Crime Baruch College fraternity goes on trial for hazing death

22:39  13 november  2017
22:39  13 november  2017 Source:   Tribune News Service

Baruch College fraternity goes on trial for hazing death

  Baruch College fraternity goes on trial for hazing death <p>A national fraternity will go on trial Monday at the Monroe County, Penn. courthouse for the homicide of a pledge in a rented Coolbaugh Township home.</p>A brutal hazing ritual led to the Dec. 2013 death of Chung Michael Deng, 18, of Baruch College.

STROUDSBURG, Pa. — Four men initially charged with murder in the hazing death of a Baruch College freshman pleaded guilty to reduced charges on Monday. Mr. Li cooperated with prosecutors. The national fraternity is still awaiting a trial on murder and other charges.

Freshman Michael Deng died after a brutal beating from his Pi Delta Psi frat brothers at the New York City college .

Andy Meng leaves the courthouse with attorney Todd Greenberg after an appearance at the Pennsylvania District Court in Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania, October 16, 2015. Meng, who was the national president of the Pi Delta Psi fraternity when a Baruch College chapter hazing ritual resulted in the death of a pledge, is accused of orchestrating a coverup of the incident. Dominick Reuter/Reuters © Dominick Reuter/Reuters Andy Meng leaves the courthouse with attorney Todd Greenberg after an appearance at the Pennsylvania District Court in Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania, October 16, 2015. Meng, who was the national president of the Pi Delta Psi fraternity when a Baruch College chapter hazing ritual resulted in the death of a pledge, is accused of orchestrating a coverup of the incident. Dominick Reuter/Reuters Nov. 13--A national fraternity will go on trial Monday at the Monroe County, Penn. courthouse for the homicide of a pledge in a rented Coolbaugh Township home.

A brutal hazing ritual led to the Dec. 2013 death of Chung Michael Deng, 18, of Baruch College.

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'His Parents' Hopes Rested on His Shoulders': Hazing Death Victim Michael Deng Had a Bright was a hard-working student with a bright future ahead of him when he went off to Baruch College in On Monday, 37 fraternity members were charged in connection with his death , including five with murder.

Thirty seven members of Pi Delta Psi were individually charged in the incident. Four of the accomplices pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and are awaiting sentencing. This trial pits the state against the actual fraternity.

The criminal prosecution against an organization is unusual, according to First Assistant District Attorney Mike Mancuso. The Pennsylvania crimes code section on criminal liability on corporations say that if the members of the corporation, agents or high officers of corporation engage in certain conduct or allow it, it can be held accountable.

"The only way to hold a corporation liable is through the agents," Mancuso said. "Any individuals are already subject to open cases and some have been charged with conspiracy. The evidence is based on all its agents and employees. This may be the first time it's done in Pennsylvania."

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Baruch College Phi Delta Psi fraternity members Daniel Li, the former president, Kenny Kwan, Charles Lai, Raymond Lam and Sheldon Wong had been arraigned on third degree murder charges in the Poconos in connection with the 2013 hazing -related death of fraternity pledge Chun “Michael”

Officials at Baruch also said they didn’t know about the retreat. Deng’s family, which is pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit against Pi Delta Psi, applauded the charges. “Too many families have been devastated as a result of fraternity hazing

If found guilty, the fraternity faces fines and suspension of its rights to operate in the state. If the fraternity was based in the state, it is possible that the organization could be dissolved.
Of the 37, four defendants were charged with murder, aggravated assault and other related offenses. Others were charged with lesser crimes, including hindering apprehension by concealing, destroying or tampering with evidence.

Investigators said the colony in this case consisted of more than 30 students at Baruch College campus in New York.

Deng was the last of four pledges to undergo a three-phase hazing ritual called the "glass ceiling," "gauntlet" or "G," according to prior testimony.

The ritual involved each pledge being saddled with a backpack and challenged to pass blindfolded through a gauntlet of frat brothers trying to keep the pledge from reaching his big brother beyond the gauntlet. In each phase, which lasted 10 to 30 minutes, the big brother called out, using the sound of his voice to guide the pledge to his location beyond the gauntlet.

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as does the fraternity Pi Delta Psi as a whole, which will go to trial for murder starting in Following both Michael’s and Timothy’s deaths , the respective schools ( Baruch College and Penn Related: 5 College Students Face Up to 20 Years in Prison for the Hazing Death of Their Fraternity Brother.

A really dangerous hazing game, apparently. And for one fraternity , it's now fatal. Police are investigating the death of a Baruch College student who suffered severe brain trauma while playing the game in an apparent pledge ritual gone wrong during a weekend fraternity retreat.

The frat brothers tried to stop the pledge by forming a wall in the first phase, pushing the pledge to the ground in the second phase and tackling him to the ground in the third phase.

Losing consciousness after being knocked to the ground, Deng was carried into the house. Instead of immediately calling 911 for professional medical attention to the brain bleeding that eventually killed Deng, frat brothers searched the Internet for ways to revive him while one brother phoned a girlfriend, a nurse at the time.

Several frat brothers then drove Deng to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in neighboring Luzerne County, where Deng died the next day. A subsequent autopsy listed "homicide" as the manner of death.
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FSU fraternity suspended following pledge's death .
<p>Florida State University's Pi Kappa Phi fraternity has been suspended following the death of a pledge the morning after an off-campus house party.</p>TALLAHASSEE — Florida State University's Pi Kappa Phi fraternity has been suspended following the death of a pledge the morning after an off-campus house party.

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