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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.
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 Read the rest of this entry »
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.
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We believe that the real goal of this lawsuit is to discover the identity of anonymous posters so they, and future commentators on this site will be intimidated and discouraged from voicing their opinions.
This tactic has a name. Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) are a common tool used to silence and intimidate those exercising their right to free speech.
We believe that this case is a textbook example of a cyberSLAPP suit. If subpoenas are honored and the identities of anonymous commenters are revealed, serious damage will have been done to anonymous free speech on the internet, even if the lawsuit is ultimately dismissed.
For these reasons, we have enlisted the help of the ACLU of Ohio in order to fight these subpoenas on behalf of all of the John Doe defendants, and to fully address the chilling effect of this lawsuit.