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www.michagandaily.com Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXV, No. 79 ®2005 The Michigan Daily

Harrison
case sent to

trial i
Judge finds enough
evidence of sexual
delinquency to continue case
By Melissa Benton
and Lav.ra Van Hyfte
Daily Staff Reporters
Suspended Michigan football player
Larry Harrison attended his pre-trial yes-
terday, where a judge examined the valid-
ity of the charges brought against him and
determined that there was enough evi-
dence to move Harrison's case to a trial
court where he could be convicted.
Harrison was apprehended by the
Ann Arbor Police Department for inde-
cent exposure in December when he was
caught exposing himself and masturbat-
ing in front of an off-campus house. He
is on trial for a total of four counts of sex-
ual delinquency, said Chris Fitzpatrick, a
detective at the AAPD, and could serve
from one day to life on every charge.
Harrison pleaded "not guilty" to all
four counts of sexual delinquency.
After the proceedings of the pre-trial,
Judge John Collins concluded that there was
enough evidence compiled against Harrison
to hold a trial and possibly convict him on all
counts. Collins set the trial date for March 23.
at 4:30 p.m.
Testifying against the plaintiff, AAPD
Officer Craig Lee detailed the acts of sexu-
al delinquency that Harrison committed:
On the eve of Dec. 6, Lee went to investi-
gate the reported incidents in plain clothes
and without his police car. After receiving
a call about a suspect gold Chevy Cavalier
in the area of the reported exposure inci-
dents, Lee, driving alone in a civilian car,
began to follow the vehicle.
Lee followed the car to a house located
on 730 S. Division St. The blinds were
rolled up, and Lee could see the three
white females through the window.
Lee parked across the street from the
house so he could observe it, and he soon
saw Harrison walking down the sidewalk
toward the house.
Lee said that once Harrison approached
the property line from the north, he pulled
his pants down to his thighs, exposed him-

court
Court in session
' An AAPD officer and three
women served as witnesses in
Harrison's pre-trial
The prosecutor asked the
court to join the four cases
Harrison's attorney, Anthony
Chambers, argued there were
different identification problems
with the women's testimonies,
and therefore so they could not
be joined together
Harrison's case will go to
trial court on March 23
self completely and began to masturbate.
Lee said he observed Harrison mastur-
bating while he was on the porch of 730S.
Division St. "He left and walked down the
driveway to the street - masturbating the
whole time," Lee said.
Another officer soon arrived on the
scene and helped Lee place Harrison
under arrest.
Three women brought additional claims
of sexual delinquency against Harrison
during the pre-trial: Corinn Cunningham,
Erin Sorensen and Kathrine Karlson.
Sorensen, a third-year Nursing student,
said she and her housemates witnessed a
man who fit Harrison's description mas-
turbating in front of their door on Dec. 6.
Because of poor lighting, however, she was
unable to clearly see his face.
Kathrine Karlson witnessed a similar
instance on Aug. 22. Karslon said a man
approached her and her friends with his
pants down around his calves while they
were sitting on the porch.
Harrison's attorney, Anthony T. Cham-
bers, heavily questioned the validity of
the three girls' accusations. Because all
three girls allegedly saw the suspect at
night and none got a good look at his face,
exact identification of the defendant was
in serious question.
Following the acts of indecency, the
See HARRISON, Page 7A

Suspended Michigan basketball player Danil Horton, right, confers with his attorney, Gerold Evelyn, during his domestic violence
pretrial yesterday at the 15th District Court in Ann Arbor. The hearing was postponed until Monday.
or on hearnglposone

Judge moves basketball
player's hearing to Monday
By Eric Ambinder
Daily Sports Editor
Gerald Evelyn, Daniel Horton's attorney,
spoke for the first time publicly yesterday about
his client's misdemeanor domestic assault
charge and said that the Michigan point guard's
case is "thoroughly defensible."
"Some cases, you don't have much of a
defense," Evelyn said. "That is not the case in

this situation."
Horton's scheduled preliminary hearing yes-
terday was postponed until Feb. 14. Evelyn said
multiple pre-trial hearings are typical of high-
profile criminal cases.
Horton pleaded not guilty on Jan.24 to misde-
meanor domestic assault charges stemming from
an incident on Dec. 10, in which he allegedly
choked his girlfriend into unconsciousness.
Evelyn said "it is entirely possible" for Hor-
ton's case to go to trial and also commented on
the junior's current indefinite suspension from
the basketball team.
"I don't like it - I'll tell you that, and I

think it's certainly inconsistent with the pre-
sumption of innocence," Evelyn said of the
suspension. "But the University has the right
to do what they want to do. They are not
bound by the same rules that the legal system
is bound by."
Evelyn said Horton is dealing with "collat-
eral consequences" that nonstudent-athletes
would not face.
"If this happened to you, your boss wouldn't
suspend you," Evelyn said. "He has had the
misfortune of being suspended because he is
accused of something."
See HORTON, Page 10A

Private dorm to be
built near campus

The complex will
have 70-percent student
occupancy with 376
units and 896 bedrooms
S By Leslie Rott
Daily StaffReporter
The Ann Arbor City Council approved
an easement on Monday that will push
forward the building of a private dor-
mitory, which will be located at 1756
Broadway St., near Bursley and Baits
Residence Halls and the North Campus
Recreation Building,
The easement is a legal document
that indicates the University's agree-
ment to allow a developer to construct
a driveway from Mur-
S fin Court -which is "B not c
University property if
- to the new apart- more res
ment complex.
Without .the ease- halls ... t
ment, the occupants
of the planned private Universit
dormitory would not'
only have no route greatest C
to access the build- O rof
ing, but also United to our af
Campus Housing - a housing
national developing
company -would be
required to revise the

nity relations for the University, said this
is the first time the University has under-
taken a task along these lines - allow-
ing a private developer to obtain access
to University property. However, the
actual site where the apartment complex
will be located is on private property.
In spite of the University's decision
to grant the easement, United Campus
Housing may face one more obstacle. A
condition for receiving the easement is
that the development be an asset to the
student population.
"We will allow the access as long as
the complex remains 70-percent student
occupancy," Kosteva said.
But the University and United Cam-
pus Housing have jockeyed back and
forth on the issue.
Kosteva said he worries that Melrose

1
Killer Coke
Coalition
rales at U
By Talia Selitsky
Daily StaffReporter
As part of its ongoing effort to pressure the Univer-
sity into cutting off all contracts with the Coca-Cola
Company, yesterday the Killer Coke Coalition held a
rally on the Diag and a teach-in at Haven Hall. The
Killer Coke Coalition is a partnership between the
student groups Amnesty International, Students Orga-
nizing for Labor and Economic Equality and Environ-
mental Justice and Tzedek - the Hillel Committee for
Social Justice. As a means for gaining support for its
proposal, the coalition has been recently escalating its
activities aimed at educating the student body.
One feature of the rally was a 125-foot chain of
coke bottles and cans spread across the Diag, repre-
senting Coke's alleged role in a 125-foot decline in
the water levels in India, a region plagued by drought.
Another was a movie called "State of the Union,"
See COKE, Page 7A

TOM)MASO GOMEZ/Daily
LSA junior Ryan Bates protests against the Coca-Cola Company on the Diag yesterday as part of the
Killer Coke Coalition. The coalition Is pressuring the University to cut off all contracts with Coke.

reating
idence
the
ty is the
contributor
fordable
problem."
-John Hieftje

Suites will strain
an already-loaded
public transporta-
tion system.
Because the
development will
only be able to
accommodate 242
parking spaces,
this means that a
large proportion of
occupants will be
left without park-
ing spots and will
have to rely on pub-
lic transportation.

T-shirts aim to redefine activism

By Victoria Edwards
Daily Staff Reporter
It's not every day that you think of a line of T-

become a professional and "make it" according to the
standards of the white middle class.
However, she said this was impossible when she
was thrown into different situations that forced her to

was in the wake of her newfound honesty and epiph-
any of self-respect that she came up with the idea of
"Uppity Negro" T-shirts.
"There was backlash from blacks. Do you know

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