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Lipps presides over rape trial

March 10, 2013

STEUBENVILLE — Judge Tom Lipps, who will be presiding over the rape trial that begins Wednesday in juvenile court at the Jefferson Count Justice Center, is known for his hard work ethic and his......

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Mar-12-13 1:20 AM

I don't think it was correct for Judge Lipps to allow Ma'lik Richmond to leave the state on vacation with his guardians. Rather, Ma'lik should have been returned to juvenile custody. These boys are not charged with breaking windows, or spray-painting graffiti -- they are charged with a serious criminal offense -- rape.

According to reports, Richmond arrived in court with his ankle bracelet in a plastic bag -- this was prior to the judge ruling that he could go to California to the Rose Bowl with his guardians. If correct, that was brazen in its presumptuousness.

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Mar-11-13 10:11 AM

I actually can see dodge and matts points.

Putting faith in a system that has failed so many times is tough.

Because of the public outcry, I do have a little more faith this time around.

All we can do is wait and see.

Speaking of balls and strikes....I am ready for Baseball.

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Mar-11-13 10:06 AM

I hope everything is on the up and up.

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Mar-11-13 9:48 AM

Tom: You cannot possibly live in this area because if you did, you'd know that the 2 accused young men were in the juvenile detention center from August to November. They DID NOT play football! Geez, that's part of what's so infuriating about this's already a bad situation, but looky lou's who jumped on the bandwagon and spread misinformation have just made things worse. I want a fair trial and I want justice and I believe that this Judge will give us that; he's one of the best in the state. But regardless, someone will be mad about the judgement.

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Mar-10-13 2:51 PM

Tom the 2 arrested NEVER played football and the JUDGE released them.

dodger50 you call it a ball I call it a strike. The article showed me that he would be fair and impartial. It shows also his experience in this field and why he was brought on board. How would the Herals Star know what you call the bad news anyhow? You need to have faith in the judicial system............................ if you don't to bad for you.

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Mar-10-13 1:30 PM

Are we being set up to hear the bad news by telling us all the good things this man has done.

These kind of articles seem to always have a "BUT"........

Until I read this article I had all the faith in the world in Judge Tom Lipps; now I am not so sure.

Not in what was said, but kind of how it read; I was waiting for the other shoe to fall the whole time.

The good people of Steubenville desire a clean house. Here's hoping.

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Mar-10-13 9:34 AM

We shall see how fair he is to both sides. I hope that justice is served in this case. So far, the two accused rapists have been given too many breaks including being allowed to play football last season and not being put in a juvenile detention facility like most would have been.

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