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Attorney filed appeal in Steubenville rape case

September 19, 2013

STEUBENVILLE — An attorney representing Ma’Lik Richmond has filed an appeal of Richmond’s sexual offender status ruling in connection with the Steubenville rape case....

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Sep-20-13 9:34 AM

@VoiceofReason Further the safety of the community comes before a sexual predator's feelings. Those boys made a decision to carry an unconscious girl around, sexually assaulting her in the vehicle en route to the last party and again at the last party. They put themselves in this position and are now subject to the same requirements as other rapists. They've already caused enough damage to their victim, her family, their own friends and families, and the city as a whole. If he's so sorry then it's time to show it by stepping up and taking responsibility for what he did.

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Sep-20-13 9:18 AM

@VoiceofReason Law abiding citizens have a right to know if there is a rapist, sexual predator, pedophile, etc. living near them. It appears you don't understand the concept of the justice system, the goal is to rehabilitate criminals through both the juvenile and adult system. The judge felt these particular rapists would be better served by the juvenile process but even if they had been tried as adults the goal would still have been rehabilitation. A justice system focusing solely on punishment and not rehabilitation would be detrimental not only to the criminal but to society also. Their victim wasn't given a choice, she has to live with this the rest of her life simply because those two boys are selfish sexual criminals. The sex offender registry serves many purposes from giving the community a resource to identify who the sexual predators in their area and humiliating the predator just as their victims were. The Supreme court already ruled the registry is constitutional.

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Sep-19-13 10:26 PM

I wasn't there that night; I'm positive they ALL wish they too weren't there. Sticking with the concept that they are worthy of a 2nd chance (reason behind juvenile vs. adult trial), HOW can registering as a sexual offender for 20yrs possibly aide them in their rehabilitation? I wasn't there that ugly night, I don't know the defendants nor the victim. What I know is what these boys did was utterly despicable. Many kids today seem to THINK they are above any and all rules, laws and morals of society. (Some adults have the same beliefs) Have they paid--not for me to say I'm not presiding judge. Should they continue to pay for 20yrs--again not presiding judge, do I have the right to profess their guilt/innocence -- NO, I do not know the boys nor do I know the girl.What I do know is--It is not for me/"you" to judge for VEGEANCE IS MINE SAYS THE LORD.(As a child I learned this when someone would make me mad & I wanted to make them mad back-Glad I grew up) Let HIM work, pray 4

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Sep-19-13 7:16 PM

No appeal. He's a rapist and needs to be treated as such.

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Sep-19-13 5:32 PM

Did Jane Doe have a chance to appeal?

After sifting through the so called evidence maybe the boys can be charged with other crimes also; plus those involved in contributing.

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Sep-19-13 2:28 PM

The boy was found guilty. He's a rapist end of story. With the display in court I felt his apology was heartfelt however with this refusal to just accept the consequences for his actions I have to wonder how much of it was a show for the cameras.

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