Damico & Stockstill, Attorneys at Law

Social media to play a prominent role in upcoming trial in Ohio rape case

We recently told our readers about an Ohio rape case that made national news after social media sites began to discuss the issue. As we noted, the press the case has received has not been particularly helpful for the defendants, who now face the added challenge of public judgment before they are tried in a court of law. Now, social media is being used in support of pending legal arguments for both the alleged victim and the defendants, creating a unique dynamic between prosecution, defense, and the jury.

The two high school footballs players accused of participating in the rape reportedly had their electronic devices confiscated during the investigation following the incident, as did a number of others involved. Those devices were turned over to the state for investigation. Tens of thousands of e-mails, texts and photos were reviewed prior to the arrest of the defendants, who are currently on house arrest.

Prosecutors are pointing to a photo of the alleged victim being held by both defendants, suggesting that she was unconscious, but defense attorney deny she was unconscious, and present other evidence suggesting that one of the defendants was not at fault. Text messages posted to social networks are also circulating. Police are also tracking a video that supposedly shows both boys participating in the rape.

The social media aspect of this case is more extensive than is commonly seen, but is indicative of a growing trend that will continue to affect the way crimes are investigated and prosecuted. This case is perhaps a bit unique, though, in that there is no physical evidence a rape actually exists. This means that the trial will focus on the interpretation of media evidence.

We will keep our readers informed of developments in this interesting case.

Source: Yahoo News, "Ohio rape case: Evidence on social media creates new world for justice system," Mark Guarino, January 9, 2012

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Need Help From An Experienced Team Of Trial Attorneys?

Use the form below to contact our attorneys directly. Contact us right now.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Our lawyers have over 50 years of combined experience and are AV-rated* under Martindale Hubbell's peer review rating system.

*CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

Damico & Stockstill, Attorneys at Law

8048 One Calais Avenue | Suite A | Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3483 | Phone: 225-250-1812 | Fax: 225-769-0195 | Baton Rouge Criminal Law Office