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Judge won't drop charges in deadly UCLA lab fire

Posted: August 27, 2013 6:08 a.m.
Updated: August 27, 2013 6:08 a.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has refused to dismiss charges against a UCLA chemistry professor over a deadly laboratory fire.

City News Service says the judge rejected the defense request on Monday.

Patrick Harran is charged with violating workplace safety standards in connection with the 2008 death of Sheharbano Sangji.

The 23-year-old research assistant was burned over nearly half her body when chemicals burst into flames and ignited her clothes. She wasn't wearing a lab coat.

The judge rejected an argument that UCLA, not Harran, was the woman's employer and he wasn't liable for her training and safety.

Harran faces up to 4 1/2 years in prison if convicted.

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