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Rape trial: Will it stay here?

Legal experts say change of venue motion may be too hard to prove

January 13, 2013

STEUBENVILLE — Legal experts believe a change of venue motion filed Friday in the rape case involving two Steubenville High School student-athletes will be hard to prove....

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Jan-13-13 12:53 PM

This aricle is pretty well written. Some of the quotes are bogus, but as a whole very informative.

I appreciate social media, in absence of newspaper, TV, or radio coverage.

After social media intervened, so much more info was given, it appears officials: police and school, finally figured out there is a local problem, and some action must be taken.

Pressures from afar, sometime, are not that bad. If we are too close to the problem, we may not want others to see how bad we have gotten.

Now we should take a closer look at ourselves, our children, our system and fix it.

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Jan-13-13 2:02 PM

Social media is the ONLY reason this rape, this despicable gang rape committed by a couple of Steubenville's finest and brightest, is receiving the attention it deserves. Steubenville officials were trying their hardest to keep this under the media wavelength. It is because of social media that the victim just might see some justice. Without the social media attention, she wouldn't stand a chance. I have absolutely no doubt of that.

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Jan-13-13 6:18 PM

Since this is not a jury trial what is the purpose of a change of venue? The same judge will be making the decisions regardless of where the trial is held. Maybe this is more about embarrassment or humiliation by those involved. A change of venue will not make a difference in that respect.

I don't believe any more public embarrassment could be brought than they have already brought to themselves and their community. National and international media, bloggers and commenters, the general public are not to blame for the embarrassment and public humiliation. Place the blame right where it belongs and give credit where credit is due. Those who were so proud of themselves that summer night in August that they felt the need to document their disgusting activities and put them out there for the entire world to see are the ones who brought the humiliation to themselves and their community. There is no one else to blame.

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Jan-14-13 11:45 AM

There is absolutely no legal basis for a change of venue. Out of town judge, out of town prosecutors and no jury or jury pool. This shouldn't even be a question!

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