As I observed in my major new piece at The Nation on Friday, I have been watching the controversy and outrage over the sexual assualts and alleged coverup in Steubenville, Ohio, for weeks, partly because my wife’s family lives nearby. I have been to that small city at least fifty times. After a video of a young man describing what he called the “hard rapes” went viral on Thursday— it was uncovered by an Anonymous hacker—the national media has finally started to cover it, and there were further developments all weekend, including a large protest rally, bombshell media coverage and legal moves. And I covered it all, as follows.
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8:10 pm Attorney for one of the two defendants today calls for trial to be (1) postponed and (2) moved out of Steubenville. CNN: “Adam Nemann, the lawyer for 16-year-old defendant Trent Mays, told CNN he wants the case moved out of Steubenville because of the extensive publicity it has received ‘and what we perceive as threats to individuals, perhaps witnesses, and also defendants and even defense counsel.’ ”
7:25 pm Woman named Amanda Jane Kellar Trippanti, who (from her Facebook page) still lives in Steubenville, sent this message claiming she was drugged and raped there in 1995, it was “swept under the rug” and sheriff (then and now) belittled her.
6:10 pm Kent State University, in surprise move, says it is taking close look at incoming freshman due to arrive in September on a wrestling scholarship—who was a member of the Steubenville high football team closely linked to the rape case. They name the student and though he has not been charged their are concerns that the net is widening. The Atlantic Wire covers it here.
6 pm ABC with report on Steubenville protests, though gives nearly equal time to thinly attended counter-protest yesterday.