ND 88′ subpoenas former V.P.

first_imgA St. Joseph County judge is allowing the deposition of former associate vice president for Residence Life Bill Kirk in the case of 88 protesters, known as the “ND 88,” who were arrested for trespassing on campus during President Barack Obama’s visit in May 2009. Judge Michael Scopelitis overruled a motion by the prosecution to prevent the subpoena of Kirk’s testimony, but did not allow the defense access to documents regarding Kirk’s employment status at the University, according to St. Joseph County Superior Court documents filed Sept. 20. “The deposition of Bill Kirk was contested because much of the information the defendant sought related to Mr. Kirk’s departure from the Office of Student Affairs, which is irrelevant to the trespass cases,” University spokesman Dennis Brown said. Kirk’s position as associate vice president was eliminated this summer. Vice President for Student Affairs Fr. Thomas Doyle told The Observer earlier this month that Kirk’s position was removed as a result of restructuring in the Office of Student Affairs. During the demonstrations protesting Obama’s visit, Kirk oversaw the Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) and was in charge of approving campus demonstrations. The court order stipulates that the defense can ask Kirk why he no longer holds his administrative position at the University, but Kirk is not required to bring documents that deal with his employment status at Notre Dame. The court document states that the Court reviewed Kirk’s and the University’s confidential separation agreement and found that it says nothing related to the criminal proceedings. Scopelitis ruled that Kirk is not obligated to disclose the document. The Thomas More Society, a pro-life law center, is overseeing the trials of the 88 protesters, who are being charged with criminal trespass. A Thomas More Society press release states that the defense is seeking testimony from Kirk in order to ask questions about different treatment given to protesters involved in various protests on campus. The defense has argued that the ND 88 were subject to “viewpoint discrimination,” which the defense is claiming is a violation of the First Amendment, according to the release. ND 88 attorneys contend that the University did not file charges against protestors in past demonstrations. In a statement released in April, University President Fr. John Jenkins said NDSP gave the protesters several warnings to disperse, as the University has clear rules for campus demonstrations. “Some have incorrectly suggested that having the protestors arrested means we are hostile to the pro-life position. But, the University cannot have one set of rules for causes we oppose, and another more lenient set of rules for causes we support. We have one consistent set of rules for demonstrations on campus — no matter what the cause,” Jenkins said in the statement. The student handbook, du Lac, states that campus demonstrations must be peaceful, non-disruptive and registered in writing with the associate vice president of Residence Life — who was Kirk at the time. Kirk’s deposition will be taken at a date to be determined.last_img read more

Lorena “Rena” Riley

first_imgLorena “Rena” B. Riley (nee: Kash), of New Point, passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at her daughter’s house, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.  Lorena was born September 1, 1937 in Beattyville, KY to George and Sarah (Chambers) Kash. She married Albert Riley on September 25, 1962. He proceeded her in death in October of 1988.A lover of cooking, Lorena was an avid gardener and could be found canning enough homegrown goods for the whole community. She enjoyed quilting, bingo and loved going to the zoo. Most important to her of all was her loving family.Survivors include daughter, Sarah and son-in-law, Larry Riehle and son Joe Rico Riley. Grandchildren, Jeff and Stacy Riehle, Sarah Leeann Riehle, and Kayla Riley. Great grandchildren, Carson Riehle, Kaylee Riehle, and Tristan Hess. Sister, Joy Hollan and brother, Daniel Kash.She was proceeded in death by her parents George and Sarah Kash, her husband Albert Riley, granddaughter Kira Riley, sister Mary Wilson and brothers George Kash Jr, Willie Kash, Cordy Kash, Virgil Kash, Gordon Kash, Jimmie Kash and Dorcey Kash.Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, a private service will be held for immediate family at Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville, IN.Memorials may be made to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Southeast Indiana Triple R’s Team https://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2020/OH-GreaterCincinnati?team_id=618720&pg=team&fr_id=13662 or Margaret Mary Health Hospice by donating directly on link or by mailing to Meyers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 202, Batesville, IN 47006.We also encourage you to leave a message at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com on Lorena’s obituary page for the family in the online guestbook or send a card to using the link on the page.last_img read more

Williams’ injury might be more than an ankle sprain

first_imgThe Trojans returned to the field Tuesday for the first time since their 55-21 loss to Stanford on Saturday.There, they got some more bad news.It looks as if redshirt junior receiver Damian Williams will miss practice for at least the rest of the week with an ankle injury.Sitting this one out · The injury that kept wide receiver Damian Williams out of last week’s game may be worse than originally thought. – Mike Lee | Daily TrojanWilliams originally suffered the injury on a 75-yard touchdown catch against Arizona State earlier this month.It was initially determined to be a high ankle sprain; now, Williams says it might be worse — a stress reaction, or even a stress fracture.“It’s almost like a real bad bruise,” he said on his way out of practice Tuesday. “It’s just always sore.”Williams, who wouldn’t rule himself out of playing against UCLA on Nov. 28, still requires a boot to walk.“The sooner I get out of the boot, the closer I am to playing,” Williams said. “While I’m in this thing, the worse my chances look.”In other injury news, redshirt junior running back Allen Bradford and redshirt freshman receiver Brice Butler both left practice early.Bradford has a bone bruise in his foot, while Butler’s back injury that sidelined him briefly last month is bothering him again.Butler said he wouldn’t be sidelined for an extended period of time.Sophomore safety Drew McAllister took part in most full-speed drills in his return to Howard Jones Field after missing the last three games with a hip flexor.uThe Trojans have managed to stick together in the aftermath of Saturday’s 55-21 loss, and they say they’re using it as a learning experience.“We learned that if we don’t play as a team, then any team in our conference can beat us and any team in the nation can beat us,” said junior running back Joe McKnight, who rushed for 142 yards against the Cardinal. “And as long as we have that focus as a team, we can do anything in front of us.”Freshman quarterback Matt Barkley said the road to recovery starts with the team’s veterans, who are already taking on a positive attitude.“The leaders are and the starters are and it’s trickling on down,” Barkley said. “It was pretty down over the weekend and even a little bit [Monday], but you can tell things are up today.”Junior center Kristofer O’Dowd added that each of the team’s players has to take equal responsibility for the loss.“You can’t really put the blame on somebody,” O’Dowd said. “It takes all 11 on both sides of the ball. If one guy has a mistake, then the whole team falters.”uBye weeks are — for the Trojans, at least — known as a time for young players to stand out, as coaches tend to give more repetitions to backups with less pressure to prepare for an opponent.USC coach Pete Carroll spotlighted a number of players likely to see the field more in practice this week, including freshmen safeties Jawanza Starling and T.J. McDonald and freshman offensive lineman Kevin Graf.“I think it’s really important for our program to present our guys with competitive situations as much as possible,” Carroll said. “To give them an opportunity to see where they are, and so they can learn and so that we can learn and we can make progress with them.”Carroll also said that backup quarterbacks redshirt junior Mitch Mustain and redshirt sophomore Aaron Corp are receiving more snaps than usual this week.“Practice, for me, has been kinda fun,” Corp said. “You get to play free and just run around and have a good time.”last_img read more