Chico State fraternity was a no show in U.S. Federal Court
REDDING, Calif. - A Chico State University fraternity was a supposed to be present for a court appearance in the U.S. District Court in Redding.
On Tuesday morning the Chico State Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and its president Evan Jossey were going to be arraigned on a series of charges after they allegedly cut down trees in the Lassen National Forest back in April.
The U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement filed the criminal charges in May.
John Kucera, a Redding attorney, has been retained by Jossey.
Kucera was in court.
However, when the judge asked about the fraternity's lawyer there was no one there to represent them.
There was also some confusion to whether or not the fraternity has retained a lawyer.
The judge did note the fraternity had failed to appear in court.
"Because there was no attorney here for the corporation, or the fraternity I should say, the matter was just continued for arraignment and the court left it up to the government to determine whether of not they want to seek further penalties for the non-appearance by the fraternity," Kucera explained.
Kucera added that he cannot represent the fraternity because he is already representing Jossey and that would be considered a conflict of interest.
When Kucera was asked about how he plans to fight this case for his client he explained the damage could have been done after his client left.
"A report in this case was delayed about a week...in other words after they left the damage could have been done," he said "My client certainly had nothing to do with it and doesn't know why he's being [dragged] into it."
The arraignment was continued to October 10.
The University did suspend the fraternity chapter.