(Message baker:11)
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Date: Mon, 27 Feb 1995 21:07:01 EST

From: Peter Swanson
Subject: Baker pleads not guilty

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Organization: University of Michigan Engineering, Ann Arbor
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In article <3irlj4$eic@srvr1.engin.umich.edu>,
Peter Swanson wrote:
>The large crosspost reflects the newsgroups discussing the Baker case, as
>far as I am aware. If you followup this message, please set the
>newsgroups line appropriately for your discussion.

Here is a bit more information, from an article by Josh White in the Michigan Daily:

Baker pleaded not guilty at his arraignment (2/17/95) before Magistrate Judge Stephen Pepe in U.S. District Court in Detroit. Baker has been transferred out of the Wayne County Jail and has spent the last four days at the Milan federal prison, south of Ann Arbor.

A three-judge panel (unnamed) was selected today to consider Baker's detention appeal in the 6th Circuit Court in Cincinnati. The issue of whether Baker should be released on bond is expected around 3/1/95.

Howard Simon, director of the Michigan branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), said the case goes against Baker's right to free speech.

"The FBI needs to go after people who are assaulting women," said Simon outside the courtroom before Baker's hearing on 2/17/95. "They shouldn't be going after college students who are writing fantasy."

"This case has significant ramifications on the First Amendment," said Simon. "We have to apply free speech to computer communications. We have done it for telecommunications, electronic communications, now we have to go ahead and protect it in the cyberspace era."

"What he [Baker] did was publish short stories on the Internet," said Simon. "They are no different than the stories on bookshelves in stores all over the country. It is just sick, vile fantasy."

Incomplete information on the Baker case, including my prior informational postings on the subject and the (anonomized) story in question may be found on the WWW at:

http://krusty.eecs.umich.edu/people/pjswan/Baker/Jake_Baker.html News accounts and other info may be found on the MIT Student Association for Freedom of Expression (SAFE) case archive at http://www.mit.edu:8001/activities/safe/safe/cases/umich-baker-story/

If you know of other relevant WWW sites, please notify me and I will add links to the page.