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A Massachusetts court has dismissed the wrongful death suit filed against Harvard and three of its employees by the mother of Justin D. C. D. Cosby.
As a judge heard arguments for the first time relating to B. Denise Cosby’s wrongful death lawsuit against Harvard for the 2009 murder of her son in Kirkland House, lawyers for Harvard said that the University cannot be held responsible for the drug deal gone wrong, and the suit should be dismissed.
Facing a lawsuit faulting the University and Lowell House administrators for the death of a 21-year-old man on Harvard’s campus in 2009, Harvard said in a legal filing last week that it cannot be blamed for the death of a non-student drug dealer who was killed during a transaction in Kirkland House.
The mother of a 21-year-old man who was fatally shot in a Harvard dormitory three years ago claims that Harvard’s negligence in allowing a drug dealer to live in Lowell for months led to the wrongful death of her son.
As 2011 comes to an end, The Crimson looks back at the most important events at Harvard over the year.
Blayn Jiggetts, one of three men found guilty of the murder that took place in a Harvard dormitory two years ago, was sentenced to 9 to 12 years in prison.
Former Harvard student Brittany J. Smith confirms her guilty plea on Friday for her role in the May 2009 killing of a Cambridge drug dealer Justin Cosby in Kirkland House. Smith was sentenced to three years in prison plus two years of probation.
Denise Cosby, mother of shooting victim Justin Cosby, delivers a statement in court. "You are just as responsible for my son's death as the shooter," she said.
Former Harvard student Brittany J. Smith pleaded guilty Friday to five of the six counts related to the 2009 shooting in Kirkland House and was sentenced to three years in prison.
Former Harvard student Brittany J. Smith appears in court with her attorney John P. Osler during the first part of a negotiation hearing on Aug. 15. The hearing to determine what her sentence might be if she were to plead guilty and not stand trial was continued on Monday.
A change of plea hearing has been set for Sept. 30 in the case of Brittany J. Smith—the former Harvard student charged as an accessory in the May 2009 killing of a Cambridge drug dealer.
A judge has denied Brittany J. Smith’s motion to dismiss charges for her involvement in the May 2009 shooting in Kirkland House.
Illustration of the courtroom during the Copney trial for the murder of Justin Cosby.