Lets clear some things up..
*The Sheriff's Department was NOT the agency responsible for the investigation.
* The Steubenville Police Department is the origionating agency and is responsible for the investigation.
*The Police nor Sheriff is the final say on whether or not charges will be filed nor are they the final say on what those charges are.
*The Prosecuting Attorney, NOT Law Enforcement, is the final say on whether a person(s) are prosecuted for a crime. The PA is also the final say on
what charges will be brought.
*The Police / Sheriff could announce they are not filing any criminal complaints, however the PA is not bound by those decisions and can in fact
proceed, even if law enforcement does not support it.
The age of the people at the time of this occurrence are all 16 years old, making them minors. Because of that the law behaves differently in terms
of how all of this proceeds. Generally speaking when an adult crime is committed by a minor, the adult courts will not have jurisdiction. Having a
minor certified as an adult is a lengthy process that will involve age / mentality / crime / etc etc etc.
The leaked video was already in the hands of the prosecution, so again, releasing it has jeopradized the trial. There is a reason people are innocent
until proven guilty in a court of law.
The court of public opinion is based on half information, ignorance and emotion while being devoid of all facts. Justice is not a lynch mob, and
attempting to seek justice through that mentality will mean the victim will suffer even more when the accused walk free because of a technicality
caused by mob justice.
I am all about shinging lights on these types of situations, and I support keeping pressure on.. What I dont support is the intentional release of
potential evidence solely because people dont like the way the system works.
Change the system by using the proper procedures and dont attempt to do it by using the victim and situation for a personal vendetta.
6-1-2013 by Xcathdra because: (no reason given)
edit on 6-1-2013 by Xcathdra because: (no reason given)