Day Three of Desdunes Trial

This Cornell Daily Sun article provides the details of a lot of contentious arguments during day three of the trial of three former SAE pledges, related to the hazing death of George Desdunes.

Once again, the testimony continues to paint the picture of a chapter completely out of control, and fulling lacking in values. This was a drinking club run amok. A future question is what did the SAE headquarters and board know about the behaviors of this chapter, and what did they do to stop them.

No matter how the criminal case ends, the civil lawsuit has the potential to be extraordinary. That is, if it is not settled before it has a chance to go to trial. While this case certainly reflects poorly on the fraternity/sorority world, I would really like to see the civil case go to trial, with a jury, and appropriate appeals. Without the judicial decisions, we will not benefit from the appeals process to better define some of these relationships between the National organization, chapter, members, pledges, campus, etc. In appears that Ballou v. Sigma Nu (1986) was the last case that reached a point of a judicial decision setting any kind of precedent.


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