At Michigan State, nine football players have been charged with misdemeanors in connection with a fight that broke out at a fraternity potluck dinner last month. Each of the nine players is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit an assault and battery, punishable by up to one year in prison. The players also face at least one count each of assault or assault and battery, punishable with a maximum 93-day term in jail.
Two of the players who were charged with misdemeanors have been kicked off the team and five others were suspended. None of the suspended players will be able to play in the Alamo Bowl on January 2. Some wonder if charging several players is a legal strategy aimed at getting the truth out of the players, since charging one or two might not get the full the story about the altercation.
The incident is still under investigation.
Source: Legal strategy at issue in Michigan State altercation, Freep.com, December 10, 2009
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