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Hearing today for Patrick Dai, Cornell student who made threats last fall

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The Department of Justice announced a hearing for Patrick Dai, the Cornell student accused of issuing threats in October, is set for Wednesday afternoon at the Syracuse Federal Courthouse. Dai faces charges of using interstate communications to threaten to kill or injure, with the upcoming Waiver of Indictment / Change of Plea hearing marking a significant development in the case. The DOJ highlighted that individuals affected by Dai’s alleged actions could be eligible for rights and protections under the federal Criminal Victims’ Rights Act, emphasizing the support available to those who have suffered physical, emotional, psychological, or financial harm.

Victims of the crime have several rights under the CVRA, including protection from the accused, timely notice of court proceedings, and the opportunity to be heard at relevant federal district court events. These provisions ensure that victims can participate in the justice process while being treated with respect and dignity. The U.S. Attorney’s Office encourages potential victims or those interested in attending Wednesday’s hearing to reach out to their Victim Witness Coordinator for assistance.

Details surrounding Dai’s alleged threats and his status as a Cornell student were revealed in an FBI criminal complaint, linking him to the actions through IP address information. As the case proceeds, Dai remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service, with the DOJ yet to provide specifics on the expected change of plea. The community and those directly impacted by the threats await further developments from the upcoming court session.