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Ruling on Whether Harran Will Stand Trial Postponed Until February

Final testimony in the preliminary hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court to determine whether University of California-Los Angeles professor Patrick Harran will stand trial in the death of Sheri Sangji ended on 18 December.  The hearing started in November, but the final two days of testimony were postponed until 17 and 18 December because of scheduling difficulties.  Two witnesses who had begun testifying in November, California state occupational safety investigator Brian Baudendistel, author of a report highly critical of Harran, and lab safety expert Neal Langerman, resumed their testimony and completed it this week.

Judge Lisa Lench did not announce a decision on whether to proceed to trial.  Instead, according to the Associated Press, she ruled that she would hear arguments on the question on 15 February. 

There’s a thorough summary of the hearing at the C&E News blog The Safety Zone. An account of the final day can be found here.