Apparently Harrison David, one of the five Columbia students arrested in December for running a small ring on campus (“to pay tuition”), is planning to leave Columbia. Jail time looks unlikely. According to an article by Sammy Roth in the Columbia Spectator:

“If the prosecutors feel as though some sort of period of jail would be appropriate—I just don’t see what purpose that would serve,” [David’s attorney, Matthew] Myers said. “I think Harrison David has learned his lesson more than the average person.”

Myers said David has been suspended but not expelled from Columbia, and that he is taking the situation “very seriously.” He added that David is making plans to apply to other schools, as it is likely Columbia will expel him if he is convicted.

David is currently living in Florida. New York has changed David with Class A2 felony for selling cocaine. Conviction for this would generally result in a prison sentence of three to eight years.

That “why I want to transfer” essay he writes to NYU or whatever is bound to be pretty interesting to read.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer