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Deans: Va. Tech Threat ‘Copycat’ a Law Student

Posted Apr 20, 2007 6:18 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A law student at the University of California at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall is accused of having made a threatening Internet chat board post that prompted its sister law school, Hastings, in San Francisco, to close Wednesday. The post was characterized by Hastings dean Nell Jessup Newton as a “copycat-type threat” related to Monday's shooting massacre of 32 by a student at Virginia Tech.

The threat was determined to be a hoax, but law enforcement agencies are investigating possible charges, and the University of California-Berkeley is considering student discipline, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

A copy of a written apology letter reportedly sent to Newton by Berkeley Dean Christopher Edley Jr. is posted on the law blog of the Wall Street Journal (subscription required).

For more details, see this earlier ABAJournal.com post.


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