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

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

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 current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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