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India West: UCLA Prof avoids jail in death of student in lab accident

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UCLA Lab A chemistry professor at UCLA will not have to serve any jail time in the death of a student in his lab, reports India West (photo by Mallhattan).

Patrick Harran faced four felony counts of safety violations in the death of 23-year-old Indian American research assistant Sheharbano “Sheri” Sangji.

Under a plea bargain, Harran will pay $10,000 to a burn center, develop new safety procedures and perform community service including teaching a chemistry class to underprivileged high school students.

Sangji’s parents expressed disappointment in the agreement.

“Patrick Harran has been completely unrepentant about ordering Sheri to perform an extremely dangerous experiment without providing her with training or supervision as he is required to by law,” the Sangji family statement said.

“We do not understand how this man is allowed to continue running a laboratory, and supervising students and researchers.”

You can read what Harran told the court and reaction from others about this case in India West.

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