2006-03-27 23:13:22 UTC
February 28th, 2006 (AP)--Two federal lawsuits have been filed against
the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield over a stabbing and
a killing at the institution in 2004. The lawsuits were filed by a
former student, John Killian, who was wounded with a ballpoint pen and
the family of another student, Levi Butler, who was later killed in a
campus dining room with a paring knife. The student charged in the
attacks, Shuvender Sem, was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
The lawsuits, filed separately in U.S. District Court in Des Moines,
claim a required twice-daily regimen of meditation was dangerous to
Sem. They also claim the university was negligent for failing to
recognize the threat Sem posed to students, report the initial attack
to authorities and keep Sem away from other students after he attacked
Killian. The university's legal counsel Bill Goldstein says he hadn't
seen the lawsuits and would have to review them before commenting.