Wheeler Protester to Face Hearing Without Two Attorneys

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The university still plans to hold disciplinary hearings for a Wheeler Hall protester Friday, even if it means that two of the three attorneys representing Roberto Hernandez will not be able to attend.

Two attorneys representing Hernandez, Anne Weills and Noreen Farrell, informed university officials that the Dec. 6 date conflicts with prior legal engagements.

UC Berkeley Dean of Students Karen Kenney denied Weills' request to reschedule Hernandez's student disciplinary hearing. In an e-mail sent to Weills, Kenney wrote, "The swift resolution of (Hernandez's) case remains a priority for the university."

This means Weills and Farrell have three days to prepare attorney Dan Siegel, who is least familiar with Hernandez's case.

If the Dec. 6 hearing does occur, it will be up to Siegel and a student advocate to save Hernandez from the one-year suspension he could potentially face.

It is unclear whether Hernandez will be able to attend his own disciplinary hearing.

"I can't attend. I have too many finals and, given finals, it doesn't work-not just myself, but for other student witnesses and student members of the committee," Hernandez said.

University officials maintain that they tried to settle the hearing earlier this semester, but that students thwarted their efforts.

"There have been delays sought by students," said UC Berkeley spokesperson Janet Gilmore.

Hernandez's attorneys will meet with university officials today for a pre-hearing meeting where Weills will plead for a date change once more.

"As far as I'm concerned, we're still negotiating," said Weills.


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