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Terrorism Charges Against Grad Student Raise Questions

Science  18 Dec 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5960, pp. 1609
DOI: 10.1126/science.326.5960.1609

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Last month a sociology graduate student at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, was charged with conspiracy under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act after he refused to testify before a grand jury that is apparently investigating a laboratory break-in at the University of Iowa in 2004. His academic adviser and 1600 others have signed an online petition urging the government to drop the charges against him, arguing that his academic freedom is at stake.

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