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Baker's attendance.
David Cahill, Baker's attorney,
said the University only completed
about a quarter of the hearing when it
was adjourned at about 5:30 p.m. The
hearing will be completed next week.
The evidence released by the U.S.
Attorney's Office added support for
Duderstadt's action. In his affidavit,
FBI Special Agent Greg Stejskal
quotes an e-mail message from Baker
to Gronda.
"As I said before, my room is right
across from the girl's bathroom. Wiat

(sic) until late at night, grab her when
she goes to unlock the door. Knock
her unconscious, and put her into one
of those portable lockers (forgot the
word for it), or even a duffle bag.
Then hurr her out to the car and take
her away," Baker wrote in the message.
The next day, Gronda responded
to Baker's message.
"I have been out tonight and I can
tell you that I am thinking more about
'doing' a girl. I can picture it so well
... and I can think of no better use for
their flesh. I HAVE to make a bitch
suffer!" Gronda wrote in his reply.
But Lowenstein said that even with
the messages, Baker's speech remains

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"It's the action that's connected
with the speech that's not protected,"
Lowenstein said. "It is protected
speech unless there is some act that
turns it into a crime."
Lowenstein said the prosecutor
will need to connect Baker's mes-
sages to some action linked to the
described plan. For instance, she said
that buying a bag like he mentions in
the e-mail could connect him to crimi-
nal behavior.
"A key point is whether this was a
fantasy or whether there was some-
thing that made it likely that the crime
would occur," Lowenstein said. "Any
time there's a statute that criminalizes
a threat, it still has to be a viable
Prior to yesterday's move by the
U.S. attorney, the University only had
released copies of three stories posted
on the Internet, one of which named a
female University student. The sto-
ries each describe the sexual torture
of a female victim. The woman is
killed at the end of each story.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Maureen A. Hartford said Baker's
naming of a student increased the
University administration's fear.
"That was real," Hartford said.
"When you have an individual stu-
dent named, the University has to at
least investigate and take thatperson's
fear seriously. I also hope we re-
sponded in a caring way to an accused
Vice President for University Re-
lations Walter Harrison said the fed-
eral charges should change the
Look for it in the
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media's perception of the case.
"Prior to this, it was an interesting
case because of the Internet involve-
ment," Harrison said. "I thinkthejudge's
decision will broaden people's under-
standing of the variety of issues there."
Yesterday's University hearing
brought the media spotlight, with
CNN, Detroit TV channels 2,4 and 7,
Detroit radio station WJR, and the
Detroit Free Press waiting in the
Michigan Union during the hearing.
"The reason it's interesting to the
media is the use of the Internet,"
Harrison said. "If he had done all that,
and had not done that on the Internet,
it still would have been a concern to
us as educators."
The action also has focused na-
tional attention on Cahill, Baker's
Ann Arbor attorney. Cahill was the
attorney for American culture doc-
toral student Melanie Welch, who last
month had the first open hearing un-
der the Statement of Student Rights
and Responsibilities, the University's
code of non-academic conduct.
Cahill said Baker contacted him
last week after reading about Welch's
case in The Michigan Daily.
Although Duderstadt used his
power by Regents' Bylaw 2.01, the
University normally handles non-aca-
demic disciplinary matters under the
code. Keenan said the University should
have actedthe same for Baker's case.
"We are still very concerned about
how the University handled the case,"
Keenan said. "We want to make sure
that no one's rights are abridged and
are now even more concerned that
everyone's safety is considered."
Harrison said Hartford and
Duderstadt discussed a range of op-
tions for Baker. "The president would
always consider the widest variety of
evidence when making a decision like
this," he said.
Hartford defended Duderstadt's
use of the bylaw.
"This case, in all the pieces,
seemed to fit better under the
president's power than under the
Statement of Student Rights and Re-
sponsibilities," she said.
Continued from page 1
Gronda discuss actually getting to-
gether to commit the acts Baker had
previously depicted and transmitted"
In one of the letters sent to Gronda,
Baker describes taking action on fan-
tasies he had created.
"I don't want any blood in my
room, though I have come upon an
excellent method to abduct a bitch,"
Baker wrote. "As I said before, my
room is right across from the girl's
bathroom. Wiat (sic) until late at night,
grab her when she goes to unlock the
door. Knock her unconscious, and put
her into one of those portable lockers
(forgot the word for it), or even a
duffle bag. Then hurry her out to the
car and take her away ... what do you
In a preface to a previous trans-
mission, with an unnamed victim,
Baker wrote, "Torture is foreplay,
rape is romance, snuff is climax."
The FBI and Canadian authorities
are currently investigating the case.
- Daily Staff Reporter Ronnie
Glassberg andEditorin ChiefMichael
Rosenberg contributed to this report.

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WASHINGTON - Congress will begin considering legislation Monday
to turn over billions of dollars to the states to run welfare programs, but most
governors have only the most sketchy idea of what they might do or how they
would manage.
Although a handful of states are operating conservative state-of-the-
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LOS ANGELES - O.J. Simpson
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in recent weeks.
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak
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Arafat managed thin smiles as they
shook hands to start their meeting at
the Erez crossing point between Is-
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But they abandoned their practice of
holding a joint news conference af-
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head down and speechless through a
knot of reporters to his car.
"What do I have to say to them?"
he was overheard muttering to an
aide. Later, after a meeting with a
European delegation led by French
Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, he was
asked whether a scheduled meeting
next week might break the impasse.
Israel is demanding, without much
hope, that Arafat take strong new steps
to quash his radical opposition, which
has mounted lethal attacks against
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