The legal battle between the Psi Upsilon fraternity and the University may not be resolved until next summer, lawyers for both sides said yesterday. Lawyers for the 99-year-old fraternity, known as the Castle, filed an appeal in July so that the state court would invalidate the University's indefinite suspension of the chapter last May. Castle attorney John Ledwith said yesterday that the appeal, filed after an initial bid for an injunction against the University was denied, will probably not be decided for at least eight months. Ledwith said that he has requested that the case be expedited, but does not know if his request will be granted. The fraternity filed for the injunction against the University in May after the vice provost for University Life kicked the fraternity out of its Locust Walk house and withdrew its recognition for at least three years. The chapter was punished for planning and executing the January kidnapping of Delta Psi fraternity brother William O'Flanagan. Individual charges were also filed against 21 Castle members and one non-fraternity student, Judicial Inquiry Officer Constance Goodman said earlier this semester. Goodman said she settled all the cases, but would not give details. Some of the students have left the University. Under the sanctions, the University will not consider re-recognition until the fall of 1993 and former members are forbidden from participating in or organizing any events as a fraternity. Ledwith said that the fraternity wanted the injunction and appealed the denial because "the University did not comply with the requirements of due process." University General Counsel Shelley Green said yesterday she expects the judges to again rule in favor of the University. "The fraternity had no basis for getting an injunction and I expect that the lower court's decision will be upheld," Green said. St. A's member O'Flanagan filed civil suits against 23 individuals, the Castle as a whole and the Psi Upsilon national and local organizations last April, according to O'Flanagan's attorney James Rosenberg. Information on the amount O'Flanagan is requesting in his suit was not available. He also said no significant steps have been taken since the suits were filed, adding that litigation of the suits could take up to four years. O'Flanagan, a College senior, could not be reached for comment last night. Several Castle members involved in the suits also could not be reached for comment.Comments powered by Disqus
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