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Mob destroys reputations

January 13, 2013

To the editor: In August 2012, the Jefferson County prosecuting attorney, working with detectives of the Steubenville Police Department and the Jefferson County sheriff, filed charges against two......

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Jan-24-13 3:55 PM

70,000+ voices have let it be known they don't trust you Mr. Bruzzese or Jane Hanlin, including 12 Steubenville School children. How does that feel as an official? As a human being? And still no sympathy for the victim/accuser. The world is watching.

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Jan-20-13 12:16 PM

What Bruzzese also fails to mention about his colleague and friend, Jane Hanlin, is that her ethics were questioned by her own community, publicly, multiple times, well before the "Rape Crew" became international news!

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Jan-19-13 8:47 PM

84 comments... sheesh! Lets get the party started again! 1) if done by the book, it would be in adult court, not juvenile court. 2) Hanlin KNOWS who her sons friends are, as soon as one was named, she should have bowed out immediately, not 2 weeks later. 3) McCafferty has not been the one in the limelight trying to backpedal from the allegations of corruption/coverup. Our esteemed sherif of notingham (steubenville) has been even thought he stated at first "not my jurisdiction" if it aint, stay the heck out of it or get your nose bloodied (metaphorically speaking). 5)The only people making this about Steubenville are the ones trying to defend it against phantom menaces. 6) Abdalla said the school threat was done by A LOCAL BOY. yet.. it is still anonymous getting the credit. wake up. 7) well I have no 7 but you was still readin eh? lol

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Jan-19-13 4:09 PM

I particularly liked the picture of the police chief in his thong. LOL

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Jan-19-13 9:33 AM

How about "RAPE CREW RUINS REPUTATIONS" eh eh? Doesn't that seem more fitting? And then there's the second alleged rape. The water seems to keep rising in good ol "Little Chicago" and the rats are scrambling for higher ground. So would you like to make a statement regarding the second alleged rape and why the three suspects have not been charged in the four months since the report was filed? You could write another letter to the editor and title it "stupid rape victims are spoiling our good names"

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Jan-18-13 8:35 PM

The disagreement is funnier yet>>>>>>>>>>>WAhahahahaha

Two comedians...LOL

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Jan-18-13 2:44 PM

wahahahahahahaha. This man is a comedian.


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Jan-17-13 2:30 PM

Is this guy really a lawyer? Really?

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Jan-17-13 2:04 PM

Many mysteries here, yet to be unveiled. Should be interesting if we do eventually get to the TRUTH.

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Jan-17-13 1:03 PM

....(2) ensuring that everything is done by the book. I've only dealt with the police dept once and that was when my house was robbed. The detectives were professional and helpful throughout the entire process. I too think it's absurd that people believe various public officials came together to "sweep this under the rug" when it is apparent the Prosecutor did her job by filing the charges and the police did their job by gathering the evidence so the charges could be filed. Some people are always going to have a problem with Steubenville whether they personally see evidence that everything was done by the book or not so there's no point in entertaining their rubbish. Once the case is over the case file should be available so they can pour over that and see for themselves law enforcement and the prosecutor did do the right thing.

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Jan-17-13 12:54 PM

Responding to Villamagna, You are right some accusations whether founded or not are enough to ruin a person's reputation and that person should have a right to defend themselves and ask for proof of those accusations. It isn't necessarily fair to call someone posting anonymously a coward. Steubenville has a reputation and some residents genuinely fear publicly speaking out. I personally don't think they should be in fear of retaliation but they are. Steubenville has come a long way and most of the people in authority back then have been replaced so the key players aren't even the same but that fear is there for some people. I understand the frustration it seems people are picking Steubenville apart and labeling every inch of it as corrupt which I know is not the case. I've never heard anything bad about McCafferty until all the attention from this case and he came in on the heels of getting the consent decree lifted so he came in at an awkward time and has added stresses...(1)

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Jan-17-13 10:23 AM

Mr. Bruzzese would do well for himself and the people of Steubenville if he refreshed his familiarity with the Ohio Bar Associations code of ethics as well as When Everyone is the Judge's Pal: Facebook Friendship law by D Smith and related articles Facebook-use in the legal profession presents a plethora of ethical issues ... Facebook friendship and the “appearance of impropriety” standard.

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Jan-17-13 8:37 AM

Alex Hamilton: You raise some good points. However, notwithstanding economics of the Valley, it is time to demonstrate a strong committment to educational ethics and principles. Suspending all coaches and the football program for a season would do the most to prove to the world that which is REALLY important to the hardworking OV folk. To do less is to continue to worship at the altar of sport demigods and their nuckeleaded, souless leaders.

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Jan-17-13 8:31 AM

Bruzzesse, you are worried, not for the outcome of the case but for how much will be exposed. From your office to Hanlin's office. It all needs to come under a microscope. If it wasn't for the outside publicity this case would have been swept under the rug as so many have been in the past. Its all about who you know and what they can do for you when your in a pinch. The police department was under investigation for years about corruption perhaps those investigations should have continued into other branches including the judicial system. Everything about this case and how it was handled by Hanlin stinks, she had weeks to step down but she didn't, perhaps it was to make sure certain pieces of evidence would never come to light. It all stinks and the smell isn't coming from the coke plants. There will be a day when all involved will be judged again I hope that you can stand before Him with a clear conscience.

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Jan-16-13 10:02 PM

@Beagle... Shutting down the football program for even one year is not an option in this community. The city and surrounding area is economically depressed and there are few extracurricular options for kids. For some kids, that football program is their only ticket out of here. In my opinion what is needed is a cleaning of house and the implementation of an athletic code of conduct. Playing football for Big Red is a privlidge and the students need to rise to the occasion. Coaches that are not good role models need to be let go. Lastly, the school administration needs to publicly acknowledge where they failed and teach these kids by example what the word "accountability" really means.

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Jan-16-13 4:10 PM

@maddie I do not quite understand your reasoning. Nobody is calling for shutting down everything because of the misdeeds of a few bad apples. People are calling for the expulsuon of the bad apples. And rape excusing and victim blaming coaches are bad apples, too. As are people who want to keep the bad apples in the mix. Using your church analogy: you basically advocate that the pedophile priest continues to work with kids and the bishop, who tried to cover it up, gets some estra cheers and pads on the back.

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Jan-16-13 3:31 PM

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." -- Edmund Burke

You need to understand that what happened and the reaction to it is no longer a reflection on just you and Steubenville, it's become reflection on Ohio and on our country. And while the stigma of the rape will long stick to Steubenville, this story of how this nightmare ends is not yet written.

Your actions, today and tomorrow and in the coming weeks will determine how Steubenville is remembered. You have the chance to show the world how Americans respond to the brutal rape of one of their own. You can demand the resignation of Coach Saccoccia, you can sit with your kids and ask them hard questions about what they know, you can take the courageous and difficult path of speaking the truth.

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Jan-16-13 2:30 PM

Denying allegations of cronyism by publicly issuing denials of culpability for friends and colleagues which by their very nature could reasonably and technically be defined as cronyism is paradoxically perplexing.

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Jan-16-13 1:37 PM

Yes, this is an indictment on the entire HS hirearchy and coaching regime. The whole system needs a breather. An administrative 1 season suspension with an independent educational accreditation society coming in to do a full review is best. That way, there is no aftermath or exoneration by local yokels. Get real....for once, you nuckleheads need to put education first. Had a similar problem at Tulane University several years ago and they shut down the entire basketball program for 5 years....THAT was an upstanding and admirable move by the hirearchy. My fear is that you are too close to the mix...

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Jan-16-13 12:01 PM

We shall agree to disagree for now. I may see it your way once I see the facts in my eyes to to support it. @beagle so an entire football team should be punished for the actions of a few? I disagree, I wouldn't want my child's whole class punished because he acted out in class or rec'd a "red card". I wouldn't want all of the church to shut down because the bishop was caught behind the scenes doing things he shouldn't. I don't think a whole town should be afraid to go to school or walk outside because of the actions of a few. I see you are in favor of punishment for all regardless of who is guilty.

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Jan-16-13 11:39 AM

Being from out of town, I only realized today that this Bruzeeze character is a local attorney and an associate (if not the boss) of Hanlin. Read a lengthy online article about ties between Bruzzeeze, Hanlin, school board, sheriff, prosecutors, etc. It is really amazing how the timeline and chain-of-contact goes thru those allegedly covering up, their jobs, their kids, and their friends and associates. It is an abhorrent mess. As an attorney, I am surprized Bruzeeze chooses to "put his foot in the buckwheat." By now he probably realizes that the buckwheat is thick, sticky and hard to pull out of! I agree with those who recommend shutting down the football program for the 2013 season. And for Mr. Bruzzeze.....welcome to the hotseat of public scrutiny.

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Jan-16-13 11:31 AM

@Maddie We shall agree to disagree. In my opinion, this case was botched from the beginning. Since, I choose to believe that neither Sheriff Abdalla, police, and Jane Hanlin are stupid, I believe there is another reason. I have many questions. I grew up in that area and it was only upon moving out of the area that I became aware that the way things work there are messed up. Everyone I know where I live now thinks the area seriously has issues. I was not aware of the case until a professor brought it up in class. The debate was not whether these kids were innocent or guilty nor was it should more people have been charged. The question posed was: If the case had been handled differently in the beginning could all of this backlash been avoided?

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Jan-16-13 10:53 AM

also, I am not trying to change your opinions, so you are right, you won't change mine. I do not defend anyone, nor do I know personally know any invovled. I just saying from what I have seen in facts and not hear say, the public wants what what they want to happen regardless. I am sure there is so much more to the laws and the photos and the videos and the statements than we are aware. If it was as cut and dry as it appears to the public, we wouldn't be here. They would have all been arrested from day one....wrong?

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Jan-16-13 10:50 AM

@sosilly2345 No I do not now know anyone involved. I have read both sides as much facts as I can. All I am saying is an outside source is taking over and I am sure if there is corruption it will be found and addressed. As of now Attorney General stated he sees nothing that supports that theory. My question is, is came from his mouth, is he and the others in Columbus in on it?

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Jan-16-13 10:29 AM

@Maddie As soon as she saw the Nodi video she should have known he wasn't the only one being investigated. He said at one point in the video Trent and Malik raped her. It seems that it would have been aparent immediately that there would be conflict of interest. Cody Saltsman who posted the pictures was also a teammate. I'm sure his posts were the first thing anyone saw. Unless you are privy to information that the public is not, it seems, in my opinion, you are close to someone that is in some way involved in the crime or the prosecution and investingating.

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