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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?   

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.

Read More at: http://www.wtov9.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/2-indicted-school-employees-return-work-2436.shtml?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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Limberios Case on Dr. Phil

Earlier this year, the Limberios family through their attorneys, Dan and Lauren McGookey, asked me for assistance in bringing Jake’s case to the public.  Through the use of social media and the persistence of Jake’s family and ardent supporters, that has happened.  I am thrilled to see that Dr. Phil is covering the Jake Limberios case.   This case deserves national attention not only to find the truth about what happened that night, but also to elicit change in the way county coroners handle crime scene investigations and the ability to legally appeal questionable decisions.

Jake’s death was  ruled a suicide by the Sandusky County Coroner’s Office having never been to the crime scene, nor did they perform an autopsy until months after his death.  Jake’s parents, Mike and Shannon Limberios actually had to hire forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht to perform a separate autopsy.  Dr. Wecht determined the cause of death as homicide.  Months later, the county coroner’s office decided to exhume Jake a second time to perform an autopsy that should have been done from the onset.

This case has been filled with twists and turns over the past 2 years.  Recently, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine stepped in to appoint special prosecutors and to empanel a special grand jury to review the facts of the case.

Part 1 of Dr. Phil aired yesterday.  Brittany Bowers and William Lewis were two of the three people with Jake when he was shot and killed on March 2, 2012.  They appeared as guests on the show with the Limberios’.  They also agreed to submit to lie detector tests.

Part two of the “Dr. Phil” show about the death of Jacob Limberios will reveal the results of lie-detector tests taken by two witnesses who saw him die.

Source:  http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com/article/20131114/NEWS01/311140023

The Sandusky Register has provided EXCELLENT coverage of this case and is a valuable source of information for additional facts regarding Jake’s case.  I will be tuning in today to hear the results of the lie detector tests.  From Dr. Phil’s site:

“I just feel I got set up to do this … this is for TV right.”

Later she looks away from Dr. Phil, tilts her head up and back and seems to be talking to Jacob after Dr. Phil appears to read her the results of a lie detector test.

“Jacob, why are you doing this to me? Why?” Brittany asks in the promo for the programs.

Source:  http://www.sanduskyregister.com/article/limberios-shooting-saga/4905566

Justice for Jake and Ella Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JusticeforJakeandElla

Jake Limberios Forum Discussion: http://prinniefied.com/phpbb/viewforum.php?f=7

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

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.

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.

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This is someone’s mother.

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