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Charges Against Fraternity Members
5/8/2017
 
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Eight Penn State Fraternity Brothers will be in court Tuesday facing charges tied to death of Timothy Piazza earlier this year. Ten others were arraigned Friday for charges including aggravated assault and manslaughter. The other arraignments are for the slightly lesser charges. 2 Face recklessly endangering a person, hazing and alcohol charges, one faces just the recklessly endangering and 5 face one tampering with evidence charge each. Prosecutors say the frat brothers drink heavily over a short amount of time and say they failed to do enough to help him after he fell down the basement stairs. He died the next day. "We discovered that from a fraternity that's supposed to be one of the best at Penn State has been doing these same pledging rituals for years. The fraternity has been banned at Penn State. Preliminary hearings are expected next week. Meanwhile one student who says he was there that night but isn't charged in the death is now speaking out. On Good Morning America he says he wishes he did more but group pressure convinced him not to. "I'm questioning myself saying do I know what I'm talking about when everyone is telling me that I'm wrong it just -- it was just hard to like think" Penn State's President calls the alleged details sickening and difficult to understand. The family attorney was interviewed on CNN this morning and said Penn State new full well how out of control drinking was on campus but did nothing to stop it. He says the other brothers did all they could to cover up the condition. "Self preservation set in. They cleaned the house, they scrubbed their social media, they were doing everything to help themselves and nothing to help Tim. This poor soul, this poor promising young man this son of a wonderful family this brother of another Penn Stater was left to die while they were concerned about their own welfare and while they pushed away and good Samaritan to tried to help and call 911." In March Penn State permanently revoked the recognition of the fraternity at the university and enacted sweeping restrictions on all Greek Life at Penn State.
  
 
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