What has changed? Not really anything.
What has changed? Not really anything.
It was announced today that the court accepted a plea from Mike McVey. McVey agreed to resign from the Steubenville City School system and tendered his resignation this morning. The school board accepted it this evening after a special executive session. The agreement states McVey will not seek any employment with city schools, nor have any contact with school board members or the administration, witnesses or co-defendants in the special grand jury.
According to the State of Ohio, they were not confident that they had enough evidence to get a conviction as far as whether McVey wiped systems or deleted emails.
I guess my thought here is why wait until now to end this when it appears as though it could have been done long ago. If they knew that they might not be able to get a conviction – how long ago did they know and why not drop charges then? I never believed that Mr. McVey woke up one morning and thought to himself, “well, gonna go to work and obstruct justice today“. I have always believed that someone instructed him to do so, if emails were deleted. The fact of the matter is – no one will ever know the full extent of what occurred in the days following the rape and who done what or he said/she said. It did become obvious that there was a disconnect with staff and administration regarding the mandatory report laws. I don’t think it was necessarily a lack of knowledge about mandatory reporting as it was an unwillingness to abide by the mandatory report law. Just an opinion, of course.
I also find it a bit odd that McVey cannot have contact with school board members, witnesses or co-defendants in the special grand jury. Steubenville is not a big town, and he has worked for the school system for almost 20 years. It just seems like an odd punishment for deceptive behavior. But…it is what it is.
Honestly, I’m fine with how things turned out. I think a lot of people are just glad to see this case finally put to rest. Sure there are questions, but we are not the judicial system and they did what they saw fit to do. There are always things that we don’t know. It’s easy to make assumptions, and from the very beginning – this case was filled with them. The good part of all of this is: This case has spawned an international discussion about rape culture and bystander intervention that has continued to grow over the past two years. That in itself is more important than the outcome of judicial proceedings against some of the players in this case.
…and on that note, I shall bid you adieu.
Hate to say it, but who didn’t see this one coming? I suppose the answer is obviously EVERYONE but Matt Belardine – otherwise he wouldn’t have gone off to Arizona sans probation officer approval, or gotten shit faced and assaulted protesters while being filmed. Looks like social media got Belardine once again. When are these people going to learn? That’s a rhetorical question because two years later and nothing has changed.
As a result, he is being held in the Jefferson County Jail until a hearing in front of Judge Patricia Cosgrove on Dec. 17.
The following are the violations:
All of the probation violations are pretty self-explanatory and from the looks of it, the attorney general’s office isn’t messing around. It will be interesting to see how Judge Cosgrove feels about seeing Mr, Belardine in her court again. #Steubenvillemade probably isn’t gonna cut it this time.
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?
The Ohio Attorney General’s office is awaiting the copy of the Scotsdale police report, and I hope they see this video as well as the claims by the protester who was attacked by Busic and Belardine.
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.
Continue reading #Steubenville: Lesson Learned? Richmond Thinks THOT
While I was cruising Twitter earlier I came upon the latest in the Ohio race for Attorney General and there was some discussion about how accurate the statement is that three “watched” the rape for hours and laughed. So I dug up news reports of their testimony. I guess you can decide for yourself how accurate the claim is:
Immunity Recipient #1
Continue reading Steubenville’s Been Pepper’ed
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.
Continue reading Alleged Kicking Grounds for Suspension…but RAPE? PLAY BALL #STEUBENVILLE!!
For the past two years a number of Steubenville locals have used social media with the same MO as the kids did on the night of the rape in August 2012 – to bully, humiliate, harass and intimidate. One of the more vitriolic and vapid users going by the name “Jordan_Renee91″ has been especially vocal in her spewing of hate and today her identity was revealed…by HER no less. Apparently her #vintagecam app accessed the Twitter account that she used to bully anyone who supports me or anyone that spoke out against the Steubenville rapists or others.
Last night when she took a selfie, it auto posted to her Twitter account. The picture was also cross-posted to her Facebook. Twitter users started calling her out about her faux paus and she now claims that she never posted any picture on her account and attempted the “it wasn’t me” defense. She deleted the photos from her account but screenshots were grabbed.
What’s the word I’m looking for here? Oh…karma. Yeah. Deborah Still has used an anonymous Twitter account for the purpose of harassing and bullying for almost two years, and when she was outed – it wasn’t done by anyone other than herself.
Deborah Still has repeatedly tweeted to me for these two years demanding my attention, and I ignored her. Today I will address her. Does this post come off as trite? Perhaps, but as I sit here and think of how ugly some of the attacks on innocent people close to me were for the sole purpose to harass me – trite doesn’t matter. Principle matters and finally being able to put a name to one of the vapid Big Red mouthpieces is a victory. She and her sister have both engaged in some egregious online behavior in support of Big Red and the not so innocent kids who started the whole Steubenville mess.
No one harassed this woman. No one has posted photos of her family and no one has posted lies about her, but she has done all of these things and has made it a point that her mission is to “bully” me because she feels entitled to do so.
Continue reading Steubenville Shrew Crew Head Cheerleader Unmasked
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