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Rapists may not get fair trial

Posted by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 5:26 PM
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http://news.yahoo.com/alleged-ohio-rapists-may-not-fair-trial-defendants-172701236.html?.tsrc=yahoo

I can not make it clickey.

(Reuters) - Two Ohio high-school football players accused of raping a teenage girl may not get a fair trial after a photo and video allegedly associated with the case were posted on the Internet by the computer hacking group Anonymous, a lawyer for one of the accused said on Friday.

Ma'lik Richmond and Trenton Mays, both 16 and members of the Steubenville High School football team, are charged with raping a 16-year-old fellow student last August, according to statements from their attorneys to local and national media.

Their juvenile court trial is scheduled for February in Steubenville, a city of 19,000 about 40 miles west of Pittsburgh.

The case shot to national prominence this week when Anonymous activists made public a picture allegedly of the rape victim, being carried by her wrists and ankles by two young men, and of a video that showed several other young men joking about an alleged assault.

Richmond's lawyer, Walter Madison, said on CNN that his client was one of the young men in the photograph, but does not appear in the video.

But the picture "is out of context," Madison said. "That young lady is not unconscious," as has been widely reported.

"A right to a fair trial for these young men has been hijacked," Madison said, adding that social media episodes such as this have become a major threat to a criminal defendant's right to a fair trial.

"It's very, very serious and fairness is essential to getting the right decision here," he said.

Mays' attorney Adam Nemann could not immediately be reached for comment on Friday. In an interview on Thursday with Columbus, Ohio, broadcaster WBNS-10TV, Nemann raised concerns about the effect the Anonymous postings could have on potential witnesses in the case.

"This media has become so astronomically ingrained on the Internet and within that society, I am concerned witnesses might not want to come forward at this point. I would be surprised now, if there weren't witnesses now who might want to start taking the Fifth Amendment," Nemann told the station.

The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution offers protection against self-incrimination in criminal proceedings.

The case has also been a challenge for local officials because of conflicts of interest. Both the local prosecutor and police have close ties to the school that the defendants attend.

As a result, the case is being investigated and prosecuted by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office.

Interviewed on CNN on Friday, DeWine said it was not unusual for his office to prosecute or investigate cases in small towns where close ties within the community caused conflicts of interest to arise.

He also voiced concern about how social media may affect the case.

"This case needs to be tried not in the media, not in social media," DeWine said.

He said Anonymous' attempt to shame the alleged attackers had actually harmed the victim.

Not only is the victim hurt by the initial crime, but "every time something goes up on the Internet, the victim is victimized again," DeWine said.

(Reporting by Dan Burns and Peter Rudegeair; Editing by Bernadette Baum)
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Bigmetalchicken
by Silver Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 6:33 PM
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I hope every single one of their former victims come forward as well.  This girl was not the first. This group was known by everyone at the school as the rape squad.  their are other victims out there and I pray they find the courage to come forward.

Bigmetalchicken
by Silver Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Oh! And for the comment about Anonymous hurting the victim, from everything I have seen in interviews and on Twitter, Anonymous has been in contact with the victim, and she has consented to having the stuff released. So that hold know water, Mr. DeWine.

cueballsmom
by Silver Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 6:42 PM
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I find this article laughable at best.
The only reason the boys are being tried at ALL is because of Anonymous. They were going to get a slap on the wrist and it all swept under the rug.
turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Jan. 4, 2013 at 6:46 PM
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 I watched that video last night....disgusting doesnt even come close....like the PP, Anon already recieved permission from the girl....those pieces of shit need to be in jail and that kid in the video laughing his dumb arse off should have his picture posted everywhere.....in fact he is and the football team Big Red is definitely going to get bad air time....good job!

Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 6:48 PM
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I have to sy that I'm really annoyed by the ogger who jump started the web viewing to huge proportions. Beyond that, the rapists made video. In this day and age if a would be criminal is dumb enough to video record themselves in the act of commiting a crime or speaking of a crime they should have to succumb to the consequences it brings.

turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Jan. 4, 2013 at 6:53 PM

 

Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:

I have to sy that I'm really annoyed by the ogger who jump started the web viewing to huge proportions. Beyond that, the rapists made video. In this day and age if a would be criminal is dumb enough to video record themselves in the act of commiting a crime or speaking of a crime they should have to succumb to the consequences it brings.

 It wasnt the rapist in the video...it was a team mate giving his view of the rape (along with other team mates)

why are you annoyed at the blogger?

Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 6:58 PM
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Quoting turtle68:

 

Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:

I have to sy that I'm really annoyed by the ogger who jump started the web viewing to huge proportions. Beyond that, the rapists made video. In this day and age if a would be criminal is dumb enough to video record themselves in the act of commiting a crime or speaking of a crime they should have to succumb to the consequences it brings.

 It wasnt the rapist in the video...it was a team mate giving his view of the rape (along with other team mates)

why are you annoyed at the blogger?

There's more than one video and the others havent been released and/or they've been seized by authorities.

The blogger annoyed me for several, personal reasons.


turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Jan. 4, 2013 at 7:03 PM

 

Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:


Quoting turtle68:

 

Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:

I have to sy that I'm really annoyed by the ogger who jump started the web viewing to huge proportions. Beyond that, the rapists made video. In this day and age if a would be criminal is dumb enough to video record themselves in the act of commiting a crime or speaking of a crime they should have to succumb to the consequences it brings.

 It wasnt the rapist in the video...it was a team mate giving his view of the rape (along with other team mates)

why are you annoyed at the blogger?

There's more than one video and the others havent been released and/or they've been seized by authorities.

The blogger annoyed me for several, personal reasons.


 I dont think Ive heard of any more videos...but if so, well then the other video is just to highlight that kid because the rape will be on another video.

the video of the teammates is showing up all over my newsfeed....it appears the kids face will be remembered for a while :-)

jrobin8
by Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 7:08 PM
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 I can't believe no one did anything to try and help the poor girl

Bigmetalchicken
by Silver Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 7:10 PM
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Several different people have admitted that they took video and photographed the attacks.  The one that has been released is the tamest probably, because it does not contain any of the actual crimes, just a commentary by the little asshole about the crime.  

Quoting turtle68:

 

Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:


Quoting turtle68:

 

Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:

I have to sy that I'm really annoyed by the ogger who jump started the web viewing to huge proportions. Beyond that, the rapists made video. In this day and age if a would be criminal is dumb enough to video record themselves in the act of commiting a crime or speaking of a crime they should have to succumb to the consequences it brings.

 It wasnt the rapist in the video...it was a team mate giving his view of the rape (along with other team mates)

why are you annoyed at the blogger?

There's more than one video and the others havent been released and/or they've been seized by authorities.

The blogger annoyed me for several, personal reasons.


 I dont think Ive heard of any more videos...but if so, well then the other video is just to highlight that kid because the rape will be on another video.

the video of the teammates is showing up all over my newsfeed....it appears the kids face will be remembered for a while :-)


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