Lawyers representing a man convicted in the death of Robert Champion, a member of Florida A&M University’s renowned “Marching 100” band, tried to convince the Florida Supreme Court that a hazing ritual that resulted in Champion’s death was a “competition” authorized by state law.

Champion, one of the band’s drum majors, died in November 2011 after participating in a decades-old ritual known as “crossing Bus C,” in which band members are hit and slapped as they cross from the front to the back of a bus.

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