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2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 25, 1994
Judge denies prosecution motion to sequester jury pool
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LOS ANGELES-Smarting from
'therelease of transcripts in which she
.questioned the honesty ofprospective
,Jurors, aprosecutorin theO.J. Simpson
:"nurder trial on yesterday unsuccess-
1,Ully tried to remove about 80panelists
-- the entire first wave being consid-
Bred during a selection process marked
'by controversy and delays.
Z S uperior Court Judge Lance A. Ito
:4lenied the motion by Deputy District
a'Attorney Marcia Clark, who at first
sought to disband the entire 300-mem-
'er jury pool. At the same time, Ito
turned down a renewed defense effort
to have Simpson released on bail and
trial in the case postponed for a year.
Both motions were prompted by
deep frustrations about the task of se-
lecting ajury; during aclosed hearing
last week, prosecutors and defense at-
torneys expressed misgivings about the
candor of the prospective jurors they
were questioning.

Teir remarks were first made pub-
lic in a transcript unsealed by Ito Fri-
day. In it, Clark suggested that "many,
if not most" prospective jurors in the
case had been lying in order to win a
place on the jury.
Although Ito rejected Clark's mo-
tion yesterday, concerns about thejury
pool rapidly resurfaced once thejudge
and lawyers returned to the business of
questioning potential jurors. The first
candidate called to the box said other
members of the jury pool may be less
than candid.
"Ijust don't believe them," said the
51-year-old woman, who was later
excused from service. "I think they're
saying one thing and they're meaning
something else....think they're com-
inghere with amenu or agenda Ihaven't
even seen."
Clark said those comments re-
doubled her fears about the possibility
ofjurors tainted by exposure to public-
ity, and emphasized the need eventu-

ally to sequester the jury that is chosen
to hear the Simpson murder case.
Simpson haspleaded not guilty to the
June 12 killing of his ex-wife, Nicole
Brown Simpson, and her friend,
Ronald Lyle Goldman.
"Sequestration is no longer simply
an option," Clark said. "It's a man-
date."
Trying to convince Ito that the idea
was feasible, Clark said prosecutors
had found apossible site for the jury to
be sequestered, an area near an un-
specified college campus where ju-
rors could walk, exercise and attend
lectures. Transportation to and from
court would be convenient, she added.
But her pitch met with a scornful
response from Simpson lawyer
Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., who has op-
posed sequestering the jury despite
the publicity surrounding the case.
"I have a place: It's called
Neverland," Cochran told the judge,
apparently referring to the estate of

another celebrity client, Michael Jack-
son. "It has all kinds of rides."
Although he left open the option of
eventually sequestering the jury, Ito
declined to approve that idea yesterday
and said he would wait to see how
further questioning goes before mak-
ing a final decision. "I'm not at the
point of imploding yet," Ito said.
The prosecution request for the first
panel of prospective jurors to be sent
home is the latest indicator of the gov-
ernment attorneys' mounting frustra-
tion with the results of theirj ury ques-
tioning.
Last week, Ito released the previ-
ously sealed transcript in which
Simpson lawyer Robert L. Shapiro said
he was concerned that prospectiveju-
rors would say anything to get on the
"case of the century." In response to
that, Clark was quoted as complaining
that many of the prospective jurors
appeared to be lying in order to cover
up their fondness for Simpson.

Simpson lawyer Robert Shapiro speaks to reporters outside a Los Angeles
courthouse yesterday.

DEBATE
.Continued from Page 1
Washington," he said off-camera.
Both Carr and Abraham tried to
establish themselves as independent of
their parties.
"Everyone knows Bob Carr is his
own man," Carr said. He accused
Abraham of misrepresenting him, say-
ing, "his words are as distorted as those
morphing heads," referring to an
Abraham television commercial.
Abraham said he would sometimes
break party ranks. "I would have sup-

ported the lobbying reform bill in the
Senate," he said.
Abraham also said Carr should
not have accepted paid junkets from
lobbying groups to places like Las
Vegas and Puerto Rico while a mem-
ber of the House. Abraham promised
to pay for such trips himself.
Carrsaid it's good forlegislators to
get out of Washington. "I will take (the
junkets) if I feel I need to get out to
learn something."
On another issue, Roundtree said
he supported giving welfare benefits to
illegal aliens. When asked if some tax-

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ALL OF ANN ARBOR
"Sheldon said Wright's visit to
the city council and her address to
(U-M) MSA have reopened lines
of communication...both applauded
the spirit of cooperation."
-Michigan Daily, 3-2-94
P'aid for by the I2grid Sheldon for Mayor Committee.
Doug F. Ziesemer, Treasurer, 122 S. Main, Ann Arbor 48104

payers might not want their money
going to illegal aliens, Rountree re-
plied, "I don't want my tax dollar to
go to the military to exploit people
around the world." Roundtree has
advocated eliminating the Department
of Defense.
Coon said such benefits attract the
wrong types of immigrants. "The prob-
lem we have today is because we have
the dole openly available to people," he
said.
Carr said, "OfcourseIsupport abill
to cut off non-essential benefits to ille-
gal aliens." He would only fund mea-
sures such as emergency medical care
and food for them.
Abraham also said he opposed such
benefits, but quickly noted, "I'm the
grandson of immigrants, and have pro-
found regard for immigrants to this
country. "But we're talking about
people who are, by definition, here
illegally," Abraham added.
Wege (pronounced WAY-ghee)
stumbled on the question, never for-
mulating a clear answer.
But Wege was able to outline his
party's plans for a conflict-free gov-
ernment basedon what he calledproven
scientific solutions to America's prob-
lems. The Natural Law party advocates
using transcendental meditation to re-
duce tension among prisoners and in
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inner cities.
Wege also declined to answer sev-
eral questions, saying he didn't want
to get involved in the other candi-
dates' arguing. "People want solu-
tions and they want to stop the bicker-
ing," Wege said. "The bickering is
de-energizing the whole process."
"Bring the light of science into gov-
ernment," he added.
The issue of employment brought a
colorful exchange.
Saying the issue of the campaign
was "jobs,jobs,jobs," Roundtreecalled
for employment for all Americans and
criticized Congress for failing to imple-
ment the Full Employment Act, passed
during the Truman administration. He
also said the minimum wage should be
set at $10 and hour, and national health
care should already be in place.
Coon said full employment is some-
thing other than Roundtree believes.
"It doesn't mean a job for every-
one, itmeans ajob foreveryone who's
willing to work," Coon said.
"That's the most ridiculous thing
I've ever heard," Roundtree replied.
Carr agreed that every American
should have a job, and said he would
work to bring more jobs to Michigan.
"If every politician who everprom-
ised someone ajobprovided it, we'd all
have three jobs and the dog would be
working too," Coon retorted.
Another debate between just Carr
and Abraham is set for Oct.30 at 8p.m.
on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) in Detroit.
CAFE
Continued from Page 1
bill dealing with several energy is-
sues - but voted against the amend-
ment that created CAFE.
"Every single bill in this land has
something in it you don't like," Carr
said. "I voted to eliminate CAFE, but
we didn't carry the amendment."
The Abraham campaign pursues
the issue not because it disagrees with
Carr on whether CAFE should have
been implemented - Abraham's po-
sition on CAFE standards never came
up in yesterday's debate. Rather,
Abraham is clearly playing this as an
issue of Carr's credibility.
However both candidates tread a
fine line, because if either candidate is
perceived as misrepresenting his
opponent's position, it could be his
own credibility with Michigan voters
that suffers.

SACUA
Continued from page 1
dent Affairs in removing key people
who help the students out. I just want
to know if the position will be re-
filled. Right now I haven't received a
concrete answer," Stern said.
Stern addressed SACUA after
MSA and other students wrote letters
on Perigo's behalf to Hartford, which
went unanswered.
"Students will be at a loss because
of Perigo's absence," Stern said.
"SACUA has more weight than MSA.
We're here to find out if they also
have access to more information."
Hartford has not yet heard any of
MSA's pleas.
"As far as I know I haven't re-
ceived any letters. That doesn't mean
there weren't any written somewhere,
just that I didn't get them," Hartford
said in an interview last night.
LSA senior Josh Englehardt also
attended the meeting to speak in sup-
port of Perigo. Englehardt described
his problems with the Office of Fi-
nancial Aid and Perigo's role in the
negotiations.
"I wrote letters and went through
all the proper channels," Englehardt
said. "Don Perigo was the only one
who helped me to get two new schol-
arships. It's very alarming he's being
let go because he's someone who's
there for the students.
"He's the only member of the ad-
ministration that I can call and be sure

that I will get a call back from,"
Englehardt said.
The changes in the ombudsman'*
office have raised questions in both
SACUA and MSA. Members of both
organizations have voiced concern over
the uncertainty of the office's status.
"I heard they may change the
whole office," said Mark Decamp,
LSA faculty counselor of student aca-
demic affairs. "I understand there are
two issues being discussed here. One
is the structure of the office itself and
the other being the individual. ThA
office will not be dismantled, instead
it will be expanded within its limits."
Hartford said the office will be en-
larged in connection with Perigo's dis-
missal. "There is no question we are
not going to eliminate the
ombudsman's office. In fact we are
going to expand both the number of
people we can make available and the
number of students who can bo
served," Hartford said.
Hartford declined to comment
whether Perigo's position would be
filled by an individual.
"I think what they did was appro-
priate, but I had wished for more
action than this," Stern said.
"I'm not surprised this was their
response," Englehardt said. "A letter's
not going to do anything, though -
This is a bureaucracy and it's going
get lost."
The issue is slated to be discussed
further at the Nov. 4 SACUA meet-
ing.

SHAPIRO
Continued from page 1
decade is going to be one ofchallenges.
I think the University will have its ups
and downs, but in the end will prosper."
Shapiro had a rocky time toward
the end of his tenure in the president's
seat.
In 1987, a written flyer was distrib-
uted to a group of Black women in
Couzens residence hall calling for"open
season" on hunting Blacks;and abroad-
cast on a student radio station included
a series of racial jokes.
Following the incident, Shapiro is-
sued a statement saying he was "ap-
palled todiscover thatin themidstof all
the exciting things that have been going
on at the University, several incidents
of overt racism have also occurred."
But Shapiro was attacked by stu-
dents for his problems in calming ra-
cial tensions.
"Perhaps the Office of the Presi-

dent simply does not understand the
complexities of the problem and per-
haps the disc jockey at WJJX did not
understand the ramifications of his ac-,
tions, but ignorance has always been
poor excuse forracism," theDaily wrote
in a March 4, 1987 editorial.
According to a Sept.21, 1987 Daily
article, Shapiro was given a $10,000
raise and guaranteed that he would con-
tinue to receive his presidential salary
if he returned to teaching economics.
Black enrollment at the University
had dropped from 7.5 percent in the
mid-1970s to 5.3 percent in 1987. Since
then, Blackenrollment has risen to 8.
percent in 1993.
"In the time of social change, there
are always going to be ups and downs,"
Shapiro said. "Wehadsomegreattimes,
we had some bad times."
"Race relations are majorchallenges
in every institution. I never got dis-
couraged in this area because I thought
the ultimate objective was important."

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