08 August 2014

Mystery surrounds law professor murder

Numerous questions are being raised about the killing of Dan Markel, law professor at Florida State University and founder of PrawfsBlawg.

By Neasa MacErlean

Florida: A law professor has been found murdered Steven Frame

He was fatally shot in his garage on July 18. Speculation about the perpetrator is turning to various possibilities including his representation of a rabbi and threatening internet posts. There was also a 19 minute delay in am ambulance getting to him, despite the fact that an emergency call was made when a neighbour found him bleeding in his car.

Represeneting rabbi

The professor, involved himself in a custody battle with his ex-wife, Wendi Adelson, another law professor at the university, was acting for an Orthodox rabbi who had been accused of kidnapping and beating Jewish men who had refused to grant their wives a Jewish divorce. 

Threats

An internet post had told him that ‘all means necessary’ were needed in order to be ‘shutting people like YOU down’. When the professor replied that he felt threatened by this message, the person replied: ‘You’re worried about your home and private life being a target? What about your graduate’s homes and private lives? (Or lack thereof?) YOU’VE RUINED THEIR LIVES YOU FOOL.’ On PrawfsBlawg, another commentator had told him: ‘To put it charitably folks who have never even met you are inclined to see you as an obsessive, egomaniacal control freak’. In contrast, friends of his have described him as outgoing, enthusiastic and devoted to his children. Source: ABA

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