Hazing News

Students charged with less serious offenses by name



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Judge Sinclair’s decision followed seven days of testimony and arguments from attorneys for 16 of the 18 men charged in Piazza’s death following a booze-soaked pledge night party where hazing is alleged.

The ruling culminates a preliminary hearing that has been anything but ordinary, both in its length and its use by defense attorneys as a trial test.

Students who will stand trial on at least one charge include: Brendan Young, 21, of Malvern, president of the Beta Theta Pi chapter at Penn State, and fellow fraternity members Daniel Casey, 20, of Ronkonkoma, N.Y, the pledge master; Jonah Neuman, 20, of Nashville; Nick Kubera, 19, of Downingtown; Michael Bonatucci, 20, of Woodstock, Ga.; Gary DiBileo, 21, of Scranton; Luke Visser, 19, of Encinitas, Calif.; and Joe Sala, 19, of Erie.

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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