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This video features Greg Palast speaking on a panel of alternative media dignataries about what we can do to reach a wider audience and be more effective as journalists working outside of the mainstream distribution outlets. The short answer: "don't be so fucking dull". This was filmed at The Boston Social Forum, a counter convention of sorts that took place in the days leading up to the Democratic National Convention in 2004.
The video was meant as a prequel to my convention coverage and was filmed and upload the day before the convention started. I met a great journalist this day and together we scouted the 1st ever instance of a designated caged area called a Protest Pen, a Freedom Cage, etc etc. No, it wasn't Greg Palast.
For over 6 years subMedia.tv has been talking shit about the Muthafuckin Tar Sands. But for the first time, we actually fuckin went there. So as a gift to video ninjas out there doing work to stop this bullshit, here’s some anti-copyright footage to use in your productions.
Amanda and I up meet up at 4 am, and head to court.. She doesn't have press credentials, so she must be there early to stand and wait in line with the public. I have a court press pass, so I could go in anytime I want, but I preferred to stay in the van and wait with her until the doors open at 9 am.
Fred Abdalla Junior comes outside around 7 am in street clothes to inform me that he'll let media in at 8 am, he politely talks to Amanda and the other member of the public waiting to get in and assures them that they will be able to observe the trial from the public side viewing rooms today. I pass the hour hanging out with Amanda, observing the news techs running around, as well as, the other journalists doing their morning live remotes from the courthouse.
Sherrif Abdalla comes out and hands me a swisher sweet while wishing me a good morning, and I step inside the courthouse when they open the doors an hour early for media. I chat with Dave Sommers, a Zainesville Ohio tv reporter about how he didn;t know anything about this case until his station sent him to Steubenville. We exchange email addresses and I promise to send him the probable cause transcript from October, as well as link him to all of my written, video and radio pieces on the subject so he could further educate himself on the case. Ten other journalists are huddled in the corner as we wait for the okay to head back upstairs to our overcrowded media room. The heat has been broken in the room for 2 days now, and it has been blasting at full power making things miserable. I chat with local Pittsburgh TV reporters on the case and "how they see me everywhere." "Yeah, I've come along way from covering Occupy Pittsburgh." I reply as i crack open the first mountain dew for the day.
It was a cold night as i pulled in and parked my rented UHAUL makeshift media van behind NBC and diagonally from the Fox News production trucks. I made makeshift tags identifying the van as Mobile Broadcast News, and set up my gear in the back.
I lay down on the cot, and pull my zero degree sleeping bag over my head after hours of trying to sleep.
Defendants Ma'lik Richmond and Trent Mays will be on trial Mrach 13-16th for rape. Mays faces an additional charge of distributing child porn from his cell phone. If convicted, both defendants will be incarcerated in a juvenile facility until their 21st birthdays.
August 11 2012
Big Red Football players partying at multiple locations in the Steubenville area, and at one house of Matt Belardine,An Assistant Big Red Football coach. Bellardine throws everyone out as "party got out of control" alleged victim Jane Doe leaves in a vehicle with Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond. Everyone who had been drinking alcohol either drove or rode with someone who had been drinking from Bellardine's house around 12:15 am August 12th.
Pat Pizzoferatto yells and cheers people on to urinate on Jane Doe. (Mark Cole has testified that this was allegedly a joke and not something serious)
August 12 2012
Cole, Mays, Richmond and Jane doe head to Jake Howarth's house where at this point Jane Doe is visibly drunk by everyone at the Howarth House.(Cody Saltsman Michael Nodianos is also present)
As they were leaving Jake's house, Jane Doe unconscious was carried out by Mays and Richmond by her arms and legs, Jane Doe begins vomiting in the street multiple times. Jane Doe's shirt is removed by an unknown party while this is happening.
Cole Picks up Evan Westlake, and then drives back to his home with Jane Doe, Mays, Richmond, and Westlake.
Mays begins penetrating Jane doe with his fingers in the back seat as Cole videos the incident with his phone.
15 minutes later Jane Doe is helped into the Cole home by either Mays or Richmond carried by her arms and feet as she could not walk into the home at this point. Jane Doe becomes ill again inside the Cole basement.