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Mother sues Harvard in sonís shooting
The Boston Globe ^

Posted on 05/24/2012 11:00:03 AM PDT by matt04

The mother of a Cambridge man fatally shot inside a Harvard University residence hall in 2009 is suing the school and its officials, alleging that Harvard negligently allowed the mastermind of the killing to operate a “criminal enterprise’’ in the dormitory that resulted in the killing.

Denise Cosby filed the wrongful death suit in Middlesex Superior Court last week, saying that the university and its officials failed to protect her son, ­Justin Cosby, 21.

He was shot inside Kirkland Hall May 18, 2009, when a drug rip-0ff turned violent.

In a joint phone interview Wednesday, Denise Cosby’s attorneys, Issac H. Peres and Dennis A. Benzan, said that Cosby believes her son would be alive today if the school had followed its written policies and kept track of the people living in its dorms.

“She feels that it’s the university’s fault,’’ Peres said. “But for their negligence in allowing this murderer to live and operate a criminal enterprise on campus, her son would be alive today.’’

Harvard spokesman Kevin Galvin said, “We recognize that the Cosby family has suffered a heart-rending loss, but there is no basis in law or fact to hold the university accountable for Justin ­Cosby’s death.”

Cosby “entered Harvard property that day for the sole purpose of selling a large quantity of marijuana to people unaffiliated with the University, and one of them shot him,’’ Galvin said in a statement. “We will vigorously defend against this lawsuit.’’

(Excerpt) Read more at bostonglobe.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: cambridge; gunfreezone; harvard
But isn't Harvard a "Gun Free Zone?"
1 posted on 05/24/2012 11:00:13 AM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04
You have made it
You are cool
You have been to the Berklee School

Zappa line. Boston is the worst place I've ever been.

2 posted on 05/24/2012 11:14:38 AM PDT by real saxophonist (The fact that you play tuba doesn't make you any less lethal. -USMC bandsman in Iraq)
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To: matt04

Harvard is going to lose big.


3 posted on 05/24/2012 11:15:18 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: real saxophonist

” Boston is the worst place I’ve ever been. “

Hands down


4 posted on 05/24/2012 11:17:47 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: matt04

I was kind of hoping both parties lose. Perhaps necessitating Harvard to create an affirmative action free zone at the school for the safety of students who do not need any weed that particular evening.


5 posted on 05/24/2012 11:20:51 AM PDT by chuckee
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To: matt04

OH, I love these satire pieces.


6 posted on 05/24/2012 11:21:20 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: matt04

On this thread, family members are complaining because their KNOWN GANG CRIMINAL ‘son’ got shot doing a B+E.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2887591/posts


7 posted on 05/24/2012 11:26:36 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: matt04

Why not. Harvard has about umpty-gazillion dollars in endowments. It’s time that the 1% start giving back to the 99%.../s


8 posted on 05/24/2012 11:46:56 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: matt04

If her son is 1/1000 Native American she can claim it was a hate crime.


9 posted on 05/24/2012 12:13:03 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: SeaHawkFan

how so?


10 posted on 05/24/2012 1:18:55 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Huskrrrr
If Obama had Twins they would look him and Trayvon. ;8^)

Ed

11 posted on 05/24/2012 2:11:20 PM PDT by husky ed (FOX NEWS ALERT "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead" THIS HAS BEEN A FOX NEWS ALERT)
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To: matt04

My understanding of this case, if I recall correctly, is that neither the perpetrators of the murder nor the murdered man were Harvard students. A young lady who was a student violated school policy by giving one of the involved parties her keycard to the dorm building.

Not sure how that’s Harvard’s fault. Seems that the suit would be more properly directed at the young lady (who is now, I believe, a former Harvard student). But of course, the young lady doesn’t have $35 billion.


12 posted on 05/24/2012 2:20:46 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: SeaHawkFan

Harvard will easily win. This is an absurd lawsuit.


13 posted on 05/24/2012 2:47:50 PM PDT by dennisw
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