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Steubenville Rapist Released After 10 Months, While Activist Who Exposed Him Faces 10 Year Sentence

The disparity in sentences reveal a perversion of justice.
 
 
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One of the two teens convicted in the notorious 2012 Steubenville rape case cover-up, where a 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted after an alcohol-fueled party, has been released after just 10 months  Fox News reported.

Ma’Lik Richomond, 16, was released for “good behavior.” His family released a statement explaining how hard the last 16 months have been for their son and asking for the media to respect his privacy.

Yet, there was no apology made to the victim, triggering a response from her attorney Robert Fitzsimmons,  Channel 7 WTRF reported:

"Although everyone hopes convicted criminals are rehabilitated, it is disheartening that this convicted rapist's press release does not make a single reference to the victim and her family — whom he and his co-defendant scarred for life. One would expect to see the defendant publicly apologize for all the pain he caused rather than make statements about himself. Rape is about victims, not defendants. Obviously, the people writing his press release have yet to learn this important lesson," he said.

Meanwhile, in a clear case of justice gone bad, the 26-year-old activist Deric Lostutter who leaked the evidence that helped convict the two boys in a published  video is facing more jail time than the rapists themselves, after the FBI raided his house in April, according to PolicyMic.

Lostutter initially denied he was the man behind the masked video, but decided to come forward because he was appalled by the reaction of the young kids involved. He now faces up to ten years imprisonment for his role in obtaining tweets and social media posts which exposed the details of the rape as well as threatening action against the Steubenville football players and school officials accused of covering up the crime.

The video was posted to the football team website and brought national attention to the rape story.

 

 

Jodie Gummow is a senior fellow and staff writer at AlterNet.

 

 
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