Release of Marching 100 Member Academic Records For Hazing Trial Under Review
[mpoverlay]The Orlando Sentinel today reports that the academic records of 30 Florida A&M University students will be reviewed for public release in the hazing death trial of eleven Marching 100 members accused of killing drum major Robert Champion.
Using subpoena powers in December, homicide investigators obtained school records of 30 students, including potential witnesses and all of those charged in Champion’s death. Some records may be protected by a federal law known as the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.
Circuit Judge Marc Lubet, assigned to preside over the criminal hazing cases, said the university should have notified the students before turning the documents over to investigators and given each student an opportunity to object.
He said FAMU could potentially lose federal funding if they surrendered records in violation of law. (Orlando Sentinel)[/mpoverlay]