March 17th, 2013
10:27 AM ET

Two teens found guilty in Ohio rape case

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (CNN) - A judge found two Steubenville star high school football players guilty Sunday of raping an allegedly drunk 16-year-old girl.

Judge Thomas Lipps announced his decision after reviewing evidence presented over four days of testimony in the case against 17-year-old Trent Mays and 16-year-old Ma'lik Richmond, who were tried as juveniles.

Mays and Richmond were tried before Lipps, a visiting judge, without a jury. The trial moved quickly - and through the weekend - to accommodate the judge's schedule.

They face the possibility of being jailed until they are 21.

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  1. Maya

    CNN you absolutely need to publicly apologize to your viewers in general and specifically the actual victim for your coverage of this matter. While I realize that there are two sides to every story, your coverage does nothing but perpetuate the idea that violence against woman is not only acceptable but that those who would cause such violence are heroes. While, I cannot force you to take action to right this wrong I can and will encourage all to no longer watch your channel until you do so.

    March 20, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Whosthevictimhere

    Absolutely disgraceful coverage that stems from the need for neutrality that CNN has a fetish for. The idea that the perpetrators of the crime need to be pitied for the ruination of their lives is ridiculous. There is a reason that people are punished for their crimes. If crying about a crime a felon convicted made them a victim or somehow equated to their reformation there would be no need for a judicial system.

    March 20, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mel

    So is this the edited article? Where is all the neutral jargon blaming the alleged victim for allegedly seducing the two boys with her allegedly drunken body? I keep looking for it but I guess it's been removed for some odd reason.

    March 20, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alice

      It lives on youtube. CNN spent more time lamenting the tragic loss of a year in juvie for the promising athletes than they did talking about the victim. It was disgusting coverage.

      March 24, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Steve Baker

    Repulsive, insensitive coverage. The producer should be fired. Candy and Poppy could not have been bigger disappointments. Disgraceful!

    March 20, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Meredith

    So, when is CNN going to apologize?

    March 20, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jalex

    You should apologize for your coverage of the Steubenville verdict. Your reporter Poppy Harlow, anchor Candy Crowley, and legal expert Paul Callan should be reprmanded for their unprofessional coverage. Apologize, to the victim and her family, and to your viewers for so blantly disregarding basic decency by sympathizing with convicted rapists. Shame on them and shame on you.

    March 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
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