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The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 13, 1998 - 7

House bill doses
abuser loophole


LANSING (AP) - Single parents of
abused children won't be alone in fac-
ing responsibility for harm to their chil-
dren, especially when their live-in
boyfriends or girlfriends caused the
A House panel unanimously adopted
two bills yesterday that give judges and
prosecutors new powers to get
boyfriends in child abuse cases to com-
ply with the same kind of rules that par-
ents face.
Michigan's children's ombudsman
Richard Bearup testified in favor of the
bills at the House Judiciary Committee
Bearup said that sometimes the
mother also is being abused and cannot
stop an abusive boyfriend from harm-
ing her children. But under current state
law, judges only can hold the parent
responsible for abuse.
Two bills, sponsored by Sen. Dale
Shugars (R-Portage) passed the Senate
last summer and now go to the House.
If signed into law, they would take
effect March 1, 1999.
They would clarify that judges can

control live-in partners. It would make
disobeying the state's plan a crime, pun-
ishable by up to a year in prison on the
first offense. And it would make the
partner's behavior grounds for termi-
nating the parent's rights.
"It will allow courts to hold these
individuals accountable ... not just
through mom," Beanup said.
Of the 14,334 new abuse cases
opened last year in Michigan, 614
involved a boyfriend or girlfriend,
according to the Michigan Family
Independence Agency.
Bearup said FBI statistics show that
14 percent of all child abuse cases in
1993 were caused by the boyfriend or
girlfriend of the parent.
And in the 36 child death cases he's
investigated in the past two years,
Bearup said a boyfriend has been
responsible in 11.
"The courts are currently forced to
go in the back door to deal with the
non-parent adults, rather than being
able to deal with them directly, Bearup
said. "The legislation will provide a
needed front door."

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Hils. The 200-store mail opened yesterday with 80 percent of the stores ready for

Continued from Page 1
"Litigation to form public policy
is probably not going to achieve
the policy goals tobacco conterol
'dvocates would like to see, in part
cause of the limits on the types
of policies courts can influence.
"The courts are not well-suited for
adopting policy changes," Jacobson
said in a written statement.
Jacobson's research has attracted
attention on a national scale.
He will present a speech titled
"Forming Public 'Health Policy: Is
Litigation a Viable Strategy?" at the
nual meeting of the American
ublic Health Association in
Washington, D.C., on Nov. 18.
The national conference will
examine whether litigation is a
viable strategy not only for the
issue of tobacco control but in
forming all public health policies,
Jacobson said.
Steve Berman, a Seattle-based
lawyer who negotiated a settlement
tween the Liggett tobacco compa-
and 22 states in 1997, disagrees
with the emphasis on legislative tac-
"We tried the legislative route last
year ... and it didn't go anywhere,"
Berman said.
"Sometimes litigation is the only
way to go."
Berman said he believes that liti-
gation can get the ball rolling in the
cess of reforming public poli-
Litigation can be an important
tool in changing public policy,"
Berman said. "It can sometimes be
the catalyst in changing public poli-

"It only takes one litigant -one
trial - to raise the public con-
sciousness, but it takes 435
Congressmen ... and the President"
to make significant progress,
Berman said.
Although Jacobson's article and
upcoming speech focus on the spe-
cific case of tobacco control poli-
cies, he "will be raising a broader
issue" at the conference.
In presenting his conclusions to
the national conference, Jacobson
said he hopes to "put forth a series
of ideas ... (and) engage the public
community" in the process of
forming public policies.
"If you rely on litigation, the ten-
dency is to think that the problem
can be solved by litigation, and it
can undermine the organizational
strength that public health move-
ments need to be successful,"
Jacobson said.
"If you rely on it and don't devel-
op the grass roots you need," you
will not attain the desired goal, he
When building a case against the
tobacco companies, we "need to
focus on moral and political
issues," rather than legalities,
Jacobson said.
Despite his downplay on the
effectiveness of litigation, Jacobson
said court actions hold the potential
to create positive results.
"Litigation is useful to bring the
public's attention to the harms of
tobacco. If you win the lawsuit, you
can impose damages ... and force
disclosure on a lot of documents,"
Jacobson said.
"If you want to achieve real tobac-
co control, you need to do so
through legislation."

Continued from Page 1
ing aware the dangers of smoking," said LSA senior Jennifer Mirisciotti, the
Smokeout chair for USAC.
Although many students said they did not know about the event prior to walk-
ing through the Diag, participants who dressed up as "Mr. Butts" attracted atten-
LSA sophomore Julie Blaszak , who was dressed up as Mr. Butts, said "we're
having fun and educating the campus at the same time."
Blaszak said personal experience with cancer has raised her interest in the
"Cancer has been a part of my family," she said, adding that as a result she
became involved in USAC and is currently its education chair.
By 4 p.m., 52 people had given up their cigarettes to USAC.
"Fifty bucks would get me to quit," LSA senior Aditya Ezhuthachan said. "I'm
a smoker, I've recently become severely addicted, and it's begun to affect my
health. It's bad."
Many non-smokers also took information about quitting for friends or family
members who smoke.
Some people were not so receptive and simply walked past the display, refus-
ing to give up smoking.
But USAC volunteer Jenny Roosa, an LSA first-year student, said that many


students were receptive to the campaign.
Continued from Page 1
are to be alcohol-free by July 1,
2000, Biggs said.
The Ann Arbor chapter was
ordered to go dry in December of
1994 and was to remain alcohol-
free as a condition of probation,
Biggs said.
The reinstatement "allows the
investigation to continue ... anyway,
if there is no charter, how can the
fraternity be investigated?"
Holcman said.
"All chapter operations remain
suspended including, but not limit-
ed to, chapter meetings, pledge
class activities, social events,
intramurals, etc.," Biggs said.
"It is not a functioning fraterni-
ty," Holcman said.

Three campus fraternities are cur-
rently under investigation after they
were raided by the Ann Arbor Police
Department last Saturday.
Undercover students under the
age of 21 entered parties at Theta
Chi, Sigma Nu and Beta Theta Pi,
along with a house party on South
Division Avenue.
They issued more than 75 cita-
tions to minors.
Officials from the University,
AAPD, and representatives from the
fraternities met yesterday to discuss
the specifics of the raids, Holcman
Holcman said he was not involved
in the proceedings.
Social activities at Sigma Nu,
Beta Theta Pi and Theta Chi frater-
nities have been temporarily can-

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