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The Michigan Daily - Monday, July 15, 2002 - 3
Letter sent to judge alleges judicial misconduct

By Karen Schwartz
Daily News Editor
Although the Center for Individual Rights
plans to appeal the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
5-4 decision on the University Law School's
admissions policies to the U.S. Supreme Court
soon, the May ruling regarding the use of race in
admissions is already in question.
U.S. House Judiciary committee chairman James
Sensenbrenner expressed his concern in a recent
letter regarding the way the appeal in the case was
handled and in procedures he said "may have
improperly influenced the outcome of the case."
In a June 26 letter to 6th Circuit Chief Judge

Boyce Martin, Sensenbrenner referred to Judge
Danny Bogg's dissenting opinion, in which
Boggs accused Martin of mishandling the case.
"According to the procedural appendix con-
tained in Judge Danny Boggs's dissent those pro-
cedures included (1) substituting yourself for
another judge on the panel when any substitution
for that judge was required to be accomplished at
random and (2) failing to circulate the appellee's
Petition for Initial Hearing En Banc until after
two judges had taken senior status, preventing
them from subsequently participating on the en
banc panel," Sensenbrenner wrote.
"The participation of those judges on the
panel could have reversed the outcome of the

case," he added.
Georgetown Law Prof. Susan Low Bloch said
she did not recall a past situation comparable to
this and that it is unusual on many levels.
"What started all this was Judge Boggs had an
angry dissent where he accused the majority of
manipulating the calendar. Its unusual for the
court to be that acrimonious - everybody was
surprised by that dissent," she said.
"The misconduct that's alleged is that the court
timed the scheduling of the case so that two of
the more conservative judges wouldn't partici-
pate. Normally you don't schedule a case with
that in mind - which judges will hear a case. If
they did time it that way, it'd be misconduct,"

Bloch added.
Sensenbrenner said he was "compelled to
review credible evidence of judicial misconduct"
and asked Martin for a copy of related documents
be handed over by July 12 for further investiga-
Though The Michigan Daily was unable to
confirm whether Martin turned over the materi-
als on time, Jeff Lungren, spokesman with the
House Judiciary Committee, said earlier that a
response was likely.
"We don't have any reason to believe that the
judge wouldn't respond," he said. "We are in
charge of overseeing the courts. The letter is an
over sight letter."

Hispanics not receiving proper care

By Matt Randall
For the Daily
At local health care centers around the nation, Hispanic
children and their parents are being faced with the ever grow-
ing dilemna of substandard or nonexistent care.
A paper released July 3 in the Journal of the American
Medical Association by the Center for Child Health Research
calls for reform in the way Hispanic children are dealt with by
the health care profession.
"The health care system isn't meeting the needs of the His-
panic community," said Antonia Villarruel, associate professor
of the University's School of Nursing and article co-author,
highlighting the lack of Hispanic professionals in the health
care field. "There aren't enough there, there aren't enough
doctors, nurses and dentists across the whole system"
Villarruel also talked about problems stemming from a lack
of professionals who have a linguistic or cultural understand-
ing of the Hispanic community. "There aren't enough health
care providers who have the necessary skills to deal with Lati-
no patients,"he said.
LSA junior Miguel Pineda said he feels Hispanic patients
"need different kinds of attention that they can't currently get."

Another issue of great concern is the lack of coverage for
Hispanic children because some believe it can have a deleteri-
ous impact on the quality of health care available.
"Some Hispanics go to clinics that ... don't have sufficient
services. They miss problems," Pineda said, adding that the
lack of resources means that necessary tests are not conducted
as they should be.
This is a part of a larger problem in the health care commu-
nity, said Social Work student Jose Melendrez, the community
outreach coordinator of the Student Organization for
Latina/Latino Social Workers. "There's no plan to provide cov-
erage to any low income children," he added.
Compounding the problem are large cutbacks in funding for
services that are needed by the Hispanic community. Melen-
drez said there is a "need to determine where our priorities
lie," and call for a unified effort to deal with the problems
involving the government, insurers and health care providers.
One issue of particular concern to Melendrez is that the sta-
tus of many immigrants is in limbo since Sept. 11. He said he
believes the medical profession and society as a whole should
focus more on the needs of Hispanics.
"This country has been able to supply a lot of things to a lot
of people. We can't forget them," Melendrez said.

TOss DING/Daily
Ten-year-old Alec Glanville sits In a vintage show car at the Ann Arbor Rolling
Sculpture Car Show Friday.
Haddad hopes to seek
asylum in United States


By Jeremy Berkowitz
Daily News Editor
Ann Arbor Muslim leader Rabih
Haddad's fourth public hearing last
week had a presence not seen in his
previous three - print and television
reporters. Due to an April decision by
U.S. District Court Judge Nancy
Edmunds that declared the closure of
immigration hearings unconstitutional,
Haddad had his first open hearing
since his Dec. 14 arrest for visa viola-
tion charges.
Lawyers from both sides were
present at Tuesday's 10-minute hear-
ing, as was Haddad via the presence
of a closed circuit television from the
Monroe County Jail. The main pur-
pose of the hearing was for Haddad's
attorneys to present an application
for asylum in the United States on
Haddad's behalf.
"(The Haddad family) has been
motivated to stay in America by the
vast and genuine outpouring of com-
munity support," Haddad's attorney
AshrafNubani said in court.
Phillis Englebert, an Ann Arbor
Adhoc Committee for Peace member
and a Haddad supporter, said she
thinks Haddad's lawyers feel his
returning to Lebanon might not be a
positive experience, considering what
he has gone through in the past seven
months. "The situation created by his

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