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Paroled in Manslaughter Case, Law Student Will Resume Legal Education This Fall

Posted Aug 31, 2011 5:06 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Corrected: Convicted of manslaughter after stabbing a friend to death five years ago, a law student at the University of British Columbia had to interrupt his legal education after completing his second year to serve two years in jail.

But Sasan Ansari, 32, will return to school at the UBC this fall, while he is on day parole, reports the Vancouver Sun.

The victim's mother, Diane Goos, called the plan "disturbing," and said she thinks Ansari should still be in prison. Her son, Josh Goos, was stabbed 33 times outside the Hollyburn Country Club.

Dean Mary Anne Bobinski of the UBC Faculty of Law said in a written statement that the school "has no legal basis on which to prevent students with criminal records from attending UBC Law."

However, a spokeswoman for the British Columbia Law Society tells the newspaper that Ansari would have to show fitness and good character before he could be admitted to practice. An applicant with a serious criminal conviction would be very closely reviewed, she noted.

Corrected on Sept. 3 to remove the reference to a nightclub. Hollyburn is a country club.

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