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Former security guard replies to lawsuit

Russell J. Novello, the former Next House security guard who is being sued by Wolfe B. Styke G, submitted his response to the lawsuit last week on Tuesday. Novello was the security guard who provided Anna L. Tang access to Styke’s room, which enabled her to stab Styke in his sleep in October 2007.

Styke is suing both MIT and Novello. Novello’s reply is almost a word-for-word copy of MIT’s reply, with the exception of not claiming to be immune by virtue of being a charity.

The replies are essentially a formality. The the lawsuit will now proceed to discovery, when subpoenas may be issued for fact-finding and depositions may be taken, among other procedures. There may also be the opportunity for settlement.

John A. Hawkinson