Los Angeles district attorney comments on Harran settlement in #SheriSangji case

Michael Torrice and I have another story up today on the terms of the settlement agreement between University of California, Los Angeles, chemistry professor Patrick Harran and the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. The new story includes comments from head deputy district attorney Craig Hum regarding the specific terms of the settlement.

What didn’t make it into the story: I also asked UCLA whether the university would release Harran from some of his normal teaching responsibilities to help him manage his community service requirements. UCLA spokesman Steve Ritea responded that that hasn’t been determined yet.

Author: Jyllian Kemsley

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  1. “As part of the community service mandated by the agreement, Harran must develop and teach an organic or general chemistry course for the South Central Scholars, a volunteer organization that helps prepare Los Angeles inner-city high school students for college and graduate school…The DA’s office worked with the organization to put together a project that would be “enough of a drain on Harran’s time and energy to be a significant punishment while giving a huge benefit to the organization,” Hum says.” –C&ENews, June 25, 2014

    To regard teaching as a “significant punishment” on one hand, while at the same time “benefiting the organization”–at the expense of the teacher’s time and energy, of course–speaks volumes as to what is wrong with the US approach to both justice as well as education.

  2. I bet the students would rather be taught by someone who volunteered their time, not someone paying his dues for murder.