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LOCAL/STATE The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 6,1
Expert: Defendant capable of premeditation

996 -- 3.1

Four arrested at
drug' use case
olice arrested four Clemson
uversity students in Clemson, S.C.,
last week and charged them with pos-
sessing Rohypnol, more commonly
known as the- "date-rape drug," The
Chronicle of Higher Education reported.
The arrests are among the first in the
country involving the controversial
drug. Banned in the United States, it is
legal in more than 60 countries as a
treatment for sleeping disorders. Women
p reportedly have had "roofies"
pedin drinks have blacked out.
According to The Chronicle, the stu-
dents, all sophomores, were all released
on bond.
A student who did not wish to be iden-
tified called the drug "recreational" and
said linking it to rape was "ridiculous."
College GOP
iticizes Sanger
our members of the College
Republicans at the University of
Minnesota have demanded that the
campus remove a poster of Planned
Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger
'due to their claim that Sanger was
racist, The Chronicle of Higher
Education reported.
Tom Gromacki, a Minnesota junior
demanding the poster's removal, said
Sajiger spoke at Klu Klux Klan rallies.
*oand his peers also criticized the stu-
dent center's birth control literature,
which urges students to "be like
.Margaret Sanger."
According to The Chronicle, Helen
Phin, head of the Student Association
at Minnesota, said she thinks the four
are "against birth control altogether."
The association is to vote o, the stu-
dents' demands this week.
*ommittee to A
study retirement
A new committee will be forming at
the University of Wisconsin to address
faculty and staff retirement.
According to university records,
many faculty and staff members are
beaching retirement age and deciding
not to continue full-time.
The numbers have led Wisconsin's
Wversity Committee, the Academic
. ff Executive Committee, and Provost
John Wiley to create the Ad Hoc
Committee on Retired Faculty and Staff.
Committee Chair Edna Mora
Szymanski said the "purpose of the
committee is to develop a plan to help
'us better value our retiring faculty and
staff members."
The committee will meet for the first
time on Nov. 19 and plans to present a
:>rt to the faculty senate in the spring.
Criticism costs
positions for two
A dean and a department chair at
Baylor University in Waco, Texas, were
removed from their administrative posi-
tions last week after publicly criticizing
the university's president, Robert Sloan.
Henry Walbesser, dean of the gradu-
;e school, and Michael Bishop, chair
he journalism department, received
letters from Sloan after being quoted in
the Dallas Morning News, according to
The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Sloan wrote that their "public and
intemperate" comments indicated a
"flack of respect" for the administration
:of which they were a part.

- The Chronicle reported that
Walbesser told the newspaper he
0ieved that religious discrimination
s could be filed against Baylor
unless the university balanced its reli-
gious and academic missions. Bishop
criticized the president for dismissing
Baylor's chaplain last month.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Janet Adamv.

PONTIAC (AP) - If Jonathan Schmitz was
able to form the intent to commit suicide, he also
would have been able to form the intent to commit
murder, a psychologist testified yesterday.
Dr. Carol Holden was called as a rebuttal wit-
ness by the prosecution in Schmitz's first-degree
murder trial in Oakland
County Circuit Court.
The defense rested its case
yesterday. Schmitz, who was
not called to testify, is on trial
for the shotgun slaying of
Scott Amedure, a gay
acquaintance who revealed a
crush on Schmitz during a
taping of the "Jenny Jones
Show" in March 1995.
Holden, who evaluated Schmitz
Schmitz in July, said she did
not believe he lacked the mental capacity to com-
mit premeditated murder.
"It was my opinion that Mr. Schmitz did not
have diminished capacity," Holden said. "He told
me he was quite capable of forming a number of
Schmitz admitted shooting Amedure three days
after the two attended a taping of the show in

Chicago on March 6, 1995.
Defense attorneys say Schmitz, a heterosexual.
was humiliated to learn his secret admirer was a
man. The humiliation, combined with Schmitz'
history of mental illness, alcoholism and a thyroid
condition rendered him incapable of forming the
intent to kill, they contended.
Holden was called to rebut testimony by Dr.
Michael Abramsky and Dr. Carole Lieberman,
both defense witnesses.
Abramsky testified that Schmitz probably did
not intend to hurt anyone but himself on the day he
shot Amedure.
Abramsky, who had examined Schmitz about a
month after the shooting, said Schmitz's mind was
"bombarded" by thoughts that included killing
himself and feelings of anger toward Amedure.
There were "too many contradicting thoughts
being bombarded on his mind," Abramsky said.
He said Schmitz's pattern the day he shot
Amedure was similar to his actions in March 1994,
when he bought a gun and bullets at separate loca-
tions and then told family members he was going
to kill himself.
His sister talked him out of it in 1994, Abramsky
Witnesses have testified that the day Amedure

It was my opinion that Mr. Schmitz did not
have diminished capacity He told me he was
quite capable of forming a number of in _tentg,
- Dr. Carol Holden
Prosecution rebuttal witness

was shot, Schmitz made separate stops to buy
shells and then a shotgun before proceeding to
Amedure's Orion Township home where the shoot-
ing occurred.
Schmitz tried to commit suicide other times and
always followed a similar pattern, Abramsky said.
The pattern started with Schmitz getting despon-
dent, followed by drinking, bizarre behavior and
finally an "explosion," usually breaking something.
Oakland County assistant prosecutor Roman
Kalytiak pointed out that Schmitz never referred to
suicide during his 911 call or during police ques-
Lieberman, a Beverly Hills, Calif. psychologist
who has been a paid guest on several talk shows.
including Jones', said the day Amedure was shot
was significant because it coincided with the day a

year earlier that Schmitz tried to commit suicide.
Lieberman said Schmitz carried the n into
Amedure's house, and acted only after Amedii
made a threatening gesture with a wicker chair.
Prosecutors contend Arnedure raised the chair m
self-defense. Lieberman said the chair brought
back unpleasant memories of a year earlier w1hen
Schmitz got into a fight with his tliher oer an
embarrassing incident when Jon was in the sixth
grade. During the fight. his father picked up a
Lieberman contends the chair caused Schnzit;
to snap and kill Amedure.
Schmitz, 26, of Lake Orion, faces life in prisn
without parole if convicted.
Closing arguments are expected tomorro\.
when the trial resumes.

ill 0

Welfare reform

aggravates chil~o

care inspection


More facilities, fewer
regulators strain
LANSING (AP) - The state's abil-
ity to properly inspect day care centers
is being strained by an increasing
number of facilities - fueled by wel-
fare reform - and fewer regulators to
inspect them.
"We simply aren't going to be able
to address those increasing needs with
decreasing staff," Alana Voight, chair
of the Michigan Coalition for Children
and Families, which represents more
than 75 child advocacy groups, told
Booth Newspapers in a story pub-
lished Monday.
Since 1994, Michigan's licensing
consultant staff has dropped from 95
positions to 85.5 with three more
scheduled to be reassigned. During the
same period, about 2,000 new day care
facilities have opened, boosting avail-
able, regulated child care slots from
300,000 to 320,000.
Ted deWolf, director of child day
care licensing in the Michigan
Department of Consumer and Industry
Services, said his office isfocusing on
complaints and delaying required rou-
tine inspections of day care centers.
In Detroit, two-year license

renewals for child care progranrs at
public schools are being extende to
three years. In other areas of the state,
annual visits to day care centers have
been conducted only sporadically,
Booth said.
Delays are also occurring for home
day care providers. It takes two months
in some areas for potential home oper-
ators - where up to six children are
cared for in a private home - to
attend an orientation session. deWol !
said. The office's goal is a two-week
minimum wait.
The problem could be aggraxated by
the fact that an estimated 10,000 to
12,000 families on welfare ---where
parents also hold jobs - will see their
child care allowances from the state
increase. The intent is to help them
better afford child care. The expected
result is that more will hire child care
The policy will require 200 to 400
more facilities, deWolf estimated.
"It's going to stretch us. The bigger
problem is that it's adding on to an
already overburdened licensing sys-
tem," he said.
The state has been unable to fill
vacancies from deaths, retirement and
resignations because of a state hiring
freeze and downsizing goals, deWolf

Civic pride
Third graders from Conewago Elementary School near York, Pa., recite the Pledge of Allegiance yesterday. About 800
paper hands cut out by the children make up the flag, left, in the hallway of the school as a part of a unit on citizen-
Executive diector named for
Detroit empowerment zone

DETROIT (AP) - Nearly two years
after it was awarded by the federal gov-
ernment, the city's empowerment zone
has an executive director.
The zone's 50-member board of
directors announced Monday that
Denise Gray, 42, would be head of the
Empowerment Zone Development
The former executive director of the
Michigan chapter of the Sickle Cell
Disease Association of America next
week will take charge of the agency
responsible for monitoring and coordi-
nating more than 80 social and eco-
nomic development programs in the
Tax breaks and a federal grant of
$100 million are earmarked for bolster-
ing economic development and improv-
ing some of Detroit's most distressed
But the federal fund so far has been
tapped for only $108,654 for a youth

and anti-violence program conducted
by the Detroit Urban League. And
directors of the zone hired Gray only
after reopening the search when they
could not find a suitable candidate.
City Councilmember Kay Everett

director's job, said John Waller Jr.,
chairman of the development corpora-
tion's board.
Waller acknowledged that Gray has
only limited experience in economic

RAF terrorist gets life
for killing U.S. soldier

development. But

Monday that the
city has little to
show for the
zone designa-
tion it won in
December 1994.
"I don't
understand the
slowness of it
all," Everett told

" Up to now, it's
all glitter and no
- Kay Everett
Detroit City Councilmember

he said her work
with the sickle
cell organiza-
tion - a human
services agency
- would bene-
fit the empower-
ment zone,
which is
"focused on cre-
ating healthy
and secure and
safe families

the Detroit Free Press. "This is a pre-
mier program, put out by the president,
to show meaningful changes in city. Up
to now, it's all glitter and no substance."
Gray, however, has the "qualities and
temperament and experience" for the

and restoring neighborhoods."
Gray, a doctoral student at Wayne
State University, will hire and oversee
a staff of about 14 professionals. Zone
officials declined to disclose her

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - A
Red Army Faction terrorist charged in
the 1985 murder of an American soldier
and a bomb attack at a U.S. Air Force
base that killed two people, including a
Michigan man, was convicted yesterday
and sentenced to life in prison.
Chief Judge Erich Schieferstein said
testimony had shown that Birgit
Hogefeld lured U.S. Army Spc. Edward
Pimental of New York City out ofa disco
near Mainz the night of Aug. 7 to obtain
his military ID. He was later found shot
to the head in nearby woods.
The bombers used Pimental's ID card
to get a Volkswagen sedan packed with
240 kilograms (529 pounds) of explo-
sives onto the U.S. Air Force Rhine-
Main Air Base as people were arriving
for work the next morning.
Airman 1st Class Frank Scarton, 19,
of Woodhaven, Mich., and Becky Joe
Bristol, a civilian Air Force employee
from San Antonio, Texas, were killed by
the 7:30 a.m. blast; 29 others were seri-
ously injured.
The French leftist group Action
Directe claimed joint responsibility for

the bombing with the Red Army Faction,
which grew out of the late 1960s leftst
student movement and staged numrptas
attacks on NATO and U.S. military tar-
gets as well as German business leaders
over more than two decades.
Another Red Army Faction terrorist,.
Eva Haule, was convicted in the three
deaths in 1994.
Hogefeld, 40, a former teacher from
Wiesbaden, admitted her Red Army
Faction membership, but told reporters
before the decision was read "that no
proof was provided" during the two-year
trial for her involvement in the crimes
for which she was charged.
In addition to the three counts of mjBr-
der, Hogefeld was also found guilty of
attempted murder in a failed attack on
the federal Finance Ministry state secre-
tary Hans Tietmeyer in 1988, andnsrt'-
ing and destroying a newly constructed(
prison complex near Darmstadt on
March 27, 1993.
Hogefeld, who was on Germaiti'_+
most-wanted list of leftist Red Arn.
Faction terrorists since 1986, was arrst-
ed in June 1993.

Karie Morgan is an SNRE representative. This was incorrectly reported in yesterday's Daily.

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What's happening in Ann Arbor today

O College Republicans, meeting, Mosher-
Jordan, Chavez Lounge, 9 p.m.
Q University Students Against Cancer,
Michigan Union, Wolverine Room,
8:30 p.m.
0 "At Montaigne's Table," sponsored by
Department of Romance
Languages, Rackham Building,
East Conference Room, 4 p.m.
n iurann..tim " nnncnori y Hirii

Concentrations," sponsored by
CP&P, Angell Hall, Auditorium D,
5:10-6:30 p.m.
Q "Exploring Graduate School Options:
Political Science, Public Policy and
International Affairs," sponsored
by CP&P, Michigan League,
Kalamazoo Room, 7:10-8:30 p.m.
J "Larry Gregory of the Parke-Davis
Corporation," sponsored by
Association for Worksite Health
Promotion, CCRB, 6-7 p.m.
J "Information Meeting About Study
Abroad in Great Britain." soon-

Conference Room 6, 7 p.m.
J Campus information Centers, Michigan
Union and Pierpont Commons, 763-
INFO, info@umich.edu, UM Events
on GOpherBLUE, and http://
www.umich.edu ~info
J English Composition Board Peer
Tutoring, Angell Hall, Room
444C, 7-11 p.m.
J Northwaik, 763-WALK, Bursley Hall,
8-11:30 p.m.
1 Pcvrhniano APr ad eamir Advising-

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