The counsel for MIT, Jeffrey Swope, of the law firm of Palmer & Dodge, issued the following statement Thursday:
"The people at MIT who knew Julie Carpenter grieve for her and her family, particularly at this time, when she would have graduated from MIT.
"MIT, out of respect for her family, has not commented on the circumstances surrounding Julie Carpenter's death, which are complicated and personal. The allegations in the complaint that was filed in court do not accurately portray these circumstances. But the appropriate place for MIT's response is in the court proceedings. MIT will therefore present its defense, including the defense of members of the community who were trying to help Julie, in that forum."MIT attorney issues statement