Family of slain UR student Jeffrey Bordeaux Jr. files $24 million lawsuit

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The parents of the 20-year-old University of Rochester student who was fatally stabbed at a fraternity party on the UR campus in January 2011 have filed a lawsuit seeking $24 million in damages.

Delores Forest and Jeffrey Bordeaux Sr. filed the civil lawsuit Tuesday in state Supreme Court as the parents of Jeffrey Bordeaux Jr. and on behalf of his estate.

In addition to UR, the defendants are Delta Upsilon, which is the fraternity that hosted the party where the stabbing occurred, and Daren Venable, the UR student who fatally stabbed Bordeaux. Venable was subsequently found not guilty of second-degree murder on grounds of self defense.

The lawsuit seeks $6 million for each parent and $12 million for Bordeaux’s estate.

UR and the fraternity, according to the lawsuit, are accused of negligence by not taking appropriate steps that could have minimized the possibility of violence.

“Their negligence allowed for an intentional act by Venable,” said Michael Sussman, a lawyer in Goshen, Orange County, representing Bordeaux’s parents.

Although Venable was found not guilty of second-degree murder, the parents are seeking a civil trial. The standard of guilt in such a proceeding, Sussman said, is “preponderance of evidence,” rather than “beyond a reasonable doubt” in the criminal trial.

Venable, according to the lawsuit, now lives in New York City.

UR conducted its own review of the fatal stabbing, and in a July 2011 report concluded that the college’s response to the incident was “appropriate and consistent with the university’s plan for dealing with emergencies.” But the report set forth 23 recommendations that would provide better ways to detect possible problems on campus.

Sara Miller, spokeswoman for UR, said that UR has not formally been made aware of the lawsuit and that Venable has been on indefinite suspension from the university since the fatal stabbing.

Delta Upsilon, Miller noted, continues to be an active chapter on campus. Many of its members now live in a special-interest housing area in UR’s residence halls. In a competitive selection process last school year, the fraternity lost its bid to continue to be housed on the Fraternity Quad. Seven groups competed for three houses.

The lawsuit alleges that Venable disclosed to UR in his admissions application that while he was in high school, he was in possession of a Swiss Army knife and had been suspended for a week.

No one during the admissions process, the lawsuit claims, commented on this matter. The lawsuit also alleges that Venable had a habit of carrying a knife on the university campus in violation of UR rules.

The lawsuit additionally alleges that UR failed to ensure that underage drinking would not be permitted on campus and said that Venable, who was then 20, was drinking at Delta Upsilon’s party prior to the fatal stabbing.

Campus security police, the lawsuit alleges, in practice “allows white fraternities, like DU,” to stage parties with no security presence.

On the night of fatal stabbing at the party, the lawsuit alleges, campus police “failed to exercise reasonable care and diligence and did not periodically check in on the DU party.”

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"found not guilty of second-degree murder on grounds of self defense."

I wonder what part of "not guilty" the parents
don't understand?
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They should have paid the family the agreed amount from the onset and not prolonged the settlement. Oh the UofR about to get sued. Those students are insured, regardless. Sad, but true.
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Bed-Stuy....do OR die, all day long.

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Thug kills Thug in self defence.

How the heck is the "Crew" going to decide what side to take on this one?

Talk about a potentially brain damaging head scratcher.

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You stanken ass crackers always complain that black get stuff for free, but isn't that better than stealing something?
Does your mommy know that you talk that way boy? To answer your lame question,no it isn't better than stealing,it is stealing when UofR is being sued for what one of your peers did.What do you want the school to do,lock up all of the animals every night? Maybe the school should provide a 24/7/365 armed babysitter to keep the idiots under control.Which one would be O.K. with you Zippy?Grow up troll.

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Jeffrey Bordeaux Jr. was the "THUG" aggressor.

I hope the U of R fights this to the max.

Make a stand on these frivolous law suits.

NO Mo gibz me dat, gibz me dat gibz me dat.

Free free free has to end......
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IescapedNY wrote:
Jeffrey Bordeaux Jr. was the "THUG" aggressor.
I hope the U of R fights this to the max.
Make a stand on these frivolous law suits.
NO Mo gibz me dat, gibz me dat gibz me dat.
Free free free has to end......


I know what you mean. people do stupid stuff, then wanna get paid.
We some greedy crackers.

Lawyers for a woman mauled by a chimpanzee in Connecticut have agreed to settle a lawsuit against the estate of the primate's now-dead owner, but there's a dispute over the final details.

Attack victim Charla Nash's family filed the lawsuit in 2009 in state Superior Court seeking $50 million in damages from chimp owner Sandra Herold, who died in 2010. Nash was blinded, lost both hands and underwent a face transplant after being mauled outside Herold's home in Stamford in February 2009.
http://news.msn.com/us/settlement-in-conn-chi...

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Black Daddy X wrote:
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Dont throw that bull shit at me, if you had a chance to get something free you would. Free gas and groceries, right honkey?
Once again you won't answer the questions and try to spin it around,what a loser.I would love to see you run your mouth in public like you do on these boards Zippy.
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Only an eye witness can speak the facts of what happened. And then much of the story will still be opinion. If your child had lost their life you could have a different attitude. If there truly was neglect on the part of the University and this family lost their son forever there would be no amount of settlement that can even start to heal that kind of pain. The court should make a decision based on evidence presented by the family and their attorney. More power to them & hopefully it will bring more awareness and will help this not happen to someone else

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The thug who was killed was the aggressor/attacker.
Just like the Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman case.

“Reality is settling in...”

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Stop sweating the small stuff.

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IescapedNY wrote:
The thug who was killed was the aggressor/attacker.
Just like the Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman case.
George Zimmerman was the murdering lying aggressor. Stop starting trouble.

“Reality is settling in...”

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Bottom Line---The U of R WILL pay the family for the death of Jeffrey. They have to, he was an insured student on his way to be a doctor.

Too bad that IescapedNY is jealous of a Minority family having MORE than he EVER will.

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