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Alleged Kicking Grounds for Suspension…but RAPE? PLAY BALL #STEUBENVILLE!!

CAMERON -The Cameron High School community is questioning a controversial call made at a Friday night game that resulted in a senior football player being ejected from the game and suspended for two games, with one of those games being “Senior Night.”Senior Dalton Wood was ejected from the Cameron-Beallsville game after a referee accused him of kicking an opposing player who was laying on the ground. However, due to a video of the alleged incident circulating on social media, many say they fail to see the supposed kick.

Making some residents even more upset is that there is no appeals process for ejections from games in West Virginia and Ohio.

For starters, I’m not an avid football watcher but to me – it doesn’t look like a kick. What it looks like is that he was trying to push himself up by pushing his leg out for thrust.  But …that’s not the purpose of this particular blog entry.  The purpose is the outrage from the local community over an alleged KICK as opposed to let’s say…CONVICTED RAPE.  I don’t think it’s a stretch for me to feel a wee bit aggravated at the number of commenters who are voicing their opinion about this suspension when just a short 50 miles up the river, there is a school that has a registered sex offender being applauded and glorified as he runs across the field every Friday night.
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Steubenville PSA – SHHHHH! Play Ball!

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Planned Protests for Steubenville

I wanted to get a post up about any potential protests that might take place at the Steubenville High School football game this coming Friday or after.

Tempers are high because Steubenville City Schools and Steubenville High School has allowed Ma’lik Richmond back on the team.  Coach Reno Saccoccia says that he deserves a second chance and the city leaders also seem to be taking this stance.  A petition was created on Change.org by Elizabeth Beier that generated over 60,000 signatures asking the school to rethink their decision and to remove Richmond from the team.  I can tell you now that there is a better chance of Elvis running for president than that.  It’s simply not going to happen.  Steubenville is…well…Steubenville.

People want to protest and rightly so.  They SHOULD.  I am encouraging protests.  Marc Randazza and others have pledged $500 to every school that shuts Big Red out – meaning a zero point game.  That’s something I can get behind as well.  In fact, maybe collecting donations from the public at large and dividing them up between the schools that shut them out is in order.

What we don’t want to happen is this:  These protests are about doing the right thing. Any signage or tshirts, etc. should refrain from “I support Jane Doe” or mentioning Jane Doe.  She has blamed enough by this community and this will just be another opportunity for them to blame her again.  Any signs should demand that SHS do the right thing – that they have an ounce of human compassion and decency, but for now…let’s give Jane Doe a breather.  Steubenville High School should be ashamed of themselves but let’s not give them the opportunity to blame anyone but themselves for this latest mess they’ve found themselves in.

And you can always called the superintendent.  If you would like to call them yourself: (740) 283-3767

Shame on you

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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?

 

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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.

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

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We Didn't Know What Rape Was

MARK COLE:

Mark Cole II, 17, said the victim was leaving one house and was so intoxicated she could barely walk.

“She wasn’t capable of walking on her own and was stumbling as walking,” Cole said.

Cole said he shot a video of sexual conduct in his car between Mays and the victim as they were driving to Cole’s house. Cole said he later deleted the video from his phone.

He said, at his house, Mays attempted to get the victim to perform oral sex on Mays.

Cole said it “wasn’t his place to determine if there was a sexual assault. He said he didn’t believe it was necessary to call his mother, who wasn’t at home, another adult or the police.

Cole did say the victim wasn’t moving at his house when the sexual assault took place.

He said Richmond was lying beside her with his hands around her groin area but couldn’t tell if Richmond was sexually touching the victim. He said he didn’t intervene because he didn’t at any time see the conduct by the defendants as “forceful.”  Source:  Mark Law, Herald Star

While on the stand Mark Cole incriminated himself.  Filming or photographing a nude minor is the manufacture of child pornography under the state laws of Ohio and under federal law.  Yet he remains AT LARGE.   Mark Cole’s claims that it wasn’t his place to determine if there was a sexual assault are despicable.  Did his parents do that piss poor of a job raising him that he doesn’t know that a comatose female does not have the ability to consent and that DECENT men do not take advantage of females who are passed out?   Historically, men who have sex with women who are comatose are charged with RAPE.  Surely, someone who RECORDED VIDEO of what is legally considered child porn would KNOW that if someone cannot say NO — that means it is rape!  Right?  Would he let someone have sex with a female relative if they were incapacitated?  In his world, it’s not rape according to his skewed thought process?   The state said the video had been deleted, could not be retrieved and that because of that, Mark Cole was not facing charges even though he ADMITTED UNDER OATH that he recorded what amounts to child porn.  Hmmm, how’s that happen unless a deal has been offered?

EVAN WESTLAKE:  Poor Evan was also so scared and “stunned” about what was happening that he had to pause for a moment to post to social media, and upload a video on Youtube.  How about on his way to Mark Cole’s house?  Was he scared and stunned while his friend was videotaping sex acts involving the victim?  Didn’t he know then that this was wrong?  How stunned was he when he uploaded  video to his Youtube account in which Michael Nodianos gave a play by play of what was happening?  Was he also documenting this in case the victim forgot and needed to be reminded of what had happened to her?  These are guys that you want to leave your teenage daughters alone with, right?  These are guys that you should be applauding as they rush across the field, right?

Evan Westlake, 17, said he was at Cole’s house and was getting ready to leave when he saw the victim naked on her side. He said the victim wasn’t moving.

Westlake said Richmond was beside her and performing a sexual act and Mays was smacking his penis off her side.

When asked why he didn’t help, Westlake said, “I was stunned with what I saw. I wanted to get out of there. I didn’t know what to do.”

What did Evan Westlake do? He was SO STUNNED with what he saw that HE MADE A VIDEO and posted it on youtube featuring his good pal, Michael Nodianos aka Nodi yapping about a “dead girl”.   She was so incapacitated that they referred to her as “the dead body” or the dead girl.

 

He was so stunned that he took to Twitter to tell all of his pals how upset he was.  He and  Nodianos were obviously beside themselves with fear and confusion.  I bet they were shaking so hard they had to console each other because it was just so horrifying. They quickly got over their fear and confusion about what was happening and created youtube videos instead.

 

ANTHONY CRAIG:   Here’s another standup guy who took a picture of the incident in case the victim didn’t know what was happening, even though he tweeted to Trent Mays that “Chris Hanson” was his worst nightmare.  We all know who Chris Hanson is.  Did Anthony Craig think that Chris Hanson would understand that photos have to be taken of comatose victims – you know…just in case they don’t remember anything or was it because the videos involved an underage girl who was nude and being sexually assaulted?   Anthony Craig thought better of reminding the victim.  Instead, he deleted the evidence from his cellphone.  How come?  It was important to remind the rape victim what happened according to his testimony.    Did you have a change of heart, Anthony?

Anthony Craig, 18, said he could see the victim getting more drunk throughout the night.

“Just the way she handled herself and was walking and talking to people,” Craig said.

He said he went to Cole’s house where Cole showed him a video of what happened in Cole’s car.

Craig, who admitted to having a relationship with the victim, said he saw the victim naked in Cole’s basement. He said he saw Richmond laying beside her but couldn’t tell what Richmond was doing. He said Mays was smacking his penis off her side.

Craig said the victim was not responsive or participating.

Craig said he tried to tell Mays, his best friend, to stop it, and told him not to do anything he will regret.

Craig said Mays told him, “It is all right … don’t worry.”

When asked how it feels to testify against his friend, Craig said. “It kills me.”

Craig said he took a picture of the incident in case the victim didn’t know what was happening. He said he later deleted the picture from his cell phone.

Craig testified Mays sent him a naked picture of the victim the next day.

Just color me disgusted.  I’m ashamed to have to share my oxygen with SUPERSTARS like them.

Author note:  I have turned off comments to all Steubenville articles at this time but am leaving the posts up so that this crime does not go unforgotten! 

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Some people deserve to be peed on #whoareyou

“Some people deserve to be peed on #whoareyou

It is a distasteful statement when made in the context that it was.  It is even more distasteful to think that it was posted to brag.

When I found this particular tweet during my research about the allegations of rape at Steubenville High School,  I sat in front of my screen in disbelief.  I tried to let the words sink in.  I was repulsed because I knew the context in which this statement was made and then I became very angry.  Angry that another human being would find even a morsel of pleasure regarding such a sadistic act.   There is not a lot to say about this particular tweet.  I will let the words of its author speak for themselves.

 

You can see the cache of this tweet and retweets by clicking the screenshot or by clicking here.

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Steubenville Big Red Rape Accusations: The Other Perpetrators

On August 11, students from Steubenville High School or “Big Red” as it is known locally, attended various end of the summer parties in the Ohio Valley.  That night while in attendance at a party that was allegedly held at a COACH’s home, underage students were drinking to celebrate the end of the summer.  For many in attendance, it was the end of their high school journey and they were moving on to attend various colleges.  I do not have all the facts, and have read many accounts of what transpired, but the end result was a young girl was brutally raped and attacked by members of the Steubenville High football team and it was videotaped and posted on the internet.  I am not solely pointing the finger at the football team because there were boys who took part in this attack who were also on the wrestling team, baseball team and track teams.  The point is these boys represented the school and their respective teams.  Playing high school sports is not a right.  It is a privilege and with that privilege comes a higher responsibility to represent yourself and your school in a manner that will not taint the reputation of your school.   Athletes should be role models for other students, and in this case – they were not.

The student athletes who participated are not the only ones guilty of disseminating the attack of a defenseless girl, but the students who saved the video to their cellphones or who retweeted and reposted the video attack and talked inappropriately about the victim are just as guilty of smearing the reputation of their school, as well as guilty of disseminating criminal material.  So, in a nutshell YES this behavior represents their school and will have long running implications on every student who has ever attended Big Red.  Big Red will now forever be known as that high school where the kids who raped that girl attended. 

I have been reading tweets and posts online for the past few days and I can tell you that I am DISGUSTED.  TRULY and UTTERLY DISGUSTED at the things being posted by those who were in attendance of this brutal attack or the posts by their girlfriends who are disparaging the victim’s reputation.   I am disgusted with the students who are protecting their friends and tweeting “Oh, ______ better not get in trouble for this.”  Tweet after tweet has been filled with support for the boys who were arrested, as well as vowing their support and willingness to stick together because they are  “#StuebenvilleStarsForever”.  No, you are not stars.  You are criminals who are walking around right now on borrowed time.

The other students and former students of Big Red have yet to be charged with anything as of yet — even though they were present and they participated in the dissemination of the videotaped attack.  The coach who had a party with alcohol in which minors were in attendance has neither been named or charged as of yet.  I know the names and for now will not post them, but will provide screenshots of the tweets that were deleted from their accounts.  I  also have  the name of the football player who posted the video online.  The video and the Youtube channel were deleted by its owner – more than likely in attempt to save his butt and cover up his part in the crime.  He also deleted his Twitter account.  I have screenshots of that, too.  Not only was it being sent via phone, but it has been downloaded and saved by others.  ALL of these individuals who have in their possession or who have sent this video have participated in disseminating material involving the sexual assault of a minor.

I have seen much victim blaming from these kids as well as adults.  Every time someone posts a comment about why was she at this party or didn’t her parents teach her any better –  is revictimizing the victim.  Many seem not to care that she was victimized by these kids only that the ones who took part are still suiting up each week to play football.    I have seen posts where adults are stating this may be a “false accusation” and comparing it to the Duke Lacrosse team rape allegations.   She was PASSED OUT!  How in the world did she have a say in what was going on?   I can ASSURE you that these boys KNEW what they did was rape. One of them tweeted the Nirvana video “Rape Me” after the other said the song of the night should be “rape me”.

There are screenshots of the video that was posted with tags  “rape” and “drunk girl” .   Tagging the video with the word “rape” clearly shows their knowledge of the crime.  Did they think because they are star athletes that no one was going to do anything to them?  Is their status as star athletes permission to do whatever they want without repercussion?

These boys have brought shame not only upon their own families, but on the community that supports them.  They have also blighted the name of their school and anyone who attends it from this day forward.  The parents who once beamed with pride while reading their sons’ names in the local paper will now read their names again but this time that pride will now be replaced with tears and shame.

To the other boys that were involved who are still free to go to class tomorrow morning, I can only hope that their time walking around as free men is limited.  Tick tock.

 

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Big Red Players Accused of Rape & Kidnapping

For anyone who has lived in the Ohio Valley area, they know that high school football is a very important part of the culture of that area.  High school football Friday nights are a source of entertainment for young and old.  The local television stations even curtail regular programming to run the games live.  To an outsider, it seems a bit over the top.  I mean, it’s HIGH SCHOOL football for crying out loud.  Not the NFL or college, but high school.  Big Red football stadium looks like it could be a college stadium complete with press box and big lights.  Football IS the Ohio Valley and the student players are treated like  sports royalty.

Two 16-year old football players from the Steubenville Big Red football program were charged with rape and kidnapping charges this morning in Jefferson County, Ohio and are being detained in the juvenile detention facility on those charges. On August 11 a female student from a neighboring school was  brutally raped by members of the football team she met at a party.  Not only did they rape her, but videos were made of the rape and posted on Youtube, and from what I have been able to determine by some of the tweets that I have read, they were also being posted on Twitter.   On August 14, she and her family made a police report to the Steubenville Police Department.

Prosecutor Jane Hanlin had said she will step aside in prosecuting the case because she personally knows some of the juveniles named in the investigation. An official determination is pending as to whether she will ask the Ohio Attorney General’s office to take over the prosecution.  In my opinion, if she knows the juveniles, then she should do the right thing and step aside so there are no claims of impropriety based on her relationship with the boys or their families. 

I have been following the twitter accounts of many of the football players and students about the attack, and quite frankly am a bit shocked that some of them are supporting the boys.  This was tweeted about the victim.  “You supposevly [sic] get “raped and tweet happy shit #idontgetit #dumbbitch and was retweeted by one of the football players.   What is a rape victim SUPPOSED to do after a brutal attack?

The boys have not been publicly named and the local news WTOV Channel 9 has turned off comments for any of the news items they post about the incident.  Odd, huh?   In the state of Ohio, the law says that the names of people charged with crimes, even juveniles, are public information, however, the names of the players have not been released by the media.  There is no reason why their names should not be released to the public.  They videotaped and photographed their crime – in my opinion, that’s a slam dunk case.  They have the smoking gun.  They brutalized their victim further by posting images and video of the attack for others to view.  The video has since been pulled, but WHO does this?  What normal person would even consider that posting the brutal rape of a young girl is something that should be shared with their peers?  Do they think because they are Big Red players that the rules don’t apply to them?

It amazes me how society places a higher value on athletes than it does for the people who protect and give their lives for our country.  [author redact - thank you to those posting factual links to base my opinion on.  I do recognize that I am not always right, and would never want to be.  I appreciate the dialogue and the opportunity to educate myself.  Learning is part of growing as a responsible adult.   -p]

I’ll be following the Big Red rape story to see how this one plays out.

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