Monday is the start of the criminal trial connected to the death of George Desdunes, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at Cornell University. Three men (SAE pledges at the times) and the SAE chapter are charged with “hazing and unlawful dealing with a child in the first-degree.” The chapter is additionally charged with “second-degree criminal nuisance.”
As the chapter no longer exists at Cornell, it will be interesting to watch how those charges will be addressed. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the charges against the chapter dismissed fairly quickly. If that happens, it would seem likely that these individuals would negotiate plea bargains and avoid the trial. I would be very surprised if this case made it to the jury.
The family of George Desdunes has also filed a civil lawsuit against a wide-reaching number of individuals and organizations.