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Page 2-The Michigan Daily- Monday, March 8, 1993

Trials raise student questions, concerns
Feld statutes to be appliedfor new trials inwMlving police brutaliy in motorists' deaths

by Mona Qureshi
Daily Feature Writer
Questions and confusion have
arisen on campus recently as the na-
tion watches this month's trials of
four white police officers charged
with the videotaped beating of a
Black man in Los Angeles. The ac-
quittal of the officers last May led to
massive rioting in that city.
In a similar case, Miami, Fla.,
police officer William Lozano is be-
ing tried for participating in the
deaths of two Black men. Lozano
was convicted of homicide for fa-
tally shooting a speeding motorcy-
clist in 1989. Another man was
killed in a resulting accident. Both
deaths sparked three days of rioting.

In 1991, the Lozano decision
was overturned in an appeals court.
The appeal is now being tried at the
federal level.
Students questioned whether
these trials, often referred to as
retrials, are legal.
"I thought it was against the law
to be retried for something you've
been found innocent of before," LSA
sophomore Tina Cardon said.
But Assistant Prof. Theodore
Shaw at the University Law School
noted these trials are mistakenly
called "retrials." He said the current
trials are responding to federal civil
rights statutes, whereas the previous
trials were based on state assault
charges.

Shaw explained that the federal
civil rights statutes were mecha-
nisms created to facilitate backup
trials, particularly in the South,
where police officers were com-
monly acquitted of violent crimes
against Blacks. The charges are dif-
ferent, avoiding double jeopardy and
rendering the trials legal.
Many people are worried that it
will be difficult to find unbiased and
impartial jurors to review the new
trials fairly due to the constant
publicity they have received.
"I don't think there is a person in
America who hasn't heard about the
Rodney King videotape," Shaw said.
"I think we need a jury that is im-
partial - a jury that has not made up
its mind."
LSA first-year student Season
Williams also thought finding jurors
who would make their decision
based on evidence in these trials
alone would be difficult.
"I don't think there could be any-
one who could be unbiased because
there's been so much media
coverage and the riots," she said.
However, LSA first-year student
Yvonne Paprocki is less wary that
the outcome of the trials will be

influenced by past events.
"It's hard to believe, but there are
a lot of people who are not tuned in
to what's going on in the world," she
said.
Cardon said she wonders about
the judgment capability of jurors
who claim to be unaware of the Los
Angeles case and the subsequent
riots.
"If they actually found some
people (who) don't know anything
about the King beating, they'd have
to be uninformed about a lot of
things," Cardon said.
Shaw said he believes the officers
in both cases should be convicted,
but added that the juries have an
obligation to base their decisions on
the presentations of the attorneys.
However, he said the outcome of
the trials may be influenced by the
memory of the Los Angeles riots in
the jurors' minds.
"I don't think they can keep the
violence out of their minds," Shaw
said.
Williams agreed, "(The riots) will
play a big role because I don't think
people in L.A. would want that to
happen again."

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Speakers highlight
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"Being a Part of the Future of Medicine"
Featuring Keynote Speaker:
David Ostrow, M.D., Ph.D.
Saturday, March 20, 1993
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
North Campus Commons
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by Peter Matthews
Daily Staff Reporter
Speakers at the "Islamic Dimen-
sions of Malcolm X" presentation,
sponsored by the University's chap-
ter of the Islamic Circle, empha-
sized the spiritual aspect of the rev-
olutionary's personal and political
trajectory.
The presentation, which opened
and closed with a prayer in Arabic,
was given before an audience. As is
traditional in Islamic religious ob-
servances, the audience was divided
into two sections by gender.
"Only aspects of Malcolm are
embraced by popular culture," said
Paul Lee, a historical consultant for
Spike Lee's movie "Malcolm X."
Lee said, "Few groups are will-
ing to embrace Malcolm's whole
person." Instead they "section
pieces of his character off for their
own -isms or vested interests."
Lee and 1-. Rap Brown, chair of
the Student's Non-Violent Coordi-
nating Committee from 1967 until
1971, both attested to the impor-
tance of Islam in Malcolm's life
and his struggle for liberation.
"Malcolm was eager to find
something full of strength and dig-
nity and history had shown Islam
capable of defeating Christianity,"
Lee said. Malcolm saw Christianity
as the religion of whites, who

imposed it on Blacks to pacify
them.
Brown said Malcolm originally
viewed Islam as a religion of and
for non-white peoples and-a source
for inspiration, organization and
discipline in the struggle against
their white oppressors. After Mal-
colm's pilgrimage to Mecca, where
he encountered many Caucasoid
Muslims, he began to distance him-
self from Elijah's racial dichotomy
and advocate that "the only true
measurements of a person are based
on one's consciousness, one's
goodwill - no matter what their
race," Lee said.
Brown, who currently presides
over a mosque in Atlanta, Ga., de-
scribed Islam and human liberation
struggles as a "program" that re-
quires a consciousness concerned
with good deeds, truth, patience
and an unerring faith in Allah.
"'By any means necessary' is
not a program, it is just a slogan,"
he said.
"We must follow the straight
path, maintain our balance against a
Western civilization that separates
the spiritual from the secular
world," Brown said.
Brown added that to be success-
ful, people must exercise control
over their "animal selves - their
passions, appetites and emotions."

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"Very little moved on the bar-
gaining table Friday," he said. "They
offered us a somewhat improved
version of GradCare, but it's still un-
acceptable. They seem unablestoun-
derstand that choice of plans is a
priority for TAs."
History TA and Steering
Committee Chair Georgina Hickey
said a strike was the only way the
administration would change its
approach to bargaining.

However, Curtiss added that the
Steering Committee will only call a
strike after all other options have
been exhausted.
"There is no TA (who) wants a
strike," Curtiss said.
The GEO Bargaining Committee
will present to the University a sig-
nificantly reduced package at the fi-
nal bargaining session today, Curtiss
said.
He added that the maintenance of
current TA benefits, compensation
for inflation through a raise, and the
elimination of the University's $80
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