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Speaker
addresses
changes
in courts
by Ian Hoffman
Daily Staff Writer

Judge

The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 30, 1990 - Page 5
postpones decision on

permit for NORML rally
by Tim Gammons

The role of protecting First
Amendment rights has shifted in
the past 10 years from the federal
court system, including the U.S.
Supreme Court, to individual state
courts, recently retired Oregon
Supreme Court Justice Hans Linde
told an audience of 150 people
yesterday.
However, Linde said the shift in
responsibility to the state courts
has occurred slowly. "Attorney's
often receive more fees if they win
case's in federal court and it sounds
a lot better to talk about winning a
case based on the First Amendment
rather the Michigan Law."
In his speech, titled "The First
Amendment as Law and Symbol in
a Changing World," Linde began
with a brief history of the First
Amendment, noting that protection
of the freedoms of speech and press
in the U.S. were derived from state
constitutions - not the Bill of
Rights as people often believe.
Linde said the conservative fed-
eral court appointments made under
the Reagan and Bush
administrations have made it
increasingly hard to win the liberal
causes that first amendment issues
tend to be. .
Over 90 percent of the audience
at yesterday's speech were

Lawyers from the University and
National Organization for the Re-
form of Marijuana Laws (NORML)
met Wednesday in Washtenaw
County Circuit Court to find out
whether NORML representatives
will be allowed to use a sound sys-
tem for a rally on the Diag during
Sunday's Hash Bash.
Last November the University
granted NORML a permit to use the
sound system during their rally in
support of marijuana legalization.
However, the University withdrew
the permit in February because of
past criminal conduct at Hash Bash.
However, Judge Donald Shelton
decided not to resolve the matter on

Wednesday. Shelton asked that both
parties try again to resolve the con-
flict out of court. If no agreement
can be reached, Judge Shelton will
render a decision this afternoon.
Rich Birkett, coordinator of the
Ann Arbor chapter of NORML, said
no negotiations with the University
have been planned. Frank Cianci-
olla, Director of Student Programs,
had negotiated for the University
previous to the court hearing, but
Birkett said Cianciolla is out of
town until April 6.
"Since Cianciolla is out of town,
people at the University didn't know
who had the authority to negotiate.
My impression is that the Univer-

sity doesn't want to make a decision
on a compromise," Birkett said.
"They want the judge to make a de-
My impression is that the Univer-
sity doesn't want to make a decision
on a compromise," Birkett said.
"They want the judge to make a de-
cision. They want the court to rule
on the extent that the University can
regulate the Diag."
University General Counsel Elsa
Cole said the reason the University
withdrew the permit is because ad-
ministrators wanted to move the
rally to a location other than the
Diag. She said University officials
feel the Diag is difficult to monitor
and facilitates illegal activity such as
underage drinking and marijuana

smoking. At an alternate location,
such conduct would be easier to pre-
vent, she said.
But Birkett disagreed. "I don't see
how having a sound system has any
relevance to whether illegal activity
will take place on the Diag during
Hash Bash," he said. "NORML
doesn't condone or encourage drug
use or any illegal activity."
The attorneys spent two hours.in
court on Wednesday and were in
court again yesterday filing affi-
davits. "The judge did a good jobof
asking pertinent questions," Birkeft
said. "It seems that the burden ison
the University to prove they had
good reasons to withdraw the per=
mit."

Linde

University students who received
credit in their Communications 202
class for attending.
"I found it marginally interest-
ing," said LSA senior Lewis Sugar-
man. "I thought the most
interesting topic was the
internationalization of American
politics."
However, other reactions were
more enthusiastic.
"I thought the facts were well re-
searched," said Joan Lowenstein,
the lecturer for the
Communications 202 class. "He
really know his stuff."
Linde returned Tuesday from
Moscow, where he discussed
American First Amendment
principles with Soviet law experts.
His speech at Angell Hall's
Auditorium C was the Ninth
Annual Kenneth Murray Lecture on
the First Amendment and was
sponsored by the Communications
department.

Soviets offer amnesty to deserters

VILNIUS (AP) - The Soviet
army offered amnesty Thursday to
Lithuanian deserters who return to
their units. It appeared to be a first
step toward compromise in the crisis
over Lithuania's independence drive.
The decision, announced by the
Defense Ministry General Staff,
came a day after Lithuania offered
two compromises: it suspended a
plan to institute its own border
guard, and it told citizens not to re-
sist Soviet attempts to seize their
firearms.
Both sides seemed to be yielding

in the war of wills over Lithuania's
March 11 declaration of indepen-
dence, the strongest defiance of
Mikhail Gorbachev in his five years
as Soviet leader.
"I think Lithuania is seeking a
way out, and I think Gorbachev is
seeking a way out," said Algirdas
Brazauskas, head of the Lithuanian
Communist Party, which split with
Moscow in December.
But the war of words did not die
down entirely.
Lithuanian President Vytautas
Landsbergis, asked about the Defense

Ministry's offer, said: "I don't have
much trust in this promise. There
have been instances where very high
military officials have lied."
Lithuanian leaders are angry that
the military said nothing before ar-
resting 23 deserters Tuesday. They
said the military had agreed to dis-
cuss any such move in advance.
Defense Ministry officials told
Tass that Lithuanians who left the
Soviet armed forces when their re-
public declared independence would
not be punished if they resumed their
military service.

However, those who continue to
hide will be "searched out, detained
and be subject to criminal punis'hj
ment in accordance with current
law," they said.
Red Army soldiers on Tuesday
stormed two psychiatric hospitals in
Lithuania to apprehend deserters.
Witnesses said some of the deserters
and a policeman who tried to stop
the detentions were beaten.
The Lithuanian prosecutor's d1=
fice said Thursday it had opened a
criminal investigation into the beat
ing of the police officer. The repub
lic's Interior Ministry said the p6
liceman sustained a concussion.

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on council and because he has lived
in Ann Arbor for 27 years.
Hunter said he has been an ac-
tivist all his life. Before unseating
the First Ward's Democratic incum-
bent in 1982, Hunter supported the
1970 Black Action Movement
(BAM) strike, the Angela Davis
Committee and the Free South
Africa Committee.
However, Campbell suggested he
might upset Hunter come Tuesday.
He believes the voters in the ward
have been neglected and they will
vote for the person instead of the

party.
Campbell added, "In local gov-
ernment, its our responsibility to
bring government to (the voters.) I
will bring an aggressive, grassroots
councilperson to Ann Arbor."
But Hunter said often government
only works for those who have a lot
of money. "It shouldn't have any-
thing to do with how much political
pull you have," he said.
"Government has to work for all of
the people."
Reflecting this ideology, Hunter
said during his tenure on council he
has taken strong stands on human
rights, affordable housing and affir-
mative action for Blacks and women.

Hunter supports the creation of a
housing trust fund which would so-
licit investments from citizens inter-
ested in supporting the creation of
affordable housing.
Another point on which the can-
didates differ is the issue of Ann Ar-
bor's law which requires police offi-
cers to prosecute marijuana offenders
under local instead of state law.
"I don't like the idea of making
Ann Arbor contrary to the state
law," Campbell said.
Yet Hunter said he believes Ann

Arbor's current pot law has worked
well. "I don't see any reason why we
should fool around with it," he said.
Referring to Proposal B - which
would hike the city's pot fines- on
the April 2 ballot, Hunter said,
"This is a symbolic effort purported
to do something about substance
abuse. It's a waste of time, we
should be spending it on other
things."
One of the messages Hunter said
he is stressing in this year's cam-
paign is that the first Ward is chang-

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