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Thursday, May 29, 2014

STEUBENVILLE RAPE CASE – DO NOT HIDE OR DESTROY EVIDENCE – STATE OF OHIO V. MICHAEL MCVEY

The State of Ohio recently released its Bill of Particulars in the case of State of Ohio v. Michael McVey, 13-CR-228 - Court of Common Pleas for Jefferson County, Ohio (Judge Patricia Cosgrove). This was in response to a motion filed by the Defense for more information on the charges. The trial is scheduled for August 18, 2014. http://www.wtov9.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/details-mcveys-charges-released-4444.shtml

Superintendent Michael McVey was indicted (along with three others) last November in connection with the Steubenville rape case (football players Ma’lik Richmond and Trenton Mays were convicted of the rape of a 16-year old highly intoxicated woman (Jane Doe))

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/26/us/steubenville-school-superintendent-indicted-in-rape-case.html?_r=0

The New York Times described this whole episode as a lesson for adults. McVey told investigators he had no knowledge of the rape – he had only heard some vague rumors about the events that took place on August 11, 2012. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/27/sports/in-steubenville-rape-case-a-lesson-for-adults.html

The Ohio Attorney General begs to differ and three of the four administrators have accepted plea deals. Mr. McVey has pleaded not guilty. According to the AG, McVey wiped hard drives, erased emails, and lied to investigators. All of this was done in a cover-up to protect the star quarterback and one of his wide receivers, according to the State of Ohio.

A copy of the Bill of Particulars is available on this blog - http://prinniefied.blogspot.com/2014/05/steubenville-time-to-take-out-trash.html

Written by Ann M. Murphy, Professor, Gonzaga Law School

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/evidenceprof/2014/05/steubenville-rape-case-do-not-hide-or-destroy-evidence-state-of-ohio-v-michael-mcvey.html

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