Kentucky hacker who pushed for investigations into Steubenville rape could face 25 years in prison

11/26/2013 10:27 AM

Out of all the people facing prosecution relating to the rape of a 15-year-old in Steubenville, Ohio, the person who could face the longest prison sentence is the Kentucky man who tried to expose a cover-up in that community.

On Monday four school employees in Steubenville, including the superintendent of schools, were indicted on evidence tampering or obstruction of justice charges relating to last year’s investigation into the rape of a 15-year-old girl.

The case garnered national attention largely after a Kentucky man, Deric Lostutter, affiliated with the hacking and activist group Anonymous began spreading information about the case across the Internet.

Two teens on the high school’s football team were convicted of rape and sentenced in juvenile court in March. Since then, a grand jury has indicted six adults for a variety of charges, including Monday’s charges of tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice.

While the adults in the indictment could face years behind bars for the felonies for which they’re charged, Lostutter could face the most jail time of all — thanks to a nearly 30-year old federal law. Here’s how:

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  • Ken Moellman wrote on November 27, 2013 11:59 AM :

    This looks like a job for Jury Nullification. Find him not guilty!

  • Bruce Layne wrote on November 27, 2013 05:28 PM :

    Interesting article. Thanks CN2 Politics.

    He makes a good point. Is it right that guys who gang raped a 15 year old girl get a year in prison and he’s facing 20 years for hacking a high school football website in an effort to investigate and bring attention to what looked like a sports related small town coverup?

    I’m with Ken. Jury nullification. I doubt there is any evidence that could compel me to convict this guy and send him to jail for this, much less for 20 years.

  • Sally Oh wrote on November 27, 2013 05:35 PM :

    Thanks, Ken. Ridiculous that he’s even charged. What happened to actual judgement? Jury Nullification is absolutely called for here.

  • Spirit of Dr. Ron Paul wrote on December 07, 2013 06:50 AM :

    Truth is Treason in the Kingdom of Lies.

  • DBD wrote on January 01, 2014 11:21 PM :

    Did the girl want her rape to be public knowledge?

  • Indira Allfree wrote on January 13, 2014 05:48 PM :

    What about the girl? She is going to have a lifetime of pain and suffering. The school wanted to cover that up as if it never happened. But you can’t tell that to the young lady. That was injustice in itself. The world is going to know the true story. That you jailed the guy that gave the girl a voice to be heard. I am sure she was scared to even think about coming forth. Think about that. Think about if it were daughter, mother, sister or grandma… I’d want every hacker backing me if they saw a crime like this being committed. It is everybody’s humane duty to speak up. If you see a crime being committed to say something. He did his duty. The jury I am sure is going to let this man go. They better see that he used his skills righteously. Exposing rapers… if he hadn’t those REAL criminals would of kept of raping and kept on hurting someone else, thinking they could get away with it. They better see the world is behind this young man.

  • Doc Holliday wrote on April 04, 2014 03:44 PM :

    During the trial of the major war criminals in Nuremburg, Germany after WWII, Nazi Grand Admiral Donitz was charged with war crimes because he authorized unrestricted submarine warfare in the Atlantic. Donitz defense was one of tu quoque. (You also)

    The US admitted that Admiral Chester Nimitz also ordered unrestricted submarine warfare in the Pacific Ocean, therefore Donitz claimed he shouldn’t be punished for doing the same thing. Donitz was, eventually, convicted but was not sentenced to jail for that reason.

    This situation calls out loudly for Lostutter not to be punished, since he, allegedly, did the same thing the US/NSA does every minute of everyday–and worse.

    Jury nullification would be best, but that doesn’t happen very often these days.

    [Sorry if my post breaks Godwin’s law, I was speaking about Tu quoque as a legal defense and Donitz is the only historically prominent person I am aware of who prevailed on the legal theory.]

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