Steubenville follow-up

By The Mercury

Plaudits to Ohio Atty. Gen. Mike DeWine for his decision to convene a grand jury to probe unresolved questions related to the Steubenville, Ohio rape case in which two teens were convicted last week.

The convictions themselves are not at issue.  But as DeWine recognized, several aspects of the case remain unresolved at the trial’s end. The most important of those involve any prospect that the defendants, both members of a high school football program, received favorable treatment from local law enforcement, who provided alcohol to the teen-agers in attendance at the party where the rapes took place, and whether additional charges should be filed against others who were at the party.

“The community had to feel that justice was done and anyone who was involved was held accountable,” DeWine said. “I felt we had to get to the bottom of this because facts were crying out, who knew what and when.”

Amen to that.

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