The Steubenville, OH rape trial is set to begin at this moment. Opening statements are set to begin after 10:30 AM EST. There has been a slight delay but the trial will begin soon. The national media has descended on my town "Lil' Chicago" this week.
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio - Three "material witnesses," including the alleged victim, must now stand trial according to Walter Madison, attorney for one of the accused high school football players, 16-year-old Ma'lik Richmond, in the Steubenville trial expected to begin Wednesday.
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The 16-year-old girl who has accused two Ohio high school football players of sexually assaulting her while she was intoxicated during a night of partying last August is expected to take the stand after a judge reversed an earlier ruling, according to attorneys for the accused.
Ma'Lik Richmond, 16, and Trent Mays, 17, are accused of sexually assaulting the 16-year-old girl twice - once in the back seat of a car, and once in a basement - on the night of August 11, 2012.
The alleged victim reportedly has no recollection of the night, but Richmond's attorney told Crimesider that the Ohio judge in the case considered her and two of her friends "material and essential witnesses," and issued subpoenas for them to testify. The girls live across the river from Steubenville, in the state of West Virginia, and a judge in that state had ruled they need not comply with the subpoenas because they were juveniles.
On Tuesday, Madison, and the attorney representing Mays, filed to have the case against their clients dismissed, arguing that their due process would be violated if such crucial witnesses were not called to testify. But this morning, the West Virginia judge reversed his ruling and the case is now expected to go forward...More at CBS News
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WTOV 9 is broadcasting a live feed of the trial...linked HERE
ABC News interviewed one of the accused rapists, Ma'lik Richmond...Video linked HERE.
AP...Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said he'll announce after the upcoming rape trial of two Steubenville High School football players whether charges will be brought against others.
DeWine said he isn't ruling additional charges in or out in the case, which centers on the rape of a 16-year-old girl during a party last summer. At least three other students witnessed the encounter and still others apparently knew about it.
Hacker-activist groups and women's advocacy organizations have questioned why people who knew about the rape weren't charged under an Ohio law requiring people to report crimes of which they're aware.
DeWine on Monday said his office's investigation is now looking at what happened after the alleged assault.
DeWine's office told lawyers for three witnesses last fall that their clients wouldn't be charged.
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