Hazing News

A & M students released from jail

Two Florida A&M fraternity members pleaded no contest this morning in Leon Circuit Court to felony charges of hazing another student more than two years ago.

A no contest plea means Michael Morton and Jason Harris, members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, did not contest nor deny the charges against them.

In exchange for the plea, the men were sentenced to time served.

They were given credit for the 614 days they spent in jail, according to court records.

In early August, attorneys for Harris and Morton asked the 1st District Court of Appeal to throw out the convictions, saying there is no definition of what “serious bodily injury” means under the hazing law. They also questioned instructions Circuit Judge Kathleen Dekker gave to the jury.

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By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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