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BREAKING: College Withdraws Charges Against 24 of 27 SAE Brothers

The College’s Undergraduate Judicial Affairs Office (UJAO) has reportedly withdrawn all hazing charges against 24 of the 27 previously charged brothers of SAE. No reason has been given for this volte face. It seems that College disciplinary charges are still in place again President Brendan Mahoney ‘12 and two other SAE brothers, as well as against the house itself and Andrew Lohse ‘12.

Dartblog has also learned that no charges are currently being brought against the house or any individual SAE brother by the Hanover Police and the Grafton County prosecutor.

The only coherent explanation for the difference between the College’s previous and present charges and the prosecutor’s position is that the standard of proof required at the College is lower than for legal prosecution. Perhaps an adult finally took a look at the UJAO’s charge sheet and decided that the staffers there, even with a lower standard of proof, did not have the evidentiary goods to make charges stick.

That said, 24 brothers have been through an ordeal, and they have undoubtedly incurred substantial legal fees (to be paid by whom?).

Another ill-managed mess.

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