Arraignment Delayed Three Weeks for FijiBy Douglas E. Heimburger
Editor in Chief
The arraignment of Phi GammaDelta was delayed for three weeks yesterday as lawyers continue to investigate how to handle the case.
Maria R. Durant, a lawyer representing the national Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, told Magistrate William K. Walsh yesterday that she needs more time to obtain the right to represent the local chapter in court.
The fact that an "unincorporated corporation of fraternity brothers" was indicted complicated Durant's position, she said in Suffolk Superior Court. Durant met with lead prosecutor Pamela Weschler, an assistant district attorney for Suffolk County, on Monday to discuss the case.
Weschler said in court yesterday that the district attorney's officesupports the delay in the arraignment. "Given the unusual circumstances and the complex issues involved,"the office, headed by Ralph C. Martin II, does not object to the delay in the arraignment.
Walsh cautioned Durant that she should work quickly to get the issue of representation resolved before the arraignment, now set for Oct. 22.
The group of students living at Fiji on Sept. 27, 1997 was indicted on charges of manslaughter and hazing Sept. 15 in connection with the death of Scott S. Krueger '01.
Krueger allegedly was participating in an "AnimalHouse"pledge night activity at the time of his death, according to the prosecution's statement of the case.
No individuals will have to stand trial in connection with Krueger's death, said JamesBorghesani, press secretary for Martin.
Durant declined to comment yesterday on what steps she was taking to gain authority to represent the fraternity.
Unlike incorporated groups, officers of unincorporated associations may not be required to respond to summons, legal experts said last week.