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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, December 3, 1991 - Page 3

Attorneys paint
opposing portraits of
Smith in rape trial
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. "For the first time, we're not
(AP) - William Kennedy Smith going to be tried by the newspapers
listened solemnly yesterday as a in this case," Black said. "For the
prosecutor depicted him as a cruel first time we're going to be able to
and vicious rapist, and his attorney say what happened. When you hear
portrayed him as a man who made it, you will conclude that this
love to a willing woman in the young man is not guilty."
moonlight. Some 500 reporters had creden-
The differing versions of the sex- tials to cover the case and TV crews
ual encounter came after a judge de- with dozens of satellite dishes took
cided not to let three other women over a parking lot near the court-
testify about their claims that house.
Smith had sexually assaulted them The lawyers spoke after Circuit
in the 1980s. The ruling deflated the Judge Mary Lupo rejected the prose-
prosecutor's efforts to show that cution's bid to present evidence
Smith had a history of abusing from three women who said they
women. had been sexually attacked by Smith
"The evidence will demonstrate in the 1980s.
that the defendant's conduct was The judge gave no explanation
not only cruel, violent and against why she rejected a bid to prove that
her will, it was most importantly Smith had a history of attacking
criminal under the laws of pretty, unescorted brunettes after
Florida," Assistant State Attorney charming his way into their confi-
Moira Lasch told the jury of three dence
women and three men. The Florida woman who alleges
"They got into foreplay and they Smith raped her is a 30-year-old
made love," defense lawyer Roy brunette and met him at a Palm
Black said. "It was a totally consen- Beach disco. He invited her back to
sual act of love between two peo- the estate where she says she was
ple." raped on Easter weekend 1991.
Lasch told of a woman lured to Smith, nephew of Sen. Edward
the Kennedy estate only to be raped Kennedy, is charged with sexual bat-
and pursued by a "ferocious" young tery and battery and could receive a
man who told her no one would be- maximum of 4.5 years in prison if
lieve her if she claimed rape. convicted.
"She had expectations here that His mother, Jean Kennedy Smith,
were not fulfilled," Black said. sat in a front row and frequently
"One of the key issues in this leaned forward to confer with her
case is credibility, " he told the ju son. Later, she was excluded from
"You have to determine if this alle- court at the prosecutor's request be-
gation is true." cause she may be a witness later.
U.S. soldier sentenced
for Desert Storm spying

Ad hits Rutgers,



Targum runs it with opposing views;
Cardinal rejects the revisionists

by Gwen Shaffer
Daily Higher Education Reporter
Two more college newspapers
have been approached by Bradley
Smith and his Committee for Open
Debate on the Holocaust to publish
an advertisement that claims the
Holocaust did not happen. But they
are responding in very different
The Daily Targum, at Rutgers
University in New Brunswick, N.J.,
is running the advertisement as an
opinion piece in today's paper, and
surrounding it with opposing edito-
rials. Conversely, editors at the
University of Wisconsin's Daily
Cardinal chose not to print the ad-
vertisement at all because they do
not agree with the sentiments it ex-
Joshua Rolnick, editor in chief of
the Targum, said he is running the
advertisement because exposing the
lies it contains is better than pre-
tending such views don't exist. The
Targum is not accepting money for
running the advertisement and was
"encouraged" by Smith to run the
advertisement as an op-ed piece,
Rolnick said.
"Rather than hide this hate-
speech, we felt the most responsible
thing to do would be to disclaim it
with four times as much opposing
opinion," Rolnick said.
Beside the advertisement, the
Targum is running an editorial and a
letter written by a rabbi, which is an
"emotional appeal" to this type of
hatred and which says that Smith's
debate has no place in the newspaper,
Rolnick said. In addition, the Tar-
gum is running a letter from a

Holocaust historian that refutes the
revisionists' claims point by point.
"By running the ad, the Targum
is calling for people to mobilize.
Hopefully, people will direct their
outrage into organizing against and
squelching anti-Semitism," Rolnick
The Daily Cardinal, however, is
not printing the advertisement be-
cause staffers do not feel that
Smith's ideas deserve the publicity,
and because the editorial page gener-
ally does not run editorials that dis-
agree with the staff's opinion, said
Opinion Page Editor Meghan Hen-
"The business and editorial
staffs looked at the ad and decided
we did not feel comfortable print-
ing it. We don't agree with it and
don't feel that (Smith's) message
needs to be heard," Henson said.
"The things Bradley Smith claims4
are not our viewpoint."
Henson said that while you can-
not always ignore opposing opin-
ions, she believes this viewpoint
could be refused.
"But every paper has a right to
run it," she added. "What Rutgers is.
doing is more responsible."
The ad spurred controversy after
it was published in the Daily, the
Cornell Sun, the Duke Chronicle,
and the Daily Northwestern. It is;
scheduled to run next month in the:
Daily Texan at the University of.
Texas at Austin. Student newspa-
pers at Brown, Harvard, Yale, the
University of Pennsylvania and
Georgetown have refused to publish
it. Wisconsin's other student paper,
The Badger-Herald, also refused the,
n s a #

Breaking away
LSA junior Elayne Chou battles yesterday's cold winds on her way to
New group seeks
University reform s

- An American soldier has admit-
ted he spied for Jordan during the
Desert Storm buildup and was sen-
tenced to 34 years in prison, the U.S.
Army said yesterday.
Army headquarters in Heidel-
berg said Spc. Albert Sombolay also
admitted getting in touch with Iraqi
officials. He pleaded guilty to
charges of espionage and contacting
the enemy.
S Sombolay was paid "about
$1,300 for his activities," the Army
Sombolay was arrested March 29
And sentenced in July, but informa-
tion about the case was delayed so
investigators could continue the
probe, the Army statement said. It
provided no other details.
"During an investigation prior
* to his arrest, Sombolay had told an
undercover agent he had initiated
contact with the Jordanian and Iraqi
embassies in Belgium and Germany
in December 1990," the American
military said.

At the time, the United States
and its allies were building up troop
strength in Saudi Arabia before
launching Desert Storm, the
offensive to drive Iraq out of
The statement continued: "He
subsequently admitted to providing
Desert Storm deployment informa-
tion, identification documents and
samples of U.S. Army chemical pro-
tection equipment to a foreign
intelligence officer from Jordan."
Sombolay also offered to photo-
graph his unit's activities in Saudi
Arabia, according to the statement.
U.S. Army spokesperson Jim
Boyle said he did not know the sol-
dier's hometown. Sombolay served
in an artillery unit and was based
with the 8th Infantry Division,
which has its headquarters in the
central German city of Bad
The spokesperson did not say
whether the information he
provided was damaging.

by Tami Pollak
Daily Staff Reporter
In the wake of a the conference
on "political correctness" - PC -
some University faculty and stu-
dents have organized a new group to
pursue their goals of multicultural-
ism and curriculum reform on cam-
When the conference ended, the
discussions did not, especially for
those who helped shape the weekend
forum. Now those who want to en-
sure the debate continues have
formed the U-M Network for Cul-
tural Democracy, which will be hav-
ing its second meeting tomorrow.
The group, which consists
largely of conference organizers but
also drew about 10 to 15 new people
to its first meeting two weeks ago,
does not exist just to foster debate
amongst its members.
"Offensively, we're trying to
encourage democratic reforms on
campus," said communications pro-
fessor Richard Campbell, a confer-
ence organizer and a network mem-
ber. "Defensively, we will answer
charges like, 'left wing though po-
lice control campus,' which just
aren't true."
And while Campbell said the
group will offer support for those
fighting for a multicultural cur-
riculum at the University, graduate

student Lori Stark, who helped or-
ganize the conference and is a mem-
ber of the new group, said the net-
work wants to do just that - net-
"At the first meeting, we orga-
nized a writing group," Stark said.
"We are trying to get our view out
into 'the mediawhich keeps attack-
ing our efforts."
Another graduate student,
Thomas Oko, said the network in-
tends to organize a speakers list that
either University or non-University
groups could call on when dis-
cussing issues such as multicultur-
alism, curriculum reform or affir-
mative action.
Stark, on the one hand, said she
wants to work primarily toward
opening up the University, both in
terms of curriculum and in terms of
opening the classroom to a broader
range of people - to people who
"have historically had less oppor-
tunity to pursue higher education."
Oko, however, said he is inter-
ested in more national and interna-
tional ramifications of multicul-
turalism. "I'm involved in
Mideastern studies, and I became in-
terested in the issues during the
Gulf War and the very chauvinistic
and paternalistic role the U.S.

Bush counters criticisms
of inactivity on economy'

President Bush sought to counter
criticism of inaction on the economy
yesterday by ordering the govern-
ment to try to do a better job with
unemployment, job-training and
other help programs.
But Bush refused to offer any
new proposals, saying, "We're not
going to do anything dumb."
Representatives from the hard-
hit real estate and housing indus-
tries told the president they needed
special help.
They argued that the president
was noncommittal, giving no signs
that he was prepared to announce
any new steps before his January
State of the Union address.
The National Association of
Realtors said the typical American

family's ability to buy a home rose
to its high'est level in more than 14;
years in October, but also said such:
families often found themselves,
intimidated by the economy.
In other economic reports:
Corporate purchasing execu-
tives surveyed last month said pro-
duction and orders for new business.
had lost momentum. The National
Association of Purchasing
Management said its monthly index
of business activity dropped to 50.1
percent from 53.5 percent in,
October; and,
* The Commerce Department
said construction spending rose 1
percent in October, a small gain but
the fourth in a row for the longest
string of advances in five years.

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DPS stands for the Department

of Public Safety. This information

was incorrectly reported in yesterday's Daily.
C. Boyden Gray's name was misspelled in an editorial in last Tues-
day's Daily.
What's happening in Ann Arbor today

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Science Research Club, monthly mtg.
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