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Our View: With Erased Evidence Back, New Hearing Needs New Outcome

Moderator:  The last court hearing of incontrovertible video evidence by a low-ranking local magistrate in the hazing death of Tim Piazza resulted in the most serious charges being tossed. The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office needs to play the trump card of video evidence that Beta Theta Pi brothers erased, but which subsequently was recovered by local law enforcement. In my view, the facts point clearly to a need for homicide charges against the chapter ringleaders to stick and to proceed to a jury trial. Justice was not served in Pennsylvania the last go around. It must be served now. —Hank Nuwer

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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