Steubenville Justice Defined?

Last week the State of Ohio dropped charges against former Steubenville schools superintendent, Mike McVey.  The basis of the agreement was that McVey would resign from his job, agree never to work for Steubenville schools again and avoid contact with those who were party to the case or his former co-workers.  While McVey was accused of deleting emails and obstructing the investigation into the rape case, here is my issue with this whole dog and pony show.  Where is the justice in punishing someone by dropping charges and then basically making them the leper of the city by disallowing him to have contact with his peers when this disallowed contact hasn’t been defined?  This is such an odd end to a case that the State of Ohio vigorously pursued. WTOV9 news sat down with Mr. DeWine and some of the things that he said just do not make sense. “You … Continue reading →

Charges Dropped Against McVey, Former Steubenville Superintendent

It was announced today that the court accepted a plea from Mike McVey.  McVey agreed to resign from the Steubenville City School system and tendered his resignation this morning.  The school board accepted it this evening after a special executive session.   The agreement states McVey will not seek any employment with city schools, nor have any contact with school board members or the administration, witnesses or co-defendants in the special grand jury. According to the State of Ohio, they were not confident that they had enough evidence to get a conviction as far as whether McVey wiped systems or deleted emails. Angela Canepa, assistant attorney general, said the evidence in the case may not have been able to prove it was McVey who deleted e-mails and other information on his computer as believed by the grand jury. Canepa said there wasn’t much direct evidence against McVey. She added there was … Continue reading →

Subpoenas Issued in Steubenville Superintendent Case

  12/17/14PRAECIPE FOR SUBPENA FILED AND SUBPENA ISSUED TO SHERIFF OF JEFFERSON COUNTY FOR SERVICE  ON BEHALF OF STATE OF OHIO FOR 01/12/2015. STEVE WESTLAKE, father of Evan Westlake who was granted immunity in rape case DORIS LOCASCIO, AMY CARDUCCI, Wells Academy teacher GREG AGRESTA, BARRY GULLEN, Asst. Superintendent at Steubenville City Schools LISA BRUZZESE, Steubenville City School District – purchasing director/finance MELINDA YOUNG, Interim superintendent LYNNETT GORMAN,teacher Steubenville City Schools JAYME BROWNING, Superintendent Secretary/EMIS Coordinator at Steubenville City Schools ANTHONY CRAIG, one of three granted immunity in rape case SHAWN CROSIER, Steubenville High School Principal LEE GILLISON, Guidance Counselor ANTHONY PIERRO FRED HEATHERINGTON, Steubenville High School baseball head coach 12/22/14    PRAECIPE FOR SUBPOENA FILED AND SUBPENA ISSUED TO SHERIFF OF JEFFERSON COUNTY FOR SERVICE ON THE FOLLOWING ON BEHALF OF STATE OF OHIO FOR 01/12/2015 RENO SACCOCCIA WILLIAM RHINAMAN 12/30/14PRAECIPE FOR SUBPOENA FILED AND SUBPENA ISSUED TO SHERIFF OF … Continue reading →

Trent Mays & the Lunatics of Steubenville

Trent Mays was released from juvenile detention yesterday and apparently cried in court.  Boo hoo.   I am having a hard time mustering up sympathy for him.  He is out of his “prison”…Jane Doe is forever bound by the actions of he and his friends.  She doesn’t get “do overs”, and there is no part of me that is hopeful  of his placement back into society.  Second chances?  Nope.  Don’t care if he gets one. His attorney released a statement on behalf of his family that has my ass a bit chapped. “The Mays family is elated to be reunited with their son after this trying ordeal. Trenton has excelled during his rehabilitative process, and has earned the right to be released. He is an extremely promising young man, eager to prove himself on behalf of his family and his community. The family would appreciate their privacy during this time together, … Continue reading →

Steubenville Documentary

I spent a bit of time on the phone today with a documentary filmmaker who is doing a film on Steubenville, and among the things that we talked about is how or how hasn’t Steubenville changed in the past two years.  He has done some traveling for this project and told me that he hears over and over how terrible people think Steubenville is and that it really has a bad reputation.  I agree, but we also talked about how they have handled the publicity. It hasn’t been dealt with very well and over the course of the past two years, I can’t think of one positive thing or turn of events where this case has been involved.  Sure, locals are going to say that Ma’lik rejoined the football team and that they think this was a positive event;  or maybe their bragging rights that he made great grades is … Continue reading →

State of Ohio Says Belardine Violated Probation

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

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. 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 … Continue reading →

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? ok so this is crazy. I protested this wknd ag police brutality and non-accountability & was jumped by 2 men (1) pic.twitter.com/ksp6pcq9RZ — Occupy 4 Elephants (@Sniper__Catz) December 1, 2014 the men were not protesters-just random guys. Matt Belardine-punched me several times & broke my finger. He was screaming @ me that (2) — Occupy 4 Elephants (@Sniper__Catz) December 1, 2014 he was from #Stuebenville where “he rapes whores like me”- turns out that he was 1 of the guys who went to jail 4 the rape. … Continue reading →

Former Steubenville Assistant Coach Arrested

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 … Continue reading →

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 Genre: Documentary, Making a Change Director: Jeffrey Scott Richards, Jenny Rebekah Richards Cast: Rebecca Mikesell, Ohio Anonymous Website 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. … Continue reading →