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The Steubenville Rape Trial Will Begin Today

The monstrously sad trial of Steubenville, Ohio’s so-called “Rape Crew” begins today, after delays owing to the previous judge’s ties to the town’s high school football program. Actually, ties to the football program seem to a big part of the trouble with this case, as high school football is in the small town’s blood, and the accused rapists are the 16-year-old starting quarterback and wide receiver. The case is receiving a large amount of publicity owing to the disturbing social media trail the assault left behind (vigilante hacking-collective Anonymous found numerous Tweets, YouTube videos and Instagrams documenting the raucous party at which the alleged event occurred) and the massive, parent-and-coach-led cover-up that’s being alleged by various sources …

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