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January 9th, 2013
12:31 PM ET

Clips from Last Night: Layers from Ohio rape case present respective arguments, offer perspective on what happened in Steubenville

As the story of an alleged rape involving high school students in Steubenvile, Ohio continues to draw national attention, on Wednesday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited attorney's from both sides to provide their perspectives on a case that has exploded exponentially in large part due to the use of social media.

Following a string of summer-ending parties in August, a series of videos, pictures and messages revealed an underage teenage girl, who appeared to be unconscious, seemingly being sexually assaulted. A pair of high school football players are facing criminal charges of rape, with a trial scheduled for next month.

Joining host Piers Morgan live, Bob Fitzsimmons shared some insight as to the alleged victim's physical and mental state at the time of the incident:

"The allegations are that a young lady was unconscious. There is a picture that most anybody that has read or heard about this particular case has seen. If you look at the picture, there is little doubt that this young lady was unconscious," explained the attorney for the unnamed 16-year-old girl. "I don't care who you are, and I don't care where you are, a person has the right not to have their body invaded by another individual without consent. That's just wrong. And in this particular case, she was unconscious. And there can be no consent. There can't be assumed consent with this particular girl, with the state that she was in. And that's what this was about."

Later on the program Morgan welcomed Walter Madison, a defense attorney in the case, who offered thoughts on his client's current legal situation:

"Mr. Fitzsimmons premised his statement when he says defendants and he lumps them together. Ma'lik Richmond had nothing to do with the video," says the lawyer who's representing Richmond. "He's not depicted. He didn't produce the video. He was never charged nor is he charged with disseminating any material, or is there any evidence whatsoever that he sent any photographs or promoted what we've seen on the Internet."

Watch the clips, and listen to the interview, as Fitzsimmons offers further insight into the girl's present state of mind, while Madison explains how the video – though "repugnant" – is a protected form of expression.
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  1. Tan Vampire

    The 2nd Amendment, Batman Shooting & High Fructose Corn Syrup

    January 9, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. james love

    90% of Canadas' population lives within 100 miles of the U.S. border yet the American firearm murder rate is 5 times that of Canada (10.2 to 2.3 per hundred thousand). Look at the murder rate of Vancouver compared to that of Seattle (120 miles down the road), similar size cities and similar cultures with far different murder rates.

    January 10, 2013 at 7:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Robert

    why would you believe anything that Piers says

    Reported BBC NEW on may 14 2004

    Editor sacked over 'hoax' photos
    The Mirror board said Morgan would be stepping down immediately
    Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan has been sacked after the newspaper
    conceded photos of British soldiers abusing an Iraqi were fake.

    In a statement the Mirror said it had fallen victim to a "calculated and
    malicious hoax" and that it would be "inappropriate" for Morgan to

    The Queen's Lancashire Regiment (QLR) said the Mirror had endangered British troops by running the pictures.

    Roger Goodman, of the QLR, said the regiment now felt "vindicated".

    Mr Goodman added: "It is just a great pity it has taken so long... and that so much damage has been done in the meantime."

    The Daily Mirror... apologises unreservedly for publishing the pictures
    and deeply regrets the reputational damage done to the QLR and the Army in

    Mirror statement

    At a news conference in Preston on Friday afternoon, the regiment
    demonstrated to reporters aspects of uniform and equipment which it said
    proved the photographs were fake.

    The regiment's Brigadier Geoff Sheldon said the vehicle featured in the
    photographs had been located in a Territorial Army base in Lancashire
    and had never been in Iraq.

    He said the QLR's reputation had been damaged by the Mirror and asked
    the newspaper to apologise because the evidence they were staged was

    The Conservatives said they hoped lessons had been learned from the row.

    Deputy leader and foreign affairs spokesman, Michael Ancram, said:
    "Looking at the facts objectively, this is the right thing for Piers
    Morgan to have done.

    January 10, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Daniel Kelly

    What I don't understand is that gun advocates claim such things that automobiles kill people yet we still drive cars, even though they are dangerous devices. I would like to follow up with that argument. In order to drive a car one must first get a license to learn how to drive a car. Then in order to drive a car one must register that car through the state. Why not implement a law that requires gun owners to first take a course to learn and educate on how to use a gun. Teach individuals the danger of guns, how to Stowe those guns properly and safely. Why should someone with very little knowledge of weaponary have the ability to purchase a gun and the only restriction is that of a background check. Seeing how a gun can do far more damage to human life let it be accidental or or intentional. Why shouldn't you have to as well register those guns, just like you would an automobile?Anyone, particularly on the private sale can acquire a gun so easily. Requirements on education of the use of guns would be a step in the right direction in at least not giving anyone with a clean background check a weapon. Would anyone allow there 16 year child to drive a car without proper instruction??? Of course not. Do you think that our military just hands out weapons to our soldiers without proper training? Of course not. Anyone with a clean background can walk into a Walmart purchase a gun, and we just assume that person will not do harm to themselves or others. We also assume that these individuals have the training and know how to operate these weapons. Requirements of taking a course or training would be a step in the right directon on the gun control issue. And if you are a law abiding citizen, you should not have issue registering those guns with the state. Particularly if your intent for that gun is for nothing more than protect yourself or your family.

    January 11, 2013 at 2:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brenda

      @Daniel Kelly -- EXCELLENT points. I agree 100%.

      January 14, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Daniel Kelly

      as a fellow daniel kelly i'd like to say fk you. i've defended this country with more weapons than you've ever seen. on top of that i've also had the misfortune to have had to defend by own life using a weapon against austin bodahl the mugger junky son of a minnesota state legislator. the problem isn't the guns, its the over privilaged junky children of demacrats that think they can do whatever they want at anyone's expence but their own. what's more, stop slandering my name.

      February 3, 2013 at 7:30 am | Report abuse | Reply

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