Thursday, April 12, 2012

Too Much Old Radio?

The felony charge against a UCLA professor in connection with a fatal lab fire continues.  This blog, in an earlier post, noted another felony case charged against a UCLA political science professor by the Los Angeles District Attorney and questioned whether the criminalization of these matters is appropriate. 

From today’s Daily Bruin:

The formal reading of felony charges in relation to the 2009 death of a UCLA staff research assistant has been postponed for a third time.  UCLA chemistry Professor Patrick Harran, the UC Board of Regents and the Los Angeles County District Attorney were represented at the Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday afternoon to hear the charges against Harran and the regents.  Charges were first filed against Harran and the regents on Dec. 27, 2011 in connection to a lab fire in 2008 that resulted in the death of UCLA staff research assistant Sheharbano “Sheri” Sangji. They are charged with failing to provide proper chemical safety training, to provide procedures for correcting unsafe work conditions in a timely manner and to require clothing appropriate for the work being done, according to the felony complaint…

Has someone at the DA been listening to too many old radio shows?
Update: The LA Times version of the story suggests that plea bargaining is occurring:

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