July 14, 2009 / Law Alert

No Lenience for Professor's Export Control Violations in the Research Field

Judge Thomas A. Varlan, U.S. District Court Judge in Knoxville, Tennessee, sentenced Professor Reece earlier this month. Professor Reece was convicted of violating export control laws for transmitting military research data to foreign students in the U.S. and carrying data on his laptop on a trip to China. The Roth case will certainly serve as a wake-up call to universities and researchers now that the government is stepping up enforcement actions in this area.