By Steve Kallas
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If you followed the trial and (correctly) assumed that there was an impartial judge — Judge Thomas Lipps was brought in from out of town after the local juvenile court judge recused himself because his granddaughter had dated one of the non-defendant Steubenville football players — it was pretty clear that both defendants would be found guilty on all counts (two against Trent Mays and one against Ma’lik Richmond). For a detailed discussion of the case just an hour before the verdict was announced, listen to Rick Wolff’s fine WFAN program, “The Sports Edge,” where his guests were law professor Doug Abrams and yours truly.
In the world we live in today, unlike in Winston Churchill’s day, the truth can get around the world pretty quickly due to social media. And when one of the defendants (Mays) sends the truth (a picture of the victim, naked, in the basement) out himself, well, on at least one count he convicted himself.
On Sunday morning, Judge Lipps held that both defendants “are hereby adjudicated delinquent beyond a reasonable doubt on all three counts as charged” — that’s the juvenile court equivalent of “guilty.” The three charges were two against Mays (one count of rape for penetrating the 16-year-old victim’s vagina with his fingers and another count of taking a nude photograph of the underage victim and sending it to others) and one against Richmond (rape for penetrating the 16-year-old victim’s vagina with his fingers).