Centre County DA alleges grand jury violations

State College, Centre County, Pa. - Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller is alleging grand jury violations. 

Her office released a statement on Wednesday, claiming a defense attorney involved in the grand jury investigation of Penn State student Timothy Piazza released information to media outlets.

Matt McClenahen represents one of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity members who was at the fraternity house when Piazza died following a fall while drunk in February. 

McClenahen said the public had a misconception that Piazza was just lying on the ground for 12 hours and people ignored him. 

"I want people to know that the brothers [of Beta Theta Pi] did try to help him, they just misdiagnosed the situation, it's as simple as that," McClenahen said. 

Parks Miller said grand jury matters are secret for a reason. 

She holds that defense attorneys are trying to shape public dialogue of an investigation to influence prospective jurors in the event arrests are made. 

McClenahen said these claims aren't true. 

Parks Miller said penalties for violating grand jury procedure can include fines and/or jail. 


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