Judge Schedules August Hearing for Patrick Harran

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Kelly Krause, AAAS

Eleven months to the day after the University of California accepted "responsibility for the conditions” that led to the death of lab assistant Sheri Sangji, a Los Angeles judge set 26 August as the date for the next hearing in the long-running criminal case against Patrick Harran. Harran is head of the lab at the University of California, Los Angeles, where 23-year-old Sangji was fatally burned while working, in December 2008. The university’s acceptance of responsibility was part of a wide-ranging settlement that included criminal charges against the 10-campus institution being dropped. Harran, also charged with felonies in Sangji’s death, was not part of the settlement. A judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf in September 2012.

At the forthcoming hearing, a motion by Harran’s defense team to dismiss the charges will once again be considered, reports Chemical & Engineering News.

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