News in Brief: Landlord Lawyers Attempt to Dismiss Charges as Bogus



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OAKLAND - Lawyers for Lakireddy Bali Reddy filed a motion this week to dismiss the case against a wealthy landlord due to "vagueness" in several counts.

Reddy has been charged with illegally bringing Indian girls to the United States for "immoral" purposes on the basis that he engaged in a sexual relationship with the girls. The motion to dismiss asserts that the immoral purposes charge is based on an "archaic phrase."

It argues that illegal betting operations and topless dancing venues could fall under the immoral purposes category.

The motion also points out that no part of Reddy's nine-count indictment refers to minors, although prosecutors have said many of Reddy's alleged victims were under 18. Defense attorneys argue that by omitting minors, the prosecution was not confident of being able to prove the girls were under the legal age.

Anne Benjaminson

Former Dean Dies

W. James Hill, one of the first assistant deans at Boalt Hall law school, died Aug. 14 from complications of Parkinson's disease. He was 82.

Hill was the second assistant dean at Boalt Hall, serving under four law school deans from 1964-88. Hill was responsible for admissions, alumni relations and fundraising.

"(Hill) did what about half a dozen people do today," said Jesse Choper, a former Boalt Hall dean.

Hill is survived by his wife, Aurora, five children and four grandchildren.

Virginia Griffey

Political Science Department Loses Beloved Professor

Political science Professor Emeritus Leslie Lipson, who devoted much of his research to ethical choices, died last Friday. He was 87.

The London-born, Oxford-educated Lipson taught in the political science department from 1950-84. He received the Berkeley Citation, the campus' highest award, and chaired the department's undergraduate program.

Former UC president Clark Kerr this week called close friend Lipton a leading scholar.

"He was very popular with the undergraduates and a great lecturer," Kerr said. "He had a lot of enthusiasm for the subject. It is a great loss to have him gone."

Lipson is survived by his wife, Helen, a son and a granddaughter.

Bonne Chance

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