Cornell University junior Patrick Dai appeared briefly in federal court Wednesday on charges that he made online threats to murder Jewish people and behead their babies. Prosecutors argued that Dai should remain behind bars because he’s a ‘danger and a risk of flight.’ His defense lawyer, Gabrielle DiBella, chose not to argue for his release, shutting down a hearing on the matter.
Investigators used his IP address to identify him. Two days later, the FBI interviewed Dai, and he allegedly confessed, according to a complaint. The university’s president, Martha Pollack, issued a statement Wednesday condemning antisemitism on campus. ‘We will not tolerate antisemitism at Cornell; indeed we will not tolerate hatred of any form, including racism or Islamophobia,’ she wrote.
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