This isn’t my usual reporting, but an OP-ED piece

 

When Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine announced a grand jury would be convened to explore possible other crimes that may have been committed during the Jane Doe rape case investigation, and that they would be investigating other individuals who may have committed those crimes, no one believed it would take this long.

The Steubenville grand jury has taken a break until May 23rd so that Ohio BCI and the AG’s office may review even more evidence on a scope of other possible charges that could be filed while also interviewing and preparing over 40 witnesses.
I was in Steubenville on May 1st, for the purposes of doing interviews for a French documentary on rape culture in America. The town was quiet, but you could feel a uneasy tension still in the town months after Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond’s conviction on sexually assaulting a 16 year old girl.

I was met by Anonymous Sph3re, the MC for previous anonymous rallies in support of the victim and a few citizens who attended the rallies. They did their interviews first as mine would be a bit more in depth based on my coverage and knowledge of the case. One car circled us 6 times shouting profanities and slurs at us, while others would walk by and shake their heads.

It’s a frustrating process going on right now with waiting to see what if anything the GJ will do, and will be even more of a frustrating wait for citizens, the GJ, the investigators and media to wait for Dewine’s decision what to do after the grand jury is finished.
Everyone involved in the case is caught on a cliff hanger, we all are waiting for this case to be put to rest, so that we all can move on.
Anonymous to their other operations, media to other stories, the possibly accused to court for their criminal proceedings (if GJ indicts) or to face the pending civil suits of Jane Doe and her attorney Bob Fitzsimmons, The town back to their normal business.

One thing is for sure for everyone involved, indirectly involved or just from the Steubenville area, we all will be forever changed.
Personally this is the longest case/story that I have ever worked on or became well known for.  I have lived, breathed, slept and ate Steubenville for over 5 months now. I have put all of my money, and well being into this case resulting in bankruptcy. Folks like Prinnie and more will be coming up on 1 year of living this. This is a case that definitely weighs on your mind and soul.

After Steubenville, I find that even though the case will be over, I will still be on it doing work on multiple documentaries on either the case or rape culture in America with Sphere and many others.  I will be covering other cases in the area as there is a plethora of interesting cases that need looked into, investigated and reported on when I am done with the documentaries.

Steubenville brought alot of people together. In the activist sense, It introduced many to the world of finding their voices and speaking out. It inspired rape victims to share their stories. it created networks of activists who would not be active were it not for the protests.

On the town side, it brought some together against anonymous, and victim supporters as well as crewated a dialogue between each other and the media.

Personally for me it introduced me back to my passion for looking into things and speaking for those who can’t/won’t speak for themselves. Steubenville taught me how to fall in love again with the town itself and someone who  was special and the most important person in my life.

Steubenville taught me how to educate others in the field of indy journalism, to be social again, as well as inspire me to become a better journalist and investigator.

I have seen my own friends come after me for gaining notoriety, and media attention on me as it pertains to this case, as well as the above mentioned former lover of mine selling her principles, soul and some of our mutual confidential sources in the hopes of trying to garner fame fortune and notoriety using false, and at times dirty laundry from our relationship to try and further her name and “journalism.” It breaks my heart all over again to see such promising talent be wasted on supermarket tabloid rubbish instead of what she could be good at. (This is the only time I will address the garbage she has been printing/saying about myself, MBN, and the anonymous collective.)

I don’t think even when this is all over that I can ever get away from Steubenville, and the friends/family, and allies I have made there. A piece of me will always remain in that town because it was there that I truly gave everything I had for the cause, for the story, for the truth and for the public. I can walk away happily knowing that.

The Steubenville grand jury has taken a break until May 23rd so that Ohio BCI and the AG’s office may review even more evidence on a scope of other possible charges that could be filed while also interviewing and preparing over 40 witnesses.
I was in Steubenville on May 1st, for the purposes of doing interviews for a French documentary on rape culture in America. The town was quiet, but you could feel a uneasy tension still in the town months after Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond’s conviction on sexually assaulting a 16 year old girl.

I was met by Anonymous Sph3re, the MC for previous anonymous rallies in support of the victim and a few citizens who attended the rallies. They did their interviews first as mine would be a bit more in depth based on my coverage and knowledge of the case. One car circled us 6 times shouting profanities and slurs at us, while others would walk by and shake their heads.

It’s a frustrating process going on right now with waiting to see what if anything the GJ will do, and will be even more of a frustrating wait for citizens, the GJ, the investigators and media to wait for Dewine’s decision what to do after the grand jury is finished.
Everyone involved in the case is caught on a cliff hanger, we all are waiting for this case to be put to rest, so that we all can move on.
Anonymous to their other operations, media to other stories, the possibly accused to court for their criminal proceedings (if GJ indicts) or to face the pending civil suits of Jane Doe and her attorney Bob Fitzsimmons, The town back to their normal business.

One thing is for sure for everyone involved, indirectly involved or just from the Steubenville area, we all will be forever changed.
Personally this is the longest case/story that I have ever worked on or became well known for.  I have lived, breathed, slept and ate Steubenville for over 5 months now. I have put all of my money, and well being into this case resulting in bankruptcy. Folks like Prinnie and more will be coming up on 1 year of living this. This is a case that definitely weighs on your mind and soul.

After Steubenville, I find that even though the case will be over, I will still be on it doing work on multiple documentaries on either the case or rape culture in America with Sphere and many others.  I will be covering other cases in the area as there is a plethora of interesting cases that need looked into, investigated and reported on when I am done with the documentaries.

Steubenville brought alot of people together. In the activist sense, It introduced many to the world of finding their voices and speaking out. It inspired rape victims to share their stories. it created networks of activists who would not be active were it not for the protests.

On the town side, it brought some together against anonymous, and victim supporters as well as created a dialogue between each other and the media.

Personally for me it introduced me back to my passion for looking into things and speaking for those who can’t/won’t speak for themselves. Steubenville taught me how to fall in love again with the town itself and someone who  was special and the most important person in my life.

Steubenville taught me how to educate others in the field of Indy journalism, to be social again, as well as inspire me to become a better journalist and investigator.

I have seen my own friends come after me for gaining notoriety, and media attention on me as it pertains to this case, as well as the above mentioned former lover of mine selling her principles, soul and some of our mutual confidential sources in the hopes of trying to garner fame fortune and notoriety using false, and at times dirty laundry from our relationship to try and further her name and “journalism.” It breaks my heart all over again to see such promising talent be wasted on supermarket tabloid rubbish instead of what she could be good at. (This is the only time I will address the garbage she has been printing/saying about myself, MBN, and the anonymous collective.)

I don’t think even when this is all over that I can ever get away from Steubenville, and the friends/family, and allies I have made there. A piece of me will always remain in that town because it was there that I truly gave everything I had for the cause, for the story, for the truth and for the public. I can walk away happily knowing that.