Mar 11, 2014
Hacktivist Who Leaked the Steubenville Rape Video Faces 10 Years in Prison as Culprit Walks Free
Posted on Jan 14, 2014
Remember that awful case in which a couple of high school football stars in Steubenville, Ohio, raped a young girl? Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond were brought to justice thanks to an anonymously hacked cellphone video that revealed the teenage victim was in fact unconscious at the time of the crime.
But in a twist that goes to show how thankless activism can be in our society, Deric Lostutter, the 26-year-old former Truthdigger of the Week responsible for leaking the harrowing clip, is facing a longer prison sentence than the violators themselves. The moral here is that when the NSA hacks into our devices to “fight terrorism,” it’s an act of patriotism but when a civilian attempts to expose injustices, it’s a crime punishable with 10 years in prison.
To add insult to injury, Richmond has recently been released from a juvenile detention center for “good behavior” merely months after being convicted. The Political Blind Spot blog reports:
The mass media have been more sympathetic toward the rapists than the victim from the get-go, with outrageous statements spewing from news outlets like CNN, which harped on and on about the teens’ “bright futures” being destroyed by the conviction. Now the justice system’s warped priorities have also come to light as prosecutors try to lock up Lostutter for his courageous attempt to right a wrong.
—Posted by Natasha Hakimi
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