Sophie Sonnenfeld
Staff Reporter
Sophie Sonnenfeld is City Editor of the Yale Daily News. She previously covered cops and courts as a beat reporter. She is a sophomore in Branford College double majoring in Political Science and Anthropology.
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Judge finds probable cause linking Pan to murder of Yale grad student Kevin Jiang

After probable cause hearings earlier this week concluded, a judge ruled that the criminal trial for former MIT researcher Qinxuan Pan can continue.

New Haven Court reviews prison grievance process in light of inmate lawsuit

In New Haven’s federal district courthouse Thursday, Quan Morgan’s case against fifteen Cheshire Correctional Institution officials proceeded with a focus on the grievance procedure in prison

Nearly two years after the murder of a Yale grad student, Pan faces evidence in court

State prosecutors presented evidence and testimony from five witnesses in a long-delayed probable cause hearing against Qinxuan Pan who was charged with murdering Yale Grad Student Kevin Jiang ENV ’22 in 2021.

Cox’s suit against city moves forward with possible settlement discussions

In a recent filing, the city and plaintiff, Randy Cox who is suing New Haven in a civil case of police brutality, set forth rules for their $100 million settlement discussions.

Randy Cox attorneys and family decry insufficient charges for officers

Cox’s team called for city support, felony charges for the five officers charged with misdemeanors for their role in permanently paralyzing Cox.

Judge rules Qinxuan Pan fit for trial

Following a string of legal delays, Qinxuan Pan’s trial for the suspected murder of Kevin Jiang ENV ’22 in 2021 has a new court date.

Former Yale soccer coach implicated in “Varsity Blues” scandal sentenced to 5 months in prison

Rudolph Meredith, who gained $860,000 by facilitating side-door admissions deals, was sentenced to 5 months in prison Wednesday afternoon after his prosecutors had previously advocated no prison time.

Two pedestrians killed in crashes this week as YPD considers new traffic safety unit

On the one-year anniversary of a fatal hit-and-run outside Schwarzman Center, New Haven marks two more pedestrian deaths.

Civilian Review Board presents NHPD with police conduct recommendations

A city task force that has sifted through hundreds of internal department cases recommends that the police chief ban or address head punching, careless use of profanity and congratulatory rhetoric. recommending that

PETA “abducts” Yale students for VR experience to protest animal research

The animal rights organization invited passersby along York Street to jump in their “abduction” van and put students in the shoes — or paws — of the animals used in University research labs.

Ahead of autopsy report, details in Anton Sovetov case remain murky

With a lack of footage, unfounded theories and muddled timelines, the disappearance and death of Yale graphic designer and Art School alum Anton Sovetov remain a mystery.