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Reasonable Doubt

The following is part one of a series involving a 2014 New Mexico double murder trial. I look forward to your responses to this case and discussing the court system process in America. – Ella Mentry Find me on Twitter @EllamentryMDW

We have seen it on the weekly network crime shows. The defense attorney never reveals whether or not his or her client is guilty of murder. It makes no difference. The job is all about reasonable doubt and convincing 12 men and women of its existence.

We begin with some background. Just before dawn on August 2, 2005 a 911 came into the dispatch center of the Albuquerque Police Department (APD). Renee Ohlemacher, 20, was on the other end of the line claiming to be hiding in her bedroom closet because she had heard shouting, screams and gunshots coming from her parents’ room across the hall, followed by heavy hurried footsteps pounding down the stairs.

Steubenville City Schools Sends a Message

Nothing says “we don’t need no danged ol’ accountability here” like allowing educators charged with failing to report child abuse to be back in a position to keep a watchful eye out for the safety of children. *sarcasm*  If the residents of Steubenville want to figure out why the world looks down at their town with an air of disgust, they should be asking their school board what the heck they were thinking by allowing individuals who are accused of failure to report child abuse to be allowed back to work overseeing the safety and well-being of school children.

Updated: Wednesday, December 4 2013, 11:15 AM EST By: NEWS9

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Two Steubenville City Schools employees who were indicted by a special grand jury have been permitted to return to work. The school board returned Lynnett Gorman and Seth Fluharty to their positions effective Dec. 9., according to a news release from the district.

On Wednesday, the Steubenville Board of Education released the following statement:

“After learning that three School District employees were indicted by a special grand jury convened by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the Board of Education of Steubenville City Schools placed the indicted employees on administrative leave.   After review with legal counsel and Ohio professional organizations the Board returned Lynnett Gorman and Seth Fluharty to their positions as of December 9, 2013.  The two employees have good work records and are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The Board has no information about the evidence leading to these charges, and any questions about the charges or the criminal investigation should be directed to the office of the Ohio Attorney General.

Our primary focus is on making sure the School District is able to conduct the business of educating our students.” Superintendent Mike McVey Gorman and Fluharty were all put on paid administrative leave on Nov. 25 after Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced their indictments.

Gorman, principal of West Elementary School, is charged with failure to report child abuse or neglect while acting in official capacity in a school district, which is a fourth-degree misdemeanor. Fluharty is charged with failure to report child abuse or neglect while acting in official capacity in a school district, which is a fourth-degree misdemeanor. He is a wrestling coach at Steubenville High School and elementary school teacher.

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Forum

A lot of people have emailed asking about a forum to discuss the Steubenville case.  I have set one up for those interested.  I will try to post news related items regarding the case.  I’ve been really busy lately – and have had little time to really devote to writing or updating the blog.

Link:  http://prinniefied.com/phpbb/index.php

Second Indictment Issued by Steubenville Special Grand Jury

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 23, 2013
MEDIA CONTACTS:
Dan Tierney: 614-466-3840
 Eve Mueller: 614-466-3840

Second Indictment Issued by
Steubenville Special Grand Jury

(STEUBENVILLE, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that a second indictment has been issued in the special grand jury reviewing whether additional crimes were committed regarding the Steubenville teen rape case.

Hannah M. Rhinaman, 20, of Mingo Junction, was indicted by the grand jury on the following counts:

  • Two counts of Receiving Stolen Property, a fifth degree felony
  • One count of Grand Theft, a fifth degree felony

The charges against Hannah Rhinaman are related to incidents that occurred at Steubenville City Schools. However, the charges are separate and unrelated to the previous indictment issued against her father, William Rhinaman, on October 7.

If convicted on all counts, Hannah Rhinaman could be sentenced to up to three years in prison.

The grand jury adjourned today until a future date to be determined.

Source: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/OHAG/bulletins/910126

First Indictment Handed Down in Steubenville Case

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio grand jury investigating whether other laws were broken in connection with the rape of a 16-year-old girl by two high school football players last year has issued its first indictment, charging a school employee with interfering with a criminal matter.

The indictment announced Monday by Attorney General Mike DeWine charges William Rhinaman with tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury.

Rhinaman, of Mingo Junction, was arrested Monday afternoon after the charges from Friday’s indictment were made formal, DeWine said. Rhinaman, 53, was scheduled to make his first court appearance Wednesday.

Source:  http://nypost.com/2013/10/07/it-guy-indicted-in-steubenville-football-players-rape-case/

Limberios Family Letter Writing Campaign

Several months ago the Limberios family came to me to help them get information about their son’s case out.  I was glad to help and things are picking up speed, although sometimes the wheels of justice do not turn as fast as we would hope.  Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office is involved and a special prosecutor has been assigned to the case.  However, the Limberios family is trying to get national attention on Jake’s case and the poor investigation conducted by Sandusky County.

Don’t forget to mail out your letter’s tomorrow! Addresses are:

1. John Walsh
Po Box Crime TV
Washington, D.C 20016

2. Nancy Grace
1 CNN Center
Atlanta, GA 30303

3. Dr. Phil
5482 Wilshire Blvd. #1902
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Once again the Limberios family is very Thankful for everyone help and effort during this time.

Onward and Upward

This post is going to be short and sweet and one that is not going to address particulars, but one that is hopefully meaningful and provokes thought and ultimately — action.  The grand jury begins selection tomorrow and will convene next week.  Rather than pointing fingers and accusing others of creating a path of destruction through Steubenville, it is time to let go of the hate and move forward. Nothing good ever comes of holding onto negativity.  This can only happen when that one person has the audacity and courage to be the one person standing to create change.  The ball is in your court.  Healing begins with change.

 

Weirton Families in Need

Last night a gentleman contacted me about two Weirton, WV families who were in dire need of supplies for their children.  The families needed baby diapers (sizes 1, 5 and 6) and Similac with iron formula.  The children range in ages from 2 to 10 years old.  Through the use of social media we were able to get donations of food cards, gift cards and many people are sending the children much needed clothing.

While waiting for the mail to make its way to West Virginia, the kids are going to need to eat.  I spoke with Rob at Fox’s Den Pizza in Weirton and he has agreed to take phone donations towards a gift card for pizza for the weekend.  You can call (304) 723-3697 and ask for him.  He will take your cc info towards  gift certificate donation.

A very special thank you to everyone who has helped and to Kathi Eastham, owner of Fox’s Den for helping these families out!!

 

Clearing Up the Defamation Rumors

There has been a lot of false information being disseminated regarding the dismissal of the defamation suit filed against myself and 25 unnamed John Doe Defendants and I wanted to take a moment to clear up some of those rumors.  First and foremost, there was no settlement in terms of agreements not to discuss the case or even stop talking about Cody Saltsman.  On or about December 20, the Plaintiffs approached us wishing to dismiss the defamation claim WITH PREJUDICE.  They asked if Cody  could post a statement on my blog, and I was glad to allow him to do so.  I did not HAVE to do anything, nor was I forced to post anything about the case in return for a dismissal.  I chose to provide a statement because many people were following the case and wanted to know what was going on.

I was not forced to stop talking about Cody or the case.  If I wanted to call him a little booger eater…I could, but I won’t.  What he did was really crappy and there is no excuse for it, but at least he made the attempt to right his wrongs.  As part of the settlement  we did not pay any money; we did not agree to retract any statements, nor did we agree to stop covering the case or discussing it.  I was glad that Cody wanted to make a statement.  In all honesty, whether people choose to believe him or not — he is the ONLY person thus far to have the testicular fortitude to stand before the public’s judging eyes and try to explain his actions or inaction that night.  For that, I do give the kid MUCH credit.  He has done more in that respect than any adults who have been implicated in this nightmare of a case.   There were never any threats made to him or others on this site.  People discussed this case much

#occupy

Steubenville Facts

The City of Steubenville has opened a webpage steubenvillefacts.org to provide information to the public.  Below is the information released thus far.

August 11-12, 2012. The incident that began this case occurred.

August 14, 2012. The incident was reported to Steubenville Police. 0140

August 16, 2012. Electronic devices of people who potentially had knowledge of the incident were taken, pursuant to search warrants.

August 17, 2012. Steubenville Police request technical and investigative support from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation “BCI” (a state agency supervised by the Ohio Attorney General). At the request of Steubenville Police, BCI expedited the evidence analysis. The analysis involved uncovering and reviewing tens of thousands of emails, texts, and photos from approximately a dozen electronic devices. The vast majority of such data was unrelated to the case.  Investigators and forensic examiners never found any video of the alleged crime.

Joann Gibbs, a forensic analyst of digital media with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, said she looked at 15 cell phones and two iPads that were submitted by City Police following search warrants.

She said Apple iPhones with later generation operating systems make it impossible to recover files that are deleted. Gibbs testified she did recover two naked pictures of the victim that were part of text messages sent on Mays’ cell phone.  October 13 hearing

August 22, 2012.  Based on the investigation of the Steubenville Police, two juvenile males were arrested and charged. Their names are Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond.  Suspects remained in juvenile detention until November 1, 2012 when the Visiting Judge (from outside the county) assigned to the case placed the suspects on home arrest.

August 28, 2012.  County Prosecuting Attorney delegates her authority to special prosecutors from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

August 30, 2012. Steubenville Police meet with the special prosecutors.

The Juvenile Court trial in this case is scheduled for February 13, 2013. Circumstances surrounding media and public access to that trial are controlled by the Visiting Judge.

Feeds for today’s protest:

 

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Again, this case should be a testament to the need for parents to MONITOR YOUR CHILD’S SOCIAL MEDIA participation.  It is okay to creep your kids profile.  YOU are responsible for them and it is your duty to monitor what they do. There is no shame in being nosy.