MinnPost writes that the departure of the University of Minnesota‘s chief legal counsel, Mark Rotenberg, is happening just as a hot legal issue is being revived:
Over the last month, Rotenberg’s name has become a household one in certain circles as a petition calling on Gov. Mark Dayton to order an investigation of the 2004 death of a severely mentally ill man gathered steam. Dan Markingson was enrolled in a U of M drug trial at the time he committed suicide.
Yesterday, as the news rocketed through the twittersphere, the petition was nearing 2,000 signatories. Among them are Richard Horton, the editor of The Lancet, three former editors of the New England Journal of Medicine and a veritable Who’s Who of top academics here and abroad.
The petition was launched a month ago after Rotenberg rebuffed assertions that newly surfaced documents in the ongoing, complicated case of Markingson were cause for alarm.