The prosecutor in the trial of two Steubenville high school football players accused of raping a 16-year-old girl after an alcohol-fueled party says the girl was "substantially impaired," unable to consent to sex and suffered humiliation and degradation. But an attorney for one of the defendants says his client did not rape the girl. Special Prosecutor Marianne Hemmeter and attorney, Brian Duncan, spoke as the trial opened Wednesday.
The case in juvenile court has brought unprecedented attention to Steubenville through social media and criticism that more students should have been charged. The two defendants have been on house arrest but attending classes at a justice center school.
Meantime, two 17-year-old girls who testified at the trial of two Steubenville High School football players accused of rape say the alleged victim had been drinking that night.
One of the witnesses is a Steubenville High School student. She says the alleged victim was having trouble walking but never appeared to pass out. The other girl, a friend of the alleged victim, says she had never seen her so intoxicated.
The trial in Jefferson County Juvenile Court continues today.