A state investigator believed to have pleaded no contest to a first degree murder charge as a teenager resigned Tuesday from the city's Public Safety Commission after more than a year of service.
Brian Baudendistel, who did not respond to requests for comment, submitted his resignation letter Tuesday after a reporter made inquiries. "With much regret, I am resigning my appointment as Public Safety Commissioner effective immediately," Baudendistel, whose two-year appointment was confirmed in April 2011, wrote. "It has truly been a pleasure and an honor to serve the City Council and the residents of Temple City." The letter, dated July 27, did not state why he resigned.
Baudendistel, a senior special investigator for the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration, become the focus of criminal proceedings against UCLA chemistry professor Patrick Harran in the accidental death of a lab worker in 2008.If this is what it seems to be (and nothing really does, these days), then it seems uncontested (contra his earlier statements to the LA Times) that Investigator Baudendistel was involved in that crime when he was younger. I fail to see how this has bearing on the Sangji/Harran case from a moral or ethical perspective, but it will undoubtedly have bearing on the legal aspects of it -- the defense notes that the arrest of Professor Harran is deeply tied to Mr. Baudendistel's report on the case.
Also, the #SheriSangji case continues to percolate through the internet (and in print?):
- Jim Morris publishes his Sangji story in Mother Jones.
- The esteemed Deborah Blum talks about the case in her blog on Wired.
- Janet Stemwedel talks about her thoughts on the case, and asks: does it take one lie to destroy credibility?