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Can a Fraternity be criminally prosecuted for the actions of its members?

Answer: Yes, it can.  The facts are unfortunately familiar: a college pledge senselessly dies during a fraternity hazing ritual. But in this instance, not just individual members were held responsible - the fraternity itself, Pi Delta Psi, was also criminally prosecuted for murder, assault and conspiracy.  This is an unusual step in the direction of holding the fraternity itself responsible for the acts of its members.  The fraternity was found guilty, was banned from Pennsylvania for 10 years and ordered to pay $110,000. in fines.  Individual members were sentenced to prison for the death of 19 year old pledge. 

Lesson Learned:  Fraternities must change their ways when it comes to initiating pledges that don't involve forced drinking, sleep deprivation, exposure to the elements, physical abuse and other such tactics.  Prosecutors are coming down hard, not only on the individuals involved, but on the fraternities, which subject themselves to being forced out of existence by the courts.        

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