Judge Refuses to Dismiss Charges in UCLA Chem Lab Accident Case

A judge today denied a motion to dismiss criminal charges against a UCLA chemistry professor stemming from a laboratory fire that killed a 23-year-old research assistant.
Professor Patrick Harran, 44, is charged with three counts of willful violation of an occupational safety and health standard causing the death of Sheharbano “Sheri” Sangji. Prosecutors say he was responsible for training Sangji and making sure that she wore protective gear. Defense attorneys argued that their client could not be held criminally liable because he wasn’t Sangji’s employer… Judge George G. Lomeli disagreed…

Full Story at http://centurycity.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/judge-denies-motion-to-dismiss-charges-in-death-of-ucla-lab-assistant 

As has been noted in the past, what needs to happen in this case is that the DA needs to back off and leave this matter – which she inherited from her predecessor – to civil litigation.  

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