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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Steubenville: Time to Take Out the Trash

I was able to find a copy of the Bill of Particulars online - thanks to  who posted the copy on Twitter.  I know I sound like a broken record when I say that this case continues to get stranger and stranger with each court hearing, but it's true.  This case is like a rotten onion.  The more you peel back layers the more funk that lies underneath.  This past court hearing didn't disappoint in the deliverance of the "funk".  Superintendent McVey's attorney had asked that the State provide a Bill of Particulars regarding allegations against their client.  I have included the 4 pages that were posted, and transcribed from page 4 which reads as follows:

Count 5
  1. Nature of Offense:  Obstructing Official Business, specifically the defendant violated Section 2921.31(A)M-2, Ohio Revised Code.
  2. Conduct of Defendant, Date and Time:  Michael McVey, defendant, from on or about April 5, 2012 to November 19, 2013, within the County of Jefferson aforesaid, in violation of section 2921.31(A) of the Ohio Revised Code, did without privilege to do so and with purpose to prevent, obstruct, or delay the performance by a public official of any authorized act within the public official's official capacity, did commit an act that hampered or impeded a public official in the performance of the public official's lawful duties, to wit: including but not limited to the following:  deleted emails, "wiped" computer(s) (and/or had someone else "wipe" computer(s)), failed to comply with subpoenas served upon him, failed to provide information regarding an investigation the school undertook and/or lied about an investigation that the school undertook, manufactured email(s) with false or misleading information, directed others to create record(s) after the fact, and/or created a misleading timeline after the first subpoena was served upon him. 

I am not even sure what to say at this juncture regarding the allegations against McVey.  Obviously, he has not been found guilty of any crime yet but...the slightest possibility that he may have done what he is being accused of makes him and the other adults in that school system even more reprehensible.  Again, not one -- repeat NOT ONE of them did their job as a mandatory reporter.  Lynnette Gorman couldn't be arsed to mandatory report after she found out that her son wasn't involved in the April incident.  Coach Fluharty didn't seem to give a crap either as he didn't mandatory report, and Mr. McVey - the superintendent and supervisor of all of these educators not only couldn't be arsed to mandatory report the abuse of a child, but he is alleged to have purposely tried to conceal evidence, and further instructed others to be dishonest or manufacture evidence in order to conceal these crimes against children.

There was a reason that locals were worried about a cover up from the beginning.  Because that's just how it is in Steubenville.  Cronyism, nepotism, you rub my back - I'll rub yours.  It has been that way for a very long time. Locals know it, and the Steubenville screamers club who continues to raise the "there was no cover up" defense don't want anyone to know how things work in their town.  Lots of hate for "outsiders", but honestly without the outrage of outsiders would we even know about Steubenville?  It is pretty obvious at this point that from the beginning they were trying to handle things their way.  Kind of like how the Country Club vandalism issue was handled, or certain someones shooting out car windows, or another one egging cars in broad daylight on Sunset Boulevard.  

This is a systemic problem that goes far deeper than one man's desire to protect an institution or a football program.  It goes way deeper than Mike McVey, and nothing is going to change in Steubenville until the trash is taken out and a clean up is done from the top down.

 So...really?  There was no cover up?

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