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DA to release grand jury report on Penn State frats

Evelyn Piazza and District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller embrace after a Nov. 13 news conference regarding new evidence in the investigation of the Beta Theta basement surveillance that was deleted after Timothy Piazza’s death.
Evelyn Piazza and District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller embrace after a Nov. 13 news conference regarding new evidence in the investigation of the Beta Theta basement surveillance that was deleted after Timothy Piazza’s death. Centre Daily Times, file

What will come out next about Penn State fraternities?

Find out on Friday.

That’s when Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller is holding another press conference about the case.

On Tuesday, Parks Miller put out a press release announcing the event at the courthouse annex in Bellefonte. The purpose is to release the grand jury’s report and recommendations.

She has done that before. In May, she announced grand jury information that resulted in charges against the Alpha Upsilon chapter of Beta Theta Pi, the fraternity where Timothy Piazza was pledging when he died in February. Charges were also announced against 18 fraternity members at that time.

Parks Miller did it again in November when she announced new and refiled charges, bringing the total number of charged fraternity members in that case to 26. Preliminary hearings for those cases were set to happen Wednesday but have been indefinitely postponed.

This one deals with the fraternity system altogether.

“After a ten-month long investigation, the district attorney will announced the grand jury’s report and recommendations regarding hazing and excessive alcohol consumption cultivated by fraternity life at Penn State University in light of the death of Timothy Piazza ...,” the release stated.

Parks Miller’s term as DA is almost concluded. She lost the primary to Bernie Cantorna, who will be sworn in Dec. 29.

Cantorna announced last month that he would recuse himself and the DA’s office from prosecution in the Beta Theta Pi case due to conflict of interest.

Since Penn State suspended — and later permanently banned — Beta Theta Pi following Piazza’s death, the university put in place more restrictions on fraternities and sororities, increased education and removed discipline from the four different self-governing groups that sit over the various Greek organizations.

Over the ensuing 10 months, the university has disciplined numerous other fraternities for alcohol, hazing and policy violations.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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