Monday, June 26, 2006

Gets probation in hazing case

From the Dallas Morning News, June 26:

The first of eight men charged in an SMU fraternity initiation received 10 years probation and a $10,000 fine Monday after he was convicted of aggravated assault last week.

Jurors found Raymond Lee, 26, guilty in connection with the November 2003 off-campus ritual of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity that involved drinking gallon jugs of water and caused a pledge to pass out and nearly die. His sentence could have ranged up to 20 years in prison.

Libbie Lee, a former probation officer who leads a community youth program, begged the jury earlier Monday to let her son return to the community so that he could teach others not to make the same mistakes he did.

Read the rest here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This range of sentence duration is completely ridiculous. If a the guy gets ten years PROBATION for an incident that left someone brain damaged, how would you commit a crime that justifies a 20 year prison and yet falls underneath the same statute?

9:38 PM  
Blogger Koru's Daughter said...

His mommy begged the jury to let her 26 year old son do volunteer work instead? I thought that his sadistic hazing activities were sufficient evidence of his immaturity.

12:35 AM  
Anonymous theotherm said...

OK, Anon 9:38, in (cynical) response to your question, I'm sure I'm about to set off a firestorm, but ...

Alpha Phi Alpha is a BLACK fraternity. You don't see any Sigma Alpha Epsilons up there before the judge, do you?

Especially not at SMU.

It's like cocaine and crack possession carrying different sentences. Depends on what community the drug is in.

2:29 AM  
Anonymous SMU Student said...

I go to SMU and I find it sad that none of the "mainstream" frats ever get in trouble for similiar stuff but when an African American frat does this it's a s*it storm.

Then again the good old boy judges probably attended the old frat Black Face Balls and Slave Auctions outside of ULee back in the day. "Boys will be boys" afterall, right?

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again, I'm relieved to be attending an East Coast women's college. All this frat business is ridiculous! I currently live in a college town (large, midwestern research university) and every few years someting awful like this happens. I'm surprised the U isn't willing just to scrap the whole concept (except for honors frats). It seems to be more trouble than they're worth and they seem to provide nothing but bad publicity and venues for underage drinking. A good number of the frats are always "on probabtion". Go figure.


9:20 AM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

A guy who lived 2 doors down from me freshman year at Syracuse pledged the Alphas in the spring. SU is a HUGE frat/sorority school, and I swear, never in my time there again did I see someone go through SO MUCH...SHIT [for lack of a better word] just to become a brother.

I mean for cryin' out loud, he wasn't allowed to EVER walk on grass, could only wear blue jeans, white shirts and a black jacket, and wasn't allowed to speak to anyone that wasn't a Dove [frosh girls who offer to heed their every beck and call, since they're not allowed to leave campus, let alone do anything public [groceries, driving, etc. NOTHING but frat stuff and school stuff.]] And this is just the stuff I noticed on my own accord.

This fraternity isn't recognized by the Uni and I'm not sure they want to be. Their hazing rituals would be halted and it wouldn't be the same for them.

I don't agree with any of this, nor do I agree with the idea of sororities or fraternities. I know alot of great people who are a part of them, but the money and hazing issues REALLY rub me the wrong way.

Oh yeah, there was a story last Friday night on Dateline or 20/20 about the same exact incident happening at Berkeley I believe? I could totally be wrong, but I thought I'd mention it, in case you wanted to talk about it.

I think the most anyone got was a few months in prison. For allowing someone to DIE from excessive hydration.

11:49 PM  
Anonymous South Dallas Jones said...

Some people want to belong to something or someone so badly that they'll eat shit (so to speak) to stay attached or affiliated. See Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs (levels 3-5)

And I guess some of the sick bastards who understand the dependency those seeking to fit in, just dump on them to get their jollies.

I wonder if Bush and Cheney were involved in this somehow. They get blamed for everything else.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason the "white" fraternities have never been in this individual's position is beacuse they dont put people in coma's. Im sure if they had, they would be in a similar situation.

5:48 PM  
Anonymous ExpectinginDecember said...

That is SO SAD. Can you imagine some poor mother losing her son due to some IDIOTIC crap like that???? It makes me SICK.

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I attend SMU and just for the record "white" fraternities have put plenty of pledges in the hospital, you just never hear about it and the worse punishment they get is probation.

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting, I attend SMU as well and I know of no "white" fraternity (you seem so interested in making this a race issue) thats has put a pledge in a coma.

8:39 PM  
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