I thought it was an April Fool’s joke but apparently Brad Pitt’s production company really IS in the early stages of developing a movie about the Steubenville rape case that makes Deric Lostutter aka KYAnonymous out as the hero.
That’s an odd choice since Deric Lostutter aka KYAnonymous isn’t a hero.
Forget the fact that he takes credit for helping the case when he did no such thing.
Forget him releasing the victim’s full name in an underrated transcipt that he didn’t even bother to read before posting it to a site where he couldn’t remove it.
Let’s just look at the ‘hacking the site of a person–Jim Parks–who had zero to do with the case and then defaming Parks.
Look at it.
Most people just read the headlines.
People are busy, of course. They can’t read every story, much less vet every fact in those stories.
That’s why the public needs news media it can trust.
Remember : Matthew Belardine has not been accused of covering up a rape.
The Steubenville Rape Care has been misreported since the time that an obscure blogger named Alexandria Goddard got involved. Goddard, who has her own axe to grind against Steubenville as well as her own history of bizarre sexual assaults. helped lead the MSM down a path of bad reporting, rumor and flat out lies.
If you aren’t up to speed on the story, I’ve blogged about it extensively on my site Steubenville: The Real Story.
The town of Steubenville itself came under attack. Officials and citizens were harassed and threatened. Schools were shut down because of threats. A computer hacking released false and defamatory information as well as bank records.
But not one arrest for the pompous terrorists who often hid behind the Guy Fawkes mask of Anonymous.
After seeing the media onslaught, Ohio Attorney General chose to jump on the bandwagon of attacking the residents of Steubenville.
The goal is to make the false rumors that ‘coaches and officials covered up the Steubenville rape case’ seem true.
Well, A.G. DeWine got this headline.
It blares from an AP story on Huffington Post.
Trial Set For Matthew Belardine, Football Coach Accused Of Thwarting Steubenville Rape Investigation
Complete with a photo.
I told you to remember : Matthew Belardine has not been accused of covering up a rape.
The rape occurred AFTER the party. Matt Belardine had no firsthand knowledge of it at all.
He didn’t thwart the rape investigation.
Does the truth matter?
Not to the AP.
Not to the Huffington Post.
Not to the dozen of other media outlets that will pick up the AP Story.
Not when Mike DeWine needs a headline.
Deric Lostutter aka KYAnonymous was on a BlogTalkRadio show a couple of nights ago and got drilled hard by Joe Prich. The 14 minute YouTube takedown can be heard in its entirety here and if you’ve been following the Steubenville story, it’s well worth a listen.
In this short except from that interview, KY continues to say he heard about the Steubenville in the New York Times article published on December 16, 2012.
Three major problems in that 30 second clip
- the New York Times continued to write about the case
- that the article says a LOT more than KY says it does; it lays out a lot of the false narrative promoted by blogger Alexandria Goddard
- while Deric Lostutter aka KYAnonymous claims to have head his interest sparked by an article that came out on December 16th….
Well, in actual fact Deric Lostutter aka KYAnonymous had already launched what he called #OpRollRedRoll days earlier, as you can see for yourself in this exchange on Twitter with Alexandria Goddard’s vile, potty-mouthed crone-y Michelle McKee. Check the dates: it’s close to a week earlier than the article where he said he learned about it.
So, what’s up with that? It’s almost like they are trying to hide this relationship, which is extensive.
Rumors have been swirling about a possible investigation of Jefferson Country, Ohio prosecutor Jane Hanlin, who led the initial stage of the infamous ‘Steubenville rape case’ that led to the arrest and eventual conviction of Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond.
The rumors are true.
There are people who would love to see Mrs. Hanlin brought down. She was the subject on intense discussion when the Steubenville rape story went national. Over 2,500 people signed a petition at Change.Org to have her disbarred. The petition was based on the false rumors promoted by blogger Alexandria Goddard and Anonymous, including baseless accusations that Hanlin was part of a massive cover-up.
For an exhaustive debunking of the falsehoods spread by Goddard and others, visit my separate Steubenville blog.
Apparently influenced by the false Goddard / Anonymous narrative, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine convened a grand jury months ago and it’s led to two indictments so far. Some people were asking if the murmurings of a Hanlin background check meant Hanlin herself was next to be indicated.
Now it can revealed: Jane Hanlin HAS been under investigation for weeks.
At 12:45pm on October 28th, the world can finally know the results of the intensive background search…
Jane Hanlin has been sworn in as a Federal Prosecutor.
At least 2,500 people owe Mrs Hanlin an apology.
The smear campaign against her was a failure. Her amazingly successful record as a prosecutor spoke for itself.
Congratulations to Jane Hanlin. She endured months of vile falsehoods and even direct threats.
But the assault and harassment against innocent people in Steubenville that Alexandria Goddard started continues.
And now it’s being helped along by Mike DeWine and an investigation that many in Steubenville say is abusive.
UPDATE 1: The secret indictment is out and the dates indicate that it’s related to the Steubenville rape case, but it’s unclear how.
Has Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Steubenville grand jury runaway train finally jumped the tracks with the arrest of William Rhinaman?
I’ve been hearing rumors in the five months since Ohio Atty. Gen. decided to cave to the Alexandria Goddard / Anonymous narrative and convene an unprecedented grand jury in the wake of the successful rape conviction of Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond.
The “Steubenville Rape Case” made international headlines this past January. A previously unknown blogger and former Steubenville resident with a grudge named Alexandria Goddard had managed to hook herself up with a young Anon out of Kentucky named Deric Lostutter. He used the pseudonym KYAnonymous, created a video threatening the entire city of Steubenville and a media firestorm was created.
I wrote a summary of the story after Mays and Richmond were convicted, after blogging for months at a site I called Steubenville : The Real Story.
I called it ‘The Real Story’ because the mainstream media and the blogosphere had gotten the story so totally, completely and embarrassingly wrong that my main job was untangling the Gordian Knot of rumors, falsehoods and outright vicious lies that were being perpetrated by Goddard & company and then regurgitated without any critical investigation by the media.
One of the main falsehoods repeated by Anonymous and Goddard was that there was some sort of cover-up in Steubenville. One reason for the cover-up myth was self-aggrandizing; Goddard and Anonymous were all too happy to take credit for being the ones responsinle for the case coming to trial at all .
In reality, by the time Goddard began blogging about the case both Mays and Richmond were in custody and all the evidence that would later be used to convict them had already been gathered.
But that fact didn’t matter to Goddard or her boosters.
The facts never have.
Goddard wanted to portray herself publicly as Alexandria The Great: the one who had brought justice to Steubenville. She let innocent people suffer while she helped to promote a pack of lies that claimed that everyone from the town’s football coaches to its law-enforcement community had covered up the rape.
For some reason, Ohio Atty. Gen. Mike DeWine seems to have fallen for the Goddard-driven narrative. Just moments after Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond were found guilty by the judge, DeWine took to the podium to say he was going after Steubenville, too.
So for the past five months, DeWine and an investigation team scouring Steubenville has spend untold amounts of money trying to indict someone. Anyone.
Multiple sources who have been following the secret grand jury proceedings have told me about aggressive and nasty conduct by the Ohio state investigators.
The grand jury itself has met in fits and starts as investigators have flailed around Steubenville searching for some kind of wrongdoing. I’ve heard that the investigation had gone far afield from the Steubenville rape case and that investigators seemed to be going after the school district itself.
Those rumors seem to be confirmed by the announcement today that a man named William Rhinaman, who works as an IT person for the Steubenville school district was arrested and jailed over the weekend.
We won’t know the exact charges against Mr. Rhinaman until tomorrow but the reports I’m seeing lead me to believe that when the indictment is unsealed we will probably find out that it has nothing to do with the Steubenville Rape Case.
West Virginia TV station WTRF quotes the Ohio A.G. describing the charges and they are interesting:
DeWine said William Rhinaman, 53, of Mingo Junction, was indicted by the grand jury on the following counts: tampering with Evidence, obstructing justice, obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor and perjury.
Read those charges again.
I’m seeing nothing in those charges that clearly relates to the Mays / Richmond rape case at all.
In fact, the one that jumps out at me is the “second-degree misdemeanor.” That means that Rhinaman is apparently being charged with some crime that he committed on his own. For all we know right now, the rest of the charges could be related to that crime.
Of course, the same media who got the basic facts wrong over and over again in the original rape case are drooling all over themselves at this arrest and once again jumping to conclusions. They seem to think that this arrest relates to the Mays / Richmond case.
Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe we’ll learn tomorrow that Mr. Rhinaman was part of some vast Steubenville conspiracy to cover for rapists, as Goddard and Anonymous suspected into the entire time.
Or perhaps we’ll learn that DeWine has continued Goddard’s assault on the city of Steubenville.
If I’m wrong, I’ll be the first to admit it.
If the rest of the media is wrong, expect them to do exactly what they did when they have been wrong every time about the Steubenville story in the past; not a damn thing.
There’s some controversy as to whether prosecutors, including Mike DeWine’s office, offered any of the witnesses a deal that they are immune from any prosecution in the future. This section of the transcript seems to indicate that Anthony Craig was told he would not be prosecuted, however I don’t have a copy of the letter that is discussed here.
Is this a contradiction? Perhaps not. It’s possible that Craig was told he would not be prosecuted on the pornography charge, most likely because there is no evidence of it even though he is admitted to what he had. That is a limited deal that would not, for example exempt Mr. Craig from being prosecuted for other things. To reiterate: this is pure speculation on my part.
Ma’lik Richmond’s attorney Madison hands Anthony Craig a letter of some kind.