Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller appeared on the Today Show this morning directly after President Barron to discuss Beta Theta Pi, the investigation, and the charges filed against involved members.
Matt Lauer started right off the bat with hard questions, asking Parks Miller if she thinks Barron knew was “ignoring something” at Penn State that was kept right out in the open.
“The Grand Jury is going to issue a report and a recommendation about who knew what and when, and I think when that report comes out it’s going to answer all of those questions,” Parks Miller said in response. “The report and recommendation are going to open a lot of eyes about who knew what.”
Parks Miller spoke carefully, as if she knew something she couldn’t say, noting instead the Grand Jury investigation and report will have to “come to fruition” before anything else can be released. “It’s going to be surprising to people who knew what,” she reiterated.
Lauer asked Parks Miller about a quote from one of the former Beta Theta Pi member’s defense attorneys, who said it is an “impossible burden” to ask a person to differentiate the symptoms of a life-threatening head injury from those of extreme intoxication.
“That’s completely misstating Pennsylvania law and it’s a cop-out,” she said. “Personal responsibility lives and it lives at least in my county. Again, reckless death begins and ends when they serve these young men, as part of a condition to be in the fraternity, fatal levels of alcohol.”
Explaining her decision to charge some of the members of Beta Theta Pi with manslaughter, Parks Miller said it started when they chose to serve Timothy Piazza and the other pledges extreme amounts of alcohol, and their decisions from there only further compounded the issue.
“Everybody needs to read this timeline because it will change your view of what happened,” Lauer said at the conclusion of the interview. He and the other hosts commented on how shocking the case is, with one insisting “we’ll hear a lot about it in the days to come.” You can watch Parks Miller’s full Today Show interview here.