Lawyer: Delay, Move Rape Case Trial
(AP) – The lawyer for one of two high school football players charged with raping a 16-year-old girl wants to delay the trial and also have it moved out of Steubenville.
Attorney Brian Duncan filed the motion Friday on behalf of his client, who is scheduled for trial next month in Jefferson County Juvenile Court. Duncan expects to file another motion this week to move the trial.
An attorney for the other defendant filed similar motions earlier this month, as well as a request to close the trial to the public.
The case has gained global attention through the work of bloggers and hacker-activists who allege other football players should be charged but are being protected by a cover-up. A video and photo posted online also have drawn attention to the case.
In a statement earlier this month, Duncan urged the public not to let the case reflect on the Steubenville area in general. He also acknowledged the role of social media in in the case but again urged people not to draw conclusions.
“We certainly recognize that the video, photograph, alleged facts, and surrounding circumstances set forth on the Internet and portrayed in the media would cause even the most optimistic of man to call into question the defendants’ presumption of innocence,” Duncan said in the Jan. 9 statement.
“We must be careful in this age of social media to ensure that the words set forth do in fact portray the actual story.”
The 12-minute video shows a student who was not involved in the attack but apparently aware of it joking about it while others in the background chime in.
In a photograph, the two defendants are apparently seen carrying the girl by her arms and legs.