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Judge Dismisses Family’s Lawsuit in Death of Pledge at Fraternity Party

A judge in Illinois on Thursday dismissed a family’s lawsuit against a fraternity at Northern Illinois University over the alcohol-related death of their son two years ago, the Chicago Tribune reports.

David Bogenberger was 19 when he fell unconscious after a night of drinking at a party at the Pi Kappa Alpha house. Students put him to bed, where he was found dead the next morning, his blood-alcohol level having risen to as high as 0.43 percent.

Judge Kathy Flanagan, of Cook County Circuit Court, said in her ruling that the family’s lawyer had failed to prove that the fraternity violated Illinois’s antihazing law by requiring Mr. Bogenberger to drink alcohol in order to join.

Criminal charges on hazing-related counts are still pending against nearly two dozen members of the fraternity.

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