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Ohio Attorney General defends arrests in Steubenville
Two teenagers were arrested for making online threats against the victim of a recent rape
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says authorities in Steubenville arrested two people yesterday after they put threatening messages on social media sites.

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“We had a situation shortly after the verdict where two juveniles posted something up on their Facebook and Twitter. One was threatening of the victim. The other was threatening to kill the victim. So that’s was not tolerable. We have the First Amendment and people have the right to express their point of view.
"They have the right to be stupid, and they have the right to be wrong, but they don’t have the right, under Ohio law, to threaten to kill someone.”

DeWine says his investigation continues. He plans to convene a grand jury in mid-April to look at all of the evidence in the case to see if anyone violated the law or obstructed justice.

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