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Page 8 -The Michigan Daily- Monday, April 19,1993

A federal jury convicted two police officers Saturday of violating the civil rights of black
motorist Rodney King. Two others officers were acquitted. The jury reached its verdict Friday
.- afternoon after 40 hours of deliberations. Sentencing was set for August 4.
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Sgt. Stacey Koon
The supervisor at the
beating scene, was
convicted of allowing King's
civil rights to be violated.
Faces up to 10 years in
prison and $250,000 in
fines. Free on $5,000 bail.

Officer Laurence
Powell
Delivered the most baton
blows on the videotape, was
convicted of violating King's
rights. Faces up to 10 years
in prison and $250,000 in
fines. Free on $5,000 bail.

Officer Theodore Timothy Wind
Briseno A rookie officer who was
Was shown stomping on fired after the beating, did
King at one point but also not appear to take a major
appeared to try to stop the role in the beating.
beating.

JESSICA
Continued from page 1
Binsfield urged the crowd to work
to change state law to permit third
parties - such as the DeBoers - to
seek custody of non-biologically-re-
kited children.
Grand Rapids lawyer Nannette
Bowler, who is the attorney foran 11-
year-oldgirlseeking legal separation
from her parents, said, "We cannot
wait for change to occur case-by-
case'
She said she agreed with Binsfield
that the fastest way to gain rights for
children is to change state laws.
State legislators are expected to
begin debate this week on abill aimed
athelping theDeBoers win their case.
Connecticut Judge Charles Gill
said he advocated stronger action than
just state-level change.
"Children are treated more like
luggage in this country than people.
... We must put the 'best interest'
ideal in constitutional cement."
The biggest cheers came for Jan
and Roberta DeBoer when they took
to the podium near the end of the
rally.
"The will of the people is what's
going to change the law," Roberta
DeBoer said.
Jan DeBoerreadaletterheand his
wife composed to give to the child.
"Our courage does not halt or
falter," he said in a quavering voice.
"We are willing to lay down all our
joysin life tohelpmaintain thiscause."
The DeBoers and their lawyer,
assistant University Prof. Suellyn
Scarnecchia, then left the roof, fol-
lowed by nearly a dozen television
camera crews.
AnnArborresidentDonnaKramer
said she attended the rally because
she sympathized with the DeBoers.
"My daughter is two years old
andI couldn'timagineherbeing taken

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VERDICT
Continued from page 1
lining?Itexposed (former Police Chief)
Daryl Gates irreversibly."
Speaking of the four defendants in
King's federal civil rights trial "two are
going to a physical jail, two are going to
a mental jail," he said. At that, the
packed congregation erupted in ap-
plause.
Williams, hired after Gates retired
uider pressure last summer, credited
the police and community for keeping
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the peace. He said thatover the next two
days he'll decide whether to scale back
forces.
"I think that we're looking at an-
other full day of mobilization," Officer
Arthur Holmes said yesterday.
The announcement of the verdicts
during an early morning court session
Saturday drew reaction nationally.
"In this instance, thejury has spoken
and I think justice has prevailed,"Attor-
ney General Janet Reno said yesterday
on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Amalejuror, interviewed on KNBC-
TV, said jurors relied heavily on the
infamous videotape, which was broad-
cast worldwide.
The male juror said there was some
yelling during the 40 hours of delibera-
tions over seven days. A female juror
interviewed on KABC-TV said jurors
were exhilarated when a verdict was
reached Friday afternoon.
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"When we sealed the envelope (with
the verdicts) we jumped for joy. We
could not believe it. There was a lot of
people that cried," she said.
The judge ordered that the jurors'
identitiesbekeptsecretby the court, but
told them they could tell their stories if
they wished. The two jurors who ap-
peared on television remained anony-
mous.
Koon and Powell face up to 10 years
in prison and $250,000 in fines. Sen-
tencing was set for Aug. 4. Each was
freed Saturday on $5,000 bail.
Defense lawyers said they will ap-
peal.
"I can't feel good," said Michael
Stone, Powell's lawyer. "I'm happy that
there's peace in the community. I don't
want to see any more violence erupt
from this trial or any other trial. I'm not
happy with the result."

SUSAN ISAAK/Daily
Carol Taire of Ypsilanti (right) and Paul Wilke of Dexter distribute
information about the case of Iowa residents Daniel and Cara Schmidt
to gain custody of their biological daughter, Jessica. This counter
demonstration took place two blocks away from a rally in support of Jan
and Roberta DeBoer who are also fighting for custody of Jessica, the
child they have raised since infancy.

away ... and the effects that would
have on the both of us," she said.
Scarnecchia plans to file an ap-
peal today with the Michigan Su-
preme Court to contest the decision
by the Michigan Court of Appeals
awarding the girl to the Schmidts.
Meanwhile, in Lansing, Sen. Jack
Welborn (R-Kalamazoo) said he
hoped a bill he sponsored in the state
Senate will give the DeBoers a chance
to keep Jessica, as well as being a step
toward gaining rights for children.
"While this legislation will give

the DeB oer family a glimmer of hope,
it will also protect the rights of all
adoptive children and all prospective
adoptive families for years to come
who may face similar circumstances,"
he said.
The bill would allow third parties
- such as the DeBoers - to seek
custody of someone else's child if
that child has lived with them for six
of the previous nine months.
- The Associated Press
- contributed to this report

GOP, Dems. battle for control of state House

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LANSING (AP) - What would
you pay to run the state House?
That's a pricey question both
political parties have to face these
days.
Democrats see a vacant House
seat near Jackson as their chance to
regain control of the evenly-split
110-member chamber. Republicans
see it as a threat to the fragile power
split that gives them a share of
House control for the first time since
1968.
It's shaping up as a war of the
wallets, a battle of the bucks.
"It's going to cost money, but
we'll spend what it takes," Michigan
Republican Party spokesperson
Bryan Flood said.
Next Monday is the filing dead-
line for a June 29 special election in
the district, which covers chunks of
Jackson and Eaton counties. The
vacancy came when Horton
Republican Phil Hoffman won elec-
tion to the state Senate last month.

Hoffman replaced now-U.S. Rep.
Nick Smith (R-Addison).
Democrats have nothing to lose
and everything to gain by trying to
steal the seat in remapped 65th
District. That was solid Republican
territory before reapportionment
watered down its GOP base to 60
percent at best.
If Democrats beat the odds and
win the seat, they get the crucial
56th vote needed to scrap the power-
sharing pact with Republicans and
reorganize the House. If they fail,
the current 55-55 balance of power
holds.
That assumes a Democrat wins
the seat left open by the death of
Rep. Joe Young, Sr. (D-Detroit).
Since Detroit is heavily Democratic,
that's almost automatic.
Democrats ran the House for 24
years before Republicans snapped
that streak in last fall's elections.
They're not about to pass up this
chance at regaining outright control,

especially with the GOP in charge of
the governor's office and state
Senate.
"What's at stake here is the
ability to more directly influence the
course of state policy," Michigan
Democratic Party spokesperson
Steve Gools said.
Just how much that's worth,
Gools won't say. "There will be
contributions," he said last week.
"But don't expect the Michigan
Democratic Party to drop huge sums
of money along the way."
Pundits are not sure if local
Democrat Janet Rochefort can win.
But the Michigan Educational
Association said it's ready to do
what it can.
"We've just run into all kinds of
legislation lately from the other
side," MEA lobbyist Al Short said.
"They want to dismantle collective
bargaining. There's been just a flat-
out, open, deliberate attack against
us."

The MEA may have deep pock-
ets. But riches alone won't win the
race, contends Republican candidate
Clyde LeTarte.
"You reach a point of saturation
where additional money doesn't
make a difference. Overkill can
backfire," Marketing Resource
Group Inc. Pres. Tom Shields said.
"We're talking here about a district
of 90,00 people. How many ads can
you buy?
"I think we'll be able to match
whatever they're willing to spend.
We'll match them up to the point
where we feel we're spending all we
need to spend."
Three other lesser-known
Jackson County Republicans -
Daniel Trudell, David Salisbury, and
Dorothy Decker - also have
jumped into the race. That has
forced a primary runoff, to be held
June 2 in conjunction with the
statewide vote on Proposal A, the
property tax-school finance plan.

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