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Magistrate Sinclair’s hearing under scrutiny in PSU Piazza case

Summary: Tim Piazza Beta charges back under consideration. Magistrate Sinclair’s actions under examination.


BELLEFONTE, Pa. – Eight former Beta Theta Pi members will face another preliminary hearing after a judge granted a motion filed by the attorney general’s office.

“The Commonwealth in good faith has alleged improper dismissal by Magisterial District Judge (Allen) Sinclair,” the order reads……..

Sinclair dismissed involuntary manslaughter and other charges against the eight defendants┬áin March, following an appeal filed by the attorney general’s office, which took over the case

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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