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Details of McVey’s charges released

Updated: Friday, May 23 2014, 10:56 AM EDT

WTOV9.com
Details were released Thursday afternoon regarding charges against suspended Superintendent of Steubenville City Schools Mike McVey.
NEWS9 legal analyst Mike Nogay took a minute to sort through the Bill of Particulars, which lists never-before-seen details about the charges.
They’re charges that include tampering with evidence, falsification, and obstructing justice.
“So when you're indicted for something and you’re not exactly what you were charged with -- the dates, times, places or people -- you ask the judge for a Bill of Particulars so that the state of Ohio, in this case, would have to explain the charges in more detail," Nogay said.
The document does explain the charges more than the original indictment, giving a clear timeline from April 2012 to November 2013.
On the first count -- tampering with evidence -- a laundry list from deleted emails, to "wiped" computers. Even alleging that McVey failed to provide information or lied about an investigation the school undertook regarding the rape in August 2012.
On the second count -- of obstructing justice – there are more allegations like the first count only this time, they allegedly affected the investigation of missing iPads and other items, some of which Hannah Rhinaman stole from the school.
There are more details about the remaining three charges like the creation of a misleading timeline.
But, Nogay said those details still may not be enough for a defense lawyer to prepare for trial.
"I feel that even with the response for the Bill of Particulars it would be very difficult to defend the charges in the indictment and know exactly what you are defending against and protect you from double jeopardy."
Nogay did acknowledge that McVey's Attorney Charles Bean may know more than what appears in the document.
"We do not have the written documents that were produced to defense,” Nogay said. “If we had those, perhaps this would make a little more sense. But read in that vacuum, it's still difficult to determine what Mr. McVey is charged with."
Nogay says Bean could still file another motion to compel more details.
McVey's final pre-trial hearing is scheduled for July 14. The trial date is tentatively set for Aug 18.

Details of McVey’s charges released


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