Monday, March 24, 2014

People v. Patrick Harran continued yet again

University of California, Los Angeles, chemistry professor Patrick Harran had another trial court status check last week. The result is another status check scheduled for June 5. Harran faces trial on four counts of felony violations of the state labor code relating to the 2009 death of Sheharbano (Sheri) Sangji from injuries sustained in a fire in Harran’s lab. 
The case is on hold in the trial court while a California appellate court considers a petition filed by Harran’s legal team on Oct. 24, 2013, to try to get the case dismissed. The current deadline for the district attorney’s or attorney general’s offices to file opposition arguments is April 9, then Harran’s team has until April 30 to reply.
The legal system grinds on. I suspect that the case might be dismissed on the question as to whether or not CalOSHA/the LA district attorney can charge Patrick Harran with the felony violations, if he was not Sheri Sangji's employer, as opposed to her supervisor. 

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