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January 4th, 2013
09:37 AM ET

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine steps in for prosecution in Steubenville rape case

A new photo was released by “hacktivist” group Anonymous of the victim in the center of the Steubenville rape case. Mike DeWine, Attorney general in Ohio, was called in to help with the investigation and handle the prosecution. He speaks with John and Brooke.

The case gained a spotlight when a video was released of the local high school's football players talking about the victim. With so much emphasis on social media today, these two pieces shared through social media take center stage of the case. As for the case being affected by the media, DeWine says, “I guess I have two reactions, one is this case needs to be tried not in the media, not in the social media, but in court, in front of a judge and it will be on February 13th.”

However, the D.A. is open to receiving any evidence pertinent to the case. He's just not fond of releasing it through social media before allowing a court to examine it, saying, “People have a first amendment right, but my focus is on prosecuting the case. We have two experienced prosecutors who are handling the case. I think we need to confine this case to a courtroom. The evidence will come out."

He is confident going into this trial. DeWine feels that if the trial runs according to the American legal system, a verdict will be found and the victim will be served justice. Altering that system may set off a cycle of unfair treatment. “That’s the way our system works, that’s the way it should work. I think the second thing that is obvious in any rape case is that it is a great tragedy. This one is different only in the sense that the victim has been victimized but each time something goes up on the internet, the victim is victimized again," he says.

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  1. jan heaton

    when my 13 yr. old grandaughter was on internet, a sign pop up- "What will your baby look like?- put your picture here and your boy-friends picture here and we'll tell you!- I called the F.C.C. asking how this was legal?- Mike powells secretary said-" it's NOT broadcasting, so we have no say.- I told her to read the dictionary! look under "broadcasting"- saying> to broadcast a sender and receiver is needed- Federal Trade Commision has taken over all electyronics transmissions gor SALES! Our privacy is now up for grabs, along with our precious children. As a "citizen Band" licensee, for $25.00 hard earned dollars, we had to sign a contract- "Nothing illegal-immoral-subversive- THROUGH PUBLIC AIRWAYS!-KLO-0290- Analog was not mentioned-or digital- This is still broadcasting only now using our children as targets, -flip the remote and see how many sexual graphic images and murderous, inhuman intrigues have captured fantasies-children are now victims of violent public fantasies-lost their innocence to corporate greed and rupert murdocks 20/th century fox televisions " pornographic innuendos."- in ads. [teddey bear making sexual moves] baby girls w/bikini suits for sale-video games "kill the "cops"-murder/mayhem/as a accepted form of their future-[suicide on the rise]-
    <by the way the contract was "under penalty of law"- KLO-0290

    January 10, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Amy

    Isn't this case devious and malicious enough to be tried as an adult? What kind of sentence will these boy get? They are almost 18 now.

    January 4, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. David Isler

    Ohio AG Mike DeWine made a clear case justice will not be served. The FB team, their wretched par, coach, the rape culture, athletes and other important people, and unnamed perps will be protected under the full force of "law". DeWine, Steubenville, Saccoccia you make me, and many others, sick. Your flagrant defense of evil only makes your enemies, we the people, stronger and more determined. If nothing else, thank you for clearing some things up.

    January 4, 2013 at 11:25 am | Report abuse | Reply

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