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KU aide accused of making illicit drug has first court appearance

September 8, 2008

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Matthew Schmidt

Matthew Schmidt

A Kansas University research aide, who is charged with trying to make a drug similar to ecstasy in a campus laboratory, made his first appearance Monday afternoon in Douglas County District Court.

Matthew Schmidt, 29, a medicinal chemistry aide at the university, is accused by District Attorney Charles Branson of mixing chemicals in an attempt to produce methylenedioxyamphetamine, or MDA. The substance is used illicitly for its mood-enhancing and hallucinogenic properties.

The incident occurred on Aug. 21 or Aug. 22 in a lab at Malott Hall, the KU Public Safety Office said.

Schmidt is charged with one count of unlawfully manufacturing or attempting to manufacture a controlled substance, which is a felony. He was arrested Aug. 25 and released from jail after posting $15,000 bond the same day.

His next court appearance is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sept. 23 in front of Judge Jack Murphy.

Schmidt is no longer employed by KU.

Comments

worker_bee 6 years, 10 months ago

anyway his picture and name were already published in the University Daily Kansan last week.

skinny 6 years, 10 months ago

Depends on who you are!Sometimes the LJW prints their names and somtimes they don't!Go figure!

S0uPnAzi 6 years, 10 months ago

It takes real cahones to use the university lab to attempt to mix up some feel good juice. This is just an example of bad judgement all the way around, of course, I'd feel that way even if he tried to mix this concoction up elsewhere. Not worth losing your job over, is what I say.

igby 6 years, 10 months ago

Why did the LJW change it's policy and release this guys name and photo when he has not been convicted of any crime as of yet? Double standards by this news paper is astonishing when they are pressed by special interest. Why LJW?The world wants to know?We are waiting?Child molesters, rapist, robbers, murders and thief's idenities have all been protected by the LJW in the past. But this one guy who has not been convicted of any crime is suddenly ruined by the LJW.As readers, we want to know why?

KansasPerson 6 years, 10 months ago

Igby, as far as I remember, the policy is:"The Journal-World does not identify defendants in sex crime cases unless they are convicted."Also I think they do not identify victims of sex crimes.I have seen them identify suspects in non-sex crimes before this. Haven't you?

joshupetersen 6 years, 10 months ago

... anyone else see a slight problem here?A chemist is mixing up chemicals, doesn't actually make anything... and they say he was trying to make MDA? Theoretically, a huge variety of illegal drugs could be made in any of the labs on campus. And a chemical may need to pass through one stage to get to another.If someone's involved with research, they're going to be mixing stuff. And who walks in and figures this stuff out? I can see it now, "Oh look, hey, I see lots of tiny print on all those bottles from here across the room and I guess at a glance that you're making MDA". To which Matthew would reply, "Aw shucks, how'd ya figure it out?".It's ludicrous. There are thousands of different ways you can treat almost any given chemical to get all that. Now if it was in the basement of his house and he was a known drug dealer, I may be able to give it, but not in this case.I suspect the real story here is something like a ticked-off ex was glancing through his research notes, looking for something illegal she could skew it towards, and then pulled it off. The cops come by, see possible ingrediants for reported drug, and put 5 and 6 together, getting 11 (never stopping to think that instead of 5 and 6, it could have been 4 and 8, 3 and 9, or 11 ones.)Then, LJWorld goes and posts a picture of him that looks like a mug shot, don't bother getting any comments from him, and probably do a good job ruining his future career. I'd hate to be involved with THAT libel case.

Jonathan Kealing 6 years, 10 months ago

Skinny & Igby -It is a longstanding practice of the Journal-World not to identify victims or suspects in sex crimes. We will identify those who have been convicted of sex crimes. Occasionally we will waiver from this strict policy - more strict than almost any other media outlet - and when we do we explain our reasons.This has nothing to do with a sex crime. We identify those who have been charged with non sex crimes. We do not identify those who have merely been arrested.If you have questions about this policy - or if you take issue with our decision in a particular case - please feel free to contact me.Jonathan KealingOnline editor

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