Steubenville Defendant's Attorney Speaks About Case
The victim's mother in the Steubenville, Ohio rape case that has shocked the nation is speaking out. The mother just released an audio statement to CNN after two high school football stars were found guilty of rape.
"What if this was your daughter, your sister or your friend? We need to stress the importance of helping those in need and to stand up for what is right," said the victim's mother. "My family and I are hopeful that we can put this horrible ordeal behind us. We need and deserve to focus on our daughter's future. We hope that from this something good can arise."
Meanwhile, moments after the verdict came down, two girls, ages 16 and 15, allegedly sent deaths threats to the victim on Twitter and Facebook.
One posting declared: "You ripped my family apart. You made my cousin cry. So when I see you (blank), it's gonna be a homicide."
Another posted: "I'll celebrate by beating the (blank) out of Jane Doe."
Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said, "You'd think they would have learned yesterday what the judge said, what the attorney general said. They didn't."
INSIDE EDITION's Paul Boyd spoke to Walter Madison, the attorney for 16-year-old Ma'lik Richmond, who wept on his shoulder after the verdict.
Boyd said, "Take me through what it was like inside that room."
Madison said, "Well, we were certainly not prepared for the verdict. We were hoping that it would have went the other way for Ma'lik. He's a big kid, and I emphasize kid, though. And he collapsed on my breast, and he cried."