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AP Reports Family Plans to Sue FAMU
« on: November 25, 2011, 11:40:14 AM »
Attorney says suit planned in FAMU band death

By FREIDA FRISARO

The Associated Press

MIAMI — The family of a Florida A&M University drum major who died of suspected hazing will sue the school, an attorney said Friday.

The family of Robert Champion, 26, is spending the holiday weekend planning Champion's funeral, attorney Christopher Chestnut told The Associated Press.

The Atlanta resident was found unresponsive on a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel Saturday night after the school's football team lost to rival Bethune-Cookman. Police said Champion had been vomiting and complained he couldn't breathe shortly before he collapsed.

The cause of Champion's death hasn't been determined, and a spokeswoman with the Orange County medical examiner's office said it could take up to three months to learn exactly what killed him.

Law enforcement officials have said they believe some form of hazing took place before 911 was called. Chestnut said he also believes the injuries Champion sustained were consistent with hazing.

A spokesman for the school, which was closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, could not be immediately reached for comment Friday morning.

In Florida, any death involving hazing is a third-degree felony.

The fallout from Champion's death was immediate. On Tuesday, the school shuttered the famed marching band and the rest of the music department's performances. The next day, longtime band director Julian White was fired. And Florida Gov. Rick Scott said state investigators would join the probe and the college announced an independent review led by a former state attorney general.

Chestnut said Champion's distraught family believes the actions are "too little, too late."

Champion, a clarinet player, had recently been named drum major.

"He had worked all of his life to reach that goal and it ultimately cost him his life," Chestnut said.

The attorney said Champion's family hopes a lawsuit against the school will help raise awareness about the issue of band hazing.

"This is not an isolated incident," Chestnut said.

Hazing cases have cropped up in marching bands, especially at historically black colleges where a spot in the marching band is coveted. In many cases the bands are revered almost as much as the sports teams for which they play.

In 2008, two first-year French horn players in Southern University's marching band were hospitalized after a beating. In 2009, 20 members of Jackson State University's band were suspended over hazing accusations.

There have been numerous incidents at FAMU. In 2001, Marcus Parker suffered kidney damage after being beaten by a paddle.

Three years earlier, Ivery Luckey, a clarinet player from Ocala, Fla., said he was padded about 300 times, sending him to the hospital. He said he was emotionally and physically scarred. Some 20 band members were suspended and Luckey filed a lawsuit against the state Board of Regents. Reports indicate he settled for $50,000.

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Re: AP Reports Family Plans to Sue FAMU
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2011, 12:29:05 PM »
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Re: AP Reports Family Plans to Sue FAMU
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2011, 12:35:38 PM »
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Re: AP Reports Family Plans to Sue FAMU
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2011, 01:24:41 PM »
This is what lawyers do.

HOWEVER...

IF the autopsy report says he died of natural causes, the guy has no case.  :shrug:


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Re: AP Reports Family Plans to Sue FAMU
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2011, 05:07:18 PM »
I saw a report on this on ESPNU.

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Re: AP Reports Family Plans to Sue FAMU
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2011, 05:30:15 PM »
This is what lawyers do.

HOWEVER...

IF the autopsy report says he died of natural causes, the guy has no case.  :shrug:

Onnidan legal advisors?

From another story in the Washington Post:

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The cause of Champion’s death hasn’t been determined. Preliminary autopsy results were inconclusive, and a spokeswoman with the Orange County medical examiner’s office said it could take up to three months to learn exactly what killed him.

Law enforcement officials have said they believe some form of hazing took place before 911 was called. Chestnut said he also believes the injuries Champion sustained were consistent with hazing.

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Tallahassee attorney Chuck Hobbs said White, a tenured professor, had tried for years to get administration backing on his efforts to stop hazing.

“Hazing within the Marching 100 has often been met with reckless indifference by White’s superior officers who often ignored his requests for assistance,” Hobbs wrote in a letter to Florida A&M President James Ammons.

The attorney said Champion’s family hopes a lawsuit against the school will help raise awareness about the issue of band hazing.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/attorney-says-family-plans-to-sue-after-florida-band-student-dies-of-suspected-hazing/2011/11/25/gIQAy1nMvN_story.html?tid=pm_pop

I didn't expect Chuck to speak on this at all. . . interesting.   :popcorn:
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Re: AP Reports Family Plans to Sue FAMU
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2011, 05:50:50 PM »
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Re: AP Reports Family Plans to Sue FAMU
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2011, 06:37:48 PM »
This is what lawyers do.

HOWEVER...

IF the autopsy report says he died of natural causes, the guy has no case.  :shrug:

Onnidan legal advisors?

From another story in the Washington Post:

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The cause of Champion’s death hasn’t been determined. Preliminary autopsy results were inconclusive, and a spokeswoman with the Orange County medical examiner’s office said it could take up to three months to learn exactly what killed him.

Law enforcement officials have said they believe some form of hazing took place before 911 was called. Chestnut said he also believes the injuries Champion sustained were consistent with hazing.

I hope you noticed that Law Enforcement DID NOT SAY Hazing caused or even contributed to Mr. Champions death.

If it had, this would be a HOMICIDE investigation and not a hazing investigation.


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Re: AP Reports Family Plans to Sue FAMU
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2011, 06:51:07 PM »
Cholly, why would they?  When a student is repeatedly punched while walking from the back of Bus C to the front, I doubt law enforcement's preliminary report would say he died from hazing.  Plus, the results of his autopsy (what he actually died from) may take 3 months.

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Re: AP Reports Family Plans to Sue FAMU
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2011, 07:08:03 PM »
This is what lawyers do.

HOWEVER...

IF the autopsy report says he died of natural causes, the guy has no case.  :shrug:

I don't know Cholly. It could be possible that Robert had an enlarged heart and/or the sickle cell trait. much like the kid at A&T who passed away in 2010, since Robert's body probably didn't recover fully in addition to being under supposed duress during the supposed band ritual, those natural causes could have been triggered by the stress he was experiencing at that time.

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Re: AP Reports Family Plans to Sue FAMU
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2011, 07:11:41 PM »
This is what lawyers do.

HOWEVER...

IF the autopsy report says he died of natural causes, the guy has no case.  :shrug:

I don't know Cholly. It could be possible that Robert had an enlarged heart and/or the sickle cell trait. much like the kid at A&T who passed away in 2010, since Robert's body probably didn't recover fully in addition to being under supposed duress during the supposed band ritual, those natural causes could have been triggered by the stress he was experiencing at that time.

...which means that hazing ultimately caused his death.

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Re: AP Reports Family Plans to Sue FAMU
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2011, 07:21:43 PM »
This is what lawyers do.

HOWEVER...

IF the autopsy report says he died of natural causes, the guy has no case.  :shrug:

I don't know Cholly. It could be possible that Robert had an enlarged heart and/or the sickle cell trait. much like the kid at A&T who passed away in 2010, since Robert's body probably didn't recover fully in addition to being under supposed duress during the supposed band ritual, those natural causes could have been triggered by the stress he was experiencing at that time.

...which means that hazing ultimately caused his death.
Why dont you just wait for the full report?

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Re: AP Reports Family Plans to Sue FAMU
« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2011, 07:38:52 PM »
This is what lawyers do.

HOWEVER...

IF the autopsy report says he died of natural causes, the guy has no case.  :shrug:

I don't know Cholly. It could be possible that Robert had an enlarged heart and/or the sickle cell trait. much like the kid at A&T who passed away in 2010, since Robert's body probably didn't recover fully in addition to being under supposed duress during the supposed band ritual, those natural causes could have been triggered by the stress he was experiencing at that time.

...which means that hazing ultimately caused his death.
Why dont you just wait for the full report?

I am but I still have my opinion, just like everyone else.

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Re: AP Reports Family Plans to Sue FAMU
« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2011, 08:20:25 PM »
This is what lawyers do.

HOWEVER...

IF the autopsy report says he died of natural causes, the guy has no case.  :shrug:

I don't know Cholly. It could be possible that Robert had an enlarged heart and/or the sickle cell trait. much like the kid at A&T who passed away in 2010, since Robert's body probably didn't recover fully in addition to being under supposed duress during the supposed band ritual, those natural causes could have been triggered by the stress he was experiencing at that time.

...which means that hazing ultimately caused his death.
Why dont you just wait for the full report?

I am but I still have my opinion, just like everyone else.
We have heard your opinion.  More than once.  Which is probably enough.

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Re: AP Reports Family Plans to Sue FAMU
« Reply #14 on: November 25, 2011, 08:36:35 PM »
We have heard your opinion.  More than once.  Which is probably enough.

And we've heard other posters' opinions more than once.

 

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