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The Daily Tar HeelMonday, January 21. 19353
Civil suit charges illegal sale, cremation of body
By MIKK ClINHNHAUSKR
A S 14 million civil suit filed last week in Greensboro
charges that the UNC School ol Medicine illegally
sold and cremated the corpse ol" Maggie Cox Hogan.
Hogans daughter. Sherry Hogan Motes of Tempe.
Ariz... charges the medical school transferred her
mother's body out of the United States without Motes
permission and against the wishes of her mother.
Medical school Dean Stuart Bondurant, a defend
ant in the case, told Motes in August her mother's
body was one of 1 1 bodies sent to a medical school
in Martinique. Martinique has no medical school.
Lester Sandlin was indicted in August on charges
he embezzled those 1 1 cadavers from the medical
school. He was then fired from his position as curator
of anatomical materials.
An additional 50 indictments were brought against
Sandlin Dec. 10, including charges he embezzled 25
other cadavers. He is also accused of defrauding the
Veterans Administration and the UNC School of
Sandlin is scheduled for arraignment on criminal
charges Feb. II. '
Other defendants in the civil suit are the University,
the UNC School of Medicine, the UNC Board of
Governors, the Florida Mortuary Service and Fred
Richardt. its director.
The suit charges the defendants with breach of
contract, negligence and fraud.
Motes' attorney, Sharif Abdullah of Charlotte, said
Hogan died in December I983 of stomach cancer and
wanted her body used for cancer research.
Hogan feared burial, he said, and did not want
her body moved from the medical school.
Abdullah said Sandlin sent Motes a form to sign
shortly after her mother's death. The form included
the clause: "I have no objection to my mother's being
moved to another medical school."
Motes did object, Abdullah said, but Sandlin
assured her only tissue samples from her mother's
body would be transferred.
Abdullah said the 1 1 bodies were sent to the Florida
Mortuary Service in Miami. He said Richardt told
him the bodies were sent to a Caribbean medical
school for research.
Abdullah said he had not been able to verify
independently where the bodies were sent. He said
Hogan's ashes were returned to the University after
Bondurant had been served the suit Friday but
wonid .- comment. Dr. William Huf "fines, associate
dean of pathology, said he would be responding to
questions about the case for the University, the
medical schvoI and Bondurant. Huffines had not seen
the suit Friday and was unable to comment.
Sandlin's attorney, Ann Lollin, said. Friday that
she knew of the potential that a lawsuit would be
"I don't know whether others will file suits," she
said. "This could snowball."
The suit charges the UNC medical school acted
negligently in hiring Sandlin and allowing him to
transfer bodies illegally. Abdullah said that although
the University contended Sandlin acted without
authority, the University should not have allowed the
bodies to be transferred.
"There is no way an employee should have been
able (figuratively) to walk out of the University with
1 1 bodies under his coat." Abdullah said.
"Sandlin tried to cover his tracks early in the game,"
he said. "He knew what he was doing."
Abdullah said the University did not have the
proper authority to transfer the 1 1 bodies outside the
United States. By law. such transfer requires
permission from the next of kin. he said.
Sexism mars comic intent 1 of 'Micki & Maude '
Blake Edwards' Micki & Maude is,
superficially, a moderately amusing
collection of sight gags that gives
Dudley Moore every opportunity to
display his talent for physical comedy.
Underneath this guise, however, Micki
& Maude comes off as a rather nasty
and unrealistic anti-feminist backlash
from the point of view of a liberated
man of the '80s.
At first, Moore's character, Rob
Salinger, is a likeable fellow. A famous
reporter for a local TV station, he feels
his life is slipping away as he covers
such inane topics as "Lingerie for
Animals." He is married to Micki (Ann
Reinking), a high-powered attorney
about to be appointed to the State
Rob feels his life will never be
complete until he fathers a child. Alas,
his busy and successful wife does not
agree. She prefers dressing for success
and punching the glowing buttons on
her office telephone to getting stretch
marks and changing diapers.
In his loneliness Rob turns to a lovely
young cellist, Maude (Amy Irving), who
immediately becomes pregnant. Before
he can tell Micki that he is leaving her
for Maude, Micki announces that she
is pregnant. Rob's nurturing instincts
are so strong that he marries Maude
and leads a double life as husband to
both women in order to have two babies
instead of just one.
Initially it appears that Rob's shut
tling between wives will be the source
of plenty of good laughs, but as the
movie continues the situation becomes
pathetic. Edwards and writer Jonathan
Reynolds turn Rob's bigamy into an
acceptable comic convention and take
every available chance to make excuses
for him. At this point the movie's theme
interferes with the movie itself.
Edwards directs the actors so that
Moore's character emerges as the
victim, with the two women, particu
larly Reinking's Micki, as the villains.
With Reynolds' mediocre script,
Edwards glorifies Rob to such a degree
that the movie loses the farcical quality
that was postble at the beginning.
Farce only resurfaces in a hilarious
hough somewhat tedious scene in the
hospital when Rob is racing back and
forth between his two laboring wives.
Irving's performance as Maude is the
one element of the movie on which
Edwards seems to have a grip. Her
elegant diction and informal beauty
combine easily to make Maude approp
riately artistic and earthy. Edwards
allows Irving to act Maude with a
refreshingly understated naturalness
that makes her the most personable
character. Reinking makes a grand effort as the
brisk, energetic Micki, but her perfor
mance looks just that a valiant
attempt. She appears to be struggling
with some confusing direction, as if she
would like to go beyond the stereotyp
ical working-woman characterization
but lacks the freedom to try.
As for Moore, he is admittedly a very
good comic actor. His physical comedy
is entertaining without being cruel or
boring, as that sort of schtick tends to
be. He plays Rob as a man who knows
he does not have all the answers but
tries to work out all the complexities
of his life. At one point Rob tells
Maude. "I can't deal with complicated
situations." and indeed Moore's Rob is
in way over his head. He might be more
likeable if. as in Reinking's case.
Edwards had given him more leeway
in the part.
Edwards' heavy influence causes
Micki & Maude to appear as a bitter
retaliation against women's assuming
some male roles. He draws an unreal
istic picture of men as sappy wor
shippers of the familial state, a picture
that far overshadows the lew funny
moments of this would-be farce.
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a few years. For example, a $l-a-semester
fee would result in about
$44,000 enough to give the three SLS
attorneys job security, Parker said.
The power of a CGC that can
approve an SLS budget and then charge
students for it raised concerns. "There's
nothing in the world that could stop
the CGC from giving them a $200,000
budget,?' Lloyd said:' h.i -n. o, -
David -Masliai chairman of -the SLS
Advisory Board, disagreed. "The CGC
realizes that because it's a separate
component they have to consider SLS
in a vacuum. They're going to ask more
questions," he said. "It's more of a
watchdog for Student Legal Services."
"I'm convinced the council will act
more responsibly on this money matter
than any other," Parker said.
If not, the Board of Trustees can
intervene, Maslia said. Less severe
monitoring of the plan includes open
meetings of, the SLS Advisory, Board,
which will; submit budget proposals to
. the CGC; open CGC meetings; and The
Daily Tar Heel, he said.
The plan itself prevents the council
from over-budgeting the SLS to fund
other organizations with the surpluses
because any surpluses must return to
When underfunded as it will be
if the fee is begun in phases, SLS can
still go before the CGC for more money
during the springtime budget hearings.
But at least it will have a guaranteed
base, Maslia said..
ij "We; reached our all-time low, ; last
spring when one of our part-time
attorneys was in jeopardy of losing her
job," he said. He added that the
instability of SLS funding during the
hearings had been a problem for the
past few years.
Although the lack of a financial
ceiling on SLS budgets increases CGC
power, Parker said it could be bene
ficial. "I hope this will increase the
importance of the Campus Governing
Council." he said; "I really want people
to scrutinize the candidates."
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Officer Pat Burns of the Chapel Hill
Police Department said yesterday
afternoon that there had been about
eight minor car accidents as a result of
the icy roads. He also said, police were
s?nHin nH aitinsi all the main
thoroughfares in town.
University Police dispatcher Jamie
Prapst said police tried to clear the snow
off the southside of campus.
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