Category Archives: Steubenville Ohio Rape Case

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.

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.

Cultural Apathy

Last week members of the Steubenville Police Department along with agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation executed the search warrants on 8 locations throughout Jefferson County in what was reported to be raids resulting from an illegal gambling investigation initiated by Steubenville Police and Ohio BCI.  An estimated $1.5 million was seized as a result of the coordinated raids.  


What is odd is the lack of response by Jefferson County Prosecutor’s office and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department with regard to the raids.   Why hasn’t the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office and Sheriff’s office congratulated Steubenville PD and BCI on a job well done?  There have been so many other congratulatory butt slaps over the past 2 years when it comes to joint effort investigations and arrests.  Why no congratulatory ticker tape this time?   

Brad Pitt Purchases Anonymous v. Steubenville

It happened…I think all of us who had been involved in the Steubenville case knew that eventually Hollywood would pick up on this story even if it became a Lifetime movie.  There were just so many events that happened in this case for someone not to bring it to the big screen – from me and my anonymous commenters being sued for defamation of character in an attempt to silence us to KYAnonymous being raided for not “hacking” a football fan site to six school employees and/or coaches being indicted by a special grand jury for  obstruction of justice, and other charges.  Bottom line is this case has pissed off a lot of people:  the good, the bad, the ugly, but it has also forced an open discussion about rape culture and bystander intervention.  Had ONE person stood up that night and done the right thing — none of us would even be having this discussion.

There is an opportunity here for this film to reach millions of adults and teens alike to frankly and candidly discuss rape culture and encouraging them to be THAT person who stands up to do the right thing.  Like the concept of the movie or not, Deric, Michelle and thousands of others did something magnificently profound and beautiful:  They stood up and did something honorable.  They made the people of the world stop for a moment and acknowledge rape culture and victim blaming.  Rape culture DOES exist and people are now candidly talking about it.  Universities, schools and people gathered around water coolers at work are discussing rape culture.  Parents are openly talking to their children about it.

I hope Brad Pitt and Plan B Entertainment expound on this and keep  this discussion moving forward in a positive and effective manner.

Why Steubenville Matters

I am cross-posting the blog that I put up on the blogspot.com site I set up while my domain was down.  There is so much more to tell about these hateful people, and I really do waffle between giving them the attention that they are obviously so desperately seeking from me and exposing their garbage, or being the better person and just sitting back and “taking it”.   When I point out their hate they retaliate.  When I ignore them…they retaliate by going after innocent people who have absolutely nothing to do with the Steubenville case other than supporting me, being friends with me or being related to me.  It seems like a no-win situation at times.  However, I also feel like I owe it to the good people of Steubenville who are tired of the “Shrew Crew” and their antics to point out the bad behavior.  I mean…isn’t that how we all gto to this place to begin with?  Not so “innocent children” who tweeted and humiliated someone rather than doing the right thing and HELPING Jane Doe.  I have read things by these individuals that have enraged me.  Statements about how drinking is the reason Jane Doe got raped.  Or if you flirt with someone you are asking to be raped.  That one came from retired Math teacher, Jeanne Newman.

The Perception of Corruption?

Corruption is defined as “dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power“.  Falsifying police reports and tampering with official police recorders so that misconduct would not be documented would certainly beperceived by the average layperson as “corrupt”.  Using excessive force against persons who witnessed police misconduct would be perceived by the average layperson as “corrupt”.  When those in power turned a blind eye and condoned this type of conduct, the average layperson would perceive that this behavior was “corrupt”.

Steubenville: Email supporting SHS IT Director After Arrest

Hats off to Roxine Behrens for sharing this and speaking out about it.  She also encourages others to question where was the card for Jane Doe?

If you are equally as angered, the contact information follows:

Mark Masloski at (740) ***** or at masloski@comcast.net.
Timothy Daugherty tdaugherty@scsohio.org

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/10/24/1250200/-Action-Diary-Steubenville-Email-supporting-alleged-IT-Director-indicted-for-covering-up-rape

Steubenville: Roll Red Role Models

If you have ever wondered why the kids in Steubenville behaved the way they did, all it takes is one look at the adults in town who are on Twitter.  Click the links to read their daily filth.

TammyDixon12 https://twitter.com/TammyDixon12
Jordan_Renee91 https://twitter.com/Jordan_Renee91
truthseeker_11 https://twitter.com/truthseeker_11
Judicious1_ https://twitter.com/Judicious1_
biglugg77 https://twitter.com/biglugg77
aronck2 https://twitter.com/aronck2
kimmylocal246 http://twitter.com/kimmylocal246
Phantonym https://twitter.com/Phantonym
Peaceintheville https://twitter.com/PeaceintheVille
grannygeorge12 http://twitter.com/grannygeorge12
gabsmom2001 http://www.twitter.com/gabsmom2001
truthseeker_11 https://twitter.com/truthseeker_11

If you have ever wondered why these kids stood around and did nothing or bullied the victim in the following days – all it takes is one look at the behavior of the adults who coddle them.  Like this from Twitter user Judicious1_.  I am a German national.  My grandparents were forced to fight in the war and my aunt risked her life helping Jews flee the country to safety.  THIS is what the scourge of Steubenville finds entertaining.  Now you know why their kids behaved worse than a pack of rabid animals.

From the bigots of Steubenville.

From the bigots of Steubenville.

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What Happened to Due Process?

Justice is a two way street.  Sometimes getting there is not an easy endeavor. When any victim has to testify against their accuser it can be brutal and oftentimes the victim is re-victimized as a result.  That being said, defendants in this country are guaranteed certain legal procedural rights, and one of them is the right to face their accuser.  It says so in the Constitution so I’m not just making this up.  In the Steubenville case, subpoenas were issued to juveniles living across the river in West Virginia.  One of the subpoenas was issued for  Jane Doe.  I think my confusion here is — shouldn’t the state have issued a subpoena to her?  And if not, perhaps this is why Mr. Madison was compelled to do so.  I’m not an attorney, but I would think that her testimony is essential for BOTH sides of this case.

On Friday Hancock County Judge Ronald Wilson rejected the subpoena requests and  cited no legal case from anywhere in the country to support the argument that the three West Virginia juveniles could be compelled to testify but stated in his 4-page ruling that Ohio and West Virginia law differ in their comparisons of a juvenile delinquency proceeding and a criminal trial.

“The proceeding in Ohio is not a criminal action — it is not a criminal prosecution — and it is not a criminal proceeding.”

Wilson added that there is no law his court follows which gives him the right to honor the Ohio request for the subpoenas.  How does this not create a legal conundrum because Mr. Madison’s client has a constitutional right that is being denied him?

Madison said that the victim’s testimony was central to his client’s case and would involve her recollection of her actions before and after the incident, including what she told hospital staff, her friends and a text messages she sent to one of the accused boys after the incident.

“My client has a constitutional right to confront his accuser,” Madison said. “He has to have the right to call witnesses on his behalf.”

With regard to the text messages that Jane Doe allegedly sent -  it has been discovered through social media that her phone went missing for a few days.  Translation: She did not have possession of her cell phone.  I have many questions.  Questions that started me on this journey for the truth back in August.  Here are a few that come to mind with the news of denying the subpoenas.

  • What date did the text message allegedly sent from Jane Doe take place?
  • Is it possible that Trent Mays may have sent the text himself?
  • How would anyone be able to prove that this occurred since it is rumored that no phone records/ping info or social media was subpoenaed?
  • What is it that was told to hospital staff and could this information  implicate others?

I agree with Mr. Madison.  Both defendants have the right to confront their accuser as well as call witnesses on their behalf and if it is true that other witnesses are going to invoke their Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate themselves to avoid prosecution – how will this affect the entire trial?

 

Life is About Changes

The Steubenville trial is quickly approaching and once all is said and done – lives will be changed forever.  Lives have been changed regardless of the outcome.  The lives of every person who tweeted or retweeted the events of that night will forever have those bad decisions to follow them anytime someone Googles their name.  Michael Nodianos’ life changed when he and his friends laughed maniacally over the sexual assault of a young girl.  Many lives have changed, including my own.

I was sued for defamation of character for allowing the exchange of ideas and opinions on this blog.  My anonymous commenters lives were changed as well.  I am sure many of them are hesitant about ever voicing an opinion online for fear of becoming a legal target again because in their town you aren’t supposed to talk about it.  I was hospitalized for a week while trying to defend myself from accusations of defamation and trying to make sure that my John Does weren’t hung out to dry.  I’m okay with that.  It was worth every second of it to stand tall and fight for what I believed in.

And then my life changed when people who I thought were my friends jumped on the “Alex is attacking our town” bandwagon and used our friendship as a weapon in their attempts to wipe their own slate clean.  My writing about Steubenville has never been an attack on the town as a whole.  There are some wonderful people there, and I still have friends and supporters there.  I wrote about this case because I was providing information that the media was not.  ANYONE looking for the information could have found it.  I lived in Steubenville and think I have insight into what it is like there.  I have no grudge against an entire town.  I have no grudge against individuals – even the mother of my former best friend who wished AIDS on me and hoped that I died a slow death.  I feel sorry for her that a woman her age has is capable of this much hate and I am embarrassed that Connie’s mother has brought her own family shame because of her behavior.

die of aids

This is someone’s mother.

'Granny G (grannygeorge12) on Twitter' - twitter_com_grannygeorge12

Indeed, lives have changed and will continue to change.  Life is change.  Embrace it.