Cornell University Student Pleads Guilty to Threatening Jews on Campus

Cornell University student, Patrick Dai, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges of threatening to kill Jews on campus. Dai’s lawyer, Lisa Peebles, revealed that her client had recently been diagnosed with autism, which played a role in his actions. Peebles stated that Dai’s intention was not to scare Jewish people but rather to shed light on the atrocities committed by Hamas and garner sympathy for the Jewish community.

According to Peebles, Dai’s mental state deteriorated after hearing comments from a Cornell professor who expressed excitement over a Hamas attack falsely attributed to Israel. Peebles explained that Dai was going through a difficult time, battling depression and struggling with undiagnosed autism, which led him to make the ill-advised decision to post the threatening messages.

Realizing the negative consequences of his actions, Dai posted an apology and disavowed violence. Peebles emphasized that Dai deeply regrets his actions and the shame it brought upon his family. She also highlighted that he has learned a valuable lesson from this experience.

Dai, who has been in custody since his arrest in October, is scheduled to be sentenced on August 12. He faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Federal prosecutors are seeking an increased guideline sentence of 15 to 21 months, arguing that Dai’s actions should be considered a hate crime. Peebles intends to challenge this, asserting that her client’s intent was not driven by hate.

Peebles aims to reduce the guideline sentence to 10 to 16 months and will request time served, taking into account Dai’s nearly 10 months in custody. The Pittsford, New York native posted a series of disturbing messages, including threats to destroy the “genocidal fascist Zionist regime” and harm Jewish individuals on campus.

Dai’s comments came amidst a wave of antisemitic graffiti appearing at Cornell University. Following the incident, Dai’s mother, Bing Liu, expressed concern about her son’s mental health and suggested that an antidepressant he was taking may have exacerbated the situation.

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2 Responses

  1. This situation is like a dark cloud hanging over a sunny day. Just as the cloud threatens to overshadow the brightness of the day, Patrick Dai’s actions of threatening to kill Jews cast a shadow over the peaceful and inclusive environment of Cornell University.

  2. This is a concerning incident that needs to be addressed and condemned. I hope that the appropriate actions will be taken to ensure the safety and well-being of all students at Cornell University. I would like to offer my support by sharing this post on my social media platforms to help raise awareness and promote a safe and inclusive campus environment.

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