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Judge dismisses hazing charges against Rider officials

Associated Press – August 28, 2007 10:54 AM ET

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Two Rider University officials no longer face charges stemming from the binge-drinking death of a fraternity pledge.

A judge today dismissed the aggravated hazing counts against Dean of Students Anthony Campbell and Greek Life Director Ada Badgley. The university’s president had defended the pair, who were placed on paid leave.

The prosecution told the judge there wasn’t enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the pair had any role in the incident.
LINK TO ANNOUNCEMENT and coverage at Trenton Times

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Older video on the case

Column by Hank Nuwer: Prediction at 8:40 a.m. Charges will be dropped and there will be an outcry from the public.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of 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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