Charges dropped against US university student who posted "Top Ten Ways to Get Away with Rape" flier in dormitory bathroom
Controversy after judge sealed records in the case, keeping the student's name secret
Thursday 10 January 2013
Charges against a former Miami University student, who pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after posting a “Top Ten Ways to Get Away with Rape” flier in a dormitory bathroom, have been dropped.
The case caused outrage in October after the flier was found in a dorm bathroom at the Ohio college.
The flier included statements like: 'practice makes perfect. The more you rape, the better you get at it.' It also said: 'If you're afraid that the girl will identify you, slit her throat.'
A Butler County judge caused further controversy after he sealed records in the case, keeping the student's name secret, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer.
The Enquirer newspaper challenged the decision to seal the records.
The student was then allowed to withdraw his guilty plea and the prosecution asked to drop the charges.
The controversy began November 8, when Judge Robert Lyons took the guilty plea and ordered all record of the case to be sealed from public view.
Judge Rob Lyons insisted sealing the case was something he routinely does for students.
The Cincinnati Enquirer then sued Lyons claiming he sealed the file without giving he newspaper the opportunity to argue for public access.
The Enquirer claims that Lyons stood by his actions and wrote that 'there was no plea in the case'.
The case then appeared in Lyon's court for a second time and prosecutors dropped the charge, Lyons ruled it so and once again sealed the details of the case.
The Enquirer Editor and Vice President Carolyn Washburn said: "Safety for all and fair justice for suspects are among our most important expectations of government,'
"In this case – a situation in which someone encouraged the heinous crime of rape – all of the handling of the only suspect happened in secret, including a decision to no longer prosecute.
"That does not make the community feel safe. And it does not allow the community to watch our elected judges and prosecutors to ensure justice was appropriately handled.'
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