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2- The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 16, 1996


Judge finds against 'U' in open meetings case

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said the University could not conduct
presidential searches in secret.
Rowe further added that the closed
meetings planned for this week would
have violated the law, even if public
meetings were built into the process.
"What the public will end up with is
a charade, Rowe told Morris. "They
are not going to see the real heart of the
Rowe said the public would not have
seen recommendations and applicant
evaluations, which he contends serve as
a good indicator of leadership traits. He
also argued that the public would not

have a clear view of how the advisory
committee arrived at its top five recom-
Ellsworth argued (,
that the board had UU
presented a plan Wha
where it would w l
select the next pres- will erni
ident in public, thus
breaking new a
ground in its efforts -
to open the process.
"This is a public New:
search - I venture
to say the most public search for a uni-
versity president that has ever been con-
ducted in this state," Ellsworth said.
Ann Arbor News Editor Ed
Petykiewicz said the ruling showed the


proposed search process was not open
"The court
___________________, has spoken
pvery strongly"'
,thb pu/blIC Petykiewicz
h- said. "(The
up With IS ruling) guar-
J_ yantees the
" public has
- Jonathan Rowe access to a
, a rvery impor-
1papers' attorney tant issue."
The argu-
ments on both sides hinged on a 1993
Michigan Supreme Court ruling declar-
ing the search that hired former
President James Duderstadt illegal.
Although based on a very different
search process, that ruling imposed lim-
its on the way future searches can be
"We're here because we came here
before," Rowe said. "We're asking the
court to look at this press release, com-
pare it to the Booth case, and see that
they're breaking the law again."
Conversely, Ellsworth argued that the
board took "great pains" to develop a
legal plan, but one that would still allow
confidential information about candi-
dates to be discussed in private. "There
are certain
things that
just do not
occur in pub- Individ
lie," he said.
li;" sad, regentrs ar
M o rris
agreed in part
w i t h public au
Ellsworth in - Pe
her ruling andR
will allow the
regents' meet-
ing with MacKay and Lehman to be
closed under a narrow OMA exemption.
The law says that meetings to discuss
personnel issues, like the one that had
been scheduled for yesterday, can be
closed if the applicant requests that cer-
tain information be kept confidential.
"It must be confined to the contents
of the application that the applicant has
requested be kept confidential," Morris
Ellsworth argued that the current
regents have tried hard not to repeat the
illegalities of the '88 search. Noting that
only three of the current board mem-
bers - Regents Philip Power (D-Ann
Arbor), Nellie Varner (D-Detroit) and
Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor) - were
present at the last search, Ellsworth said
the current board has crafted a different
approach to the search.

"This is a board which understood that
what it did in 1988 did not comply with
the Open Meetings Act," Ellsworth said.
But in his presentation, Rowe said the
proposed plan still was illegal, citing
meetings where regents could review
documents out of public view.
"They are going to have communica-
tions outside the public eye," Rowe
said. "The public will never know the
substance of the evaluation being made,
the substance of the candidates."
But Ellsworth said the regents did not
intend to discuss the candidates during
closed sessions, and thus were acting
within the boundaries of the law.
"There was to be ... what I would
refer to as basically an individual study
session for each regent," Ellsworth said.
Rowe argued that the public has the
right to attend this meeting as well.
"They're going to talk about issues that
should be talked about publicly," he said.
Along with meeting privately with
Lehman and MacKay, the regents hoped
to have the chance to meet individually
with each of the final five candidates.
But Rowe contended that the regents
would make conclusions about the can-
didates in the process of these meetings,
and thus make deliberations and gain
information outside the public's reach.

judge denies jury request m deaf case
RIVERSIDE, Calif. -A defense attorney, acknowledging that her request way
unprecedented, argued unsuccessfully yesterday that a jury fluent in American s gi
Language be seated for a rape trial in which both the defendant and the alleged Vic
tim are deaf.
Public defender Mara Feiger said jurors who could directly interpret for th
selves the testimony of the victim and other witnesses could best judge their
ibility, because of the nuances of body language that are critical in sign language
But Riverside County Judge Gordon Burkhart denied the request. He agree(
with the prosecutor that using an interpreter to vocalize signed language is no dif
ferent than employing a qualified interpreter in a trial in which witnesses speak,
foreign language.
Burkhart said, however, that he would allow the defense to present an expert wit
ness to explain and interpret to the jury the subtle body language used by the dea
witnesses. But he said lie would not allow that expert witness to opine whether th(
witness was telling the truth based on body language - a request made by th(
defense attorney but vehemently opposed to by the prosecutor.
The case involves two students at the California School for the Ilea
Riverside. Jesse Manuel Macias, 19, is accused of raping a 17-year-old gix or
campus last June. There are no witnesses to the alleged rape.


rnot a
ater Ellsworth
nts' attorney

"An individual
regent who con-
ducts an interview
is a public body,"
Rowe said. "We're
playing the same
show-game again."
Ellsworth inter-
preted the law dif-
ferently, saying the
one-on-one meet-
ings would not vio-

Motor voter'
registers 9 million
WASHINGTON - Since the "motor
voter" law went into effect last year, reg-
istration rolls have increased by 9 mil-
lion, a study released yesterday shows.
That represents 17 percent of the 54
million people who had been unregis-
tered in states covered by the new sys-
tem, according to the study, prepared
for the League of Women Voters and
the NAACP by Human Serve, a New
York-based bipartisan registration
reform organization.
For the 18 months from January
1995 to June 1996, some 20 million
people either registered to vote for the
first time, re-registered or updated their
registrations using the law.
"it shows that many more people will
register if it is made simple," said Frances
f'ivin, Human Serve's co-director.
Some 8.8 million people, or 44.4 per-
cent, registered at a department of
motor vehicles, the report said. About 5
million, or 24 percent, registered
through the mail. Voters also registered
at other government locations such as

unemployment offices, libraries or mil.
itary recruiting offices.
The National Voter Rights Ac
requires states to offer registration
through state agencies such as driverĀ°,
license offices -- hence the name
motor voter.
Study n strong
city-suburb relations
WASHINGTON -T-- Cities and their
suburbs are more economically linker
than ever before, the Department oi
Housing and Urban Development says
in a study released yesterday.
HUD Secretary Henry Cisne
unveiling the study in Detroit, poii
to the city as one of several trying Q
cooperate economically with suburbar
neighbors to create new jobs.
The study argues for continuation o
existing programs to ease the transitior
of city-dwellers from welfare to work.
In the past 15 years, many high ,tecf
and manufacturing jobs have moved t(
the suburbs while cities have retained c
large share of government services,

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late the law unless regents privately dis-
cussed the content of these interviews
with each other.
"Individual regents are not a public
body," Ellsworth said. "These are indi-
vidual Q and A sessions, that's all."
Before the hearing began just after 4
p.m., participants from both sides spent
nearly four hours holed up in judge's
chambers attempting to settle the issue
"We're just floating around here,"
Power said, as the private discussions
broke and regents circulated outside the
Petykiewicz said no serious out-of-
court settlements were ever considered.
"There is not an agreement on the
table, nor was there even an attempt to
craft one," Petykiewicz said mid-after-
Continued from Page 1
and private organization names.
Fraudulent companies also use
Washington, D.C., addresses that turn
out to be post office boxes rather than
business locations. And perhaps most
controversially, some fraudulent com-
panies claim to be holding scholarships
for students and ask them to provide
their checking account numbers to con-
firm their eligibility.
"Don't do it," Bernstein said. "A con
artist can use the number to drain your
checking account. They don't need
your signature on a check, only the
account number."
In response to this growing problem
for current and prospective college stu-
dents, the FTC last month initiated
Project $cholarScam, an educational
campaign designed to help students,
parents, educators and financial aid
administrators identify and avoid
scholarship scams.
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Novo st emerge- s as
early target o
cultural deans*
BEIJING - Novelist Wang Shuo,
one of this nation's most successful
writers - author of 24 best-selling
books, a hit television series and sever-
al movies - has emerged as one of the
first casualties of a cultural cleansing
campaign launched nationwide by the
Chinese Communist Party.
In an interview, Wang said publica-
tion of his collected works had been
halted under orders from party propa-
ganda officials. Two of his most recent
film projects, including "Relations
Between Men and Women," a movie
about adultery, also have been banned
by officials, he said.
Alarmed that China's rapid econom-
ic development has been accompanied
by a parallel moral decline, the party
launched the first stages of its "spiritu-
al civilization" cleanup campaign earli-
er this year. The campaign was formal-
ly endorsed at the plenary meeting of
senior party officials in Beijing last

week and detailed in a giant 15,000
character manifesto calling fa
increased political control of virtliall
all aspects of cultural life, including
publishing, film, television and
French journalists
stop the press
PARIS - French journalists laic
down their notebooks and cameras-yes
terday and took to the streets on behal
of the greater good: theirs. .
The extraordinary media pr
was provoked by a government threat A(
repeal a 30 percent tax exemption fo
journalists, a professional perk datin
from the 1930s.
The strike, punctuated by a rall
outside the French National Assembly
shut down most of the French state
owned broadcasters and French-lan
guage wire services. The pres e
stopped too. Today's editions of man
French newspapers will not appear,
- Compiled from Daily wire repotts.

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