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Wednesday
Sep072011

Annie Le Family Files Lawsuit Against Yale

Christopher Capozziello/Getty Images(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) -- The family of Yale graduate student Annie Le has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the university nearly two years to the day after Le was murdered. The suit, filed Tuesday in Connecticut Superior Court in New Haven, claims Yale failed to adequately protect women for years, accusing the college of insufficiently addressing incidents of sexual harassment and sexual assault on campus.

The university took "inadequate steps to ensure the safety and security of women on its campus" in the years before Le's murder, the suit claims. The court action also asserts that Yale botched the search for Le after she went missing in September of 2009.

Le's body was found that month stuffed in a wall behind a toilet in the lab building on Yale's campus where she did pharmacology research. She had gone missing for more than a week and the discovery was made days before the San Jose, Calif., native, 24, was to be married.

Raymond Clark III, an animal research technician who worked in the same building, pleaded guilty to murdering Le in March and was sentenced to 44 years in prison three months later.

In a statement, Yale officials said that the lawsuit had no merit and no additional security measures could have prevented the killing.

"The university will defend against it as appropriate," the statement read, in part.

"Yale had no information indicating that Raymond Clark was capable of committing this terrible crime, and no reasonable security measures could have prevented his unforeseeable act," the statement said.

The suit, which names Yale University and its medical school, is seeking an unspecified amount of money, but legal experts believe damages and legal fees could total in the millions of dollars.

This is not the first time Yale has had to defend itself against claims that the university fails to protect women on campus. The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights announced in April that it was investigating complaints by Yale students that the university failed to properly respond to sexual harassment concerns.

The Le family civil suit cites the federal probe of a complaint from current and former Yale students about violations of Title IX , one of several educational reforms passed in 1972 that prohibit the exclusion of anyone on the basis of sex from educational programs directly funded by the federal government.

"Yale's persistent tolerance of sexual harassment and sexual assaults on campus caused students to file [the] complaint against Yale University," the Le family's lawyers, New York-based Joseph Tacopina and Stamford, Conn.-based Paul Slager, said in a statement.

"And, just five days before she was to be married, Annie Le was a victim of that environment."

After Le's murder, Yale updated its workplace violence prevention policy, stating that the university had "zero tolerance" for violent and threatening behavior.

The university also added violence-prevention training for curriculum managers, and background checks for temporary workers hired through agencies, as well as for vendors with electronic access to Yale's buildings.

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Friday
Jun032011

Sentencing Day for Killer of Yale Grad Student Annie Le

Christopher Capozziello/Getty ImagesUPDATE: Clark on Friday was sentenced to 44 years in prison for the murder and sexual assault of Yale grad student Annie Le.

(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) -- The Connecticut laboratory worker who pled guilty to the murder and sexual assault of Yale University graduate student Annie Le two years ago will be given his sentence Friday.

Raymond Clark III, 26, had been accused of strangling 24-year-old Le just days before her wedding in September of 2009.  He entered a guilty plea on March 17 under an agreement with prosecutors and is expected to be sentenced to 44 years in prison.

Le's body was discovered four days after she went missing, stuffed in a wall at a Yale research laboratory where she conducted research on mice.  Clark, an animal research assistant who worked in the same facility, regularly tended to the animals in the lab.  He was arrested a few days later and charged with murder.

When he initially met with investigators, Clark had scratches on his face and left arm -- marks that he claimed came from a cat.  But in court, prosecutors cited voluminous amounts of evidence from the crime scene that tied Clark to the murder.  This included a bloody sock found in the wall that contained both Clark and Le's DNA, as well as a lab coat in the laundry bin that also contained both their DNA.  A green ink pen was also found under Le's body that had her blood and Clark's DNA.

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Thursday
Mar172011

Raymond Clark Pleads Guilty to Murder of Yale Grad Student Annie Le

ABC News(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) -- On Thursday morning in a Connecticut courtroom, with his entire family looking on, Raymond Clark III pled guilty to the murder and sexual assault of Yale University graduate student Annie Le.

Clark, 26, had been accused of strangling the 24-year-old Le just days before her wedding in September of 2009.

Clark entered the plea under an agreement with prosecutors and will receive a sentence of 44 years. He had been charged with murder and felony murder, each carrying a possible sentence of 25-60 years.

Le's body was found stuffed behind a research laboratory wall on Sept. 13, 2009, five days after she had last been seen inside the Yale medical building. Clark, an animal research assistant who worked in the same facility, was arrested by police Sept. 17 and charged with the murder. When he initially met with investigators, Clark had scratches on his face and left arm -- marks that he claimed came from a cat. But in court, prosecutors cited voluminous amounts of evidence from the crime scene that tied Clark to the murder. This included a bloody sock found in the wall that contained both Clark and Le's DNA as well as a lab coat in the laundry bin that also contained both their DNA. A green ink pen was found under Le's body that had her blood and Clark's DNA.

Police said that Clark signed into the secure building using a green pen the day Le went missing. Video footage taken from the building showed that Clark changed his clothes on the day the murder was alleged to have taken place.

Outside the courtroom Thursday, Clark's father Raymond Clark Jr., said, "It is a heavy heart that I stand here before you today. We will live out our life knowing that he is behind bars. But we are proud of Ray for taking responsibility for his actions and pleading guilty. I want you to know that Ray has expressed extreme remorse from the very beginning. I can't tell you how many times he sobbed uncontrollably, telling me how sorry he is; telling me how his heart is tortured by the reality the he caused the death of Annie."

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Wednesday
Mar162011

Raymond Clark III, on Trial in Yale Murder Case, Will Accept Plea Bargain

Christopher Capozziello/Getty Imag(NEW HAVEN) -- Attorneys for Raymond Clark III, an animal research assistant charged with the murder of Yale University graduate student Annie Le, have indicated their client will accept a plea deal on Thursday and plead guilty in the case.

Connecticut attorney Joseph Lopez, one of two public defenders representing Clark, said he isn't able to reveal "the nature of the plea bargain," but he said "there will be a change of plea entered tomorrow" as part of the agreement.

Clark, 26, is charged with strangling the 24-year-old Le just days before her wedding in September 2009.

Clark entered an initial plea of not guilty in January. He has been held on $3 million bail in New Haven, Conn., ever since.

Kevin Eckery, a spokesman for Annie Le's family said, "The family is grateful for the support they've received from the community and from law enforcement..."

"They are aware of the possible guilty plea, but want to withhold comment until it is officially announced by the court. They are also conscious of the sad fact that no plea and no sentence will bring Annie back," Eckery said.

Le's body was discovered four days after she went missing -- on the day of her intended wedding. It was stuffed in a wall at a Yale research laboratory where she conducted research on mice. Clark regularly tended to the animals in the same lab.

A spokesman for Yale University, Michael Morand, said the school had no comment about the potential guilty plea, but they are following developments.

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