Attorney and children's rights advocate Areva Martin and CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin discuss the Steubenville rape case and the teens arrested for threatening the victim on Twitter.
The two high school football players who had pleaded innocent, Trent Mays, 17, and Ma'lik Richmond, 16, apologized in court Sunday after they were convicted by Judge Thomas Lipps. Mays was sentenced to a minimum of two years in a juvenile correctional facility, and Richmond was sentenced to a minimum of one year.
Toobin calls the punishment "modest" for the crime. "If they were adults, they could have gotten 20 years," he tells Anderson Cooper. "It's also important to point out, this was not a close case on the evidence. There were admissions through the social media, there were eyewitnesses to this rape, and there was of course the evidence that the victim was unconscious."
Martin believes the witness testimony put the victim on trial, instead of the accused, which she says happens often in rape cases. "I hope that the attorney general broadens his net and that there is a full-scale investigation of so many more people who clearly had so much to do with this," says Martin. A grand jury will meet in April to determine if others should be charged.
A day after the verdict was decided, two teenage girls from Steubenville were taken into custody for threatening to attack and kill the 16-year-old rape victim. The 15 and 16 year old are scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday. Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said he is monitoring social media closely for any new threats.
Martin calls the girls' actions on Twitter "just plain stupid" and she questions why parents haven't talked to their children about acting responsibly. "Has someone sat down to say, in social media, there are consequences?"
For more on the case, watch Steubenville victim's mother speaks out
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