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*The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 4, 1990 - Page 5

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Man
guilty of
selling2
Live Crew
FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) -
Jurors deliberated less than three
hours before convicting Charles
Freeman on a misdemeanor obscen-
ity charge. He was arrested by
undercover Broward County
sheriffs deputies June 8 for selling
the Miami rap group's album "As
Nasty As They Wanna Be" in his
E-C Records store.
The case went to a jury of five
women and one man after final ar-
guments this morning. Freeman
could get a year in jail and a $1,000
fine.
"It doesn't represent my commu-
nity where E-C Records is!"
Freeman shouted as he left the
courthouse. "It's unfair. The jury
was all white. They don't know.
where E-C Records is. They do't
know a... thing about the ghetto."
Prosecutors contended the album
exceeds the limits of community
standards and free speech with ex-
plicit and sometimes violent refer-
ences to sex. Freeman was arrested
two days after U.S. District Judge
Jose Gonzalez ruled the lyrics were
obscene.
But in his closing argument, de-
fense attorney Bruce Rogow told
the jury that "one person's
vulgarity is another person's art"
and argued that the jury could not
convict Freeman if they found any
artistic merit in the group's album.
Assistant State Attorney Leslie
Robson argued that the right to free
speech is not absolute, saying:
"The First Amendment does not
give you the right to say what you
want, when you want and where
you want. With rights and freedom
come responsibility."
As the jurors began deliberating,
alternate juror Sheryl Salamon,
who sat through the trial but was

German leaders promise

not to fo
BERLIN (AP) - Leaders of a
new Germany rushed to assure the
world last night that it would strive
for peace in the future and would
never forget the dark lessons of its
Nazi past.
As most of the nation savored its
first hours of unity and sovereignty
after nightlong celebrations, leftist
radicals protesting unification ram-
paged in Berlin. Police fired tear gas
and water cannons in street battles,
and about 50 people were arrested.
Soviet President Mikhail Gor-
bachev, widely credited with making
unification possible, will visit Ger-
many next month, a government
spokesman said yesterday. In a mes-
sage to governments worldwide,
Chancellor Helmut Kohl pledged
Germany would never again pose the
territorial claims that marked Ger-
many from its initial unification in
1871 to its defeat and division in
World War II.
"In the future, only peace will

rget their
emanate from German soil," Kohl
said.
"At the same time, we stand by
our moral and legal responsibilities
that arise from German history,"
Kohl added. That was a reference to
the Nazi past and the Holocaust,
which claimed the lives of 6 million
Jews.
President Richard von Weizslicker
raised the same themes in his speech
at the ceremony in Berlin's Philhar-
monic hall.
"The Nazi terror and the war it
caused inflicted untold serious injus-
tice and suffering on almost all of
Europe and on us," he said.
"We continuously recall the vic-

4 past

separation without the war started by
Germany under Hitler," said von
Weizsalcker, whose own father was
convicted of two Nazi war crimes for
his role as a Foreign Ministry offi-
cial.
Von Weizsacker said: "For the
first time, we Germans are not creat-
ing a point of contention on the Eu-
ropean agenda."
The rebirth of Germany as the
greatest economic power in Europe
has worried its neighbors, particu-
larly Poland, one-third of whose ter-
ritory once belonged to Germany.
Kohl singled out Poland when say-
ing that a future Germany will
"make no territorial claims against
anyone."
Kohl, however, reiterated plans to
amend Germany's constitution to
send German troops to the Persian
Gulf. He said a united and sovereign
Germany was willing to help U.N.
efforts in "protecting and restoring
peace."

tims."
Among the several hundred in-
vited guests was Heinz Galinski, an
Auschwitz death camp survivor and
now the leader of Germany's Jewish
community.
"No one among us will forget
that there never would have been a

Guilty verdict AP Po
Fort Lauderdale record store owner Charles Freeman fought back
tears yesterday as he was found guilty for violating Florida's Obscenity
law by selling the 2 Live Crew album "As Nasty as They Wanna Be."

Supplies for Gulf troops cost
Pentagon half-billion dollars

not needed on the final panel, said
she would have voted for acquittal.
"I was very offended by it, espe-
cially the lyrics, but I have to ques-
tion whether there is not artistic
value," she said. "It's music, it's
still music."
,It's unfair. The jury
was all white. They
don't know where E-
C Records is. They
don't know a... thing
about the ghetto '
-Charles Freeman,
Owner of E-C Records
In the final day of testimony
Tuesday, a psychologist testified
that the group's music may be
degrading or humorous, but it's not

sexually stimulating.
Merry Haber, a clinical psychol-
ogist in Miami who has been in
practice for 25 years, testified in
Freeman's defense that she saw no
evidence rap music arouse prurient
interest, an essential part of the
U.S. Supreme Court definition of
obscenity.
She said she gave the album to
about 15 of her patients to get their
opinions. The women found it de-
grading, and both sexes said it was
somewhat humorous. All deemed it
boring rather than sexually
stimulating, she testified.
Broward County Judge Paul
Backman has told jurors they
should find the album obscene if it
appeals to "morbid, shameful
interest in sex" and violates the
standards of average residents of
Broward County

WASHINGTON (AP) - The
value of the food, clothing, and med-
ical goods needed to resupply U.S.
troops in the Mideast has already
passed a half-billion dollars, draining
inventories at Pentagon supply de-
pots and spawning lucrative new
contracts - $100 million worth in
the last week alone.
The deployment of some 170,000
troops more than 7,000 miles from
home has forced the Pentagon to
scrap plans to cut purchases of the
modern-day C-ration, Meals Ready
to Eat, and to ask manufacturers to
quickly supply uniforms and other
gear designed for use in the desert.
Food and clothing are by far the
most needed items being ordered

from the Pentagon's nationwide
supply orientation. Officials at the
major depots say most orders now
are being filled from existing stocks
but that inventories are being drained
as the deployment nears the two-
month mark.
As of Tuesday, the Pentagon de-
pot that handles orders for food,
clothing, and medical supplies said it
had received 47,208 requisitions for
$563 million worth of goods directly
related to Operation Desert Shield,
the code name for the Pentagon's re-
sponse to Iraq's Aug. 2 invasion of
Kuwait. The orders wer6 for $55.8
million in medical supplies, $293
million in food and $214 million in
clothing and textiles.

Included in those orders were re-
quests for nearly 40smillion meals
- 30 million MREs and 7.8 mil-
lion servings of hot meals packaged
in ready-to-heat trays.
The new MRE orders were made
three days after the Pentagon awarded
Wornick Family Foods of San Car-
los, Tex., a $7.6 million contract to
supply the Army, by February, with
400,000 canned rations of dehydrated
beef, pork, and shrimp.
Also on order are thousands of
new, desert uniforms and suits de-
signed to protect the troops against
chemical weapons should Iraq un-
leash its considerable arsenal of mus-
tard and nerve gases.

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The organization was unique be-
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with issues from PMS to sexual
assault on its phone hotline.
The center also focused on basic
needs such as food and rent money,
helping women make the transition
between financial assistance and fi-
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D'Orio, a former Crisis Center
volunteer.
"We dealt with all issues instead
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women had we dealt with. That's
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Callers were guaranteed to re-
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was a place to call where you were
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Approximately 85 percent of the
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