Howard Sorority Lawsuit Hits Roadblock
Suing their way into a Howard sorority is turning out to be a tricky proposition for two seniors. Laurin Compton and Lauren Cofield filed a lawsuit last month to force sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha to accept them, alleging various forms of hazing along the way. Earlier this month, though, a judge denied their request for a court-ordered freeze on new sorority members.
As part of their case against Howard and Alpha Kappa Alpha, Compton and Cofield requested a temporary restraining order to stop the sorority from accepting new members until the case was resolved. The aspiring sisters also filed an injunction against Howard, hoping to keep the school from ratifying any new members Alpha Kappa Alpha members.
Unluckily for the seniors, Judge Rosemary M. Collyer didn't agree. On March 5, Collyer denied the request for a restraining order against the sorority, and denied the injunction application two days later.
While the case isn't over, it doesn't look great for the seniors. The next development will come later today, when the sorority has to make a response sometime today regarding claims of witness tampering. It's not clear from the court record which party is allegedly tampering with which witnesses.
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