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Date: Mon, 13 Mar 1995 16:02:03 EST

From: Peter Swanson
Subject: Baker released on $10k bond

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This posting contains information from Josh White's 3/13/95 Michigan Daily articles "Jake Baker released on $10K bond" and "Baker tells story of life behind bars"

Baker Released on $10,000 Bond

On Friday, Federal Judge Avern Cohn released Baker with conditions after receiving a psychological evaluation from Dr. Harold Sommerscheid.

"He did not perceive (Baker) as having any mental illness and did not think he would act out any of his fantasies," Cohn said. "He did not see Baker as a man who would act out the sexual violence he wrote about."

The psychological evaluation was not publicly available, but Baker's attorney Douglas Mullkoff said it came to conclusions similar to those of two other unofficial evaluations last month.

"Jake breezed through his latest psychological exam," Mullkoff said. "It was consistent with all of the other evaluations Jake has had."

Cohn attached several conditions to Bakers release on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond. Cohn ordered Baker's mother, Vilma Baker, to take third party custody of her son, and told Baker to report to Pretrial Services once or twice each week.

"Mr. Baker should avoid Ann Arbor except to meet with his lawyer, Cohn said. "And he is not allowed to meet with any student of the University of Michigan or anyone else while in Ann Arbor.

"He is also not allowed to upload any information to the Internet, but may (download) information as he wishes."

Cohn also asked Vilma Baker to report "any unusual activities" and that Baker "keep regular hours at night" in his home in Boardman, Ohio.

"The government had said that it would be bound to whatever the psychological report said," said U.S. Attorney Ken Chadwell. "We will not object to the court's findings."


The following are quotes of Baker and his family, separated by "---" where their sequence is not clear from the newspaper account.

Jake Baker:


"First I am going to sleep for about 24 hours. Then I want to catch up on the month I missed."


"I haven't seen any of the newspapers for the last month. I have no idea what is going on in the outside world. Maybe I will be ready for comment after I have found out more information. Without knowing what is going on, I wouldn't have the proper perspective to make any comments."


"I am sorry to have ever used a real person's name in any of my stories. It was a stupid thing to do, and I have paid for it over the last few weeks."


"It feels very good to be able to go home. The last month was definitely not what I was used to."


"It is not something that any University student would ever want to go through. It is great to be out."


Vilma Baker, Jake's mother:


"When he was in Wayne County [Jail], it was terrible. He barely had anything to eat, and he lost 11 pounds in his first 10 days there."


"He missed movement. He couldn't walk around much and he was in solitary confinement. He also missed music. You don't know what it is like to just not hear music for that long."


(Thursday night, before Baker's release)

"While we should be singing 'Happy Birthday' and cutting cake right now, we are optimistic for tomorrow. I reminded him of the Grateful Dead song in which the line was, I believe, 'I turned 21 in jail.' He laughed at that."


Donald Hutchison, Baker's stepfather.


"At least at Milan [Federal Prison], Jake could sleep and eat. At Wayne County [Jail], he didn't have any paper or pen to write with, and he had nothing to read. It was hell for him and hell for us to have to watch him like that.

"He doesn't ever want to get into trouble again."


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:


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