Department of Justice

They Are Lawyers, Not Physicists


The Justice Department has dropped wire fraud charges against Xi Xiaoxing, chairman of Temple University's physics department. Prosecutors had claimed Xi had sent to China the schematics for a device called a pocket heater that he'd signed an agreement to keep secret. But a number of scientists, including the device's inventor, provided sworn statements that the blueprints the government said he sent were not for the pocket heater.