The occurrence and practice of hazing on college campuses has been a topic of discussion for many years. Despite education and warnings to avoid hazing for the safety of all students, it still occurs. Recently, 10 young men were arrested and charged after a fellow student died of alcohol poisoning following an alleged hazing event at a Louisiana State University fraternity. They are likely being advised by criminal defense lawyers as they assess their charges, and the potential consequences that could follow.
Reportedly, the deceased 18-year-old student was applying to be part of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at the LSU chapter. He and some other students were told to attend a “bible study” one night, during which several alleged hazing events occurred. Other students that were part of the event report that the pledges, including the deceased victim, were required to answer various questions about the fraternity. Allegedly, if pledges incorrectly answered questions, they were required to consume alcohol.
Later, the freshman died of alcohol intoxication. Reportedly, his blood alcohol level was said to be .495, more than six times the level for legal intoxication in most states. Ten different males, eight of whom are current LSU students, were arrested and formally charged regarding in the hazing event. Bail set between $5,000 and $10,000, depending on the severity of the charges against each individual.
Although, the students have not been convicted of any crimes, the fraternity has already expelled them. If the students are convicted, they will likely face more significant consequences. Criminal defense lawyers in Louisiana can inform defendants of the best defense strategy according to the details of each individual case. With so much at stake, the focus will necessarily turn to protecting the legal rights of the accused individuals to ensure they receive fair treatment based upon the facts that are actually proved in court.
Source: NBC News, “New Details Emerge as Ten Charged in LSU Fraternity Hazing Death“, Alexandra Bacallao and Corky Siemaszko, Oct. 11, 2017