For fans of Breaking Bad, Professor Irina Kristy, 74, would seem to walk right out of central casting. The math professor from Boston was arrested with her son and accused of dealing methamphetamine from her home.
Kristy has been teaching three courses a semester as a lecturer at Boston University since 1987 and has been an adjunct professor at Suffolk University since 1985.
She is charged with distribution of meth, conspiracy to violate the drug law, and drug violation in a school zone. Her son, Grigory Genkin, 29, is also charged with the same violations stemming from the alleged drug operation out of their home in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Notably, the media has been publishing her teaching evaluations, which are not flattering (though they are only taking the one’s that are newsworthy). None say “I bet she deals Meth.” Instead that say things like “she’s not aware of her surroundings,” “extremely hard to understand. She never answers the problem correctly. I got more confused the more I went to class,” and “nice lady but gets flustered easily.” The fact is that the evaluations and enrollment for the class is likely to improve once she is rumored to be a meth dealer.
Meth Math” would be an instant hit on any campus and the real-life problems like figuring out the amount of hydroiodic acid an ephedrine in a Red Phosphorous Method (Red P Method) when you are making your own hydroiodic acid.
At 74, the math is not good for sentencing. Age is rarely a successful mitigating factor in sentencing for elderly offenders. These “late bloomers” cannot rely on the reduction of risk from age when they commit the crime as geriatrics. She appears to be a first offender, however, and that will help. People generally age faster in prison so even a few years in jail can have a pronounced impact on someone her age. Humor aside, this is a terribly sad story and it is hard to see an older academic face the criminal justice system.
Source: Daily Mail
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