Hazing rituals

FILE- In this Aug. 31, 2017, file photo, District Judge Allen Sinclair arrives for the seventh day of preliminary hearings at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa. Sinclair threw out involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault charges against eight defendants in death of Tim Piazza in September. A hearing on Thursday, Dec. 7, will determine whether a new district judge will preside over what will be a second preliminary hearing, as prosecutors pursue reinstated criminal charges in the death of Piazza. (Phoebe Sheehan/Centre Daily Times via AP, File)
December 07, 2017 - 3:51 pm
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A prosecutor on Thursday sharply criticized a judge over her handling of the case against former Penn State fraternity members charged in a pledge's drinking death. "While this case may be unusual and novel in complexity and number of defendants, the court has an obligation...
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In this photo taken Nov. 3, 2017, Florida State University's Pi Kappa Phi fraternity house near the FSU campus in Tallahassee, Fla., is viewed. Florida State President John Thrasher announced during a news conference at FSU on Monday the suspension of all Greek life activities at the university following the death at a Pi Kappa Phi fraternity pledge. (Joe Rondone/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)
November 07, 2017 - 8:43 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State becomes at least the third university this year to suspend Greek life because of alcohol-related tragedies. University President John Thrasher announced the indefinite suspension on Monday of the school's 55 fraternities and sororities following the death of a...
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In this photo taken Nov. 3, 2017, Florida State University's Pi Kappa Phi fraternity house near the FSU campus in Tallahassee, Fla., is viewed. Florida State President John Thrasher announced during a news conference at FSU on Monday the suspension of all Greek life activities at the university following the death at a Pi Kappa Phi fraternity pledge. (Joe Rondone/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)
November 07, 2017 - 5:03 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State becomes at least the third university this year to suspend Greek life because of alcohol-related tragedies. University President John Thrasher announced the indefinite suspension on Monday of the school's 55 fraternities and sororities following the death of a...
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In this photo taken Nov. 3, 2017, Florida State University's Pi Kappa Phi fraternity house near the FSU campus in Tallahassee, Fla., is viewed. Florida State President John Thrasher announced during a news conference at FSU on Monday the suspension of all Greek life activities at the university following the death at a Pi Kappa Phi fraternity pledge. (Joe Rondone/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)
November 06, 2017 - 5:11 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State University indefinitely suspended its fraternities and sororities Monday after the alcohol-related death of a freshman pledge and cocaine charges for another fraternity member. University President John Thrasher didn't say how long the suspension will last. "...
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September 14, 2017 - 6:09 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University officials say campus police are investigating a student's death as a possible fraternity hazing incident. LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard said 18-year-old freshman Maxwell Gruver, of Roswell, Georgia, died at a Baton Rouge hospital on Thursday. An...
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Attorney Jason Dunkle, representing Ryan McCann and Lucas Rockwell walks out of the Centre County Courthouse after closing arguments for the brothers of Beta Theta Pi charged in the death of Timothy Piazza, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 in Bellefonte, Pa. A Pennsylvania judge says he'll rule Friday morning on whether there's enough evidence against Penn State fraternity brothers in the death of a pledge to send the case to trial. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via AP)
September 01, 2017 - 8:59 pm
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A judge threw out involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault charges Friday against members of a Penn State fraternity in the alcohol-related hazing death of a pledge, ordering 12 of the young men to stand trial on less serious counts. The ruling, issued without...
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Attorney Jason Dunkle, representing Ryan McCann and Lucas Rockwell walks out of the Centre County Courthouse after closing arguments for the brothers of Beta Theta Pi charged in the death of Timothy Piazza, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 in Bellefonte, Pa. A Pennsylvania judge says he'll rule Friday morning on whether there's enough evidence against Penn State fraternity brothers in the death of a pledge to send the case to trial. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via AP)
September 01, 2017 - 12:11 pm
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A judge on Friday threw out involuntary manslaughter and felony aggravated assault counts against members of a Penn State fraternity in a pledge's alcohol hazing-related death, ordering 12 of the defendants to stand trial on lesser counts. District Justice Allen Sinclair...
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From right, Evelyn Piazza, attorney Tom Kline and Jim Piazza and walk toward the courthouse before a preliminary hearing resumes for members of a fraternity facing criminal charges over the death of Timothy Piazza, at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa. Piazza, a 19-year-old sophomore, suffered severe head and abdominal injuries last February, after consuming a dangerous amount of alcohol and fell repeatedly. Help wasn't summoned until the next morning, and he later died at a hospital. (Phoebe Sheehan/Centre Daily Times via AP)
September 01, 2017 - 11:00 am
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A judge on Friday threw out involuntary manslaughter and felony assault counts filed against members of a Penn State fraternity in a pledge's alcohol hazing-related death, ordering 12 of the frat brothers to stand trial on lesser counts. District Justice Allen Sinclair...
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From right, Evelyn Piazza, attorney Tom Kline and Jim Piazza and walk toward the courthouse before a preliminary hearing resumes for members of a fraternity facing criminal charges over the death of Timothy Piazza, at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa. Piazza, a 19-year-old sophomore, suffered severe head and abdominal injuries last February, after consuming a dangerous amount of alcohol and fell repeatedly. Help wasn't summoned until the next morning, and he later died at a hospital. (Phoebe Sheehan/Centre Daily Times via AP)
September 01, 2017 - 10:59 am
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A judge on Friday threw out involuntary manslaughter and felony assault counts filed against members of a Penn State fraternity in a pledge's alcohol hazing-related death, ordering 12 of the frat brothers to stand trial on lesser counts. District Justice Allen Sinclair...
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From right, Evelyn Piazza, attorney Tom Kline and Jim Piazza and walk toward the courthouse before a preliminary hearing resumes for members of a fraternity facing criminal charges over the death of Timothy Piazza, at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa. Piazza, a 19-year-old sophomore, suffered severe head and abdominal injuries last February, after consuming a dangerous amount of alcohol and fell repeatedly. Help wasn't summoned until the next morning, and he later died at a hospital. (Phoebe Sheehan/Centre Daily Times via AP)
August 30, 2017 - 11:08 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A district judge in Pennsylvania will soon decide whether prosecutors have presented enough evidence to hold a trial for former members of a now-closed Penn State fraternity charged in connection with a pledge's death. A preliminary hearing will resume for a seventh day on...
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