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January 2013
1Suspect in NYC subway death arrested before
2Bigger Tax Bite for Most Under Fiscal Pact
3 Two Women Sue After Roadside Body Cavity Search For Pot
4Common weeds that heal
5Unruly passenger taped to seat on Icelandair flight
6Ohio sheriff confronts protesters in football rape case
7Police Foil Teen's Bomb Plot on School
8Mother finds lost wallet, then distributes cash to her kids
9Breast-feeding Moms Unhappy With Mall’s Apology
10Boston declares health emergency amid U.S. flu outbreak
11Nico Marley, Bob Marley’s grandson, is a star prep LB headed for a bright collegiate future
13Police shoot armed suspect in San Diego theater
14Payroll Tax Takes a New Bite
15Children Record Song to Benefit Newtown, Conn., Causes(video)
16Newtown mom dreams about son, urges gun law reform
18Anonymous and encouraging message posted in university restroom
19Three hurt in firearm accident at North Carolina gun show
20Obama sworn in for a second term
21Brother vs. brother: John Harbaugh's Ravens beat Pats for Super Bowl date vs. Jim Harbaugh's 49ers
22Obama lauds progress on gay civil rights in inaugural address
24Gov. Scott can suck it
25Louisiana Police Officer Makes Mentally Disabled Teen's Dream Come True
26Awards Minute Video: What ever happened to Sacheen Littlefeather?
28Pa. Homeowner Sues Seller Over Home's Bloody Past
30Three shot at Phoenix office complex, manhunt for gunman under way
31Judge sentences convicted murderer Joel Lebron convicted of killing Ana Maria Angel in 2002
Ohio sheriff confronts protesters in football rape case
January 6, 2013

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (Reuters) - A county sheriff under fire for how he has handled a high school rape investigation faced down a raucous crowd of protesters on Saturday and said no further suspects would be charged in a case that has rattled Ohio football country.

Ma'lik Richmond and Trenton Mays, both 16 and members of the Steubenville High School football team, are charged with raping a 16-year-old fellow student at a party last August, according to statements from their attorneys.

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla, accused of shielding the popular football program from a more rigorous investigation, told reporters no one else would be charged in the case, just moments after he addressed about 1,000 protesters gathered in front of the Jefferson County Courthouse.

"I'm not going to stand here and try to convince you that I'm not the bad guy," he said to a chorus of boos. "You've already made your minds up."

The "Occupy Steubenville" rally was organized by the online activist group Anonymous.

Abdalla declined to take the investigation over from Steubenville police, sparking more public outrage. Anonymous and community leaders say police are avoiding charging more of those involved to protect the school's beloved football program.

The two students will be tried as juveniles in February in Steubenville, a close-knit city of 19,000 about 40 miles west of Pittsburgh.

The case shot to national prominence this week when Anonymous made public a picture of the purported rape victim being carried by her wrists and ankles by two young men. Anonymous also released a video that showed several other young men joking about an assault.

Abdalla, who said he first saw the video three days ago, said on Saturday that it provided no new evidence of any crimes.

"It's a disgusting video," he said. "It's stupidity. But you can't arrest somebody for being stupid."

The protest's masked leader, standing atop a set of stairs outside the courthouse doors, invited up to the makeshift stage anyone who was a victim of sexual assault. Protesters immediately flooded the platform, which was slightly smaller than a boxing ring.

Victims passed around a microphone, taking turns telling their stories. Some called for Abdalla and other local officials to step down from office for not charging more of the people and for what they called a cover-up by athletes, coaches and local officials.

Abdalla then climbed the stairs himself and addressed the protest over a microphone.

Abdalla said he had dedicated his 28-year career to combating sexual assault, overseeing the arrest of more than 200 suspects.

Clad in a teal ribbon symbolizing support for sexual assault victims, Abdalla later told Reuters that he stood by his decision to leave the investigation with local police. He would have had to question all 59 people that the Steubenville Police Department had already interviewed in its original investigation, he said.

"People have got their minds made up," he said. "A case like this, who would want to cover any of it up?"

http://news.yahoo.com/ohio-sheriff-confronts-protesters-football-rape-case-212214094.html
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