Ohio 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:
and videos like this:
It isn’t a crime. At this point, no additional charges will be filed.