Frank Bruzzese has now confirmed his inability to serve as a “public servant” in the position of Chief Assistant Prosecutor of Jefferson County. A public prosecutor, not unlike a public judge, should avoid all appearance of impropriety, bias, prejudice and strive to mete out justice in an even handed manner. Frank Brkuzzese, who has been called the “puppet master” of Prosecutor Jane Hanlin and the “godfather” of the political cartel/cabal in Jefferson County, has shown “beyond a reasonable doubt” that his hatred of certain segments of society and certain people prohibits him from ever acting as a fair arbiter in any search for justice.
It is almost unheard of for a person in such a public and powerful position like a prosecutor to express publicly such a slanted, hateful and uncompromising mindset. In any other decent city, county or state, the head of the governmental agency (in this case Jane Hanlin) would discharge the “employee” from public service.
How can Mr. Bruzzese, as a prosecutor, ever ask a prospective juror in a criminal case to be fair and impartial and disregard anything they ever read, heard or saw in the media, when he cannot and will never be able to do the same.
It’s time for Jane Hanlin to act like the elected head of the most powerful law enforcement agency in the county and the chief law enforcement officer of the county to act like the “boss” and clean up her office and her image.
Frank, if he weren’t so arrogant and self-centered, would do the right thing and simply quit, retire (for a second time) and go out to pasture and let people become their own persons. Take all your ill gotten financial gains, buy a condo in Myrtle Beach and ride your hog into the sunset.
How further down the drain does Frank intend to pull Jefferson County? There must be some tiny little law school in some tiny little part of the country that would love to have a law professor like Frank on their staff. The only one I can think of is in a place called Ada, Ohio. I think it’s in farming territory so he could raise cattle, chicken, goats and take control of the animal population the same as he took control of the sheep in Jefferson County.
What you get with Murt’s support of the tweeters who are attempting to change what they call the false narrative about Steubenville is simple.
You get help in tweeting against Prinnie, Michelle McKee, Holly Briley and anyone associated with them. Bonus #1! wee wee
You also get help from Murt in attacking RadioNewz Blog. Bonus #2! wee wee
You also get the nastiness that is attached to Murt. Every tweeter and blogger who has followed him is aware of it. I’m not talking about whatever Prinnie and Michelle may or may not have done to him – I’m talking about what he has done to his nasty ass self. He has used his social media tools to accuse anyone and everyone he doesn’t like of being pedophiles, kidnappers, other assorted criminals, liars, cowards and the list goes on. His personal hygene is said to be even filthier. No surprise there. When he is ignored – he calls people cowards. Normal people know he is nasty and a fool. Bonus #3! wee wee
You get Murt’s contribution to Mackenzie Santoro! When I made contact with Jay Leiderman, attorney for Local Leaks’ owner, Murt saw it and panicked. Panicked that an individual he didn’t like was tweeting with someone he viewed as important. Murt can not allow such things to happen. Oh noes! The intent was to at least, at a minimum, work up to getting the girls’ name and picture removed from LL. Blinded by hate and caring less that he was friendly with those who wanted that to happen – he flew into the conversation and sabotaged it. How do you sabotage something on twitter? You do as Murt did – jump in, start tweeting against the person (me) trying to accomplish stuff and guess what happens? The person who is being tweeted to and publicly asked to do something which he was most likely uncomfortable with in the the first place – sees the opportunity to spurn and bail on what he had already agreed to do. Bonus #4! wee wee
@MissAnonFatale is the wife of an imprisoned Anonymous member. She is also a brand new mother. Her story is well worth following.
Her husband’s case is posted several places and her twitter is just one of them. Here are a few others: http://pastebin.com/jjMRFDH6 , http://takedownnews.com/very-revealing-boobs/ , http://www.rezoanonymous.eu/higinio-ochoa-show-your-support.html and information here: https://www.wepay.com/donations/w0rmersfreedom
She is from Australia and has only recently located to the United States to give birth to their son and be in support of her husband, Higinio Ochoa.
She keeps a good face on her struggle.
Everyone has opinions on everything and this is an example of an exchange that has taken place and may well signal the social media battle to come over just who is promoting a false narrative. Both sides accuse the other of propagating false narratives. This could get interesting.
So essentially it was one more crying fest for “the innocent children of Steubenville”?… Their horrible parents, coaches and public officials are their only excuse.
“Drunken stupidity”, right, that totally applies to letting a 15 yo be gang raped by your friends while you’re being sent the pics/vids, decide to not call 911 and make/post on youtube your own video about how great the whole situation is. “One moment only”, right. “They didn’t mean to ruin her life”, right.
On top of what was asked, I wish the following questions had been answered:
- how about their “innocent children” refusaing to fully cooperate with the police?
- how about the destruction of evidence? And wouldn’t that be wha
- how about the months and months of harrassment and slandering suffered by Jane Doe at the hands of their “innocent children” and their friends when everyone knew from texts/pics/videos what really had happened?
- had it been consensual sex, how would even that justify what their “innocent children” did?
- do they realise that the standard of proof in a civil court is way lower than in a criminal court? That the “they didn’t pee on her, that one guy said it so all the other ones must have lied” thing probably won’t cut it in a civil court? Same thing for the “it wasn’t planned” thing? Have they heard of OJ Simpson being found guilty in a civil court after being acquitted in a criminal court?
- are they serious about the “Nodianos didn’t know the rape was really going on” BS? Do they think anyone unrelated to these monsters buy it? Even after reading the trial texts and how they were really seating there, laughing at Jane Doe while checking out the pics/vids that were being sent over to them, and ranting about how it’s totally a rape, it’s felony rape actually, it’s awesome, it’s hilarious, they even peed on her, look at how great and powerful we are?
- how about the “acceptable rape” theory that the adults defended their “innocent children” with for months? Have they better educated their kids even though they’re major rape apologists themselves?
- How can anyone defend Nodianos, Saltsman, Craig, Cole and Westlake? How can anyone defend the adults that raised, protected and support them?
I truly hope that this case hits the criminal courts over and over again (please please please Grand Jury make it happen), and that Jane Doe sues each and every one of them for everything they have and then some.
We may actually get some answers from the courts that we will never get from these people, and some retribution too, may it be minor.
Also, I really don’t see how one can put this type of material out there and blame anyone for using them and stating an opinion on them, or speculating about them.
That’s pretty much what their worthless kids asked us to do, the only thing is that they thought we would cheer like their parents do, see them as heroes and blame the victim, but it seems that the rest of the world is of another opinion. Sue us.
The pictures are clearly a crime, since Mays got 1 year for them.
The question is : why wasn’t anyone else charged with the exact same crime? Cole, Nodianos and Saltsman especially.
Maybe they thought after the rape trial the convictions/sentences would be more certain? Also, a lot of evidence was destroyed by these “innocent children” that some defend on the social media.
Frank Bruzzese has come out on his twitter in support of Steubenville Tonight. Bruzzese has not been a regular tweeter in the Steubenville social media chaos, but it is evident he supports the push to correct, what those he has tweeted with recently, called the “false narrative” about the Steubenville rape case and of Steubenville itself. Along with the support – he also offers other comments one could take as forewarning concerning actions and deeds perpetrated against his hometown. View it any way you want. If you want to read the full exchange of conversations, simply go to the twitter and expand “View conversation” at @Bruzzesefrank
Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ Dubbed ‘Rapey,’ Hit Song Under Fire From Critics
Having already clinched the number 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100, Robin Thicke’s catchy single “Blurred Lines” is on the path to being the party anthem of the summer.
However, despite its popularity, the hit song — which also features Pharrell and T.I. — and its accompanying music video haven’t been sitting too well with some critics who say the tune is not just disparaging to women, but could be seen as “rape-y.”
Nicole Lamantia spoke out on the BTR radio show Steubenville tonight. You may remember Nicole was on twitter and had a blog where she attempted to knock down Steubenville rumors and untruths that were flying fast and furious on social media.
What Nicole had to offer was mainly concerning the popular comments of moral failure concerning the tweet boys, the coaches and the parents of the tweet boys.
Nicole stated she personally knew some of the families and that the tweet boys were punished for what they did within their home settings. Adam Social countered with they needed to apologize in a public way.
Lee Stranahan called for locals to come on his show and state what happened to them and their children. To this Nicole advised him that most of these families are hesitant to do so because they are either expecting to be sued or are planning civil lawsuits of their own.
A great deal was discussed by Nicole and I find no fault with any of her opinions. They were based in common sense and she has a right to speak out expressing her opinions. There are two sides to every story and Nicole was simply stating hers.
Don Carpenter contributed in his usual calm and reasonable manner. He is supportive of radio show in hoping it is the beginning of a helpful dialogue.
Joey Ortega responded to a local woman who called in and asked about Alexandria Goddard and Michelle McKee’s involvement with Anonymous and if they would be held accountable. I didn’t hear Joey say he thought they would be held accountable, but he did say that in his opinion they were responsible.
A big conflict in this case are the moral allegations versus the legal facts of the the case. The flash point for many on social media is what is referred to as “moral failure” of the teens involved, the families and the coaches. While it may be apples and oranges, it will not go away easy…
To fully understand the discussion being offered, one needs to listen to the program. You can do that here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/aronc2k/2013/06/19/steubenville-tonight
It can be seen that the radio show is not going over well with some as seen by the following comment by Holly Briley. Holly, who was very active and influential in social media opinion of the Steubenville rape case and attended 2 of the rallies, remains strongly opinionated.
Not really finding it fair or balanced. IMO its nothing more than an ass kissing circle jerk and a thinly veiled attempt at revenge.
IF it were fair and well balanced Aron the host would admit his false agenda from the first night when he said (talking to Murt) “IF she was raped” Pretty sure the FACTS laid out in a court of law.. just where they like it .. proved that and 2 boys were convicted. OF RAPE.
Also .. they would admit and acknowledge that Jane Doe also got threats.. proven threats.. not here say threats. They would also admit this was wrong as was the fact an ADULT named Deidre Myers called Jane Doe a “train whore.” NO .. this is all ignored as are the attempts to bring this to their attention.
If they expect people to prostrate themselves and fall on their swords they should at they very least be willing to admit people.. both adults and teens in THEIR area made some grievous errors in judgement as well.
Not fair or balanced.
Comments are piling up here and are not supportive of the radio show. http://radionewz.net/2013/06/steubenville-tonight-radio-show-offers-forum-for-civil-debate
The host of Steubenville Tonight has offered a forum for civil debate and as of the second show, that appears to be happening.
Several were on the show tonight and all remained calm, with no attacks whatsoever.
Opinions were strong and well centered in fact, not speculation. Clearly this radio show is attempting to not be a forum for gossip – but a forum for the truth. The truth never hurts anyone, although it often offends.
The only attacks going on are ones against false rumors and out right lies about the case. Little by little those are being unwound and laid out for all to see. How one who held opinion based on rumor and untruth reacts and can adjust is unknown at this time.
An increasing amount of emphasis was placed on Goddard and McKee being he bedrock of untruths which KYAnonymous launched from with his weaponization of the media. Local Leaks, known by most for a long time to be nonfactual, also got it’s share of the blame.
But, the media was weaponized and everyone saw the result. It resulted in high main stream media coverage and the media reported many of the untruths and is still doing so today. How they are reached to correct the story I don’t know, but that effort is clearly underway. If and when the social media content changes – some of them will change or just stop publishing on the case all together, because they all watch and monitor activity on social media.
One of the assertions on social media that is unlikely to change or at least be the most difficult to change will be this – the idea held by many that nothing would have actually been done if not for all of the national and international media attention. While that does not appear to actually be fact – it will be the hardest held on to, simply because of the intense belief held by many that is the case. An idea held with such passion as this one is not easily let go. Two thousand people assembled at the Jefferson County Court House who passionately believed that was the case. They were demanding justice for Jane Doe
Viability of rumor and lies can be eroded and they eventually fall. To difuse passion invested in personal belief is an entirely different battle.
After a stretch of public tranquility, Serena Williams has found controversy once again.
The American tennis star makes explosive comments about the Steubenville rape case in an upcoming issue of Rolling Stone. In the piece, first excerpted by Deadspin, Stephen Rodrick describes how he was watching television with Williams when news of the infamous Ohio rape trial came on the screen.
“Do you think it was fair, what they got? They did something stupid, but I don’t know. I’m not blaming the girl, but if you’re a 16-year-old and you’re drunk like that, your parents should teach you—don’t take drinks from other people. She’s 16, why was she that drunk where she doesn’t remember? It could have been much worse. She’s lucky. Obviously I don’t know, maybe she wasn’t a virgin, but she shouldn’t have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that’s different.”
Williams also takes a veiled shot at Maria Sharapova in the piece — “give it a rest” — and dismisses any notion that she had a mentoring role with Sloane Stephens, who defeated Williams in the quarterfinals in the Australian Open this year.
The comments about the rape case will draw the most scrutiny. Social media sites like Twitter were abuzz with criticism after the comments were made public, and the outrage is sure to grow once the story goes mainstream.
Deric Lostutter, who may face hacking charges after helping expose details in the Steubenville rape case, is getting a hand from supporters. As of Tuesday morning, his legal defense fund had collected more than $49,000.
“There is nothing that we would like more than the government to come to its senses and decide not to charge Deric and for us to be able to return all the funds to the wonderful people who have showed him support,” his attorney, Jason Flores-Williams of the Whistleblower Defense League, told The Huffington Post on Monday. “Unfortunately, our indications are that that isn’t going to happen, so we are preparing for a vigorous fight.”
Flores-Williams said the government has indicated that it will indict Lostutter, 26, on alleged felony violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Also known by his screen name KYAnonymous, Lostutter has said he posted incriminating social media photos, messages and videos that helped implicate two Steubenville High School football players in the sexual assault of a 16-year-old student in August 2012. But Lostutter, a member of hacker-activist collective Anonymous, previously told HuffPost that he did not hack to obtain the information. (Another man took credit for hacking the Steubenville football team’s booster site back in February.)
Outrage was sparked at the notion that Lostutter could serve 10 years in prison if tried and found guilty, Mother Jones reported. Ma’lik Richmond and Trent Mays, who were convicted of raping the Steubenville girl, were sentenced to one year and two years, respectively. Petitions urging the U.S. government to drop the Lostutter investigation have proliferated.
“Public pressure is what brought justice in Steubenville in the first place, and public pressure can help end this witch hunt against Lostutter,” reads a call-to-action message on the landing page for one of the petitions. “Can you sign the petition telling them that Lostutter is a hero, not a criminal?”
Another petition pleads to readers:
Steubenville officials and their FBI allies have sent a dangerous message to men who stand up: Don’t get involved, or else. Let them know we still stand with Deric. … Sign your support for his actions and oppose sending him to prison, now!
Lostutter’s lawyer said he appreciates all forms of support, telling donors, “We’re just very pleased and very honored to have gotten what we’ve gotten so far. Everything will be used judiciously, thankfully and gratefully.”
Lostutter, a self-employed IT security specialist who is now out of work, texted the HuffPost the address of a contribution site to “offset personal bills.”
Not much has been said about Jane Hanlin for some time, but over the last couple of days she has been taken to task in comments on this blog.
What sparked this I have no idea other than pent up anger in realizing the trial is over and still no accountability for what some consider evil Cruella deeds on Hanlin’s part.
STEUBENVILLE – Jim Emmerling didn’t necessarily start out embracing Internet advertising, but times have changed, and the owner of Em-Media said his arms, and eyes, are now wide open.
“In I’d say 1990 or so, Mike Guess was hitting me up and asking about the Internet and wanted to start some advertising program there. He was totally for it and seeing it, and I told him the community was not ready for that,” Emmerling said. “I was totally wrong, and Mike was totally right.”
The statistics for local newspapers show the online readership growth is real and dramatic.
ONLINE PRESENCE — Jim Emmerling, left, owner of Em-Media, and Keith Murdock, community relations director for Trinity Health System, hold up their cellphones displaying Trinity ads on the Herald-Star app. The app is available for Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems and exemplifies the growth of a new local advertising opportunity, led by Em-Media.
— Mike McElwain
I’ve always had the goal of acquiring a professional building for our agency, and with the encouragement of Dave and Tom D’Anniballe, who shared my desire to maintain the history of such a landmark, the dream of the Em-Media Center was realized. It was a big investment, but the timing was right – our agency is growing. We’ve added two new employees and 12 clients in the past year,” said Emmerling.
After finally letting trolls get the best of me last night I will be taking a week-long sabbatical from twitter in order to get my mind right for the upcoming legal battle ahead. Check here or on the facebook page listed above for any updates. Tune in live on 06/17/2013 to JAKE TAPPER on CNN at 4pm est. where I will announce some shocking news about this case and more. Thank you for your understanding in these tough times and continued support. Together we WILL make a difference.
Don is disgusted with things online concerning the “Steubenville coin” and he has quite a bit of company. I admire Don for this statement.
When people get locked in on an opinion, they most often don’t want to change it even when they know they should. Don said it took him 2 months to say what he did.
I hear from others and agree – the MSM is not reporting the Steubenville rape case correctly, especially over the last week. With KYAnonymous announcing he had been raided by the FBI – all kinds of new anger and angst exploded all over twitter. Wow!
The MSM has locked onto the theme that a 16 year old girl was raped in Steubenville and nothing was going to be done about it. That’s the main thrust from them. That is incorrect. The 2 boys had already been arrested before the story exploded on the national and international scene. All of the evidence had already been collected. There was no cover up.
Embedded rumors own the Steubenville story right now and the only way I can see it gets turned around is for Jane Hanlin to hit the National Media circuit and tell it as it is. WTOV9 just isn’t enough. Just as those who want to believe nothing was going to be done about the rape pound on those rumors – the facts will have to be pounded on harder.
Attorney General of Ohio, Mike DeWine, said there had been no deals, no cover up. Marianne Hemmeter, State Prosecuter, prosecuted the case on the information provided to her by Jane Hanlin. Hanlin investigated the case for 2 weeks and then called for a special prosecutor because she knew all of the kids – and recused herself from the case and remained silent. She has been criticized for not immediately recusing herself. Those are opinions.
Frank Bruzzese has defended Jane Hanlin as doing the right things and again – Mike Dewine has said no cover up in Steubenville. Marianne Hemmeter also said the bloggers and social media made it harder to prosecute the case because people were afraid to talk. As a result 3 boys were granted immunity by the judge at the trial.
Once the Grand Jury completes it’s work – I expect whatever they decide – one way or another will unleash a social media furor. I hope not, but that’s how this story has rolled so far. It’s time, past time to stop ruminating all the rumors as fact. People who comment on blogs enjoy the blessing of free speech to speculate, wonder, believe, not believe and all that goes with those things.
The case was prosecuted and verdicts handed down. 2 boys are in a juvenile correction facility. One has already been classified as a Teir II sex offender. The courts are doing what they are supposed to do.
The flash point for bloggers and tweeters is that kids stood around, laughed, filmed and accepted a girl was being raped and is a heavy burden for Steubenville to get stuck with, but that’s about how it rolls when it comes to this story. People are not wanting to forget that and waste no time blaming parents and the entire community for producing a culture where kids thought they had done nothing wrong. That will most likely be what people remember about the Steubenville rape case years from now.
Michelle used to be tight with the guy who’s been trying to claim the film is his, despite having no copyright, and the fact that I wrote, directed and produced it. She’s alternately claimed that the film is about the rape of an underage girl (false), that it focuses on the rape of a HS cheerleader (false), and that when she “crawled up my ass” (her words) regarding the film and her accusations of criminal behavior on my part, she was suffering from some sort of undiagnosed mental illness. Didn’t stop her from repeating the rape lie a couple weeks back when she opened her yap on her Twitter page about me and drew attention to the past. Film’s out now, so people will finally be able to see for themselves that everything she’s said about it is total BS.
It was announced Friday that the Steubenville rape case Grand Jury has been continued. The Grand Jury had previously been set to regroup on June 17.
*No date set to reconvene
The victim’s mother also pleaded with the judge for the stricter designation, which would require Mays to register as a sex offender every three months for the rest of his life.
“My child’s name and face will forever remain attached to his crime because of his actions,” she said, reading a prepared statement. “Since this crime, she has endured countless ridiculing comments from all public avenues that has caused her great pain and stress. This will never leave my daughter, therefore it should never leave him.”
Mays also spoke in court Friday, WTRF reported, saying, “I am sorry for everything I did that night. I know I was wrong.”
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A high school football player convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl was given the state’s second-toughest sex offender classification at a Friday hearing.
The decision by Judge Thomas Lipps at Jefferson County Juvenile Court in Steubenville means Trent Mays could have to report to a local sheriff every six months for 10 years.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A judge has canceled a sex offender hearing for one of two Ohio high school football players convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl last year.
Judge Thomas Lipps made the decision Friday in Steubenville after an attorney for defendant Ma’Lik Richmond filed motions with Lipps, the subject matter of which were not disclosed.
The Ohio attorney general’s office confirms that a hearing is proceeding only in the case of co-defendant Trent Mays.
The hearing was to be a possible first step for the two teenagers to be transferred from a state juvenile detention center to a facility that works with sex offenders.
The teens were convicted of raping the West Virginia girl after an August party celebrating a successful football team scrimmage.
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio —
A special grand jury investigating if additional laws were broken in the Steubenville teen rape case is will not reconvene on Monday as originally scheduled.
A new date for the grand jury to meet had not been set as of Friday afternoon, according to a spokesman for Attorney General Mike DeWine.
In March, a visiting judge found Trenton Mays and Ma’lik Richmond delinquent of raping a teenage girl in August 2012. Mays and Richmond were both student-athletes at Steubenville High School at the time of the crimes.
Immediately after the two teens were sentenced, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine called for the grand jury to be an “investigative tool” to probe other claims and questions that have dogged the case, such as whether anyone else knew about the rape and failed to report it.
The panel of 14 jurors is reviewing evidence and hearing testimony as part of a state-level investigation into still unspecified other felonies or misdemeanors connected to the original case.
Jurors started meeting at the Jefferson County 911 Center on April 30. They previously broke for two weeks until May 23, then adjourned again on May 28.
The breaks in proceedings are to allow for the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to continue evidence analysis and witness interviews, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office previously said.
DeWine said during the course of the investigation of the rape, 16 witnesses, both adults and teens, were uncooperative. A grand jury can be used to compel witnesses to testify.
This is @faceyet who hopes to drag Commander X into the fray, while she sits on twitter and attacks every website she doesn’t like with false claims of abuse and spam. What a hypocrite and what a bullshit luzer. She thinks she goes unnoticed and has a license to troll… she doesn’t and she is being dealt with on numerous levels. She also waggles Levi Page and Kim Picazio own this website. They don’t. I do. In attempts to attack me – they sully my friends. Faceyet is simply another loon parroting the McGreggorsBack abyss. Sad POS in my opinion.
One does not need the ability of reading tea leaves to see where all of this is going… the push is on… will it be successful? I don’t know. Everyone has feelings and opinions.. these are speaking theirs. They have that right.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio —
A convicted teen rapist was ordered Friday to register as a Tier II sex offender every 6 months for 20 years.
Visiting Judge Thomas Lipps determined Trenton Mays’ sex offender classification at a hearing on Friday morning.
The hearing for Mays’ co-defendant, Ma’lik Richmond, was continued.
Like with Mays’ hearing, a judge will determine at a later date how frequently and for how long Richmond will be required to register with his local sheriff’s department upon his release from the Department of Youth Services.
In March, Lipps determined that the state proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Mays and Richmond were delinquent, which is the juvenile court equivalent of guilty, on charges related to the rape of a 16-year-old-girl.
Mays and Richmond were Steubenville High School student-athletes at the time of the crimes in August 2012.
The judge sentenced them both to at least one year in juvenile jail for rape and said both can be held until they’re 21. Mays was sentenced to an additional year in jail on a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, to be served after his rape sentence is completed.
According to Jefferson County Chief Probation Officer Fred Abdalla Jr., a Tier III offender is required to register every year for 10 years. A Tier II offender is required to register every 6 months for 20 years. A Tier I offender must register every 90 days for the remainder of his or her life.
Abdalla previously told NEWS9 that the age of the victim, the nature of the offense and the defendants’ prior records are among the factors a judge considers in classifying sex offenders.
The sex offender classification hearings must happen before the teens are transferred to a new facility. Currently, they are at the Cuyahoga Boys School, but the Department of Youth Services has suggested they be remanded to the custody of Lighthouse Youth Center – Paint Creek, which focuses on rehabilitating juvenile sex offenders.
Additionally, on Monday, a special grand jury will reconvene to determine if other people may have broken the law in connection with the case.
Immediately after the two teens were sentenced, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine called for the grand jury to be an “investigative tool” to probe other claims and questions that have dogged the case, such as whether anyone else knew about the rape and failed to report it.
DeWine said during the course of the investigation of the rape, 16 witnesses, both adults and teens, were uncooperative.
The case received international attention because of the role of texting and social media in exposing the attack.
The real crime committed last summer was not the rape of an intoxicated, barely conscious 16-year-old girl by two star players of the storied Steubenville High School football team.
Nor was it the complicity of witnesses too busy Tweeting images of the sexual assault to dial 9-1-1.
Nor was it the alleged cover-up by adults such as football coachReno Saccoccia, who was mentioned by one of the rapists in a text message: “He took care of it and [nothing is] gonna happen, even if they did take it to court.”
No, federal authorities believe the real crime was committed by the cyber-activist who helped expose a misogynist, mean-spirited small-town culture that protects rapist-athletes in the name of gridiron glory.
On the morning of April 16, Deric Lostutter was sitting in front of his computer in Winchester, Ky., when his pit bull Thor jumped against the front door.
That indicated the arrival of company. Lostutter watched as a Fed Ex van parked on the gravel driveway. He opened the front door.
“The largest FBI agent I’ve ever seen in my life or on TV jumped out, followed by 11 other guys all in SWAT gear, carrying M-16 assault rifles,” Lostutter said. “He was like — you’ll have to excuse my language here — ‘FBI! Get the [expletive] down!’
“I was like, ‘OK! OK! Don’t shoot my dog. I know you all shoot pit bulls, but he doesn’t bite.’ ”
Thor sat beside Lostutter. “He’s like the most pansy dog in the world. Doesn’t bark at nobody ever, but he was giving them the growl. I was like, ‘Yes!’ ”
The feds handcuffed Lostutter, his younger brother Chase and Chase’s girlfriend.
“One of them said they were searching for any anti-American propaganda. And I was like, ‘Anti-American propaganda? I just got done turkey hunting. I live on a farm. I drink a ton of Bud Light. I’m about as American as you can get.’ ”
Another van pulled up. Men in lab coats went inside the house. Lostutter was escorted by three agents to the back porch. They sat him down and removed the handcuffs. One of them identified himself as Kenneth “K.C.” Bixby.
“He asked who I was. I said, ‘Deric Lostutter.’ He said, ‘Who are you online?’ I told him, ‘KYAnonymous.’ He said, ‘What did you do in Steubenville?’ I said, ‘I brought what they were doing to national attention.’ ”
The national and international outrage over the treatment of the rape survivor was fueled in large part by Tweets and Instagram photos KYAnonymous posted that captured witnesses and other football players laughing about the brutal assault.
Bixby asked Lostutter if he knew why he had been raided.
“I was the guy making an ass out of Steubenville,” he theorized. “Now they wanna make an example out of me.”
Bixby handed Lostutter a copy of the search warrant. Agents took music CDs, an XBox and laptops. Lostutter said they didn’t read him his rights or give him the opportunity to contact a lawyer. “I was detained against my will for three to four hours,” he added.
Todd Lindgren, spokesman for the Cincinnati field office of the FBI, which had asked its Louisville colleagues to obtain and execute the search warrant, was mum on the issue. “I cannot confirm or deny the existence of a potential investigation.”
However, Jason Flores-Williams, who represents Lostutter, said the U.S. Attorney’s office in southern Ohio plans to bring three felony charges against his client for alleged violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
“Deric is facing anywhere from 10 to 25 years in prison,” Flores-Williams said.
by Randle Aubrey
|Deric Lostutter, aka KYAnonymous.|
“Thru talks with US GOV, we know that Deric will be charged with 3 felonies under CFAA, Can’t say more due to AC privilege. But facing heavy time. Stand together.” -JFW
“We certainly hope the United States comes to its senses and decides not to indict, and if they do we will aggressively litigate the incident. What’s unique here to me is that it’s not a national security issue. This isn’t at the forefront at the NSA or the CIA. This comes out of the heartland of the country, and this is a person who is just trying to do what is right for the heartland.”
|Noah McHugh, aka BatCat.|
A Steubenville High School football player convicted of raping a West Virginia teenager last summer will be classified as a sex offender at a hearing today that could also decide if he will be transferred to another facility for treatment.
Hearings for both Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, were scheduled for this morning in Jefferson County juvenile court in Steubenville. But visiting Judge Thomas Lipps canceled Ma’Lik’s hearing, according to the Ohio attorney general’s office.
That office would not say why the judge, who could not be reached, canceled the proceeding. Ma’Lik’s attorney Walter Madison declined comment.
In March, the teens were adjudicated delinquent, the equivalent of a guilty verdict, in the rape of a 16-year-old Weirton girl at a party last August. Ma’Lik was sentenced to at least a year in a juvenile facility. Trent’s minimum sentence was longer, at least two years, as he was also convicted of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.
The court has said it intends to approve, for both teens, a transfer from a state juvenile detention center to Lifehouse Youth Center at Paint Creek, a facility in Bainbridge, Ohio, which Judge Lipps suggested at their dispositional hearing.
Before the move, Trent must be classified into one of three sex-offender categories. The court could decide he must register every three months for life; or it could place him in two other levels, in which he registers every six months for 20 years; or, the least severe category, every year for a decade.
His name won’t be included in any online publicly accessible sex offender registry, however, as is the case for adults, and he eventually may petition the court to reduce or remove the classification.
The private residential rehabilitation center for boys near Chillicothe has no bars, high fences or locked doors, and a 24-hour staff calls teenagers “clients” not “inmates,” said Renee Hagan, the center’s juvenile justice director.
“We don’t have this correctional-mentality relationship with kids,” she said.
Jefferson County juvenile court said in a statement that the facility’s approach to treatment with sex offenders is superior to other Ohio Department of Youth Services institutions. Starting in late 1990s, Ms. Hagan noted, the center increased its sex offender services and training opportunities for staff.
Trent and Ma’Lik are currently at the Cuyahoga Boys School institution and are reported to be behaving well there, according to the juvenile court’s statement.
Attorney Brian Duncan said both Trent and his family welcome the opportunity for the transfer.
“We believe the facility will be very beneficial to his overall development, and he looks forward to following the rules and displaying to the community at large that he has been rehabilitated,” Mr. Duncan said.
In related news, the special grand jury empaneled in April is expected to reconvene Monday to investigate whether others should be charged in connection with the rape.
And her freeloaders joined right in… the brainless, the stupid, the wonderOmatics…
And then let’s go here…
William Murtaugh 10 hours ago
There is a Florida based atty that has stated that she has an extremely deep voice that sounds almost male.
IsFreedomHere 1 day ago
The person that sounds like a man with a southern accent in those harassing phone calls is radio. She is a female with an extremely deep voice. I know for a fact that its her voice
The woman’s voice on this recording is not me. In fact, Timothy Holmseth knows who it is and so does MLee aka Mary Lee aka McGreggorsBack. This is yet another example of how low McGreggors will sink to defame me in any way possible… and of course, her buttplug Murtwitnessone joins right in.
I don’t know about you, but my rule of thumb for trusting freaks like McGreggors and Murtwitnessone is when they put out misinformation once — I assume they do it all the time. That’s exactly what these 2 do… and nothing more. In fact as we can see here – they lie. Losers in the social media game – they just lie for attention.They both find great pleasure in lying. Just ask Altha Sood, Judy Kane and Jacquie Kane.
Neither one of these luzers is anything without RadioNewz or some controversy. They blog about me and only me and that’s what they live for. Of course Murt is now blogging about KYAnonymous and Mlee is crippled on that effort because she has buddied up with Anonymous… she will buddy up with anyone who can assist in her agenda… LMAO!!
No she’s not winning at all. Pitiful, but she has finally shown her cards on twitter. Frank Bruzzese will make sure her and Prinnie pay for what they did to Steubenville. I hope they enjoy the ruined lives their quest for fame has brought them. Say, FBI soon! Lawsuits up their asses and garnishments for the rest of their lives. KYanonymous will get off easy compared to these 2.
Steubenville Big Red. For the kids and familes of Steubenville: The German and the Jackass. WHOOOOHOOOOO http://forsteubenvillebigred.blogspot.ch/
27-year-old Taylor Chapman breezed into Dunkin’ Donuts to demand her meal be refunded because of company policy stating that the cashier must provide a receipt. So, in uber-bitch mode (I get to call her a bitch because she slammed the worker with the B word.), she launched into a tirade, then after spotting the woman who did not provide the receipt, she called her a ‘sand n*gger.’ Among other things such as “a complete c*nt” then shouted in a raspy voice, “I just want my bacon crispy and my people to be nice.”
She threw in threats while waving her camera, “Well, guess what? This shit’s about to go live, bitch. Right on Facebook.” Back at ya’ Taylor.
Reddit users outed her name, which was later deleted, and now The Smoking Gun has established that the woman is indeed Taylor Chapman.
Here’s her Twitter picture and her profile reads,
“I have my bachelor’s degree in Business & Marketing and I am working towards my JD in Law now. I’m happily engaged to Sean Hosch and we live together in FL. Ocala, FL”
CLEVELAND – A St. Ignatius student said he was raped by another student in a second floor bathroom, according to a report released on Friday.
The alleged incident happened in April, but was not reported until May 15. The student said he was too embarrassed to come forward.
The victim told police he had received text messages from the suspect saying that he wanted to have sex with him. The 15-year-old victim explained to police that he thought it was a joke.
The victim said he was followed into the bathroom and pushed into a stall where he was forced to participate in a sex act against his will. The suspect is also 15 years old.
It wasn’t until the student was in a group discussion talking about STDs that he came forward and told his teacher about the incident. School officials said they would look at surveillance cameras to determine what time the assault happened.
The Center for Disease Control reported that one out of 71 men in Ohio have been raped at some point in their lifetime. Most of those men have never told anyone or sought any help.
Saint Ignatius High School released the following statement to NewsChannel 5 in regards to the incident:
“On May 16 a student came forward with an allegation of rape against a fellow student. Our Policy requires any school representative who knows or suspects that a student has been subjected to abuse immediately notify the authorities. That protocol was followed as soon as the student came forward. His teacher went with the student directly to our principal who reported the allegation to the authorities.
Saint Ignatius High School has cooperated fully with the police investigation. Any questions about the status of that investigation should be directed to the authorities.
The care and safety of our students is a top priority at Saint Ignatius. We encourage students to approach an adult to report any behavior that concerns them. As we did in this case, we immediately notify the civil authorities, parents or legal guardian, and offer counseling and pastoral support.”
If you are a victim of rape, help is only a phone call away. Call the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center at 216-619-6194. http://www.clevelandrapecrisis.org/
When Steubenville law enforcement all but ignored the alleged rape of a high school girl, an offshoot of Anonymous sprung into action. A branch known as KnightSec came together to hack, scavenge, and search throughout Steubenville for evidence that would make the world pay attention — and the world did. In a history of KnightSec’s crusade,Gawker unveils the man who led the group to action: a 26-year old Kentucky rapper previously known only by his handle KYAnonymous. Gawker spoke with the man about how he transformed into a leading hacktivist, how he’s dealing with the aftermath of KnightSec’s actions in the rape case, and what may happen as law enforcement investigates actions of his own.