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January 16, 1990 - Image 7

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State Bar
of Mich.
*sues fake
LANSING (AP) - The State
Bar of Michigan is suing five people
accused of acting as attorneys
without licenses, endangering their
clients' rights and jeopardizing the
public's trust in the legal system.
The State Bar has filed civil law-
suits charging Duane M.E. Davis of
Detroit, Richard Travis of Southfield
and Karen L. Alt of Muskeogon
with repeatedly practicing law with-
out a license.
Bar officials say similar suits are
being prepared against two other
people whose names haven't been re-
"There are the same problems as
in any profession where someone is
not trained or doesn't meet the min-
imal qualifications," Kenneth
Hoesch, chairman of the Bar's Unau-
thorized Practice of Law Committee,
said Monday.
"Members of the public have the
right to expect that when they seek
legal advice of representation, the at-
torney has acquired certain knowl-
edge and education in the field of law
and is governed by established ethi-
cal standards," the Bar said in the
court papers filed recently.
Davis' telephone has been dis-
connected, Alt and Travis' didn't
have listed numbers.
Harper Woods District Judge
Roger La Rose said Davis appeared
in his court last August, claiming to
be a Detroit lawyer representing a
woman accused of possessing $252
worth of stolen merchandise.
Davis turned out not to be a li-
censed lawyer in either state, the
Bar's suit said. He is accused of
masquerading as a lawyer in child
support, employment and state De-
partment of Licensing and Regula-
tion cases, using a phony Bar regis-
*0 tration number, collecting fees, and
handing out business cards claiming
to be a "legal consultant" for an in-
surance company.
"He is an repeat offender and has
perjured himself before courts," the
suit said.

The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, January 16, 1990 - Page 7
Stuart murder case

BOSTON (AP) - Despite the
intense scrutiny given the Charles
Stuart case, investigators are not en-
tirely sure of the answer to the major
remaining question in the twisted
drama: Who shot Stuart and his
wife, and how?
Police are leaning toward the sce-
nario that Stuart, who died Jan. 4 in
what is believed to be suicide set off
when a brother implicated him, shot
his wife and himself last Oct. 23.
But they cannot rule out a different
In a hospital interview several
days after the shootings, Stuart told
police an assailant entered the back
seat of their car at a red light, forced
him to drive to a remote area of the
city, robbed the couple, and then
shot them.
In a short time, police cane up
with a suspect with a long criminal
record. Stuart's deception, legal ex-
perts say, got the investigation off
on the wrong track by shifting the
focus away from him and the physi-
cal evidence.
"It's very common that once the


police have a suspect who satisfies
them they will stop looking at other
people," said lawyer Alan Der-
showitz, a Harvard Law School pro-
fessor, "They don't want the defense
later saying that they were looking
at other people because they had
doubts about your case."
It has been determined that three
bullets were fired that night: one hit
the roof of Stuart's car, one hit Stu-
art in the stomach, and one struck:
his wife.
An affidavit indicates Carol Stu-
art was struck on the left side of the
head, which would seem to rule o it
a gunner shooting from the outside
of the car. The possibilities remain
that Stuart could have shot his wife
and then himself, that another person
could have shot both of them from
the rear or the outside left of the car,
or a combination of the two.
An investigator who would not
be identified by name said Stuart's
car was examined by the city crime
lab and that the angles of the shots
appeared consistent with Stuart's ac-

When asked where the results of
that examination might be obtained,
the investigator who would not be
identified by name said: "I don't
know that anything was ever put
into writing; I never saw any paper
on it." Dershowitz said investigators
have a tendency to avoid producing
documents that defense attorneys
might later poke holes into.
Police would not comment when
asked if fingerprint and fiber checks
,were made on the car, which Stuart
traded in on a new car after he left
the hospital in December.
Continued from page 6
"The yelling was unfortunate. MLK
day should be a day of openness.
You don't have to agree with some-
one to appreciate a different perspec-
Professor Mazrui taught political
science at the University until last
summer when he left for SUNY-
Binghamton. He is technically op
leave from the University for two

Together again
Walter Sisulu, right, hugs his son Max and grandson Winston at Lusaka
airport yesterday for their first family reunion in 25 years. Sisulu had been
held in a South African jail for 25 years while his son was in exile.

Continued from page 6
said Chin, an English major who
advocates the use of Asian-American
writers in university literature
Chin admitted erasing the stereo-
types won't be easy, but he said
"Asian-Americans can find ways to
overcome being a minority in any

Continued from page 6
"The civil rights movement in
Ann Arbor got lost in 1966 and
1967 with anti-war and feminist
movements. People decided that Ann
Arbor is an oasis of liberalism, and
that the problem was solved," Mun-
son said.
But Munson said the problems
haven't been solved. She cited unin-
spected public housing for Blacks
built on marshy swamplands, racial
discrimination in home buying, and
police brutality against Blacks, as

some of the areas which must be
Ron Scott, a founder of the De-
troit chapter of the Black Panther
Party, stressed that people tend to
raise the same questions and make
the same mistakes as those of the
sixties did. "We're still debating the
same questions," Scott said.
"Sometimes I feel as though we are
literally watching a turning back of
the clock."
"Even though there were mis-
takes in the 60s, today we're not
even armed with a social movement
to back us up," he said.

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