• Tue, Feb 12 2013

Steubenville’s Jane Doe Is ‘Doing Okay’ And The ‘Rape Crew’ Is Doing Even Better

twittertruckOhio Attorney General Mike Dewine has been interviewed in regard to the Steubenville rape case in which Trent Mays  and Ma’Lik Richmond have been charged with raping the Jane Doe, aged 16, at parties that took place on the night of August 11th and 12th. A change of venue was denied and the trial is set to take place in Steubenville starting March 13th. Probably the most newsworthy aspect of these interviews is the following, taken from the Marietta Times:

Q: There have been conflicting reports as to whether your office granted immunity to the three students who testified at the probable cause hearing. A letter sent to one of the three students reads, in part, “Although your client may not have conducted himself in a responsible manner or appropriate manner, his behavior did not rise to the level of any criminal conduct.” Can you explain what that letter means?

DeWine: First of all, we made no deal with any of the witnesses. We did not grant immunity, which actually has to be granted by a court. … We did send a letter … to three witnesses, and in essence what those letters say is we do not believe, based on the information we have at this time, that the elements of any crime are there to prosecute that individual. That was a statement of fact.

Q: So there’s no chance any of those three will be prosecuted in this case after the rape trial is resolved?

DeWine: We do not have the elements at this moment to charge any of them.

So, to dumb it down, this basically means if you go to a “banger” in Steubenville, and you witness a topless girl, so drunk she is vomiting in the streets, being “fingered” and having a penis being inserted into her mouth, and having a penis “smacked on her side” and instead of trying to stop it, you live-tweet it and post messages on the Internet like this:

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and videos like this:

 

It isn’t a crime. At this point, no additional charges will be filed.

 

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  • Maggie

    That poor girl. My hear just breaks for her and what she and her family must be going through.

    • Maggie

      heart* dammit.

  • TheLily

    So… If I witness a murder and I do nothing to report it/stop it, I didn’t do anything wrong? If I see a person getting beaten in the street and I post pictures of it online, but don’t try to report it or do anything to stop the assailant, I’m fine? Sweet! this might be the best news ever!

    • Byrd

      depends on the state here in florida it would be a crime guess not in Ohio

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shelly-Lloyd/826469442 Shelly Lloyd

      Yeah, I’m not 100% sure but I remember hearing that if you live in Fl and you witness a crime but do not report it, you can be charged as an accessory.

    • http://www.facebook.com/paul.white.3532507 Paul White

      Depends on a lot of circumstances but generally that wouldn’t be more than probably a misdemeanor. You’re not obligated to speak to police about a crime or to come forward with evidence of a crime (in general).

      States should not (IMO) require people to come to physical assistance during violent crimes–even police aren’t legally required to do that, so why should Jane or John Doe be required to try to physically intervene, particularly if they’re outnumbered and physically not likely to be able to stop attackers?

    • TheLily

      Okay, I agree with not getting involved in physical assaults but they should be reporting it. I’m not sure about how it works in the States, but I believe in Canada there are charges if you don’t report a violent crime, even if the victim doesn’t press charges.

    • http://twitter.com/prinniedidit Prinnie

      If you do it in Jefferson County, Ohio it appears that way. I am still trying to get past the no deals were made because a deal generally means you give something to get something in return.

  • K.

    Eve, is there something I missed? Were the above-referenced videos released to the general media (aside from the one of the kid making offensive commentary) or something because I haven’t seen them. A media account of what’s on the video is not the actual thing. It’s a rumor. Since the prosecutor has actually seen and analyzed the videos, then he’s the one qualified to decide the extent of their use as evidence. My guess is that if there was content on that video that proved the 3 witnesses committed a crime, then the prosecutor would move on it.

    I mean, I can get all up in arms regarding the speculation on anything, but in the end, I don’t actually know. …Do YOU know, Eve?

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      wait, are you referring to the video Mark Cole took of the victim semi-concious in the backseat of his car?

    • K.

      I haven’t seen any videos except for the one that you posted here. Are there others that have made it into mainstream media?

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      NO, according to the transcripts, the videos were deleted, I just read the descriptions.

    • K.

      Right. And my point is reading descriptions of the video is not the same as seeing them and that if the person whose job it is to know the laws of Ohio and who actually did view the videos themselves concludes that the videos don’t offer sufficient evidence to charge the 3 boys in question, then he’s probably right.

      It could be a problem with the laws of Ohio–I don’t know what they are pertaining to witnessing a crime or videotaping a crime or whatever and maybe there should be reform if it’s not a crime to witness a rape and not call the police. But it also could pertain to what’s actually on the videos versus how the content of the video has been reported. Off the top of my head, a video on someone’s phone doesn’t prove in itself that he himself witnessed the event–it proves his phone was there; if there are 3 witnesses, it could be that certain videos were taken by witness A and others by witness B, and others by witness C, it could be possible to put together all the videos as evidence against the actual rapists (who are not A, B, and C if I’m reading correctly), but if taken apart, without proof that A, B, and C were together the entire night, it could be difficult to find them responsible for anything (if A videotaped the victim throwing up, but not her being sexually assaulted, that only proves A knew she was drunk; if B videotaped the victim being “fingered” (I hate typing that), but not her throwing up earlier, B might be able to argue he didn’t realize how intoxicated she was–I’m not saying that I’d BELIEVE B, but I can understand that it could be hard to prove otherwise in a court of law). That’s kind of a clumsy way of putting it, so I hope it makes sense.

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      I appreciate and understand what you are saying here. I would get what you were saying more if the kid hadn’t testified in court that he was the one videotaping and what he actually was taping, know what I mean?

    • ocenbrz

      What you are arguing is circumstantial evidence. It is still worth presenting in a court of law and based on the story behind the crime. That it was planned and implemented by people who are not even being charged based on the victim’s story is appalling. Let the Judge decide.

      Well this is a horrible mess that apparently is not going to be fixed. Not only will the victim not find justice in a Juvenile Court. Those who did the most damage will only get a slap on the wrist from Juvenile Court.

      My only interest in this case at this point it to make sure people around the world understand that Steubenville, Ohio, is sadly being dominated by a corrupt group of people who will do serious harm to teenagers. We cannot trust the court of law in Ohio and people, especially parents, need to see that it is their children’s well-being is at risk here.

      Sadly, this is all that can be said. All the protesting in the world will not make Steubenville a good or safe place to raise a family. Those who live even in towns close by need to re-evaluate if this is worth the risk. We see the characters of the kids who live there. Even the good families living there are unable to force justice be served. They deserve a thank you though for trying.

      Why would any loving parent put their kids at such a risk? Knowing not only are the sports programs corrupted but so are many in the local High School staff, the kids, their parents, are all so corrupted. Your families are just not safe there. I am sorry but I cannot ignore what these kids tweeted. What Michael Nodianos did. He lives in your town. How can any of you actually believe your kids are safe when the law is against you? When your kids have to always watch their backs because they might be the next one to fall victim to the “Steubenville Rape Crew”. You know you cannot trust their parents, the coaches, at least fifty of those who attended those parties and made that gang rape not only possible but are now forcing their kids to cover up the crime. Chicago, New Jersey, seedy parts of LA, and now Steubenville. I am sure there are other small towns with this much corruption. Just none so far that have come so blatantly out in the open and exposed themselves for who and what they really are so readily as this “Steubenville Rape Crew” has done. At least now they are not hiding their evil. Unfortunately, there is just no one out there willing to make them pay for behaving like criminals.

  • Sarah Wilkenson

    Ewww stuepidville, or actually just rapeyville. Boys juts gotta have fun, shits and giggles for raping girls. Shame on the justice system, nobody is safe it seems

  • http://www.facebook.com/bcking13 Brandon King

    So sad, so wrong, this case is beyond redemption. Rotten from top to bottom in my opinion. Apparently on Ohio it’s better to be a rape crew than an Amish beard cutting crew.Mind boggling.