Hazing News

Minor convictions on well publicized crime in California against Donald Williams, Jr.

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A jury Monday found three white men – one of them from Clovis – guilty of misdemeanor battery on a black suitemate in 2013 at San Jose State University, but did not reach guilty verdicts on more serious hate crime charges.

After deliberating for slightly more than two days, jurors agreed that Joseph “Brett” Bomgardner of Clovis, Colin Warren of Woodacre and Logan Beaschler of Bakersfield “offensively touched” their fellow freshman suitemate, Donald Williams Jr., either by clamping a U-shaped bike lock around his neck and/or by attempting to do so a second time.

But the jury of six men and six women – which had no African-American members – found Bomgardner, now 21, not guilty of misdemeanor hate crime and deadlocked on hate crime charges against Warren and Beaschler, both 20.

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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. 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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