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State of Ohio Says Belardine Violated Probation

Hate to say it, but who didn’t see this one coming?  I suppose the answer is obviously EVERYONE but Matt Belardine – otherwise he wouldn’t have gone off to Arizona sans probation officer approval, or gotten shit faced and assaulted protesters while being filmed.  Looks like social media got Belardine once again.  When are these people going to learn? That’s a rhetorical question because two years later and nothing has changed.

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..and the usual mouthpieces of Steubenville weigh in on Mike DeWine for doing his job.

As a result, he is being held in the Jefferson County Jail until a hearing in front of Judge Patricia Cosgrove on Dec. 17.

The following are the violations:

  • Defendant left the state of Ohio without written permission of his probation officer, contrary to his Community Control No. 3.
  • Defendant was in a bar in Scottsdale, Ariz., contrary to his Community Control No. 7.
  • Defendant consumed alcohol, contrary to his Community Control No. 7 and Community Control Special condition No. 17.
  • Defendant was arrested and charged with a new violation of law in Scottsdale, contrary to his Community Control No. 1.
  • Defendant did not conduct himself as a “responsible law abiding citizen” while in Scottsdale, contrary to his Community Control No. 1.
  • Defendant failed to follow “all orders verbal or written,” given to him by his probation officer or other authorized representative of the Court, contrary to his Community Control No. 5.

    Read More at: http://www.wtov9.com/shared/news/features/top-stories/stories/wtov_state-says-belardine-violated-terms-probation-6789.shtml

All of the probation violations are pretty self-explanatory and from the looks of it, the attorney general’s office isn’t messing around.  It will be interesting to see how Judge Cosgrove feels about seeing Mr, Belardine in her court again.  #Steubenvillemade probably isn’t gonna cut it this time.

Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women

Last year I was asked to contribute an essay to an anthology focusing on stories of the “breakup” of friendships between women.  We all know and talk about male/female breakups and the grieving process (or not) of those.  I am honored to be a part of this project.

I wrote a piece about being betrayed by a friend because of my involvement in the Steubenville case.  There were others who turned their backs on me for whatever reasons, but this particular person was one that to this day I don’t understand, and honestly don’t think I ever will understand it.

The essay is about the emotions of dealing with the betrayal and the  breaches of confidence that were used as leverage to either try to shame or humiliate me.  I don’t know…it’s still hard to dissect how the heck it even all started.  I usually don’t share personal information about my life, but for this I felt like I needed to divulge the facts of some of the outright lies that were told about me.  I haven’t done that before.  For over two years I have basically sat back and said nothing in defense of myself nor posted rebuttals to some of the garbage that has been put out there about me.

I hope that my short essay will provide a glimpse into the private side of me and that my old friend and I will have some sort of closure.  It is available for pre-order on Amazon and will be available for sale in March 2015.

Candid, relatable stories by established and emerging women writers about being discarded by someone from whom they expected more: a close female friend. There are 161 million women in America today, and our friendships are still as primary and universal as back when Ruth and Naomi, Elizabeth and Susan B., and Thelma and Louise made history. When a romantic relationship breaks up, no problem—there’s an Adele song for that. Health concerns; problems in school; issues at the workplace? We’ve got our chums to prop us up. Until we don’t. When our most sustaining relationships dissolve—those with the women friends in our lives—there’s never been the fanfare that accompanies the loss of other relationships society deems “more important.” Until now. In Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women, twenty-five established and emerging writers—including Jacquelyn Mitchard, Ann Hood, Carrie Kabak, Jessica Handler, Elizabeth Searle, Alexis Paige, and editor Nina Gaby—explore the fragile, sometimes humorous, and often unfathomable nature of lost friendship. These, like your own, are stories that stay with you—maybe for a lifetime

Steubenville Matt Belardine: ” rapes whores like you”

If it’s not bad enough that Matt Belardine is still on court supervision and was arrested this weekend for fighting with Ferguson protesters, it gets really ugly when his victim comes forth to allege that not only did he punch her several times, but he also told her where he is from “we rape whores like you”.  WHO even says something like this?

 The Ohio Attorney General’s office is awaiting the copy of the Scotsdale police report, and I hope they see this video as well as the claims by the protester who was attacked by Busic and Belardine.

 

Another video – One of the perps enters at 0:32. Keepin it classy, I see.

Former Steubenville Assistant Coach Arrested

Former Steubenville High School assistant coach, Matt Belardine, arrested for clash with Ferguson protesters.

Former Steubenville High School assistant coach, Matt Belardine, arrested for harassing Ferguson protesters.

Steubenville is back in the news…again.  From the post-game brawl between Steubenville High School and Beechcroft to the recent arrest of former assistant coach Matt Belardine, the Steubs can’t seem to stay out of the spotlight.

This weekend, Matt Belardine, was arrested with his friend Sam Busic formerly of Steubenville while accosting protesters at a Ferguson rally in Phoenix, AZ.

Phoenix CBS affiliate KPHO reported that two people were arrested for fighting in front of the Wasted Grain bar during a Ferguson protest.  Matt Belardine and Sam Busic were bystanders who instigated a fight with some of the demonstrators and yelled obscenities at them, police said. (Source: CBS 5 News)  Belardine was charged with disorderly conduct and Busic was charged with assault.

I wonder if he told the protesters “You’re going to get yours. And if you don’t get yours, somebody close to you will.”?  You know…following in the footsteps of his beloved Coach Reno Saccoccia and all.

Coach Reno Saccoccia being pulled out of a post-game brawl in a choke hold. Click photo for full story.

In April, Belardine appeared before Special Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove for his role in the Steubenville rape case. Belardine was a volunteer football coach whose house was the scene of an underage drinking party.

Matthew Belardine, 26, of Steubenville, Ohio, pleaded no contest to one count of making a false statement and one count of enabling underage drinking at the Aug. 11, 2012, party. Charges of obstructing official business and contributing to the delinquency of a child were dismissed.

Special Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove of Jefferson County Common Pleas Court sentenced Belardine to 10 days in jail, one year of supervision and 40 hours of community service. She also fined him $1,000.

It looks like Belardine is still on court supervision.  Some people never learn.

Virtus: Documentary Short on Steubenville

I wish there were a way I could embed the video itself, but there isn’t.  Someone brought this to my attention last night on Twitter.  In 12 minutes it really sums up why everyone is mad at Steubenville.  The opportunity was there for them to change the way the world views them, but instead of creating change they perpetuated bullying and embraced rape culture.

http://www.viewster.com/movie/1286-19083-000/virtus/#

Original title: Virtus
USA | 2014 | 13 min.
Languages available: EN
Director: Jeffrey Scott Richards, Jenny Rebekah Richards
Cast: Rebecca Mikesell, Ohio Anonymous

A documentary centered around the infamous Steubenville rape case detailing how ‘Anonymous’ and the group ‘Sisters Of Jane’ rose up to find justice in this small Ohio town.

Steubenville, Ohio: Planet Earth’s Epicenter of Rape Culture

Yesterday I wrote about Ma’lik Richmond’s upcoming court hearing to determine whether his Tier II sex offender status would be revised. I also posted screenshots from his Twitter account where he was referring to women as “thots” which is a derogatory term for whore or slut.  Based on his comments, it is my opinion that he has not learned a lesson.  He was at the center of an internationally reported rape case, but rather than keep his derogatory comments about women in private, he posted them publicly.  Did he think that no one would notice or did he even worry that his VICTIM might see his comments about girls?

Today Judge Lipps ruled to reduce the classification.  He stated that the goal is “continued rehabilitation”, but has Ma’lik Richmond been rehabilitated?  When Ma’lik returned to the football field this season the town cheered for him.  THEY CHEERED FOR A CONVICTED RAPIST!!  What kind of message is that sending?  I’ll tell you what it says – that if you are a good athlete it doesn’t matter if you commit rape – you get a hero’s welcome, and the women that you have violated are about as important as the waste that flows down the Ohio River and pollutes the town with the stench of filth.

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#Steubenville: Lesson Learned? Richmond Thinks THOT

What’s a thot?

 
Image4 According to WTRF, convicted rapist  and All Eastern District D4 Defensive Player of the Year – Senior Ma’lik Richmond  is scheduled to be in court Friday, Nov. 14, where a judge could lower his sex offender registration status.  Currently, Ma’lik is a  Tier II sex offender, which requires him to register with state officials every 180 days for the next 20 years.

The city of Steubenville has done everything in its power to make sure that not only did Ma’lik return to the field after he was released from his one year stint in juvenile detention, but that he was and continues to be glorified for his ability to catch a ball – and not be reminded that he RAPED someone.  Life has gone on just fine for Ma’lik.  The only people who continue to want him to show that he is remorseful is…the rest of the world.  Steubenville doesn’t care.  Nor is anyone watching what these kids are continuing to say and do on Twitter.

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RIP Mr. Limberios

I just heard about Mike Limberios’ passing, and am so saddened by it.  Over a year ago the Limberios family contacted me via their attorney and asked if I could help get some attention on their son Jake’s case.  Jake was killed by a single bullet fired on March 12, 2012 with Jake’s .357 Magnum handgun.  Sandusky County coroner John Wukie ruled his death an accidental suicide – which in itself is an oxymoron.  How can someone accidentally try to commit suicide when suicide is an intentional action?

Mike Limberios fought hard to have his son’s death certificate changed, and in the end that never happened but it didn’t change his willpower and desire to help other families who might have to deal with the way Ohio coroners deal with such situations.  He fought for Jake’s Law and brought national attention to Jake’s case.

Rest in peace, Mr. Limberios.  Others should take a lesson from this man to never give up when your heart believes in something, and even if you don’t get the results that you want – NEVER give up.

Steubenville’s Been Pepper’ed

While I was cruising Twitter earlier I came upon the latest in the Ohio race for Attorney General and there was some discussion about how accurate the statement is that three “watched” the rape for hours and laughed.  So I dug up news reports of their testimony.  I guess you can decide for yourself how accurate the claim is:

Immunity Recipient #1

Anthony Craig, 18, said he could see the victim getting more drunk throughout the night.

“Just the way she handled herself and was walking and talking to people,” Craig said.

He said he went to Cole’s house where Cole showed him a video of what happened in Cole’s car.

Craig, who admitted to having a relationship with the victim, said he saw the victim naked in Cole’s basement. He said he saw Richmond laying beside her but couldn’t tell what Richmond was doing. He said Mays was smacking his penis off her side.

Craig said the victim was not responsive or participating.

Craig said he tried to tell Mays, his best friend, to stop it, and told him not to do anything he will regret.

Craig said Mays told him, “It is all right … don’t worry.”

When asked how it feels to testify against his friend, Craig said. “It kills me.”

Craig said he took a picture of the incident in case the victim didn’t know what was happening. He said he later deleted the picture from his cell phone.

Craig testified Mays sent him a naked picture of the victim the next day.

Immunity Recipient #2

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Sayreville, NJ High School Cancels Football

A hazing incident that “went too far” is at the center of the investigation into the Sayreville, NJ high school football team.  The superintendent took a very proactive stance and canceled the rest of the football season.  My thoughts are GOOD ON YA, Mr. Superintendent!!

Mr. Labbe said it all — it is time.  Time for people to stand up for what is right rather than ignoring it or becoming part of the problem.

“We need all of our student-athletes, all of our students, heck, all students in the state, in this nation, to understand that the one true way to stop bullying is for those bystanders to do the right thing and become up-standers and report to an adult or someone at an authority level of what is going on. They have a moral and ethical responsibility to prevent harm. Emotional harm or physical harm from being performed on another one of their peers by being an up-stander. Standing up, doing the right thing, doing the courageous thing and going to an adult or going to a member of any authority.”

Hey Steubenville, are you paying attention to this?  This school actually did the right thing.   *drops mic*