Saide enters innocent plea in court case

The trial date for a Communication freshman charged with fabricating hate crimes during Fall Quarter was set Tuesday for April 9.

Jaime Alexander Saide, known as Xander, pleaded innocent to two counts of felony disorderly conduct in Cook County Circuit Court in Skokie. If convicted, he could face prison time and a $25,000 maximum fine.

Judge Garret E. Howard approved a motion for discovery, in which the prosecution and the defense reveal all their evidence to each other, said Barry Spector, Saide’s lawyer.

Spector declined to comment on Saide’s status at Northwestern.

In November Saide said he found the words “Die Spic” near his room in Chapin Hall. Four days later, he filed a police report claiming someone held him at knifepoint and whispered “Spic, we didn’t run away this time.”

Evanston Police Department arrested Saide Nov. 17 on charges that he fabricated both incidents. At a press conference, Chief Frank Kaminski said Saide confessed to filing false reports to shed light on campus race relations.

— Maridel Reyes