If it’s not bad enough that Matt Belardine is still on court supervision and was arrested this weekend for fighting with Ferguson protesters, it gets really ugly when his victim comes forth to allege that not only did he punch her several times, but he also told her where he is from “we rape whores like you”. WHO even says something like this?
ok so this is crazy. I protested this wknd ag police brutality and non-accountability & was jumped by 2 men (1) pic.twitter.com/ksp6pcq9RZ
According to WTRF, convicted rapist and All Eastern District D4 Defensive Player of the Year – #Steubenville Senior Ma’lik Richmond is scheduled to be in court Friday, Nov. 14, where a judge could lower his sex offender registration status. Currently, Ma’lik is a Tier II sex offender, which requires him to register with state officials every 180 days for the next 20 years.
The city of Steubenville has done everything in its power to make sure that not only did Ma’lik return to the field after he was released from his one year stint in juvenile detention, but that he was and continues to be glorified for his ability to catch a ball – and not be reminded that he RAPED someone. Life has gone on just fine for Ma’lik. The only people who continue to want him to show that he is remorseful is…the rest of the world. Steubenville doesn’t care. Nor is anyone watching what these kids are continuing to say and do on Twitter.
I was able to find a copy of the Bill of Particulars online – thanks to @4rcH_4ng3I_ who posted the copy on Twitter. I know I sound like a broken record when I say that this case continues to get stranger and stranger with each court hearing, but it’s true. This case is like a rotten onion. The more you peel back layers the more funk that lies underneath. This past court hearing didn’t disappoint in the deliverance of the “funk”. Superintendent McVey’s attorney had asked that the State provide a Bill of Particulars regarding allegations against their client. I have included the 4 pages that were posted, and transcribed from page 4 which reads as follows:
Nature of Offense: Obstructing Official Business, specifically the defendant violated Section 2921.31(A)M-2, Ohio Revised Code.
Conduct of Defendant, Date and Time: Michael McVey, defendant, from on or about April 5, 2012 to November 19, 2013, within the County of Jefferson aforesaid, in violation of section 2921.31(A) of the Ohio Revised Code, did without privilege to do so and with purpose to prevent, obstruct, or delay the performance by a public official of any authorized act within the public official’s official capacity, did commit an act that hampered or impeded a public official in the performance of the public official’s lawful duties, to wit: including but not limited to the following: deleted emails, “wiped” computer(s) (and/or had someone else “wipe” computer(s)), failed to comply with subpoenas served upon him, failed to provide information regarding an investigation the school undertook and/or lied about an investigation that the school undertook, manufactured email(s) with false or misleading information, directed others to create record(s) after the fact, and/or created a misleading timeline after the first subpoena was served upon him.
Continue reading Steubenville: Time to Take Out the Trash
Ali Salim, 44, a New Albany, Ohio ER physician who previously worked at Knox County Hospital was indicted in the murder of Deanna Ballman and her unborn child by a Delaware County grand jury. He was arrested at his home yesterday without incident. I wrote about Deanna’s case last August when she went missing. Deanna disappeared on July 31. She told her mother that she was going to clean a house in New Albany. She had answered an ad on Craigslist. She left her two children, ages 1 and 3 years, with her mother in Pataskala. Deanna had just moved back to the area from Colorado where she was an Army Reservist and was going through a divorce. She was also nine months pregnant with a baby girl she planned to name Mabel Lily.
When Deanna did not come home that night her mother became worried and called Pataskala Police to report her missing. She had received a phone call from Deanna that disturbed her. She said Deanna had told her that she didn’t feel right and was feeling dizzy. Deanna was due to deliver her child soon. Deanna’s car was found in Delaware County when someone called the sheriff’s office to report that a car with Colorado license plates was parked in the grass near the tree line along the road. Deanna’s body was found in the backseat. A coroner’s report determined that she had died of a heroin overdose and her death was ruled suspicious. Deanna’s family was adamant that she was not a known heroin user and maintained all along that she had met with foul play.
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The Steubenville rape case has been rife with controversy since August. When the rumor of deals struck by the prosecution surfaced, they were quickly dismissed by the Attorney General’s office. “We’ve made no deals with anyone,” was the response to the question of deals; however today Attorney General Mike Dewine fessed up that indeed the three individuals were given immunity from prosecution in exchange for their testimony. In all three letters the state committed to not prosecute. Perhaps my decoder ring is different than everyone else’s, or I simply do not understand the English language, but that sounds like a “deal” to me. How is NOT filing charges not a deal?
The special prosecutors agreed to accept testimony against the two defendants in lieu of no charges being filed against the three who testified. Color me perplexed, but isn’t that a DEAL? So, I looked it up just to make sure I knew what I was talking about and lo and behold – a deal is an “agreement entered into by two or more parties for their mutual benefit”. Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t immunity from prosecution technically mean they struck a “DEAL”?
People generally find it offensive when officials utilize the use of “word salad” in an effort to explain away behavior. I’ll even go so far out on my limb to state that these deals/immunity discussions qualify as word salad.
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.
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.
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.
Tonight on Behind the Yellow Tape the discussion will be the Steubenville case and litigation against anyone who made commentary on the case. Join Joey Ortega tonight at 10PM EST on Behind the Yellow Tape.
Also, you are encouraged to call in to voice your opinion. When you call in, Joey will not be referring to the digits of your phone number so that there is anonymity and protection of identities, just start talking. If he responds to you – you are on the air!
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.