As I observed in my piece at The Nation last week, I have been watching the controversy and outrage over the sexual assaults and alleged coverup in Steubenville, Ohio, for weeks, partly because my wife’s family lives nearby and I have visited that city many times. Here are the latest updates (and catch up with my prevous updates here),
8:20 p.m. USA Today with new piece on judge, in Cincinnati area, who will preside over the trial starting Feb. 13, if not postponed. As we know, he got appointed after locals begged out. Trial could be moved to Cincy but not necessarily. Did not know he had already turned down one request to close it to the public when it does happen. Story notes his long career in juvenile justice but unclear what other markers to look for.
7:00 Fraternal Order of Police in Steubenville dropped its phone solicitation company after a woman reported call for donation in which man on the line referred to rape case and IDed school that victim attends and other info… AP reports that schools chief in Steubenville has ordered armed guards to four buildings to make students feel safer. This came before today's lockdown after a bogus threat was posted on Facebook–or so a student said.
4:35 Over the past few days, we have carried several links to Alexander Abad-Santos at Atlantic Wire. Now he's out with a lengthy original bit of reporting that includes a detailed interview with the alleged Anonymous figure behind the LocalLeaks site–as well as probing the charted and uncharted waters of the alleged "gambling ring" run by the local sheriff (a little surprising to see this much of unproven material at The Atlantic, I must say). Read it all here.
If this interview is accurate, we learn that LocalLeaks editor is based abroad, with staffers and volunteers, and an attorney, there and elsewhere, and with surprising difficulties in storing data and tips and having to use a wall–not unlike Homeland's Carrie Matheson–to track the tips, rather than a software program.
4:10 p.m. Full raw video of local TV interview with @KYanonymous posted. He attacks those making threats against school and students, denies any hacking that broke law, reports rumor that someone's trying to sell one video for $5000, and more. "We are a peaceful people" and against all