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One undredfive yearsfr t I
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Anti-KKK protesters
face charges in court

Wednesday
July 10, 1996

By Jennifer Harvey
Daily Managnmg News Editor
During several hours of sworn testi-
mony in Judge Ann Mattson's 15th
District court room last week, six of the
anti-Ku Klux Klan protesters arrested at
the June 22 rally in Ann Arbor experi-
enced preliminary examinations for the
felony charges brought against them.
Two had their proceedings delayed.
Charges against two were dropped and
two more protesters were bound over
for jury trial.
"Two out of four charges being dis-
missed says how ridiculous these
charges were to begin with," defense
attorney George Washington said.
"Usually 98 or 99 percent of cases are
bound over for trial. Only 50 percent is
extraordinary."
Charges against 21-year-old Jana
Cephas and 18-year-old Dylan Breese
were dropped. Assistant prosecutor
David Lady said the dismissal of
Cephas' charge also prevented charges

from being brought against 18-year-old
Keshia Thomas. Thomas, an Ann Arbor
resident, had recently been in the
national spotlight for shielding Albert
MeKeel from the angry blows of her
fellow anti-KKK protesters, who
attacked him for wearing a shirt bearing
the Confederate flag. If Cephas' arrest
had been upheld, Thomas may have
been charged with assaulting a deputy
during an arrest.
Breese had been charged with a felo-
nious assault on Edna Berry, the wife of
KKK National Imperial Wizard Jeff
Berry, for allegedly hitting her in the
head with a rock. Neither of the two offi-
cers who testified against Breese could
clearly identify him as the perpetrator.
Mattson ruled Cephas could not be
bound over for trial because her actions,
as described by the testimony of
Washtenaw County Officer Tim White,
constituted a "possible threat, not a
probable one," as is required for a for-
mal assault charge. White said Cephas

Protester Thomas Bosse waits for his
preliminary hearing to begin last
Wednesday.
was holding a stick over the head of
another, as if to strike him with it, when
White tackled her to the ground and
arrested her.
Lady said an appeal of Mattson's
See PROTESTERS, Page 2

BOHDAN DAMIAN CAP/Daily
Fourth fun
Tooya Dias scans the crowd at the annual Ann Arbor independence Day Parade
Thursday as a pirate ship float surrounded by musicians, artists and dancers rolls
behind her.
Jury selection scheduled to
begin Friday in Matlock trial

NWROC member Carly Cummings, of Detroit, argues with Rick Nix, the Director of
the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw Office of Black Concerns, at the rally in Saginaw.

By Sam t Dudek
Daily Staff Reporter
After months of waiting
John Mattock will finally
w ave his day in court.
Jury selection is sched-
uled to begin Friday for his
criminal trial in 15th District
Court.
Matlock, who serves as
director of the Office of Matlock
Academic Multicultural
Initiatives, faces two misdemeanor

charges for assault and interfer- See SAGINAW, Page 2
ing with a police officer.
The charges stem from a C d e e
Feb. 17 incident at the Central C i d e ~ mu erainBidn
Canmpus Recreation BuildtngCh l r n e g
where Matlock was involved in
a scuffle with two Department Mayk
of Public Safety officers. Da
DPS claims Matlock shoved University students with children
the officers at the door after will now be able to purchase tickets at
they refused to let him enter the discounted student rates for their chit-
building, where he was sched- dren, under a newly expanded Athletic
See-MATLOCK, Page 2 Department policy.

ible for student ticket rates

Previously, students were only
allowed to buy tickets at student rates
for themselves, spouses or significant
others.
"Essentially the policy is expanded
to include a spouse, significant other,
and children or children for whom you

are the legal guardian,' said Keith
Molin, special assistant to the athletic
director.
The policy change was initiated by
Michigan Student Assembly President
Fiona Rose.
See TICKETS, Page 2

OIN THIS WEEK'S
INSIDE NEWS 8 RTS
I aiiQ University names new ITD 'Independence Day'
director. explodes into theaters.

10 SPORTS
University hires interim
women's basketball coach.

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