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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 9, 1999-- 7

Court refuses to hear Stone suit

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WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court refused
yesterday to block a lawsuit at its preliminary stage
that seeks to hold filmmaker Oliver Stone liable for a
young couple's murderous rampage in Louisiana and
The damage claim, filed on behalf of one victim's
mily, maintains that Stone's 1994 movie "Natural
orn Killers" was intended to incite others to go on
violent crime sprees.
If that were true, the movie would not be protected by
the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of speech,
a Louisiana appeals court said last year in refusing to
throw out the claim. But even that court conceded it was
highly unlikely the victim's lawyers will be able to prove
Stone or anyone connected with the movie actually

intended for its viewers to rob and murder.
"We are disappointed that the Supreme Court has
declined to grant review at this stage of the case, but
that decision was not unexpected," said Jack Weiss,
counsel for Time Warner Entertainment Co., which
produced the movie.
Stone, Time Warner and others involved in making
the film were sued by the relatives of Patsy Byers, a
convenience store clerk in rural Louisiana who was
shot and seriously wounded in March 1995. She died
later of cancer.
The shooter, Sarah Edmonson, and her accomplice,
Benjamin Darrus, had repeatedly watched a videotape
of the movie before taking off on their crime spree. They

The film, which starred Woody Harrelson and
Juliette Lewis, portrayed the pair on a killing rampage.
The movie became a lightning rod of controversy,
drawing condemnation from politicians because of its
violent content.
Yesterday's decision clears the way for the Louisiana
lawyers to depose witnesses and seek other evidence
that might bolster their claim that the film went beyond
entertainment and was intended to inspire murder.
Over the past 15 years, a series of lawsuits has sought
to hold filmmakers or television networks liable for
"copycat" crimes. The victims say they were hurt by'F
someone who had seen a violent act on the screen and
copied it in real life.
All those lawsuits have ultimately failed, say legal

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said, adding that "I thought this really
should be a campus event."
So far "the interest has been over-
whelming." said LSA sophomore Brian
Reich, chair of the Major Events
Committee at Hillel.
There are currently about 50 stu-
dent volunteers who have helped to
organize the event. Art and Design
sophomore Keren Sachs said she
volunteered "because Gloria
Steinem has been someone I have
really admired."
This is an opportunity to "get a better
sense of who she is as a person and not
just what's written about her in history
books or in her books" Sachs said.
During the day, Steinem will be pre-
sent at several events on campus includ-

ing a book-signing at Border's Books at
4:30 p.m. and a speech, "The Politics of
Sexuality' at the Michigan Theatre at
7:30 p.m.
This is a "chance for her to talk about
issues that can strike a chord" on cam-.
pus, Reich said, adding that Steinem
"instills in people this feeling of wanti-
ng to do more."
Steinem was chosen from a list of
possible speakers after a vote last year
held by the Speaker Initiative. The
group is "trying to better campus" by
bringing speakers to discuss issues and
educate the campus community free of
charge, Reich said.
Steinem also visited in 1996 when
she came to give political support to
Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Arbor).
Students said they are excited for the
visit. "There is a huge smile across my
face," Sachs said.

murdered a Mississippi

man before heading to

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University student Saleem Khatri, a
Qureshi family friend, said the imme-
diate family was unaware of her rela-
tionship with Groesbeck and in disbe-
lief about the events of the weekend,
offering other theories of the event sur-
rounding her death.
"She had excellent grades and was
going to enter law school somewhere in
New York in the fall," Khatri said.
tA APD interviews with Qureshi's
amily indicted Qureshi kept the rela-
tionship a secret.
"Her family did not know they were
dating," Logghe said, adding that the
investigation proves Qureshi's responsi-
bility for the deaths and leaves little
room for other theories.
Qureshi's family declined to comment.
Representatives from Counseling
and Psychological Services and the
Sexual Assault Prevention and
wareness Center went to Qureshi's
classes today to explain her absence
and offer their services.

Two counselors went into Qureshi's
political science class yesterday taught
by Prof. Melvin Laracey.
"They talked from their respective
perspectives about how students might
react to a situation like this" Laracey
said, adding that while the counselors
invited students to share opinions or ask
questions, his students were silent.
Laracey remembered Qureshi as an
attentive student who was continuously
interested in the course material.
She was "someone who made intelli-
gent comments in class," Laracey said,
"a student who participated regularly in
class discussion."
Funeral arrangements have not been
announced for Qureshi. Services for
Groesbeck are scheduled for 3 p.m.
Thursday, March 11 at Wessels and Wilk
Funeral Home in Pleasant Ridge.
Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday
from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Memorial dona-
tions can be made to the Humane Society.
The Woman's Studies Program is
planning a memorial time for friends
and family of Qureshi tonight from 6
p.m. to 8 p.m. in 232D West Hall.

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appointment goes toward his rent.
But Gamble said equitable distribu-
tion of funds was not the University's
primary concern when it came up
with its fraction recalculation propos-

GEO's walkout is scheduled to
begin tomorrow morning at 7:30
a.m. and last until 6 p.m. Members
of the organization are scheduled to
picket in front of some of the most
widely-used University buildings,
including the Michigan Union,
Angell Hall and the Harlan Hatcher
Graduate Library.

Continued from Page 1
process of putting together some user
documentation" to acclimate students
with IFS.
In addition, ITD is installing external
disk drives on several computers in
each computing site, Anastasia said,
with Angell Hall scheduled to receive
six of the new drives. These would
allow students who have important
information stored on floppy disks to
access them.
Anastasia said the new IBM-compati-
ble computers were running smoothly
but some students had reported technical

problems with the Macintosh computers.
"We had some software issues on the
Macs that we solved this afternoon;'
Anastasia said yesterday. "I think there'll
be some short-term frustration."
University Chief Information
Officer Jose-Marie Griffiths said she
had heard many compliments about
the refurbished computing site, despite
the glitches uncovered in its first few
Griffiths said the Angell Hall
improvements are part of a plan to keep
the entire University computer network
up-to-date. "The plan would be to keep
all of our computers less than three
years old," Griffiths said.

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