Hazing rituals

FILE - In this May 5, 2017, file photo, Jim and Evelyn Piazza stand by as Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller announces the results of an investigation into the death of their son Timothy Piazza, seen in photo at right, a Penn State University fraternity pledge, during a press conference in Bellefonte, Pa. A string of guilty pleas has left just five defendants still fighting charges in the hazing-related death of Timothy Piazza, a pledge at a Penn State fraternity two years ago. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via AP, File)
January 10, 2019 - 10:19 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A string of guilty pleas has left just five defendants still fighting charges in the hazing-related death of a pledge at a Penn State fraternity two years ago, a case whittled down as prosecutors were unable to get the most serious counts to stick. Twenty-eight members of the...
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December 03, 2018 - 7:30 pm
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A former student at an all-boys military college prep academy in Georgia has sued the school, saying leaders failed to protect him from hazing and sexual assault. A copy of the lawsuit shared with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says the cadet was hazed, abused and raped at...
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FILE – In this May 5, 2017, file photo, Centre County, Pa., District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller, left, announces findings in an investigation into the death of Penn State University fraternity pledge Tim Piazza, seen in photo at right, as his parents, Jim and Evelyn Piazza, second and third from left, stand nearby during a news conference in Bellefonte, Pa. A group of parents, including Jim Piazza, whose children were killed during fraternity hazing incidents are joining forces with national fraternity leaders themselves in an effort to band the generations-old initiations involving binge drinking and beatings that sometimes turn deadly. (Abby Drey /Centre Daily Times via AP, File)
September 10, 2018 - 7:59 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tim Piazza and Marquise Braham told their parents they just wanted to make some new friends by joining fraternities while away at college. Neither got much of a chance: They died before their 20th birthdays, after brutal fraternity hazing rituals. Now their parents are launching...
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FILE - In this March 23, 2018, file photo, Jim Piazza speaks about the importance of passing anti-hazing legislation named after his son, Timothy Piazza, a Penn State University student who died after a night of hazing and drinking at a fraternity, as his wife Evelyn wraps her arm around him outside of the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa. Timothy Piazza's parents have settled with Beta Theta Pi's national organization. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via AP, File)
September 05, 2018 - 8:04 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The parents of a Penn State University student who died after a night of hazing and drinking have settled with the national organization of the fraternity he was pledging, their lawyer said. The amount for which Jim and Evelyn Piazza, the parents of the late 19-year-old Tim...
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FILE - In this March 21, 2018 file photo, Stephen and Rae Ann Gruver sit in a House committee room behind a photo of their son, 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver, a Louisiana State University freshman who died with a blood-alcohol content six times higher than the legal limit for driving in what authorities say was a hazing incident, in Baton Rouge, La. Stephen and Rae Ann Gruver on behalf of their son, Maxwell Gruver, of Roswell, Ga., have filed a $25 million federal lawsuit Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, against the university board, the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and several of the fraternity's members. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)
August 16, 2018 - 5:15 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The parents of a Louisiana State University freshman who died of alcohol intoxication after an alleged fraternity hazing ritual have filed a $25 million federal lawsuit against the university board, the fraternity and several fraternity members. Stephen and Rae Ann Gruver's...
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FILE – In this May 5, 2017, file photo, Jim and Evelyn Piazza, center, stand by as Centre County, Pa., prosecutors discuss an investigation into the death of their son Tim Piazza, seen in photo at right, during a news conference in Bellefonte, Pa. A fourth multi-day preliminary hearing was scheduled in July 2018, in the criminal case against members of Penn State's shuttered Beta Theta Pi fraternity chapter, who face charges related to the February 2017, death of Piazza, of Lebanon, N.J., after a night of drinking. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via AP, File)
July 08, 2018 - 11:47 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The sprawling criminal case against former members of a Penn State fraternity over the death of a pledge last year is about to pick up steam with yet another preliminary hearing on the horizon, as well as the first sentencing. Twenty-five members of shuttered Beta Theta Pi...
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FILE – In this May 5, 2017, file photo, Centre County, Pa., District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller, left, announces findings in an investigation into the death of Penn State University fraternity pledge Tim Piazza, seen in photo at right, as his parents, Jim and Evelyn Piazza, second and third from left, stand nearby during a news conference in Bellefonte, Pa. A judge is refusing to reinstate involuntary manslaughter charges against five former Penn State fraternity members arrested in the pledge's hazing-related death last year. Prosecutors tried appealing a magistrate’s decision to dismiss the most serious charges in the death of Piazza of Lebanon, New Jersey. Piazza died of severe head and abdominal injuries after falling several times at the house the night of a bid acceptance ceremony and party. (Abby Drey /Centre Daily Times via AP, File)
June 01, 2018 - 12:00 pm
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A judge has refused to reinstate involuntary manslaughter charges against five former Penn State fraternity members arrested in a pledge's hazing-related death last year. Prosecutors sought to appeal a magistrate's decision to dismiss the most serious charges in the death of...
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FILE – In this May 5, 2017, file photo, Jim and Evelyn Piazza, center, stand by as Centre County, Pa., prosecutors discuss an investigation into the death of their son Timothy Piazza, seen in photo at right, during a news conference in Bellefonte, Pa. Centre County, Pa., Magisterial District Judge Steven Lachman said Monday, May 7, 2018, there's enough evidence for 11 more Penn State fraternity members to stand trial in county court on hazing and alcohol-related charges over the Feb. 4, 2017, death of 19-year-old fraternity pledge Timothy Piazza, of Lebanon, N.J., after a night of heavy drinking. The judge pared down other counts, while dismissing all reckless endangerment counts and allegations a fraternity member erased basement security video to thwart investigators. (Abby Drey /Centre Daily Times via AP, File)
May 07, 2018 - 12:23 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Eleven more members of a Penn State fraternity are headed to trial over the death of a pledge after a judge ruled Monday prosecutors put on enough evidence to support hazing and alcohol-related criminal charges. Judge Steven Lachman also threw out allegations that a member of...
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March 28, 2018 - 12:45 pm
A judge has thrown out involuntary manslaughter and some of the other most serious remaining charges against 11 of the former Penn State fraternity members arrested in a pledge's hazing-related death last year. It's the second major blow to the prosecution's case. District Judge Allen Sinclair on...
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FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2017 file photo, Louisiana State University Police investigate the death of Louisiana State University student Maxwell Gruver as a possible fraternity hazing incident, at an on campus fraternity house, Phi Delta Theta in Baton Rouge, La. A grand jury indicted four people Thursday, March 15, 2018, in the death of the Gruver whose blood-alcohol content was more than six times the legal limit for driving after fraternity members allegedly subjected him to a hazing ritual. The state grand jury issued the indictments six months after 18-year-old Gruver died at a hospital after a night of drinking at the Phi Delta Theta house on LSU's campus. (Hilary Scheinuk/The Advocate via AP, File)
March 15, 2018 - 9:34 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A grand jury indicted four people Thursday in the death of a Louisiana State University student whose blood-alcohol content was more than six times the legal limit for driving after fraternity members allegedly subjected him to a hazing ritual. The state grand jury issued...
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