Allegations of cover-up in high school rape case
Lawyers claim witnesses were threatened to keep silent
- Duration 5:39
- Date Jan 8, 2013
Lawyers claim witnesses were threatened to keep silent
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It's gotten heated new fallout now at a -- case that's rocking a small town in Ohio attorneys for the players.
-- the potential witnesses have been threatened and pressured not to testify.
And they want the trial moved in close to the public this is public interest grows following the online circulation of a video.
That shows a young man joking about the accuser.
After the alleged attack took place last August here's the State's attorney general Mike the one talking about the video.
First of all that video is just disgusting.
I think what's really sad all rape cases are sad.
But what the victim have to go through not only had to go through the incident.
But now she and her family continue to be victimized frankly by the social media that's out there.
And such things is that just horrible despicable.
Comments by this this -- That is video from over the weekend that -- protesters converged on the town claiming the county sheriff is protecting the football team.
And that more people should be charges sheriff says that's not the case.
Camera holders of Fox News legal analyst Brian please.
-- criminal defense attorney good morning to both the view.
I spoke to the share of yesterday afternoon I talked to the police chief earlier today before we get to the latest with them.
Camera the allegations that there's a cover up here is there evidence of that.
No absolutely not -- -- -- this is actually a case where dead the two boys were taken into custody.
They -- sixteen years old they're juvenile they're taken into custody within a matter of -- And there is a full fledged investigation which also involved not only the local authorities that -- state authorities so over there to be any allegation of a cover up.
I think is wrong and what I also think is wrong is for the State's attorney to come out and make a comment that this video is disgusting.
And yet say that it's only disgusting for the victim and -- too many here who are facing a trial not in the court of public opinion but behind.
-- -- serious serious charges in February now the sheriff said he was satisfied with the investigation.
It -- -- is happy with the work they've done so far.
The police -- this morning says he did his last media interview on Saturday.
He's not gonna talk again and the case has really been turned over to the man you just heard from Mike to wind the attorney general there and Ohio.
58 people have been interviewed.
Now if anyone -- charge that's up to the AG -- why Brian is there a cover up here and if so where's the evidence.
Why don't no I -- leaves a cover up I think.
I think what's going on -- student though is is is you have almost it's almost like a three -- circus.
-- -- Brothers some real competition down it's -- real.
Look at what you have you got to judge already recuse himself they're bringing in a another judge from Cincinnati.
To make sure that there is no bias in this case.
You got witnesses that are being allegedly intimidated.
You have a video that's been released on on YouTube they can possibly poison the public but the bottom line here -- -- you have a judge.
-- is going to hear this case this does not involve a jury.
So any attempt here to say that that that there is on fairness and bias I think is going to be flushed out and -- By this judge I think what the lawyers for the accused.
Need to do here is they need to make sure that any witnesses who -- being intimidated or threatened -- protection.
There -- and some individual have said that they've been threatened already and because of that there have been other cautious and apprehensive to take the stand.
-- sheriff says outside groups are defaming innocent people in this town.
Trying to draw attention to the wrong citizens.
In that town and Tamil what you have here is you have social media.
Helping to drive -- investigations.
I -- what was the last time we've seen something -- Well welcome -- the age of social media and this is where I tried to which Brian -- he brings up that the judge is going to hear the case.
But the judge has control.
Over the case from the moment he gets the case until there is a verdict and what he or his ruling.
And so what he needs to do is say if there are any witnesses who worked and ten or any witnesses -- are intimidated.
We're going to charge that and we're going to throw him in jail if there's anybody that's posting anything online -- threatening whatever we're going to investigate you.
-- -- take control of this three ring circus.
And make sure that there is parents for everybody for all sides in this case.
Right trial is February 13 -- I wanna -- the last word because from what I understand there's no further action planned.
As of now which mean the trial happens in mid February you have these two defendants both -- exchange.
Well right -- though I think I think even a bigger issue here that nobody is talking about which I hope your audience is aware of is or where what are the parents and all this to.
And you've got all these miners these sixteen year old kids there they're there inebriated or a private home and and it grows allegedly raped me at some point I think this case is still -- bill.
Will will yield a discussion about.
What's the liability responsibility of parents when.
When crimes are committed at their home understood but again just emphasized -- these are allegations and no one has been found guilty yet.
-- play -- thank you and attorney out of LA camera holder with us here in New York thanks to both -- these eleven minutes now before.