The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 7, 2000 - 7
Closing arguments made in date rape drug case
DETROIT (AP) - The man accused of
lacing Samantha Reid's Mountain Dew
with the date-rape drug that killed her did
so knowing that it was harmful, a prosecu-
tor said in closing arguments in the man's
involuntary manslaughter trial.
A second girl was sickened after ingest-
ing the gamma-hydroxybutyrate - GHB
- a colorless, odorless and often tasteless
substance. The girls were allegedly given
the drug-laced drinks at a party on Jan. 16,
1999. Samantha, 15, died the next day.
Melanie Sindone, 16, recovered.
Joshua Cole told police that he had once
tried the substance he gave the girls, and
became ill from it, according to his taped
statement replayed in court Monday. Wayne
County assistant prosecutor Doug Baker
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Martin, a local businessman and backa
member of the board of directors of and it
the U.S. Olympic Committee, and fa
Sexpressed his dedication to educa- cized
tion of student athletes, as well as Mar
the finances of the department. Athlet
"I do buy into the notion that the fun- versit
damental mission of Michigan is educa- appoin
tion," Martin said. "Our student athletes memb
are first and foremost in my mind. Yes cial an
said that shows he knew it was a potentially
harmful substance when he put in the
"He had direct, firsthand experience with
it," Baker said.
Baker concluded his closing arguments
yesterday in Cole's trial. Defense attorneys
were scheduled to give closing arguments
Three other men are charged in the case.
Nicholas Holtschlag, 18, and Daniel Bray-
man, 18, also are each charged with invol-
untary manslaughter and two counts of
Last week, Wayne County Circuit Judge
Maggie Drake threw out a felony poisoning
charge and the manslaughter charge against
the fourth defendant, Erick Limmer, 26.
Limmer still faces one charge each of
poisoning, delivery of marijuana and pos-
session of GHB.
Cole has his own jury because he
allegedly confessed. He also is charged
vwith three counts of felony poisoning. A
third girl alleged to have unknowingly
ingested GHB was not sickened.
Baker said that Cole was "utterly self-
ish" and acting out of boredom when he
made the drinks. He replayed parts of
Cole's taped statement to police, in which
Cole says he was "trying to get everybody
to liven up," at the party that evening.
"He starts this horrific chain of events,"
Baker told jurors. "This is just done to
them so he can have a nicer time. ... "She
died because that evening Joshua Cole was
"She died because that evening Joshua Cole was
Wayne County assistant prosecutor
Baker told jurors that on the poisoning
counts, they may also consider whether
they think Cole is guilty of simply putting
the substance in the drinks. But he says he's
shown that Cole did so knowing the sub-
stance was harmful and would be ingested.
Cole, of Southgate, has said he remem-
bered that there was a glass of a substance
in the refrigerator he believed would
enhance alcohol's effects. Cole's attorney
has said his client was unaware the sub-
stance was GHB.
The defense lawyers for the other'three
have said their clients had no knowledge
that the drinks were laced with GHB.-
Baker also suggested that when Cole and
the other defendants failed to take immedi-
tic Department and the Uni-
y administration were strained
rtin said he hopes to build
the image of the department
s dealings with administration
ans, after Goss' highly publi-
rtin has had experience with the
ic Department in the past. Uni-
y President Lee Bollinger
nted Martin last winter to a four-
er committee to analyze finan-
nd governance issues within the
SCC renames several campus buildings,
demands apology from Michigamua
I'm a businessman.
We have economic
and financial chal-
lenges, but as we
talk about those,
we're sure not
going to forget the
He noted that
although he has
with student ath-
letes, that does
not mean they are
hopes to meet with
the coaches and the
"We have economic
challenges, but as
we talk about those,
we're sure not going
to forget the kids."
- Bill Martin
Incoming interim athletic director
group met at
least once a
month in the
face of bud-
"A couple of
me a call, just
talking about the
said. "And he
just kind of
threw out 'and of
to be the interim
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Names like Anne Frank, Nat Turner, Geron-
imo and "1890 Wounded Knee" were written
on the white cardboard signs.
They also pasted paper signs over the
plaques of several campus buildings - named
for former Michigamua members and those
associated with the society - like Angell
Hall, Shembechler Hall and Yost Ice Arena.
Angell Hall was named Angelou Hall, for
poet Maya Angelou. SCC renamed Shembech-
ler Hall for the late Native American Athlete
Routel said the group wanted to rename the
buildings for people they feel are more wor-
thy of recognition.
Speaking from a megaphone on the front
steps of Bollinger's home, Reilly explained the
purpose of the gathering.
"We have arrived at this place today in dec-
laration and recognition of the names of all
people who have suffered oppression and
death, and who have struggled for freedom
and justice," Reilly said.
"It is the destruction of racism, and the
injustice of public subsidization of racist prac-
tices that we have come to know so well. In
light of these unjust conditions, and in accor-
dance with our rites of discovery, we claim
stewardship of this land in honor of our ances-
tors and in the names of those brave leaders
that have guided our people though five cen-
turies of colonialism and genocide," Reilly
Reilly said the University does not have any
buildings named after Native Americans fig-
"Even though the original land given to this
University was Indian land, the University
fails to recognize our historical and contempo-
rary existence," Reilly said.
captains of all sports, both revenue and
non-revenue, to help meet their needs.
Martin also said he hopes to get
the men's basketball team back on
the track after the recent NCAA
suspension of freshman guard
Jamal Crawford, allegations of theft
committed by players and a physi-
cal altercation between assistant
coach Lorenzo Neely and Crawford
at practice earlier in the season.
Martin said that he has yet to
?meet Brian Ellerbe and therefore
could not assess his future as
Michigan's basketball coach.
"I've never met the man," Martin
said. "Am I happy with 50-point
In addition, Martin said he wants
to improve the department's general
morale, after relations between the
course I'd like you
Members of the Students for Color Coalition renamed certain buildings around campus yesterday
including Angell Hall for poet Maya Angelou, for those who they said are more worthy of recognition. -
"I didn't really think I heard him
correctly when he said that frankly,
because that was not on my radar
scope to do this job whatsoever."
There will be no differences in
duties between Martin's interim job
and a long-term athletic director. Mar-
tin said that was one of his wishes
before he accepted the position.
Martin also said that he would
not take a salary from the Universi-
ty and does not look to make it his
permanent position. He said he
accepted the role of interim athletic
director as payback to the Universi-
Bollinger said he hopes that a new
permanent athletic director will be in
place before the start of fall semester.
"Our voices have been ignored and silenced
on this campus."
Michigamua spokesman Nick Delgado said
he saw the graveyard on Bollinger's front lawn
yesterday, adding that he believed it was inap-
"It's not the issue here. Michigamua is com-
mitted to a fair and equitable process regard-
ing the space," Delgado said. "We are not
going to play games with the SCC."
On Sunday, Reilly e-mailed Delgado an
SCC proposal that called for Michigamua to
change their name and to make a formal apol-
ogy at the Ann Arbor Pow Wow on March 24-
Delgado replied yesterday that Michigamua
could not agree to the requests and that several
issues needed to be addressed regarding the
SCC's protest methods.
Delgado said that the SCC has unfairly
labeled Michigamua members as racist and
that this wrongly hurts current group mem-
"The SCC has to make it clear to the Uni-
versity that they have misinformed the public
with their tours, their literature and multiple
discussions with different constituencies on
campus," Delgado said.
Delgado added that if the SCC made=such
statements then the process to a resolution
could be made more public.
Reilly said he was disappointed that
Michigamua members did not agree to a name
"That's central to them redefining their
organization," Reilly said.
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civil rights movement, reversing the
drop in minority enrollment and
supporting affirmative action.
"MSA should be a leading force
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last fall and we've really trans-
formed what MSA is. It shouldn't be
a training ground for politicians,"
"We also support a tuition freeze,
ending the scapegoat of fraternities
and defending the occupation of the
Union," she added.
But Education junior Carolyn
Jones, who is the only candidate
running for the position of Educa-
tion chair, said the Friends
Rebelling Against Tyranny party
said she would like to lighten the
atmosphere of MSA.
"I'm very excited because the
FRAT Party should finally get a
"MSA should be a leading force in the
emerging civil rights movement."
- Jessica Curtin
Defend Affirmative Action Party vice presidential candidate
seat. We want to inject levity into
MSA because they take themselves
way too seriously. We also want to
build our resumes," said Jones, who
is one of the party's eight members.
"MSA needs to stop passing reso-
lutions because they do no good. It's
a nice thought but they're not doing
anything., We'd like to improve the
dorm food including serving more
pizza and having keg nights," she
While there are seven parties for
candidates to join, some students are
braving it alone. Engineering senior
Dan Haugh is running for one of the
three engineering seats as an inde-
"A few of the parties seemed one
issued or cliquish. I'm doing it for
fun and to get some issues out there.
I'd like to see MSA more involved in
student life," Haugh said.
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LSA representative and Elise Erick-
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