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Daily Mail: Revealed, shocking tweets at the center of a SECOND #Steubenville rape claim

Trial by social media: The messages over Twitter, Instagram and text that were exchanged on the night of the rape and the following day were central to the case - and to the outrage it has caused nationwide

Trial by social media: The messages over Twitter, Instagram and text that were exchanged on the night of the rape and the following day were central to the case – and to the outrage it has caused nationwide

Shocking tweets at the center of a SECOND alleged rape involving boys at Steubenville High School can be revealed today.

The messages, between Steubenville High School ‘Big Red’ athletes, were posted in the aftermath of a house party held four months before the now infamous case which scandalized America when it came to trial in March.

Then, star football players Trent Mays, 16, and Ma’lik Richmond, 17, were found guilty of raping a catastrophically drunk 16-year-old girl in a night of back to back house parties in August last year.

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Callous and incriminating? Tweets exchanged in April 2012 between members of Steubenville High’s ‘rape team’ appear to refer to a second reported ‘rape’

Prosecutors told how the defendants treated their victim ‘like a ragdoll,’ dragging her from party to party, photographing her, abusing her and denigrating her through social media.

Now, tweets posted in April 2012 appear to discuss an earlier assault and a second victim of the group of baseball players, footballers and wrestlers, known locally as the ‘Rape Crew’ – supposedly a reference to Big Red teams’ field domination.

In one series of tweets baseball player John Linn, wrote: ‘…I still got a nice buzz now from last night.’ He added, ‘Glad I wasn’t involved in all that sick s***.’

A retweet of a comment by wrestler Jake Howarth, at whose home one of the August house parties was held, read: ‘That one girl’s life might be ruined after all that!’

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Chilling echoes: The teammates’ April tweets are horribly reminiscent of those exposed in the first rape scandal in March

Another tweet read simply: ‘First degree rape @luckyMcClurg134 lmao.’

In reponse to Linn’s tweet: ‘It wasn’t rape they were just making love!!’ Howarth urged: ‘Stfu (shut the f*** up) seriously.’

MailOnline was the first to report the existence of a second victim. She was  just 14 at the time of the alleged assault which took place at a Prom party understood to have been held at Big Red Coach Joe Pierro’s home.

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The girl filed a report with Steubenville City Police last September and the case was handed over to Federal Agents. The investigation remains open.

 She told of a night in which she drank from a red solo cup and became intoxicated to such an extent she was unable to prevent the alleged assault from taking place.

One law enforcement official described the account as ‘strikingly similar’ to the high profile Steubenville rape.

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I didn’t do it!!!!: Charlie Keenan, son of Steubenville prosecutor Jane Hanlin, tweets his innocence in a stream of messages as Big Red athletes discuss what did – and didn’t – happen on that April night

Similarly the tone and content of the April tweets are disturbingly close to those four months later, when Mays and Richmond’s 16-year-old victim was described as ‘sloppy’ and a ‘whore.’

One of the April tweets refers to a situation as ‘messier than that chick who got trained’s (sic) vagina.’

Evan Westlake was present for much of the Mays and Richmond rape and though he admitted to videoing it he was granted immunity in return for testifying in the first trial.

Face of the first scandal: Michael Nodianos, infamous for his video on the night of the first rape, once again makes light of an alleged sexual assaut

Face of the first scandal: Michael Nodianos, infamous for his video on the night of the first rape, once again makes light of an alleged sexual assaut

He is among the tweeters who commented on the April incident. In one tweet he noted: ‘If this was the 70s no one would care how many people were involved.’

But another, unidentified, member of their circle using the screen name Kobe Bryant threatened: ‘If my name gets dragged into anything I’ll be so pissed.’

Fast forward to four months later when members of the ‘Rape Crew’ were filmed crowing about the August rape on the night it took place.

Appalling footage of Michael Nodianos describing the 16-year-old as ‘f***ing deader than JFK’ and giggling hysterically in a vile monologue was posted on Youtube.

Among a diatribe of abuse he said: ‘They raped her harder than that cop raped Marcellus Wallace on Pulp Fiction.’ The film caused such outrage that Nodianos was expelled from Ohio State University and forced to make a grovelling public apology.

Now the footage in which he condemned himself and his friends, may yet play a part in the investigation into the April attack.

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Still buzzing: One girl’s life ‘might be ruined’ according to John Linn’s tweets – ‘What a great night!!!’

Strikingly similiar: the tweets from April 2012 echo those that contributed to the evidence against Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond when they came to trial in March

Strikingly similiar: the tweets from April 2012 echo those that contributed to the evidence against Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond when they came to trial in March

Just under seven minutes into his rant Nodianos can be clearly heard comparing the August rape to another incident.

He said: ‘You thought it was bad when that girl got raped at Palooza . This is worse. This is a dead body.’

Palooza is the local nickname for Coach Joe Pierro’s house. He was out of town when the April party at which the alleged rape took place was held.

No charges have yet been brought but this second alleged rape has fallen under the intense scrutiny of the grand jury convened  in the aftermath of Mays’s and Richmond’s conviction.

Amid rumors of institutional cover-up and a widespread loss of faith in the legal system Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine convened the grand jury which first met in April.

It was to be a ‘tool of investigation’ he said seeking out all who could be held accountable for obstructing the legal process that ultimately brought Richmond and Mays to trial and for allowing the harassment of the victim to carry on unchecked.

Mr DeWine vowed that the grand jury would ‘follow the evidence’ wherever it took them.  Two of the City officials indicted as a result of the grand jury’s investigations are facing charges relating to this first alleged rape.

Steubenville City Schools Superintendent, Michael McVey, is facing three felony counts and two misdemeanors for tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, falsification and obstructing official business. All encompass acts alleged to have been carried out ‘on or about April 5 2012.’

Elementary School Principal Lynnett Gorman, wife of Steubenville High School Vice Principal Ted Gorman, faces a charge of failing to immediately report child abuse or neglect ‘on or about April 12, 2012,’ when she had ‘reasonable cause to suspect based on facts that would cause a reasonable person in a similar position to suspect,’ that such abuse had taken place to a child under the age of 18.

The tweets seen by MailOnline date between 8th and 10th April 2012.

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Following the evidence: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, left, announces the indictments that resulted from the grand jury’s investigations. Among them was Steubenville City Schools Superintendent, Mike McVey, right

Speaking out after during the trial in March, Steubenville police chief William McCafferty admitted, ‘The thing I found most disturbing about this is that there were other people around when this was going on. Nobody had the morals to say, “Hey, stop it, that isn’t right.”’

 That culpability, according to Mr DeWine, extended not only to the perpetrators on the night but to the adults and officials who stood idly by as the rape victim was picked apart online and through social media, and chatter found its way from the internet into the halls and classrooms of Steubenville High School.

Speaking to MailOnline Attorney Bob Fitzsimmons who represented the first victim and is now attorney to the second said he could not comment on the particulars of the case, but welcomed the indictments relating to it.

He said: ‘I’m not surprised at all at the individuals or the charges brought against them by the grand jury.’

He would not be drawn on whether or not he hoped or expected investigations into the April incident to lead to prosecutions but he noted: ‘Criminal charges are not pursued by families or individuals so even if you have a reluctant witness the state has the right to pursue if they see fit.’

He added that those granted immunity at the earlier trial had no guarantee of that same privilege in any other proceedings.

He said: ‘General immunity doesn’t mean you get a free walk for the rest of your life.’ In the same way, he said: ‘A girl being so drunk that she cannot consent or otherwise doesn’t give you a free pass to rape her.’

Entire Article Here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2519570/EXCLUSIVE-First-degree-rape–lmao–Shocking-tweets-center-allegations-SECOND-Steubenville-rape-months-assault-scandalised-America.html

Discuss Steubenville Healing With @AronCk2

Finally, someone is talking about dropping all the bullshit and turning this false narrative on both sides into something more positive.

I (like many) was skeptical about this show because let’s face it, AronCk hasn’t had the best reputation when it comes to the twitter battles. I’ve listened for 2 days now and I believe he’s trying hard to heal and bring everyone together.

It’s been 3 months since the trial of Malik Richmond and Trent Mays has ended, so all this trolling and insulting is just pointless. Trent and Malik will do their time, be released (as registered sex offenders) and Steubenville like other places thrust into the news will move on.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/aronc2k/2013/06/21/steubenville-case

 

OH HELLLLZ NO! Trent Mays Early Release?

STEUBENVILLE – An attorney representing Trent Mays, 17, of Bloomingdale said Friday he will petition a juvenile judge to release Mays early from state custody if Mays successfully completes a nine-month program for juvenile sex offenders.

In March, Mays was found delinquent of a charge of rape in connection with an incident involving an underage girl that happened last August. He also was found delinquent of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material for having a picture of the 16-year-old victim in an outgoing text message on his cell phone. He was sentenced to a minimum of one year in a Department of Youth Services facility on each charge, with the sentences to be served consecutively.

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Hearing will precede Mays’s, Richmond’s transfer to rehab facility

By NEWS9

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio —

 Steubenville, Ohio

At the end of the rape trial of Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, Judge Thomas Lipps suggested that both boys be remanded to the custody of the New Life Life For Youth Paint Creek near Chillicothe, Ohio.

However, NEWS9 has learned that Mays and Richmond are not currently housed in Paint Creek, but have instead been housed at the Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility in Highland Hills near Cleveland.

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Rape Trial Set To Begin On March 13th

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STEUBENVILLE – The trial for two Steubenville High School student-athletes charged with rape is scheduled to begin March 13 in the juvenile courtroom at the Jefferson County Justice Center and will last at least three days and may go into the weekend.

Media representatives met with juvenile court officials Wednesday to discuss coverage of the upcoming trial before visiting Judge Tom Lipps.

Trent Mays, 16, of Bloomingdale and Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, of Steubenville have been charged with rape in connection with an incident that allegedly happened Aug. 11-12. Mays also faces a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material for allegedly having a picture of the victim in an outgoing text message on his cell phone. Attorneys for both defendants have denied the charges.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is expected to call 28 witnesses, according to a juvenile court official. An attorney representing one of the defendants may call about a dozen witnesses. Attorneys for the other defendant haven’t filed a witness list with the court.

Juvenile court will require television stations to use one pool camera.

Lipps during the probable cause hearing asked witnesses, both juvenile and adult, if they wanted to be videotaped or audio recorded. Nearly all the witnesses said they didn’t want to the taped.

The trial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on March 13 and 9 a.m. on March 14 and March 15. The court officials said Lipps intends to stay in court until at least 6 p.m. to get the case finished. The judge is willing to stay until Saturday or even Sunday, if necessary.

Lipps is expected to immediately rule on the guilt or innocence of the defendants.

A court official said if the teens are found guilty, they will be taken into custody and placed in juvenile detention. They have been released on house arrest since the probable cause hearing in November. Lipps also may impose sentencing at the time.

Attorney Walter Madison is representing Richmond, and attorneys Brian Duncan and Adam Nemann are representing Mays.

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Visiting Judge who will oversee this trial and rule on the defendants guilt or innocence

Side Note- Activists are Planning a rally on the 13th, 14th, and 15th to support the justice process and to support Jane Doe. More info on this soon. 

 

Decisions in #Steubenville Big Red Rape Case

Decisions came down today regarding the Steubenville, Ohio rape case. Last week, visiting Juvenile Judge Thomas Lipps heard various motions regarding the trial originally scheduled to start in mid Feb, but now wil not start till March.

1- Closure of the courtroom to the public: Denied

2- Change of venue: Denied

3- From the prosecution: Motion to exclude alleged victims sexual activity and partners:
The alleged victims Sexual relationship with the defendants, evidence on the number of partners she’s had, STD’s and pregnancies are prohibited.
Any evidence in this nature must be heard first in front of the judge at least 3 days before the trial begins.

4- Motion to refer to the victim as “the accuser
The victim will be referred to as “alleged victim.”

5- Motion on the Nodianos video
The court refused to as they call it “take judicial notice of the Nodi video.” It further says the court has not viewed the video and won’t unless submitted into evidence.

6-Motion to take judicial notice of 3 immunity deals given by the prosecution:
Denied. “The existance of agreements may be pertinent regarding the credibility of witnesses”

7- Motion to ask Jefferson County to pay for private investigators:
Approved. Both defendants were declared indingent, so the court approved the county to pay $2,500 for a private investigator.
Also approved because the case is complicated and the court is concerned about the defendants getting a fair trial.

8-Motion to continue the trial because extra time is needed to prepare:
Approved. The trial scheduled to start in Feb will now start in March.  The trial dates are March 13, 14 and 15th.

Side Note: Although the court proceedings will remain open, the media must comply with “Rule 12” Witnesses and victims have the right to object to being photographed and video taped. If they do object, the media will not video tape or take pictures of them.

Jefferson County To Pay Bill For Private Investigator in Teen Rape Case

Look what your tax dollars are paying for Jefferson County. 

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio —

Jefferson County will have to pay the bill for a private investigator working for a defendant accused in a Steubenville teen rape case. 

Earlier this week, Judge Thomas Lipps approved up to $2,500 as well as any travel expensed for the private investigator in connection with the high-profile case. 

The decision was one of several rulings the judge made with regard to the case, in which two Steubenville High School student-athletes are accused of raping another teenager. 

Chief Probation Officer Fred Abdalla Jr. said the money will be coming out of the Juvenile Court’s general fund, specifically the line for indigent appointed counsel. 

Indigent means the defendant can’t afford the bill. 

Abdalla said this is not unusual and all juveniles are declared indigent by the court. 

County Commissioner Tom Graham said the county always sets aside money for cases of this nature.”We usually spend somewhere between $30,000-$50,000 — a lot of money in regard to indigent cases a month,” Jefferson County Commissioner Tom Graham said. “Sometimes, in this case, it won’t be that, but certainly a small amount. But every individual case is different if they’re indigent, and that’s the law. So taxpayers are obligated to pay for it for those who cannot afford it.”

Since the money is coming from the county, technically it is taxpayer dollars. However, Abdalla and Graham said they will forward the bill to the Ohio State Public Defender’s Office to get reimbursed up to 35 percent. 

Abdalla said the defense could ask the court for more money, but an additional hearing would have to be held in front of the judge and they would have to explain why it’s necessary. 

On Saturday, another Occupy Steubenville rally will be held at noon in front of the Jefferson County Courthouse with regard to the case. 

http://www.wtov9.com/news/news/jefferson-co-pay-bill-private-investigator-teen-ra/nWDDB/

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