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Plaintiff in Penn State Hazing Suit, Lawyers Tour Frat House

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AP logoA former Penn State student who is suing over alleged hazing toured his former fraternity house with his parents and lawyers for the involved parties.

James Vivenzio’s attorney, Aaron Freiwald, said Wednesday’s tour was a chance to find evidence and take video. Kappa Delta Rho, which owns the property, has been suspended by the university and a different fraternity was set to take over the property this weekend.

“We’re trying to do what we have to do here to document James’ legal claim,” Freiwald said.

Penn State officials didn’t comment on the tour, referring reporters to a statement issued when Vivenzio sued in June.

Among other things, the statement said Penn State “strongly disputes” the allegations and offered “extraordinary assistance to Vivenzio by sending an investigator to his home after he left school. The school said Vivenzio and his family weren’t willing to “file a complaint, provide documentation, speak with State College police or participate in pursuing the formal disciplinary process.”  For the full story go to ABC News


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James Vivenzio leads videotaped inspection of former Kappa Delta Rho house

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Mark Marino | The Daily Collegian

After completing a videotaped walk-through of the former Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house, James Vivenzio walked across the lawn of his former fraternity “pretty sad,” after describing to camera crews for the past hour events that took place in what his lawyer referred to as a “house of horrors.”

An inspection of the fraternity house was set for Wednesday, Vivenzio’s attorney Aaron Freiwald said, to preserve evidence of where Vivenzio alleges his hazing occurred.  Read more at The Daily Collegian


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Inspection of KDR House for civil lawsuit

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6 WJACBy: Erin Calandra

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — An inspection of the Kappa Delta Rho house occurred Wednesday afternoon.

The inspection came after the fraternity was accused of hazing and taking photos of partially nude women and posting them on a private Facebook page.

The attorney for whistleblower James Vivenzio wanted to get inside the house and videotape what little evidence may be left.  Read the complete story at 6 WJAC News

 

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Kappa Delta Rho Whistleblower Inspects Frat House for Lawsuit, Calls for Betterment of Greek Organizations

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By on August 26, 2015

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James Vivenzio, Aaron Freiwald, and Mr. and Mrs. Vivenzio

As James Vivenzio stood outside the former Kappa Delta Rho house with his attorney on Wednesday, a rusted golden car driving down East Prospect Avenue slowed to a crawl.

The driver – a young man with the steering wheel in one hand and a red solo cup in the other – watched for a moment as Vivenzio spoke to his lawyers and a camera crew documenting where Vivezio was allegedly hazed as a KDR pledge in the fall of 2014.  Read more at StateCollege.com


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Fraternity whistleblower tours Kappa Delta Rho

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lfalce@centredaily.comAugust 26, 2015

James Vivenzio has told a tale about the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity that has nothing to do with brotherhood and honor.

Vivenzio, who blew the whistle about the Penn State chapter’s covert Facebook page detailing hazing, abuse and young women in compromising situations is also suing the university, the fraternity and the chapter for alleged negligence, battery and more.  Read complete story at Centre Daily Times

 

 


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‘These were not prisoners of war. These were freshmen,’ attorney says following PSU frat house inspection

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By, MORGANNE MALLON and MEGAN TRIMBLE | PENNLIVE.COM

STATE COLLEGE — Standing in front of the fraternity house where he alleges he was brutally hazed, former Penn State student James Vivenzio described the “emotionally draining” videotaped tour he gave of the house as part of his civil case against the fraternity and others.

The videotaped in-house tour went over the basement and first-floor common rooms of the former Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house at 420 East Prospect Avenue in State College, where Philadelphia-based attorney Aaron Freiwald said fraternity members and alumni “terrorized” his client in ways similar to prisoners of war.  Read more at The Patriot News


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Former Kappa Delta Rho member seeks documents in suit against fraternity, Penn State

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By, Clayton Over

July 9, 2015

A former Kappa Delta Rho brother who  filed a lawsuit against the fraternity and Penn State last month is asking for documents from the university, the fraternity’s national chapter, and to return to the Prospect Avenue fraternity house as part of trial preparation.

Attorneys for James Vivenzio wrote in Tuesday court filings that he and his client are seeking access to records, to include emails and other communications, regarding any investigations of hazing at the fraternity conducted by the university, Penn State’s Interfraternity Council and Kappa Delta Rho’s national organization, to include the ones that led to sanctions earlier this year.  Read more at Centre Times Daily


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Lawyers request ‘basement-to-attic’ inspection of Penn State fraternity house in hazing lawsuit

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By Megan Trimble 

July 8, 2015

Lawyers for a former Penn State fraternity brother have requested a basement-to-attic forensic inspection of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house as the group faces a deluge of hazing allegations.

The request to view the house and record it through videotape or by photographs was made Wednesday as part of pre-trial filings made by Philadelphia-based attorney Aaron J. Freiwald on behalf of 21-year-old James Vivenzio. Vivenzio, of Great Falls, Virginia, has been regarded as a whistleblower claiming “physical intimidation, psychological intimidation and social intimidation” during the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity’s months-long pledging process.   Read more at Pennlive.com


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Forensic Inspection Planned At Penn State Frat House Accused Of ‘Cruel And Violent’ Hazing

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Lawyers for whistleblower James Vivenzio plan to conduct a basement-to-attic inspection of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house.

A Penn State frat house that was shut down in May will be subject to a forensic inspection as part of ongoing litigation between the university and a whistleblowing student, lawyers announced Wednesday.

Virginia resident James Vivenzio has sued the university because he endured what he felt was life-threatening hazing as a member of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity.  Read more at Patch.com


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Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house to be inspected

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July 8, 2015

The Kappa Delta Rho house will become subject to a basement-to-attic inspection at 10 a.m. on Sept. 10 as a part of the hazing lawsuit filed by James Vivenzio last month, according to a press release issued by Freiwald Law.

Aaron Freiwald, Vivenzio’s lead attorney, said the inspection is an important part of the pre-trial process, according to the release.  Read more at The Daily Collegian

 


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