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Dismissal of charges for Pennsylvania professor

In a recent blog post, the arrest of a professor of physics at Temple University was discussed. The Chinese national was arrested and charged with wire fraud in connection to his longstanding relationship with Chinese governmental agencies and individuals. While his arrest has no doubt brought on a great deal of expense, stress and fear, an announcement was recently made that federal authorities in Pennsylvania are now seeking the dismissal of charges in the case.

The professor took a sabbatical from Temple to work with another company. While there, he was under a contract that prohibits the sharing or sale of any information or technology obtained as part of his employment. He was accused of obtaining a device that produces a material capable of enhancing the conduction of electricity, then sharing the technology with his foreign contacts.

The professor was arrested in May 2015, and entered a plea of not guilty shortly thereafter. In the recent announcement, authorities stated that it is in the interest of justice to dismiss the charges against him. An attorney for the professor stated that the subject matter of the case is very technical in nature and that false assumptions may have been made about the professor and his involvement in the groundbreaking technology.

The motion for the dismissal of charges remains before the judge in this case, but the Pennsylvania professor is likely greatly relieved by the change in the course of the matter. He has been living in the United States since 1989 and has two children who were born here. Within this blog, we often remind readers that not everyone who has been accused of a crime is in fact guilty of those accusations, and this case is a powerful example of how an individual can face a serious legal challenge when they have not acted in an unlawful manner.  

Source: Reuters, "U.S. seeks to dismiss charges against China-born physicist", Alex Dobuzinskis, Sept. 11, 2015

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