Arraignment of the University of California, Los Angeles, and chemistry professor Patrick Harran for felony violations of California labor laws has been postponed, reports C&EN SCENE editor Michael Torrice. The charges stem from the death of researcher Sheharbano (Sheri) Sangji three years ago after a fire in Harran’s lab.
Torrice was in the courtroom this morning and says that defense attorneys spoke with the judge in private, then requested that the arraignment be delayed. While Harran’s arraignment was originally scheduled for today, UCLA’s was already postponed once, from Jan. 12. The new date for both defendants is March 7.
ETA: The Los Angeles Times has a photo taken in the courtroom.