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The Shin Lawsuit And the Media

Your analysis on Friday [“Shin Family Lawyer Subpoenas Students,” Feb. 8] of the lawsuit filed by the parents of Elizabeth Shin against MIT may inadvertently have left the false impression that MIT or we, as its counsel, disclosed Ms. Shin’s medical or psychiatric records to the press. Neither MIT nor we did so.

After The Tech’s article appeared, I spoke with the Shins’ attorney, and he confirmed that they had given the media a CD-ROM with certain of her medical records on it, including her records from the MIT Medical Department. He said that a discharge summary from McLean Hospital, the psychiatric hospital, was in those MIT records, and that he believed it was that record, provided by the Shins themselves, that was the source of information reported in The Boston Globe and other media about her McLean admission.

When your reporter who was preparing last Friday’s article contacted me last week, I advised him that I could make no comment for the record on the case because the matter is in litigation. He did ask me whether I was the source of the information quoted in The Boston Globe that Ms. Shin “had suffered from serious emotional problems that began at least as early as high school.” I explained to him that the Globe article had omitted the portion of my statement to the press on behalf of MIT that explained that this information came to MIT from the family’s lawyer.

The confusion surrounding these matters only confirms that the facts about Ms. Shin’s case should be developed in court in the course of the litigation, and not in the media.

Jeffrey Swope

Palmer & Dodge LLP

[LTE]Krueger Also Blamed[body]
In his recent guest column [“Unfair Attacks On Shin,” Feb. 8], Peter Jung says the following: “It’s funny that I never read anything about personal or parental responsibility during the Krueger aftermath.”
It sounds funny to me, too. Were Jung and I living on different planets? I read about Krueger’s (and the Kruegers’) responsibility in campus publications, on various e-mail lists, and even on [sic].
Since Jung’s column appeared in The Tech, I will assume he reads The Tech at least occasionally. A brief look at the results of a search on “Krueger” on The Tech’s web site reveals that at least four people commented on the subject there, in letters running under pretty clear titles, such as “Krueger’s Personal Responsibility” and “The Responsibility of Krueger’s Parents.”
I understand that this is tangential to the Shin discussion, but if Jung has to ask where the outrage was in the Krueger aftermath, he wasn’t paying attention.[sig]
Laura Dean G