05/29/09 06:50 AM
Judge in Wilson hazing case refuses to revisit ruling
WILSONâ€”The judge presiding over the case of two Wilson High School baseball coaches charged in an alleged hazing incident refused Thursday a request to revisit his previous ruling that barred evidence of the coachesâ€™ actions or inactions previous to the alleged crime.
In a written ruling issued Thursday, Town Justice George R. Berger denied a motion from Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco asking the judge to reconsider his April 23 ruling preventing the introduction of the evidenceâ€”unless the defense raises the subject first. The judge said introducing this information would be â€œprejudicial.â€
Thomas J. Baia and William M. Atlas face misdemeanor child endangerment charges. They are accused of failing to act during a team bus ride April 17, 2008, when varsity players were allegedly harassing junior varsity players.
A jury trial is scheduled to begin July 6. The trial for the three former varsity players is scheduled to get under way June 20.