Another court delay for UCLA and Patrick Harran in #SheriSangji case

I heard from the district attorney’s office last week that this would happen but got the final details just now: The arraignment of the University of California, Los Angeles, and chemistry professor Patrick Harran has been postponed yet again, this time to July 27. UCLA and Harran face felony charges of labor code violations related to the death of researcher Sheharbano (Sheri) Sangji.

Los Angeles County deputy district attorney Craig Hum says that UCLA and Harran will definitely have to enter pleas on the 27th, with or without a plea agreement in place.

Arraignment was previously postponed on Jan. 12 (UCLA only), Feb. 2, March 7, April 11, June 7.

Author: Jyllian Kemsley

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  1. This is really dragging out. It seems doubtful that a deal will be reached. I’m sure UCLA and Harran will want to not plea to criminal charges, and I’m guessing that the DA will push forward.

  2. Patience. There is no question that all of us with interest in the case want to see this move forward, both for the Sangji family and for the profession. While it is difficult to understand the “whys” behind multiple delays, recall that the US has a very defense-centric criminal justice code. Defendants are afforded a level of rights that are unheard of in most countries, and I don’t think we’d want it any other way.