions suffers relapse
there he had returned after being Rubio said his patient was in
leased from the George Washing- stable condition at Methodist Hos-
rn University Medical Center here pital in San Antonio.
"Judge Sessions is believed to
have experienced more bleeding,
which is not uncommon in these
cases," Dr. Richard Rubio, Sessions'
private physician, was quoted in an
Sessions became ill and fainted in
the aisle of a jetliner last Wednesday
night on the way to Washington for
his swearing-in ceremony at FBI
headquarters which had been sche-
duled for the next day.
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