In 2016, Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney dismissed the charges against Laskar, saying prosecutors brought them too late. Any criminal conduct potentially committed by Laskar occurred outside the statute of limitations, the judge found.
Laskar’s civil suit was filed against two school officials who requested an audit of the electronic design center: Jilda Garton, associate vice provost for research, and Mark Allen, senior vice provost for research and innovation. He also sued chief auditor Phillip Hurd and Patrick Jenkins, a member of his team.
In its 2-1 decision, written by Chief Judge Bill Pryor, the court dismissed Laskar’s malicious prosecution claims against Garton and Allen but allowed those against Hurd and Jenkins to proceed.