Today, jury selection begins in the trial of former school superintendent Michael McVey as the Witch Hunt portion of the Stuebenville rape case continues. As Cleveland.Com reports, it’s not the only new development:
McVey, 51, has pleaded not guilty to charges of tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice, both felonies, and misdemeanor charges of falsification and obstructing official business.
The trial begins less than a week after Trent Mays, one of two teens convicted in the case, was released from a Department of Youth Services facility. Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, then 16 and 17 years old, were convicted in March 2013 of raping a 16-year-old girl during a party in August 2012.
Richmond was released in January 2014.
McVey, who has been superintendent since 2008, is accused of deleting emails and data on computer hard drives or had someone wipe it for him and misled authorities about the school’s investigation into the rape allegations, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
I’m watching this latest development and allow me to be blunt: from everything I’ve seen and heard, these are trumped-up charges against McVey that were made by Attorney General Mike DeWine in an attempt to show something happened after the myth of a cover-up became nationwide news.
The reality is that there was no cover-up. That was a story made up by an angry blogger and perpetuated by Anonymous misfits, local malcontents and activists with an agenda. None of these people ever brought up McVey as one of the suspects behind the supposed cover-up. The people they DID bring up weren’t charged here because there was no cover-up.
It’ll be interesting to see the state of Ohio’s case here.