Judge Thomas Lipps told the Steubenville, Ohio court that he reviewed the case’s documents and text messages again. He said that many of the things learned during the trial were “profane” and “ugly.”
Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16, were both sentenced to at least one year in juvenile jail and could be held until they are 21 years old. Mays was sentenced to an additional year for a charge related to distributing nude images of a minor.
Both teens were told to avoid contact with the victim at least until they are 21 and both were required to register as juvenile sex offenders.
Mays’ attorney called him a “family-oriented, loving, young man” and asked the judge for leniency.
Mays briefly addressed the court saying, “I would truly like to apologize to [the victim] and her family.”
Richmond cried as he approached the front of the courtroom. ”I would like to apologize,” he said, struggling to speak through his sobs. “I had no intentions to do anything like that. I’m sorry to put you guys through this.”
Ma’lik’s lawyer and father cried as they spoke about his difficult family history involving alcoholism.
A reason rape continues is that communities refuse to hold perpetrators responsible while closing ranks to defend or even celebrate the rapist.
In Aug 2012 a 16 year old girl was raped in a High School Football dominated town. The self titled “rape crew” may have planned the assault as revenge after the victim broke up with Cody Saltsman who sent messages stating that “nobody breaks up with Cody Saltsman, Ill ruin that bitch”. This was a month before the rape. Saltsman’s best friend,Trent Mays, started texting the victim asking her for a date.
‘mammabear’, tweeted: ‘The plan began. Your friend will pretend to like her. You will have her bring him to the party where she can be… kidnapped, raped, sodomized, defecated on, photographed, videoed, HUMILIATED publicly OVER and OVER again.
And thats just what they did; allegedly drugging her, dragging the victim from party to party, exposing her breast for photographs, penetrating her with their hands, gang raping her vaginally and anally, urinating on her, etc. All the while sending pictures and video over social media.
While Steubenville, Ohio tried to keep this story quite Anonymous has kept a spotlight on the case, claiming officials are covering up the crime that may involve other football players. Anonymous has organized protests including another one for Saturday, and recovered some online posts that were deleted by students.
Nearly 1 in 5 women will be the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. Three women a day die at the hands of their boyfriends or husbands.
And yet the media wants us to take the men’s word… she had given consent.
The “rape crew” includes Trent Mays, Malik Richmond, Michael Colin Nodianos, Charlie Keenan, and Cody Saltsman. All Big Red Football players. Cody was initially charged with the other two. Trent and Malik are no longer being tried as adults and are out on bail.
A video shows Michael Nodianos talking about the rape and referring to the teen involved as a “dead girl” for over 12 min. Others in the video tried to explain the situation. “What if that was your daughter?” someone asked. “If that was my daughter, I wouldn’t care. I would just let her be dead.” He went on to ask “is it really rape if you don’t know if she wanted to or not? She might have wanted it. That might have been her final wish.”
After hacking Mr. Park’s e-mail and finding several photos of young women Anonymous claims that James “Jim” Parks, an avid fan and is the webmaster/owner of a private fan site for the team, might have been hiring the players to go to parties and send him pics of girls they take advantage of. James “Jim” Parks E-Mail Files
Watch Sheriff Abdalla lie to protesters. He states that being aware of the attack is not a crime. Wrong! Witnessing a crime and failing to report it is in itself a crime – if not conspiracy or being an accessory. He says that he has nothing to do with the investigation, then states that he assisted the local police department in confiscating cell phones and other electronics. Where several key pieces of evidence were “inadvertently” deleted. And finally he states that he can not investigate the attack because it is not his jurisdiction even though a Sheriffs authority, under constitutional law, even trumps the federal law enforcement agencies in his own county. Allegedly, Sheriff Abdalla runs the largest illegal gambling operation in Jefferson County – employing bookies who work out of the Spot Bar. Sheriff Abdulla’s brother is the largest importer of cocaine in Jefferson County.
The Sheriff and Head Football Coach have breakfast a couple of times a week.
Coach Reno A. Saccoccia motto to his boys is: “lie till you die”. When he became aware of the rape he attempted to hold off sheriff deputies, encouraging his “boys” to delete everything. Mr. Saccoccia has formed a social and academic bubble of protection where the players are carefully segregated and take their exams separate from other students, and encouraged to cheat. The teachers assist the players in cheating on state tests which the players have a 100% pass rate on. Assistant Coach Pierro allows the boys to view porn on his computer – and provides drugs and alcohol to those who are “extra” deserving. The “date rape” drug used on the victim of the rape was supplied by known drug dealer Nathan Hubbard, who is also a patron of the Spot Bar in Steubenville. He did not suspend or bench any player.
Prosecuting Attorney Jane Hanlin is the mother of Charlie Keenan. She represented Edward “Eddie” Lulla in a civil legal matter after which Mr. Lulla is now an agent for the BCI who was sent by the State of Ohio to lend oversight to the rape investigation. The BCI has found everything to be going smoothly. Eddie’s son recently joined Steubenville’s Police Department. When the family of the victim went to file the charges, Jane Hanlin was present. She strongly discouraged them from filing, telling them that her name was going to be dragged through the mud, she will be in and out of court for well over two years, the press wouldn’t leave any of the family alone. In May of 2012, Mrs. Hanlin’s office handled a case where Ed Wilson, a football player, and two other individuals shot out the windows of 14 vehicles. Despite being arrested, and confessing to the crime Ed was never sentenced or paid restitution. In another case Mrs. Hanlin testified as a character witness for Branko Busick, a former football player after he was charges were armed robbery. She was testifying as a private citizen but several references were made to both her position and her husband’s in the PD. Even after receiving notice from the Attorney General’s office she remained on the School Board. Her first husband is Charlie Keenan, former SHS principal and star athlete in his day.
On Democracy Now Amy spoke with rape survivor and journalist for Ebony Zerlina who had an interesting point about the climate we raise our children in.
AMYGOODMAN: Zerlina, you wrote a piece this week, “Five Ways We Can Teach Men Not to Rape.” Talk about those ways.
ZERLINAMAXWELL: Yes. We need to teach people what consent is. And, you know, this week we’re seeing in Ohio the Steubenville rape trial with two high school football players, and the defense attorney is basically arguing that she was too drunk in order to say no, and so that means she’s implying that she consented to everything that happened when she began drinking that night. And, you know, number one on the list is, we need to teach young men about consent, because I think it’s not that people don’t know that rape is wrong. I think we all can agree that, you know, people know that it’s wrong. But I think a lot of people don’t know what rape is. And so, there are times when young men will be in a situation where they do something that they think is ambiguous, but in—legally, it’s classified as rape. And, you know, it all comes down to consent and knowing what that is.
AMYGOODMAN: One of the things you talk about and you raised on Fox and you talk about in your piece on the Steubenville case, which is headlined “Why Acquaintance Rape is Not a Myth” —
Zerlina who has been told women should carry guns to prevent rape points out that 80 percent of women, are raped by someone they know. If you are a responsible gun owner the weapon would be locked away while people you trust are in your space.
The story inside follows up on the juries’ refusal to convict now former NYPD officer Michael Pena on charges of rape for allegedly raping and sodomizing a schoolteacher on her way to work in the morning (because victim couldn’t remember color of parked car) he was convicted, instead of predatory sexual assault, a higher charge that may mean life in prison but still makes the layperson wonder: Why not rape?
She described in graphic detail how the cop threatened to shoot her with his service revolver if she resisted.
She told the court how he violated her repeatedly on a raw, wooden table.
She said she knew for sure it was rape because she begged him not to — and because “it hurt.”
But a Manhattan jury made up of highly educated professionals refused to convict Officer Michael Pena of rape for a startling reason —
“If she doesn’t remember these details, how does she know she was penetrated,” one of the holdouts reportedly said, according to sources.
Clearly violating the First Amendment, the law first surfaced in 2006. Since then the law, its sponsor Tom Riner (a practicing Baptist minister and the long-time Democratic state rep.), and the Kentucky state Supreme Court have refused to review the constitutionality of what became a 2008 homeland security law.
Currently everyone in Kentucky is potentially forced to assert that the safety of their state is dependent on “Almighty God” or face criminal charges, including up to 12 months in jail.
On November 13, 2012, American Atheists’ National Legal Director Edwin Kagin submitted a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS). American Atheists is asking SCOTUS to review the Kentucky Homeland Security law. The Circuit Court level ruled the law violated the First Amendment, but was reversed by the Kentucky state Court of Appeals.
The Kentucky Supreme Court refused to hear a motion for discretionary review to a state law that makes it mandatory that the Commonwealth and its citizens give credit to Almighty God for its safety and security. This request was denied in a single line that said that “The safety and security of the Commonwealth cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon Almighty God as set forth in the public speeches and proclamations of American Presidents, including Abraham Lincoln’s historic March 30, 1863, presidential proclamation urging Americans to pray and fast during one of the most dangerous hours in American history, and the text of President John F. Kennedy’s November 22, 1963, national security speech which concluded: “For as was written long ago: ‘Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.’”
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Tom Riner is devoted to his faith even when that directly conflicts with his job as state rep. He has often been at the center of unconstitutional and expensive controversies throughout his 26 years in office. In the last ten years, Kentucky has spent more than $160,000 in string of losing court cases against the American Civil Liberties Union over the state’s decision to display the Ten Commandments in public buildings, legislation that Riner sponsored. One case went to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled in 2005 that such displays inside courthouses in two counties were unconstitutional.
To go further…
Abraham Lincoln's views on religion were complicated, growing up in a highly religious family, but never joining any church.
The trouble in Santa Monica began in 2009, when atheist Damon Vix applied for and was granted a booth in Palisades Park alongside the story of Jesus Christ’s birth.
Vix hung a simple sign that quoted Thomas Jefferson: “Religions are all alike, founded on fables and mythologies.” The other side read “Happy Solstice.”
The Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee who has put on the life-sized, 14-booth Nativity display in a Santa Monica park since 1953 sued the city after they banned the tradition rather than referee a religious dispute that began three years ago when atheists first stole the show with anti-God messages alongside the Christmas diorama.
U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins rejected a motion from the coalition of churches to allow the religious display during future seasons season.
Collins said the city was within its constitutional right to eliminate the exemption that had allowed the Nativity at the oceanfront Palisades Park because the change affected all comers – from Christians to Jews to atheists – and provided other avenues for public religious speech.
Santa Monica proved that it banned the displays not to squash religious speech but because they were becoming a drain on city resources, destroying the turf and obstructing ocean views. Churches can set up unattended displays at 12 other parks in the city with a permit and can leaflet, carol and otherwise present the Christmas story in Palisades Park when it is open.
If you’ve a longtime New Yorker, you likely remember the case of the Central Park 5, 1 just fourteen, 3 fifteen, and one 16, who in 1989 were accused of the rape of a female Wall Street banker. The boys were Black and Latino; the woman, white.
The younger boys — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana and Yusef Salaam — were sentenced to 5-10 years and each served 7. Sixteen-year old Kharey Wise was sentenced to 5-15 years and had served 13 when Matias Reyes confessed in 2002.
Neither the police who questioned some of these children without their parents nor the prosecutors who obtained convictions have been held to account for the 41 cumulative stolen years or the irreversible harm done by incarceration during their coming of age.
Rather than lift the sexual offender label and offer some financial recompense, the City of New York has spent the last 7 years fighting the Five’s efforts to get some measure of cure.
These men go back to court on Monday, September 24 at 3:30 PM. Please stand with them. They are our sons, brothers, fathers, neighbors, friends.They are you. Tell the city to, finally, do the right thing.
Monday 9/24/12; NEW TIME 3:30 PM Federal Court House 500 Pearl Street - Room 18 D Magistrate Judge Ellis
Ron G. Wilson, a South Carolina extremist who attempted to turn the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) into an actively neo-Confederate organization is now facing prison for his role in a Ponzi scheme that defrauded hundreds of people.
Wilson plead guilty to two counts of mail fraud. He signed a plea agreement admitting that over an 11-year period he and his company, Atlantic Bullion & Coin, cheated at least 800 investors who collectively lost $59 million.
Wilson acknowledged that he told investors, falsely, that he was buying silver with their money and that it was stored in a Delaware depository. In the plea agreement, he wrote that he used “fictitious account statements” and “used money for my personal benefit.”
Wilson could receive 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines, and three years of supervised release.
While commander of the SCV Wilson led an extremist campaign to take over the Southern heritage group. He worked closely with his white supremacist ally Kirk Lyons – appointing racists and anti-Semites to key posts and purging some 300 SCV members who opposed racism. Thousands of members left the organization, and its reputation suffered.
Alison Schaum, Ron’s step daughter, helps challenge restrictions on the display of the Confederate flag.
U.S. marshals have, or could, seize over $130,000 in cash, six vehicles, coins and bars of precious metals, art and sculpture, a bank account with more than $200,000, 55 guns and 11 properties. Beattie Ashmore, a Greenville lawyer, has been appointed as receiver for the state and federal cases against Wilson.
New Zealand’s High Court dismissed a challenge alleging the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research methodology was flawed and its findings were not peer reviewed launched by New Zealand Climate Science Education Trust, a private body that rejects the argument that human activity has caused global warming.
The court backed the science that led NIWA’s to conclude that New Zealand’s climate warmed almost one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) between 1909 and 2009.
Masked female activists demonstrate in support of members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot in front of the Russian Embassy in Berlin, Germany, Thursday Aug. 9, 2012.
Prosecutors in Russia on Tuesday called for three-year prison sentences for feminist punk rockers who gave an impromptu performance in Moscow’s main cathedral to call for an end to Vladimir Putin’s rule, in a case that has caused international outrage and split Russian society.
A 17-year-old Kentucky girl who was upset by the plea deal reached by a pair of teenagers who sexually assaulted her is now facing a contempt charge for tweeting their names in violation of a court order.
The Associated Press does not normally report the names of sexual assault victims, but Dietrich and her parents say they do not want to shield her identity and want her case to be public.
The boys’ attorneys have asked a judge to hold Dietrich in contempt for violating the confidentiality of a juvenile hearing and the judge’s order not to speak about it.
Dietrich told the paper she was assaulted in August 2011 by two boys she knew when she passed out after drinking at a gathering. She learned months later that pictures of the assault were taken and shared with others.
“For months, I cried myself to sleep. I couldn’t go out in public places,” she told the newspaper, as her father and attorneys sat nearby. “You just sit there and wonder, who saw (the pictures), who knows?”
Dietrich’s attorneys want her contempt hearing open to the media, arguing she has a First Amendment right to speak about her case and to a public hearing.
Attorneys for the alleged U.S. Army whistleblower BradleyManning are seeking a military court’s permission to cite evidence showing the leak, for which he is accused, caused no damage to the United States. On Wednesday, Manning’s attorneys said they should be allowed to present “damage assessment" reports that evaluated the impact of the publication of government diplomatic cables that Manning is accused of providing to WikiLeaks. Manning’s attorneys recently won access to the documents after accusing prosecutors of withholding information that could help Manning’s case. News reports have suggested internal government reviews have found the leak caused minimal damage, contradicting prosecutors’ contention that Manning harmed national security and aided U.S. foes.
Following the ruling, the State Department said it still finds the leak detrimental to the US.
“Our view of the entire WikiLeaks incident has not changed at all in terms of the negative effects. There was enormous turbulence in many of our bilateral relationships when this happened and there have been impacts on individuals,” said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.
"I was mostly motivated by the absurdity of it all. The irony that they want to see me naked, but I don’t get to take off my clothes off," John Brennan said. "You have all these machines that pretend to do it."
On Wednesday, a judge ruled that he did not break the law when he stripped down at PDX back in April. Brennan was found not guilty of an indecent exposure charge filed after the incident.
Judge David Rees ruled that Brennan’s nudity was an act of protected speech.