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Sun Jan 6, 2013, 11:37 PM

Citing Threats, Defense Lawyers Seek to Move Steubenville Rape Trial to Another Town

Source: www.jezebel.com

Adam Nemann, the lawyer for 16-year-old defendant Trent Mays, told CNN he wants the case moved out of Steubenville because of the extensive publicity it has received "and what we perceive as threats to individuals, perhaps witnesses, and also defendants and even defense counsel."

Nemann would not elaborate on those threats but said media attention and an explosion of online postings about the case are another part of the reason he'll be filing motions for a postponement and a change of venue.

"We're concerned about safety issues at this point," he added.

The obviously line here is, "Yeah, kinda wish someone had been concerned about the safety of the young woman they dragged from location to location and raped that night."

Honestly, these alleged threats, if they even did happen, feel like a distraction a sad attempt to move a case that's rightfully received National attention. However, it strikes me as fairly futile I'm pretty sure they could move this thing to Mars and Martians would be all "Oh SRSLY? Fuck those guys."

As it stands, the trial was scheduled to take place on Feb 13 in Steubenville. Since the local judge who was going to preside over the case recused himself, a judge from Cincinnati is slated to hear it. That is, unless Mays and his lawyers get it moved.

Read more: http://jezebel.com/steubenville/



I hope they do move it. With all of the people in political power in this place mucking with things, a fair trial would be tough. There worst nightmare should be a sane, impartial, impaneled jury outside of their jurisdiction.

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Reply Citing Threats, Defense Lawyers Seek to Move Steubenville Rape Trial to Another Town (Original post)
RetroGamer1971 Jan 2013 OP
uppityperson Jan 2013 #1
rightsideout Jan 2013 #2
Jim Lane Jan 2013 #7
pennylane100 Jan 2013 #9
Taverner Jan 2013 #10
tavalon Jan 2013 #3
Downwinder Jan 2013 #4
alp227 Jan 2013 #5
amandabeech Jan 2013 #6
jerseyjack Jan 2013 #8
Tempest Jan 2013 #11
avebury Jan 2013 #12

Response to RetroGamer1971 (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 12:22 AM

1. Good and thanks for the notice. nt

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Response to RetroGamer1971 (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 12:23 AM

2. Safety issues?

What about the safety of the girl at the time of the assault?

I'm glad there are threats. It will make life uncomfortable and inconvenient for those who tried to cover it up. They need reminders of the animals they are.

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Response to rightsideout (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 02:45 AM

7. You're invoking a classic right-wing theme.

Every time there's an issue about procedure in a criminal case, an argument that the government shouldn't treat a defendant a certain way is met with the response that the defendant (who is generally presumed to be guilty) showed no such solicitude toward the victim. These days the argument is most often made by supporters of the death penalty. It's also been applied to various fair-trial issues, such as the right to a government-paid attorney.

Traditionally, it has been the left that rejected this equivalence. What the government should do is not determined by the conduct of any particular criminal defendant. Alleged criminals are not our role models. Nor are prosecutors supposed to have getting a conviction as their only concern. As the classic statement has it, "The government wins its point when justice is done in its courts."

Everyone has the right to a fair trial. Even people who are being called "animals" on an internet message board have the right to a fair trial. In this instance, based on what little I know, I'd say that moving the trial out of Steubenville is clearly correct.

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Response to Jim Lane (Reply #7)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 08:42 AM

9. of course they deserve a fair trial,

then can we castrate them upon leaving the courtroom.

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Response to Jim Lane (Reply #7)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:08 AM

10. +1000

 

We need a fair trial - and I don't think that will happen in Steubenville

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Response to RetroGamer1971 (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 12:57 AM

3. I don't have a problem with them moving it

as long as the process remains open to sunshine and fairness reigns supreme. Yeah, I personally believe everyone involved needs to go to prison, I want the process to be fair. If it is truly fair, the truth will be obvious.

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Response to RetroGamer1971 (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:22 AM

4. Maybe find a place that does not have football fever.

Of course it might go to a arch rival team's town.

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Response to Downwinder (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:52 AM

5. I suggest Cleveland, as the Browns have been garbage for the past 5 years or so.

THAT is definitely a place WITHOUT football fever.

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Response to alp227 (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:59 AM

6. I de-suggest Canton and Columbus.

Extreme football fever.

From a "Go Blue" type.

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Response to RetroGamer1971 (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 08:07 AM

8. Ohio was the scene of one of the most famous "move the trial" cases.

 

Dr. Sam Shepard was tried in the newspapers. Motion to move was rejected. Supreme Court ruled that local prejudicial publicity lessened the prospect of a fair trial.

In Steubenville, I suspect the defense made an error in wanting a change of venue. There would likely have been more Yahoos voting for acquittal in Steubenville.

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Response to RetroGamer1971 (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:53 AM

11. They would do worse out of the area

The town has protected the boys for years and would continue to do so in a court of law.

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Response to RetroGamer1971 (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:18 AM

12. The trial should be moved.

There would be a better chance of getting a jury that would consider the evidence and not throw it in favor of the defendant. I wouldn't trust an jury or prosecutor from Steubinville.

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