The Steubenville rape case has been rife with controversy since August. When the rumor of deals struck by the prosecution surfaced, they were quickly dismissed by the Attorney General’s office. “We’ve made no deals with anyone,” was the response to the question of deals; however today Attorney General Mike Dewine fessed up that indeed the three individuals were given immunity from prosecution in exchange for their testimony. In all three letters the state committed to not prosecute. Perhaps my decoder ring is different than everyone else’s, or I simply do not understand the English language, but that sounds like a “deal” to me. How is NOT filing charges not a deal?
The special prosecutors agreed to accept testimony against the two defendants in lieu of no charges being filed against the three who testified. Color me perplexed, but isn’t that a DEAL? So, I looked it up just to make sure I knew what I was talking about and lo and behold – a deal is an “agreement entered into by two or more parties for their mutual benefit”. Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t immunity from prosecution technically mean they struck a “DEAL”?
People generally find it offensive when officials utilize the use of “word salad” in an effort to explain away behavior. I’ll even go so far out on my limb to state that these deals/immunity discussions qualify as word salad.
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In letters from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office addressed to each student’s lawyer, the state committed to not prosecuting Evan Westlake, Anthony Craig and Mark Cole, three witnesses for the prosecution. <–DEAL
But DeWine said on Thursday his office had made no deal with any of the witnesses involved in the case. <–WORD SALAD
“We have offered nothing, made no promises to any witness in this case. … No deals have been cut with anybody,” DeWine told WTOV television in comments confirmed by his spokesman. <–WORD SALAD
DeWine further went on to state that it is not the Attorney General’s job to try this case in social media, the real media or to respond to rumors. His office is focused on what they find and what the facts are — even though three individuals testified under oath about the use of a minor in material containing nudity. Fact. He asked that the public at large please call the tipline if they have any information about the case, but I cannot help but wonder if the kids who aren’t talking at Big Red are doing so because they were ALLEGEDLY told not to as ALLEGED in this forum post.