In a case that clearly smacks of law enforcement overreaching, LA County prosecutors recently charged a UCLA chemistry professor, and the University itself, with felony workplace safety violations resulting from the death of a UCLA student two years ago. An explosion in the professor’s chemistry lab killed the student who was working there at the time. Workplace safety violations occur, we all know that, but even assuming violations occurred here (which is uncertain), to charge criminal violations in a case like this is unprecedented, a dangerous precedent, and overall inappropriate.
Evidence Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
How do you prove that a professor willingly and criminally and recklessly allowed an unsafe environment to exist? How to establish that the professor, who worked in the lab along with many other students, would have acquiesced to a dangerous workplace that could have harmed the other students as well as himself? Why believe that evidence beyond a reasonable doubt exists to show that the University itself, as a public entity, should be charged with a crime?
Stretch The Legal Limits
Perhaps in the wake of their victory against Dr. Conrad Murray in the Michael Jackson involuntary manslaughter case, prosecutors are feeling emboldened and have decided to stretch the legal limits to test how taut a legal wire can be before it snaps. But while they conduct this bizarre and unfair legal experiment, the defendants, who are real people ensnared in the case, have seen their lives turned upside down, their reputations ruined and their future livelihoods threatened. This inappropriate move by prosecutors warrants full throated opposition and a vigorous defense.
Meister Law, Experienced Defense Lawyers
If you or someone important to you think you may be at risk of federal or state law enforcement investigation over workplace safety violations, or other legal issues related to your business, call the experienced defense lawyers of the Meister Law Offices in Los Angeles for a free consultation 213-293-3737. Or reach criminal defense attorney Steve Meister, at Steve@meisterlawoffices.com.