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Big Red Conspiracy: Unraveling The Tangled Web In The Steubenville Rape Case

What follows is a detailed explanation of the key people in Steubenville, Ohio who attempted (and failed) to keep the rape of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl under wraps and to attempt (and fail) to acquit her two rapists (Trent Mays and Ma'Lik Richmond) who are key football players on the Steubenville High School Big Red football team.

Key Players in the Steubenville Rape Case

  • Frank Bruzzese is on Jefferson County Board of Election (Steubenville, OH is in Jefferson County, OH)
  • Wife is Ruth Ann Bruzzese, Head of Athletics at Steubenville High School and Former President of the Steubenville City School Board
  • Brother is Joseph Bruzzese, Jr., a judge in the Court of Common Pleas. The other judge in the court, Sam Kerr recused himself, due to his relationship to the Steubenville High School football team.
  • Also on Jefferson County Democratic Party Central Committee, where he works with John Abdalla, brother to Sheriff Fred Abdalla.
  • Is the father of Jeffrey Bruzzese, an Assistant Prosecutor at the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office.
  • He himself is also an Assistant Prosecutor at the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office.
  • Both he and his son Jeffrey work at the Bruzzese & Calabria Law Firm. They are both active attorneys for the law firm.
  • County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin (who recused herself from the case) is an active attorney for Frank’s law firm. Hanlin herself is also an active attorney for the Steubenville City School Board, who is in charge of maintaining Steubenville High School.
  • Greg Agresta, one of the Steubenville City School Board members, is the legal guardian of Ma'Lik Richmond, one of the two convicted rapists in the Steubenville rape case. His brother, Raymond Agresta, is the Jefferson County Treasurer. Raymond then married Emanuela Agresta, who also works at the Bruzzese & Calabria Law Firm. Emanuela did not recuse herself from the Steubenville rape case, and she is Assistant Prosecutor to the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office.
  • Trent Mays is the other convicted rapist in the Steubenville rape case. Two witnesses in the case, Mark Cole and Evan Westlake are also football players on the Steubenville High School football team. Westlake was the person who filmed the infamous 12-minute “Dead Girl” video that mocked the Jane Doe victim in the Steubenville rape case. The person being filmed was Michael Nodianos, and his parents’ divorce attorney was none other than Jane Hanlin, the Jefferson County Prosecutor that recused herslef from the rape case. Hanlin also has a son on the Steubenville High School football team.
  • The Steubenville High School football coach, Reno Saccoccia, works with Fred Abdalla, Jr. (son of Sheriff Fred Abdalla) at the Jefferson County Juvenile and Probation Department.

As you can see, the town’s leadership is right in the middle of the Steubenville rape case. No wonder the town sided with the rapists.