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
When I first started writing about the Steubenville case, there was one thing that bothered me the absolute most. It was not that law enforcement did a shoddy job — I never claimed that, and will never make that claim. I know many of the officers at Steubenville PD and they are very fine and upstanding men. What bothered me greatly was the number of bystanders (as evidenced by social media) who stood by and did nothing. The complete and utter lack of empathy of anyone that night bothered me greatly.
To be quite clear, RAPE was mentioned on August 11th as it pertains to the events that unfolded that night. No one but those using social media to discuss what happened that night put those words on their keyboards. They tweeted about “rape“. It was they who initially identified what happened that night as rape, and later the prosecutor’s office defined the happenings that night as “rape” when charges were filed against the two juveniles now awaiting trial.
Since then there has also been a lot of blaming. There is blame laid at the defense attorneys who represent the accused. They are simply doing their jobs. I had occasion to meet Mr. Madison – I thought he was very polite and cordial. I met mothers of some Big Red students and have nothing but nice things to say about them and their children. Not all kids at Steubenville High School are bad because of an irresponsible, uncaring few.
I watched the “Nodi Wylin About a Dead Girl” video today and it took nearly an hour to finish listening to it. It was a very painful 12 minutes 29 seconds. The content of the video was just THAT horrible. Almost two months ago when I first started writing about the Steubenville case, I detailed how shocked and upset I was at the tweets that I discovered. Reading those tweets was a walk in the park compared to actually hearing the filth roll off of another human being’s tongue about the events of that night. I cannot imagine if Nodi were my son or my brother, but I can feel compassion and sorrow for his family — unlike the lack of emotion he showed for the victim. I cannot imagine the humiliation and shame that his actions have brought upon his family – who are also innocent victims. They did not ask for this shame. Many lives were forever changed that night by the actions of all of those involved.
I think what most find disturbing is the lack of empathy and compassion from so many of those who witnessed the brutality. What kind of person stands by and watches gleefully as another is violated and publicly humiliated? There are so many questions and it is my hope, and has always been my motivation that those questions somehow be answered.
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.
I thought I would make a post with links to live streams of the rally tomorrow for those who can’t make it and would like to watch.
On behalf of myself and the John Doe defendants, we are very pleased to announce that the defamation lawsuit filed against us has been dismissed with prejudice. Dismissals with prejudice mean that this case can never be refiled again and this lawsuit is officially over. On December 20th, the plaintiffs approached us about settling this case, and we were quite happy to oblige. Lawsuits are costly and very stressful, and this suit has taken a toll on all involved. 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.
Cody Saltsman has asked to make a statement here to express his remorse for the photo and comments that he tweeted. It is also his desire and ours to clarify that we never had any evidence of his direct involvement in the subsequent events of that night. While he may have been present at various parties that evening, there has been no evidence of his involvement in the rape, nor has he been charged with any such crime. We are happy to post his statement; it is below. We appreciate that Cody
I just wanted to take a moment to wish you all a Merry Christmas and hope that you all have a blessed holiday season.
Cold cases tear at my heart strings but when they involve the unsolved murders of children, they are even more upsetting. Bill Comeans was 5 days from turning 15-years old when he was murdered in Columbus, Ohio. He was a student at Westland High School in Galloway, Ohio. I attended this high school and Bill grew up in my neighborhood. Everyone who knew him had nothing but glowing comments about him. He was a thoughtful, loving kid with a giant heart. He had a paper route that he got so he could use his earnings to buy a piano. Every year he played Santa Claus for the neighbor boy. It brought him great joy to spread kindness to others, but someone wanted to harm Bill. That is what is so unbelievable about this case. Bill had no enemies that anyone knew of. He was well liked by everyone.