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Restoring charges considered in frat death case

BELLEFONTE, Pa. - A Pennsylvania judge is considering whether to allow prosecutors to pursue dismissed aggravated assault and involuntary manslaughter charges over the February death of a Penn State fraternity pledge. 

Centre County Judge Pamela Ruest didn't indicate during Thursday's hearing when she'll decide.

She'll also determine how she'll respond to sharp criticisms of her contained in a press release issued by District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller while the hearing was going on. 

Parks Miller is out of town and claims Ruest has "failed miserably" at being fair to both sides. She says Ruest isn't considering the interest of the victims. 

Ruest will also decide whether to appoint a new magisterial district judge to handle re-filed charges in the death of 19-year-old Timothy Piazza of Lebanon, New Jersey. 

Authorities say Piazza suffered a fractured skull, damaged spleen and other injuries and consumed a dangerous amount of alcohol the night of a pledge ceremony. 

Twenty-six former members of Beta Theta Pi are facing charges related to Piazza's death. 


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