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Crime Baruch College fraternity goes on trial for hazing death

22:39  13 november  2017
22:39  13 november  2017 Source:   latimes.com

Baruch College fraternity goes on trial for hazing death

  Baruch College fraternity goes on trial for hazing death 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.

news Baruch Fraternity Brothers ‘Singled Out’ Hazing Victim Michael Deng, Cops Say. Wes Niemoczynski, Pi Delta Psi's attorney, said the sentence was within the judge's discretion but that the fraternity is going to appeal the verdict. "What happened at trial , I think

STROUDSBURG, Pa. — Four men initially charged with murder in the hazing death of a Baruch College freshman pleaded guilty to reduced charges The students had traveled in the winter of 2013 to the Poconos from New York City for a weekend retreat where potential members went through a

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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American colleges have struggled for years to tamp down on fraternity hazing Chief Chris Wagner of the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department said Tuesday that a grand jury had recommended that fraternity members face charges in the death of a Baruch College freshman.CreditCredit

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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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Four Fraternity Members Plead Guilty in 'Absolutely Preventable' Hazing Death of Baruch College Freshman. The murder trial against national fraternity Pi Delta Psi is Two years ago, Deng’s relatives filed civil lawsuits against the college , the fraternity , and those charged with his death .

Baruch College freshman Chun “Michael” Deng was blindfolded, forced to wear a heavy backpack and then repeatedly tackled. Their fraternity , Pi Delta Psi, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter following a trial . Prosecutors are seeking a fine for the fraternity and a 20-year ban from Pennsylvania.

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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Fraternity members from New York City are expected to be sentenced in Pennsylvania for Chun Hsien Deng’s death during an initiation ritual in 2013. Chun Hsien Deng, a freshman at Baruch College , was fatally injured in 2013 during a fraternity hazing ritual at a property in Tunkhannock Township, Pa.

Four former Baruch College frat brothers have pleaded guilty for their roles in the hazing death of an "I hope the judge is going to understand that nobody intended for this to happen and sentence Ka-Wing Yuen, the first Pi Delta Psi member to go on trial , was sentenced to five years' probation

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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