NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The Columbia students charged in a drug ring are ready for the court fight that lies ahead.

WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reports

All five suspended Columbia University students have hired new high-powered attorneys to fight the charges that they ran a well-organized narcotics distribution ring out of three fraternity houses.

Attorney Matthew Myers said his plan is to ask the special narcotics prosecutor for a no jail plea deal for his client.

20-year-old Harrison David is described as the ringleader in the fraternity drug ring. his attorney said the student with near-perfect SAT scores has seen his bright future fall apart.

Jail time, he said, pales in comparison to the damage that’s already been done.