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Ann Arbor, MI

ONE-HUNDRED-TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF EDITORIAL FREEDOM

Weekly Summer Edition

BARD OF THE ARB

Students to get
involved in 2012
election campaigns
Members of both College
Republicans and Democrats
discuss students' intentions.
SEE PAGE 2
Tips for fostering
creativity and
ingenuity
Good ideas and originality
come with practice.
SEE PAGE 4
Ingalls Mall and
Power Center light
up with the arts
Songs and sights fill Top of
the Park with summer joy.
>> SEE PAGE 8
Wiseman returns to
Michigan to fill void
Michigan's third all-time
leading scorer hired as Mel
Pearson's replacement.
SEE PAGE 10
Vol CXLI., No.1411 O2011 The Michigan Daily
michigandaily.com
NEW S ............................2
OPINION.....................4
CLASSIFIEDS .................6
CROSSW ORD ........................6
A RT S ......................................7
SPORTS .................................9

ERIN KIRKLAND/Daily
Shakespeare in the Arb debuted its eleventh continuous season this past weekend, presenting "The Winter's Tale." The show
was directed by Kate Medneloff and will continue throughout June on Thursdays through Sundays at 6:30 p.m in the Arb.
A NN A RBO R CIT Y COUNCIL
CityCouncil candidates talk
budget cuts, U ties at forum

LEGAL DISPUTE
Michigan
to rule on
lifer law
ACLU says not
offering parole to
juveniles violates
constitutional rights
By SARAH-ALSADEN
Daily News Editor
The United States District
Court for the Eastern District of
Michigan will issue a ruling soon
on a complaint filed that challeng-
es a law mandating that juveniles
spend life in prison without the
opportunity of parole for commit-
ting a felony or first-degree mur-
der.
The complaint - which is sup-
ported by the Michigan chapter
of the American Civil Liberties
Union and is being - was filed in
November by Ann Arbor attorney
Deborah Labelle on behalf of nine
plaintiffs who were under the age
of eighteen at the time of their sen-
tencing.
According to Rod Hansen, a
spokesman for the U.S. District
Court, the complaint does not seek
to challenge the convictions, but
rather challenge the constitution-
ality of sentencing juveniles to life
in prison without parole.
Hansen said the complaint
argues that mandatory life without
parole for juveniles violates the 8th
and 14th amendments of the Con-
stitution - namely that in addition
to being cruel and unusual punish-
ment, it is also the denial of due
process to not have an opportunity
for parole.
See ACLU, Page 3

In anticipation of
primary, candidates
discuss city issues
By ANDREW SCHULMAN
Daily StaffReporter
With the August primary
election just a few months in the
future, Ann Arbor City Council
members and their challengers
gathered Saturday morning at the
Ann Arbor Community Center
to participate in a forum on local
issues.

The event was one of the Ann
Arbor City Democratic Party's
first campaign events leading up
to the primary, and featured eight
City Council hopefuls - four
incumbents and four newcomers
- who took part in the roundtable
discussion moderated by Demo-
cratic Party Co-Chairman Mike
Henry.
Among issues discussed at
the forum were the fate of the
disputed Library Lot - a city-
owned plot located on 319 South
Fifth Avenue where a $50 million
underground parking lot is cur-
rently under construction, the

relationship between the city and
the University and budget cuts
that recently slashed jobs from
both the fire and police depart-
ments.
With the future of the Library
Lot still undecided, participants at
Saturday's forum exchanged ideas
for use of the land. Ingrid Ault,
executive editor of Think Local
First - a business that promotes
local companies in Washtenaw
County - and a challenger of Ste-
phen Kunselman (D-Ward 3), said
the lot is "arguably the most valu-
able piece of land in Washtenaw
See FORUM, Page 3

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