Breaking News

Penn State Fraternity Members Will Not Face Criminal Charges
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

Penn State fraternity

Summary: Members of a fraternity, now suspended, at Penn State University, where a member committed suicide months after joining and going through the hazing rituals will not be prosecuted.

No criminal charges will be given to members of a Penn State University fraternity after a recent member committed suicide. Eighteen-year-old Marquise Braham jumped from a hotel roof during his spring break months after joining Phi Sigma Kappa. Braham’s father claims his son suffered a breakdown from the hazing rituals of the fraternity. Braham’s father sued Penn State University, Phi Sigma Kappa, and four members of the fraternity.


A grand jury could not find any evidence to link the hazing with his suicide according to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane. The grand jury interviewed 11 witnesses, including the director of student affairs at the Altoona Campus.

D.C. Lawyer Devotes Practice to Hazing Victims

The report by the grand jury included a detailed explanation of the hazing rituals for prospective members of Phi Sigma Kappa to first go through. These include being required to drink dozens of beers to then vomit them up and then enduring “hell week” where they are exposed to verbal and physical abuse and no showering or sleeping privileges.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!

While the hazing incident has resulted in the fraternity chapter being suspended from Penn State, there is no direct evidence that it was the reason for Braham’s suicide. Braham was elected as secretary of the fraternity and was close with several of the members.

Hazing incidents on other college campuses the directly resulted in a member’s death have been prosecuted in recent years as colleges are cracking down on the ritual.





Remote Business Immigration Paralegal


Dinnen Law is looking for an experienced business immigration paralegal to work remotely on a full-t...

Apply now

Immigration Attorney


Borton Petrini, LLP, seeks hardworking and personable immigration attorney with a minimum of five ye...

Apply now

Litigation Attorney


Borton Petrini, LLP, a dynamic statewide A-V rated law firm, has an immediate opening in their Baker...

Apply now

Legal Assistant with J.D. or Writing Degree


Salary $18 - $25 an hour Job Type Full-time Number of hires for this role 2 Qualif...

Apply now




Search Now

BCG Attorney Search In-House Counsel

USA-CA-Los Angeles

BCG Attorney Search In-House Counsel We are a Legal Employment Company located in California with o...

Apply Now

FDA Regulatory Attorney


Boston office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks FDA regulatory attorney with 3-4 ye...

Apply Now

Foreclosure/Bankruptcy Associate Attorney


Temecula office of our client seeks associate attorney with preferably 2 years of experience working...

Apply Now


To Top