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Steubenville: Time to Take Out the Trash

I was able to find a copy of the Bill of Particulars online – thanks to  who posted the copy on Twitter.  I know I sound like a broken record when I say that this case continues to get stranger and stranger with each court hearing, but it’s true.  This case is like a rotten onion.  The more you peel back layers the more funk that lies underneath.  This past court hearing didn’t disappoint in the deliverance of the “funk”.  Superintendent McVey’s attorney had asked that the State provide a Bill of Particulars regarding allegations against their client.  I have included the 4 pages that were posted, and transcribed from page 4 which reads as follows:

Count 5

  1. Nature of Offense:  Obstructing Official Business, specifically the defendant violated Section 2921.31(A)M-2, Ohio Revised Code.
  2. Conduct of Defendant, Date and Time:  Michael McVey, defendant, from on or about April 5, 2012 to November 19, 2013, within the County of Jefferson aforesaid, in violation of section 2921.31(A) of the Ohio Revised Code, did without privilege to do so and with purpose to prevent, obstruct, or delay the performance by a public official of any authorized act within the public official’s official capacity, did commit an act that hampered or impeded a public official in the performance of the public official’s lawful duties, to wit: including but not limited to the following:  deleted emails, “wiped” computer(s) (and/or had someone else “wipe” computer(s)), failed to comply with subpoenas served upon him, failed to provide information regarding an investigation the school undertook and/or lied about an investigation that the school undertook, manufactured email(s) with false or misleading information, directed others to create record(s) after the fact, and/or created a misleading timeline after the first subpoena was served upon him.

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Less Than Honorable Behavior

There has been a lot of activity coming out of Steubenville lately from  illegal gambling raids to the Bill of Particulars being released in the State’s case against school administrators regarding the alleged cover up to protect Steubenville high school athletes accused of rape.  Last week the Bill of Particulars was filed with the court which accuses Mike McVey, Superintendent of Steubenville City Schools of  wiping computer hard drives, erasing emails and lying to investigators about his knowledge of the allegations against the boys. There have also been allegations of witness  intimidation or harassment raised by both the prosecution and the defense in McVey’s case.

McVey has pleaded not guilty to felony counts of tampering with evidence and obstructing justice, and misdemeanor counts of falsification and obstructing official business.

Early on McVey claims that he and the principal deferred investigation or judgment to Coach Reno Saccoccia when asked about the school’s involvement in the investigation of the accusations.  In fact, McVey stated to CBS News in January 2013 that “protocol was followed” with regard to the handling of the investigation by the school.  That “protocol” should raise questions all over again since he now stands accused of covering up a crime and tampering with evidence. Read the rest of this entry »

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Burch Middle School: Mandatory Reporting Failure

After all of the publicity surrounding the Steubenville case, it is hard to comprehend that ANYONE in their right mind would attempt to protect their own when it comes to sexual abuse allegations within a school system.  That is exactly what is happening in Delbarton, WV by school administration at Burch Middle School.

On Thursday West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey filed an injunction against several employees at Burch Middle School and the Mingo County Board of Education seeking injunctive relief based on allegations of sexual abuse by two juvenile boys who are alleged to be related to school administrators, as well as  civil rights violations against the victims.  The complaint seeks to prevent the school administration and teachers from preventing or interfering with the criminal investigation and Human Rights Commission investigation into the sexual assault allegations.

On Friday a statement was issued by school administrators which read:

“We are aware of the complaint that has been filed in the Circuit Court of Mingo County. Once the county has been formally served, we will respond accordingly. Mingo County Schools takes student safety seriously and remains committed to providing a secure environmental for all students.”

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Solidarity for Jane Doe

#OccupySteubenville had another great rally today.  There were many times that I teared up listening to some of the various speakers.   I applaud everyone who stood out in the cold to take part and show their support for ALL Jane Does.  I noted that the topic that kept being repeated over and over today is this is not just a Steubenville problem.  I do not believe that the world is hating on everyone in the city of Steubenville specifically.  People are asking questions – not just about Steubenville, but perhaps about their own towns.  Something magical has happened as a result of this case – rape culture is being acknowledged around the world as a real problem and people are addressing that problem.  That is a good thing.  Knowledge is power and education is key.

Repeatedly the speakers implored people to get involved.  Start a group in your town.  Ask questions – address issues.  Be that voice.   Talk to your children and teach them that we are all equal.  Teach them that it is okay to be the one who stands up as the lone voice in the crowd.  Teach them that is is okay to say NO or object to behavior of their peers.  This incident shouldn’t be what divides the city, but rather should be utilized to create unity and bring the community together.  Everyone wants justice for Jane Doe.

Rich Olivito left with some wise parting words.  The law cannot change the hearts of man.  It is up to the community to change and move forward from this in a positive manner.   Rather than wasting energy on negativity and laying blame on perceived enemies;  rise above it and be the one to elicit change.

 

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Did They Pinkie Swear?

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”?

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Roseanne & Johnny Show

I forgot to mention it here. I’ll be a guest on the Roseanne (Barr) & Johnny radio broadcast today, as well as KYAnonymous is calling in as a guest. 2PM EST.

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Hello Cleveland!!

The blog was down for the better part of the day due to some server issues, but hopefully those have been resolved.  Nope, I didn’t shut down.  I’m here for the duration.  I write about a lot of cases, and my focus has always been for the victims.  I don’t always have heartwarming things to say about criminals or others who behave like savages, and I believe that if it looks like a turd, and smells like a turd…chances are it’s a turd.  My language can sometimes be colorful, and I will not apologize for that because that is just who I am.  I have been known to refer to individuals who behave like they are from another planet as booger eaters.  I have a right to an opinion, and I opine that the world is full of some very odd and dangerous people.  I’m not the only person who has an opinion.  My dad used to say they are like *holes.  We all have them.

Our basic rights ensure that we have freedom of speech.  That includes,

  • the right to seek information and ideas;
  • the right to receive information and ideas;
  • and the right to impart information and ideas.

As owner of this blog, I provide factual information in my articles and my readers have the opportunity to discuss various cases and missing persons stories.  They also have the opportunity to post comments regarding these news items.  I am not responsible for the opinions of others.  I have claimed to own the internet, but really it was just a joke.  I am not Big Brother, and certainly do not tell people how they should think.  I like free thinkers and enjoy opposing viewpoints as long as it is done respectfully, and not like a booger eater having a tantrum.  As such, I am responsible for my comments – not yours, not Phil McCrackin’s, et al.

Section 230 of Title 47 of the United States Code (47 USC § 230) states:

“No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.” This federal law preempts any state laws to the contrary: “[n]o cause of action may be brought and no liability may be imposed under any State or local law that is inconsistent with this section.” The courts have repeatedly rejected attempts to limit the reach of Section 230 to “traditional” Internet service providers, instead treating many diverse entities as “interactive computer service providers.”

This would mean that I should not be held liable for defamatory statements contained herein by commenters.  I also believe that we all have a right to believe that someone is an asshole.  If a statement is true, it cannot be defamatory.  The other side of the coin is that the statement must be capable of being proven false.  This means that most opinions — even the meanest and most disparaging — cannot be defamatory.

Anyhow, I have not been served with any suit and for all I know that could be just another rumor.  You know how they all keep talking about rumors, plus for all you know, I live in a van down by the river in Orlando, FL.  It is business as usual here at PRINNIEFIED, and if you wish to comment here using a proxy  – I understand.  I truly understand that some feel oppressed and/or intimidated regarding having an opinion regarding this case.    I am very sad that we didn’t have more colorful usernames.   Fart Sniffer would have caused me gales of laughter.  LOL

It is my hope that ALL of those responsible in this case are held accountable for what they did to the victim, and that all others who have or were involved in gang rapes of females are prosecuted.  I have pixelated the victim’s name to protect her, but wonder what would the reasonable man would think of the character of an individual who would post this photo online?  Can one’s character truly be more defamed than they defamed themselves?  Just some food for thought.

 

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Wheeling Park Student Arrested

On Thursday, Wheeling Park High School senior, Cody Brautigam was arrested at the school’s campus for allegations that he sexually assaulted two girls younger than 10 years old.  He was booked into the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville on two counts of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse.  He is being held on $100,000 bond.

The Wheeling Intelligencer reported:

According to a police report, a 9-year-old girl told a sexual assault counselor earlier this month that Brautigam engaged in sexual behavior with her at the girl’s home in July. The girl said Brautigam illegally touched and kissed her, sometimes while both were undressed, according to the report.

The following day, an 8-year-old girl told the counselor that Brautigam on multiple occasions pulled her by her hair into a room, where he sexually assaulted her. Those alleged crimes occurred around the same time as those involving Brautigam’s other accuser, the police report states.

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#SupportSurvivorsOhio – Wear a Badge

Please show your support by placing a “twibbon” on your Facebook pages and twitter photos.  It is very simple to do.  We are also working to get teal ribbons to wear on Friday to show support for Ohio Survivors of sexual violence.  You can email me for details if you want to be involved in bringing awareness.  Thanks.

You can add your twibbon by clicking here:  http://twibbon.com/cause/SupportSurvivorsOhio

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