UPDATE: Ohio judge finds the defendants guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl.

3. August 11th, 2012 – The alleged rape takes place

Charges are filed after a girl comes forward with allegations of being drugged and gang-raped by two high school football players from Steubenville, a 19,000-person town in Eastern Ohio.

4. August 22nd, 2012 – The crime makes local news

Trent Mays, 16, from a sophomore quarterback from Bloomingdale, Ohio, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16, from Steubenville are arrested and later charged with the rape of a 16-year-old girl, along with charges of kidnapping.

5. Meanwhile, the Instagrams and tweets of Steubenville students are being deleted from the web, like this one by student Cody Saltsman

October 31st, 2012 – A crime blogger is sued for posting about the case

The lawsuit is filed against Alexandria Goddard of Columbus, Ohio, the owner of prinniefied.com, claiming she posted false, defamatory, and libelous statements on her blog about Mays and Richmond. The lawsuit states:

The making of such false, defamatory and libelous statements by defendants was so outrageous in character and so extreme in degree as to go beyond all possible bounds of decency, and to be regarded as atrocious and utterly intolerable in a civilized community

November 2nd, 2012 – The two charged with rape are released from juvenile detention

Visiting Judge Tom Lipps releases Mays and Richmond from a detention center and orders them on house arrest. Both are charged with rape, and Mays also faces a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for December 14, with a trial to follow.

6. December 16th, 2012 – A New York Times piece is written about it

The New York Times piece goes into lengthy detail, covering the crime and how it was handled by the town’s authorities.

The piece also provides a timeline of the alleged victim’s night, pieced together from witnesses’ testimony:

•The girl began drinking early on,
•By 10 or 10:30 that night she was stumbling and slurring her words
•People at the party taunted her, chanted and cheered as a Steubenville High baseball player dared bystanders to urinate on her
•Two hours later, the girl left the party with several Big Red football players, including Mays and Richmond
•She was carried out of the house by Mays and Richmond while she “was sleeping.”
•They headed to the home of one football player who has now become a witness for the prosecution
•In the back seat of a Volkswagen Jetta, Mays proceeded to flash the girl’s breasts and penetrate her with his fingers, while another player videotaped it on his phone
•At a third party, the girl could not walk on her own and vomited several times before toppling onto her side
•At one point, the girl was on the ground, naked, unmoving and silent
•Richmond was behind her, with his hands between her legs, penetrating her with his fingers
•The next morning the girl awoke with no recollection of what happened, but photographs of the incident were already circulating twitter and via text messages

7. December 17th, 2012 – Deadspin picks up the story

The above tweets have sincee been deleted. The Deadspin article collects social media updates from Twitter, including a screenshot of a student who tweeted: “You don’t sleep through a wang in the butthole” and “There is a dead body [referring to the victim] and people don’t care #livethelife.”

December 23rd, 2012 – An Anonymous offshoot called Knight Sec leaks the records of 50,000 Ohio residents

With the massive leak, a larger picture of possible corruption emerges. In the Pastebin document the group posts, they include the following warning to the residents of Steubenville:

Your justice system is broke and needs to be fixed maybe this might help a little. Bring justice to the girl who was raped Michael nodianos,Cody Saltsman,Jake Howarth,Jordan Banks,Ryan Vodich,Harold Malone,John Linn,Dashon Redman,Anthony Craig,Evan Westlake,Mark Cole,Malik Richmond,Trent Mays, and who ever else was involved this what you did is wrong and will not be forgiven.

8. December 29th, 2012 – Anonymous organizes an #OccupySteubenville protest in Steubenville

January 1st, 2013 – Localleaks, a blog working with Knightsec, collects information from the leak

In their preliminary write-up they name the following people as main conspirators in a plot to cover-up the details of the alleged rape.

James “Jim” Parks: Webmaster and owner of a private fan site for the team rollredroll.com, who they point to as a close contact of the players. Localleaks also posts photos of seemingly young girls from his email, girls they claim are “conquests” of the team.
Sheriff Fred Abdalla: The post claims that Sheriff Abdalla and Head Football Coach Reno A. Saccoccia have regular breakfasts together and are conspiring to remove electronic evidence from students at the party.
Prosecuting Attorney Jane Hanlin: Hanlin is the prosecuting attorney for Jefferson County, but she is also the mother of Charlie Keenan, a suspected member of Steubenville High’s “Rape Crew”.
Head Football Coach Reno A. Saccoccia: Localleaks points to Saccoccia as the ringleader of the conspiracy, attempting to “hold off sheriff deputies when they seized the telephones and other electronic items belonging to the perpetrators, meanwhile encouraging his “boys” to delete everything.” The post goes further, claiming the coach rewards players by allowing them to view porn on his computer and providing drugs and alcohol to those who are “extra” deserving.

Knightsec is threatening to release social security numbers, addresses, and phone numbers of all of those they believe are involved if they don’t issue a public apology before the trial in February.

9. January 3rd, 2012 – Actor/writer Roseanne Barr aligns herself with Knightsec

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BuzzFeed interviewed her about her involvement with the group earlier this week:

I first heard about it from people on Twitter. When I read the facts of the case, I got horrified at the usual things that horrify me – rape culture in all its gluttony, complicity of adults to protect athletes, and to help to destroy their victims/prey by painting them as immoral, rather than those who harm them. Victim blaming/woman bashing is America’s downfall, in Steubenville and in Washington, D.C.

11. They also release this video of former Steubenville High baseball player Michael Colin Nodianos

Video available at: http://vimeo.com/56640382.

The 18-year-old jokes about the alleged rape victim and continually refers to her as “the dead girl.” He jokes that his friends “raped her more than the Duke Lacrosse Team” and frequently laughs about how unconscious she was during the incident. He goes into details about the victim being urinated on in the street and jokes “she was deader than Obi-Won Kenobi after Darth Vader chopped his head off.”

13. January 4th, 2013 – Jim Parks, webmaster of Steubenville fansite rollredroll.com releases a statement

As you are probably aware, this web site was recently hacked into illegally numerous times by a terrorist group. The outrageous claims they made while controlling this site were totally false, completely absurd, and totally unfounded. They were clearly both libelous and slanderous, and were not even intended to reveal truth, but rather simply to get media attention and terrorize the Steubenville community. Innocent people have been greatly harmed.

Unfortunately, several national media outlets, including the New York Times, have recklessly decided to aid and abet these acts of illegality and give the terrorists exactly what they wanted by disseminating inaccurate and legally actionable information and accusations. Incredibly, they have done so without even bothering to contact this web site for comment.

We wish to make it clear that we will pursue legal justice against the perpetrators of these evil acts and all of those in the media who chose to help them.

Roll Red Roll

Jim Parks

14. January 5th, 2013 – A second demonstration organized by Knightsec will take place in Steubenville.

15. February 13th, 2013 – The official trial

Many are now questioning whether or not Mays and Richmond will receive a fair trail, in light of the Knightsec leak.

“A right to a fair trial for these young men has been hijacked,” Richmond’s lawyer, Walter Madison, told CNN. “It’s very, very serious and fairness is essential to getting the right decision here.”

16. March 17th, 2013 – The verdict

Judge Tom Lipps found Mays and Richmond guilty and delinquent under Ohio law, according to Reuters.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/the-definitive-timeline-of-the-steubenville-rape-s

2. According to BroBible, “Papa” John Schnatter is a pretty big University of Louisville fan:

Fun fact: Papa John’s Pizza is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. A BroBible tipster sent us this amazing photo of Papa John’s founder, CEO, and spokesperson John Schnatter posing with fellow Bros after Louisville’s National Championship victory over Michigan. He appears to be having a grand old time.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/this-photo-of-a-super-drunk-papa-john-is-the-greatest

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According to Us Weekly, Selena Gomez and Ed Sheeran are totally hooking up.

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Selma Blair is officially gone from Anger Management after infuriating star Charlie Sheen by complaining about his work ethic. Take it away, The Hollywood Reporter:

Sources tell THR that Blair questioned Sheen’s work ethic on the series, which films two episodes per week and often finds Sheen with more than 40 pages of dialogue per script. Sources tell THR that Sheen, an EP on the show, sent a strongly worded text to Blair in which he dismissed her from the series and called her a “c-nt.”

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Shailene Woodley’s role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — that of Mary Jane, no less — has been cut! Here’s what she told Entertainment Weekly about it:

“Of course I’m bummed. But I am a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason … Based on the proposed plot, I completely understand the need for holding off on introducing [Mary Jane] until the next film.”

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Paula Deen testified in court about her use of the “N word” and it didn’t really do her any favors:

When asked by Lisa’s Atlanta-based attorney if she’d ever used the N-word, Paula responded, “Yes, of course,” and gave examples of times she used the offensive term.

In terms of telling racist jokes, Paula said, “It’s just what they are — they’re jokes…most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks…I can’t determine what offends another person.”

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Rihanna hit an audience member with her mic when he grabbed on to her hand for too long. There are also rumors floating around that she’ll be headed to rehab for love and/or sex addiction soon.

David Gandy has a new girlfriend — Samantha Barks of Les Miserables.

Nick Cannon called Amanda Bynes’s current situation “sad.”

Christina Aguilera looked so good at The Voice finale.

Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct Fifty Shades Of Grey.

If Howard Stern styled Heidi Klum, she’d be wearing almost nothing.

Wyclef Jean wants a little Twitter love from Amanda Bynes.

Chris Brown won’t clean up the graffiti at his house because of “free speech.”

Kanye West is being attacked for his use of Parkinson’s in a lyric.

Lindsay Lohan is alive and well in rehab.

Courtney Stodden says she just got breast implants up to a size “double D.”

Mick Jagger is selling a lock of his hair.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/whitneyjefferson/selena-gomez-and-ed-sheeran-are-allegedly-hooking-up

Just walking the dog in the late ’90s. NBD.

1. Behold, Mariah, taking her dog for a stroll in the late ’90s. Everything about this is epic.

Behold, Mariah, taking her dog for a stroll in the late '90s. Everything about this is epic.

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2. But let’s breakdown this photo because break, break down, steady breakin’ me on down.

3. Boot. Cut. Jeans. Just look at those. Purposefully cut off at the cuffs, and also at the top. Bonus points for sunglasses posed nonchalantly at the waist.

Boot. Cut. Jeans. Just look at those. Purposefully cut off at the cuffs, and also at the top. Bonus points for sunglasses posed nonchalantly at the waist.

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4. Metallic kitten heels. Oh my god, SILVERRRR.

Metallic kitten heels. Oh my god, SILVERRRR.

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5. No ’90s outfit was complete without flat ironed, shiny hair.

No '90s outfit was complete without flat ironed, shiny hair.

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6. Spaghetti strap tank. A classic. But here Mariah surprises us with a sage hue. Unexpected, dear Mimi.

Spaghetti strap tank. A classic. But here Mariah surprises us with a sage hue. Unexpected, dear Mimi.

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7. Louis Vuitton backpack. This is amusing.

Louis Vuitton backpack. This is amusing.

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8. And then: BOOMBOX. A BOOMBOX. The best accessory Mariah has ever stepped out with in public.

And then: BOOMBOX. A BOOMBOX. The best accessory Mariah has ever stepped out with in public.

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THIS is the elusive chanteuse.

9. You will never walk your dog as well as Mariah.

This Photo Of Mariah Carey Perfectly Sums Up The '90s

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If there is a common thread linking these momentous historic trials, it is the thread of injustice: not one of the men or women convicted (with the possible exception of Charles I), deserved the death, imprisonment and infamy meted out to them by their accusers. There is solace in the fact that this tendency towards cruelty is balanced by the human inclination to be generous and good. Einstein once wrote in defense of the philosopher Bertrand Russell that ‘great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.’ And Christopher Hitchens wrote, in a similar vein, that ‘heroism breaks its heart, and idealism its back, on the intransigence of the credulous and the mediocre, manipulated by the cynical and the corrupt.’ But the balance between these two forces is something anybody can influence for the better, especially by studying the great trials – the great examples of injustice – offered by the past.


The Massachusetts witch trials of the late 17th century – which reached an infamous climax in the town of Salem, in 1692 – remain some of the most fascinating cases of mass hysteria known to history. At first glance, the notoriety peculiar to the Salem trials seems a little unwarranted: of the estimated tens-of-thousands of people who were put to death as witches during the early modern period, only nineteen were inhabitants of Salem (five more died awaiting execution). But the probable reason for Salem’s continued place in the world’s collective memory, is the unusual extent of documentation related to the trials, which – such as by the case of elderly farmer Giles Cory – survives to horrify anybody who cares to read about the proceedings.

The atmosphere in Salem – long characterized by family feuds, property disputes, and skirmishes with Native Americans – made the inhabitants ripe to be afflicted by herd frenzy. Only a slight provocation was therefore needed to induce madness, and this provocation came soon enough when two local girls – Betty Parris and Abigail Williams – began to exhibit the strange symptoms of an ailment, whose cause could not be found by the doctors. It was decided that the source of their erratic behaviour must be witchcraft. Three women – a homeless beggar, a slave, and a lady who had failed to attend church meetings – were quickly apprehended, charged with witchcraft, and imprisoned. A respectable, church-going woman by the name of Martha Corey protested their innocence – clear evidence, apparently, that she herself was guilty of witchcraft. As more and more accusations were flung between the townspeople, the court sought advice on how to proceed from some of the most influential church ministers in New England. The ministers ensured many further executions by advising that the trials should continue, since it was deplorable, in their opinion, that the inhabitants of Massachusetts should go on ‘suffering molestations from the invisible world.’


‘I have only one passion, that of the light, in the name of humanity which has suffered so and is entitled to happiness. My ignited protest is nothing more than the cry of my heart.’ – Emile Zola, J’Accuse, 1898

Alfred Dreyfus, a French artillery captain of Jewish descent, was arrested in 1894 for passing secret information to the German government. The next year he was convicted of treason before a military court, and sentenced to life imprisonment. This could easily have been the end of the story: such things happened all the time in the modern world, and for more than a year it seemed that the case was closed. But in 1896, the new chief of military intelligence discovered evidence that another officer – Major Esterhazy – could well be responsible for the treason. Dreyfus, it seemed, was innocent. The man who made this discovery was promptly transferred to Tunisia; the military, by maintaining a convenient silence, sought to save its own reputation.

But to Paris, the truth inexorably marched, and the awaited storm burst. When the media learned of the cover-up, the affair erupted into a scandal which polarised fin de siècle France, and which soon became the most hotly debated political event of the day. Intellectuals were divided into Dreyfusards and anti-Dreyfusards; counted among the former was the famous writer Èmile Zola, who published his timeless statement of the case, ‘J’accuse!’, in 1898. In this open letter to the President of the French Republic – necessary reading for any aspiring journalist – Zola, driven to the heights of indignation, demanded ‘truth and justice’ for Dreyfus. He called the flimsy trial and subsequent cover-up ‘one of the greatest iniquities of our century’, and a clear symptom of the anti-Semitism so rife in France at the time. ‘Dreyfus knows several languages – crime!’ he thundered, paraphrasing the inept military court: ‘One found at his place no compromising papers – crime! He returns sometimes to his country of origin – crime! He is industrious, he wants to know everything – crime! He is unperturbed – crime! He is perturbed – crime!’

Zola, along with many other leading lights of liberalism, demanded a retrial for Dreyfus. Their efforts were resisted by the French government; Zola was convicted of criminal libel and fled to England to escape imprisonment. ‘Today the positions are clear,’ he wrote. ‘On the one hand, there are the culprits who do not want the light to come; on the other, there are the carriers of justice who will give their life to see it come.’ But the ‘truth was on the march,’ and eventually, as Zola had predicted, Dreyfus was pardoned in 1902 and four years later completely exonerated, going on to serve France in the Great War.

‘It is better that I should die a thousand times than that I should retract one syllable of the condemned articles. And as they excommunicated me for the sacrilege of heresy, so I excommunicate them in the name of the sacred truth of God. Christ will judge whose excommunication will stand.’ – Martin Luther

The trial of German priest Martin Luther marked the dawn of the great Protestant Reformation, the dramatic schism of the Catholic Church which sent aftershocks, in the form of religious wars, rippling across Europe, and which began to divide the continent into its modern framework of nation-states. Luther did not mean to spark a revolution: initially, like many others, he merely found his sincere piety upset by the doctrines of the Catholic Church, and hoped to ‘elicit the truth about the sacrament of penance.’

In 1516, Luther began preaching against what were to him the more odious doctrines of the Church. In particular, he was disgusted by the common practice among the clergy of selling ‘indulgences’, which thereby encouraged the faithful – and the faithless – to buy their way into heaven with gold. He nailed his ninety-five proposals for doctrinal reform to the door of Wittenberg Castle Church for debate. ‘Luther is a drunken German,’ said Pope Leo X, reportedly, when he heard of the Ninety-Five Theses. ‘He will feel different when he is sober.’

But sobriety brought no change of heart. In 1518, Luther was charged with heresy, and in 1521 he appeared before the Diet of Worms. Challenged to recant the heretical sentences in his works, he refused, famously saying: ‘Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen.’ The resulting Edict of Worms found him guilty of heresy, and determined that his books should be burned, that he should be apprehended, and that those who gave him shelter should be liable to prosecution. Luther escaped to the castle of his benefactor, Frederick the Wise, and managed to live the remainder of his life in freedom.


‘The blow I saw given . . . I remember well, there was such a groan by the Thousands then present as I never heard before and desire I may never hear again.’ – A witness to the execution of Charles I, 1649

Charles I, the photogenic king of Great Britain and Ireland, was brought to trial in 1649 at the behest of Oliver Cromwell and his Parliamentarians. For the past decade, he had waged civil war against these men, who sought to deprive him of his often-misused regal power. The king’s behaviour at the close of the civil war, and his repeated efforts to interfere with Cromwell’s aims, severely diminished the chance that his life might be spared – in spite of the fact that he still enjoyed the support, or at least the forgiveness, of many in his former domain. A revolutionary tribunal was created. It declared that Charles was a traitor and a tyrant; his head was severed in front of the banqueting hall of his own palace, before a crowd of thousands.


‘My dear Kepler, I wish that we might laugh at the remarkable stupidity of the common herd.’ – Galileo Galilei, letter to fellow-scientist Johannes Kepler

Nicolaus Copernicus had already proposed an heliocentric model of the solar system in 1543. This contradicted the commonly accepted geocentric model, originating in Ptolemy and receiving credence through Aristotle, which saw the planets and the stars revolving around the stationary earth. Galileo’s great crime was to expand upon the innovations of Copernicus. In his Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, Galileo had put the geocentric arguments of his increasingly distant friend Pope Urban VIII into the mouth of a simpleton. This completed the process of alienation from his last great supporter: the arbiters of public opinion turned their backs on Galileo, scribbled against his integrity, and very soon – in 1632 – he was called to Rome to stand trial for heresy.

According to the papal condemnation, ‘the proposition that the Sun is the center of the world and does not move from its place is absurd and false philosophically and formally heretical, because it is expressly contrary to Holy Scripture.’ Galileo was forced to repudiate the opinions he had uttered, and sentenced to house arrest, under which he lived out the rest of his life.


‘God is my witness that the things charged against me I never preached. In the same truth of the Gospel which I have written, taught, and preached . . . I am ready to die today.’ – John Hus, 1415

John Hus was the perfect example of a man who appears in the world a little too soon, who thinks a little too far ahead of his time, and who therefore suffers at the hands of his contemporaries. His ideas were unpalatable. The spirit of reform, which so characterised the 16th century and which gained such support for Martin Luther and many others, surged too early in the breast of this 15th century Czech philosopher-priest. Invited to Konstanz to participate in a reconciliatory council of the Church, Hus was soon imprisoned on a whim and brought to trial. He was pressured to recant his heresy, but he insisted that his beliefs were not heretical, and that to agree that they were such would be a falsehood – a dishonesty which his conscience could not bear. After being tied to the stake, he was given one last chance to recant, but once again refused, reaffirming that he had not preached the heresy with which he had been charged. It was only after his death at the stake in 1415 that many Czechs rose to support his doctrines, thus sparking the Hussite Wars of 1420-31, during which Hussite forces defeated no less than five papal crusades. Martin Luther later wrote that he ‘could not understand for what cause they had burnt so great a man, who explained the Scriptures with so much gravity and skill.’


Giordano Bruno, an Italian friar and astronomer of the 16th century, was – you guessed it – brought to trial for heresy, this time by the Inquisition. Among other crimes, he was adamant that the Sun was a star, and that the stars were suns like our own. He believed that the universe might be populated by planets containing intelligent life forms. Like the much-persecuted Dutch philosopher Spinoza, Bruno was a pantheist; he maintained, contrary to Church doctrine, that everything in the universe was divine. He was burned at the stake in 1600 after a dramatic seven-year trial in which he refused to completely renounce his heresies. Amazingly, as recently as 2000 an Italian cardinal declared that although Bruno’s death was indeed a ‘sad episode,’ the Inquisitors who ordered his death ‘had the desire to serve freedom and promote the common good and did everything possible to save his life.’


Joan of Arc, after being captured in 1431 at the age of 19, was also tried for heresy. Many circumstances surrounding the trial didn’t exactly work in Joan’s favour: it was conducted, for example, before a jury of entirely hostile ecclesiastics. Many pro-French clerics, with both the desire and the authority to defend her from the charge, were not allowed to participate. She was declared guilty and sentenced to lifelong imprisonment. Inside prison, she began wearing male clothing to avoid molestation by the British guards. This provided the authorities with the justification they needed to, predictably, execute her as a relapsed heretic. 25 years later, the disgraceful injustice of the trial was recognised by the Church, and the verdict was overturned. Nearly 500 years later, Joan of Arc was canonised as a saint. Her widespread popularity can be explained by her remarkable story, and especially by the courage with which this young woman – like so many before and after her – faced an unjust death at the hands of cruel men.


‘If you think that by killing men you can avoid the accuser censoring your lives, you are mistaken. That is not a way of escape which is either possible or honorable; the easiest and the noblest way is not to be crushing others, but to be improving yourselves.’ – Socrates

Socrates – perhaps the most memorable of Greek philosophers after Diogenes the Cynic – was put to death by his fellow Athenian citizens in 399BC. He was officially charged with impiety and the corruption of the Athenian youth. He was said to be ‘an evil-doer and curious person, searching into things under the earth and above the heaven.’ He made ‘good things seem bad, and bad things seem good.’ These charges were unjust, but not unfounded – his manner of pointing out people’s ethical mistakes had certainly become annoying, in the same way that a gadfly might annoy a horse. It became dangerous to walk the streets of Athens – Athenians never knew when Socrates would come striding out of the blue to morally assault their unexamined opinions.

At the trial, Socrates gave a powerful speech in his own defense. ‘Unlike other men,’ he began, ‘I do not know how to be eloquent. All I know how to do is to speak the truth; and that is all I have ever tried to do; and that is what I will now proceed to do.’ He went on to defend himself beautifully, but was eventually found guilty by a majority of votes. It was then open to him, by Athenian law, to propose a punishment less harsh than death. Rather than proposing a reasonable punishment like any sensible man, Socrates suggested a fine of thirty minae – a sum so blatantly insignificant as to infuriate the jury. More people voted for the death penalty than had voted for his guilt – a tell-tale sign that Socrates knew how to lose friends, and to make enemies, rather quickly. After receiving the verdict, Socrates left the courtroom, saying: ‘The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our ways – I to die, and you to live. Which is better, only God knows.’

After the trial, he was taken to prison and forced to drink hemlock. Surrounded by his friends, he spent his final moments engaged in discourse on the immortality of the soul. As his feet and his legs went numb with the poison, he continued to speak of what he thought was true and just, until at last he died – having always maintained that it is better to suffer injustice at the hands of others, than to be unjust oneself.


‘But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you’ – Matthew 5:44

Few of history’s echoes have reverberated so violently as the trial and subsequent crucifixion of Jesus. He was apprehended at an olive grove outside Jerusalem, having been betrayed by Judas Iscariot after the Last Supper. His captors took him to the house of the Jewish high priest, where an ad-hoc judiciary known as the Sanhedrin had assembled. He spoke little, and despite being beaten and mocked before the Jewish assembly, he refused to deny that he was the Son of God. The outraged high priest proceeded to tear his own clothes, and posed a question to all those present: ‘What further need have we of witnesses? Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye?’ And they all condemned Jesus to be worthy of death.

The next morning, the high priests presented him to the Roman governor of Judaea, Pontius Pilate. They urged Pilate to punish him with crucifixion, but Pilate expressed doubts as to whether or not Jesus was guilty. However, when the gathering crowd loudly demanded that Jesus be crucified; Pilate, ‘wishing to content the multitude’, delivered Jesus into their hands. Whereupon he was taken by the enemies he loved, and crucified, resoundingly, at Golgotha.

Read more: http://listverse.com/2012/11/13/top-10-trials-that-shook-the-world/

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1. The Big Blue Bug enjoying an Awful-Awful.

Level of Rhode Island: Ordering cawfee cabinets from Newport Creamery.

2. This rude awakening on Thayer Street.

Level of Rhode Island: Getting stranded by RIPTA.

3. This helpful bear safety demo on the evening news.

Level of Rhode Island: Stocking up on milk and bread at Cumbies before a nor’easter.

4. This tattoo of the state’s only area code.

Level of Rhode Island: Having your birthday party at Twin Oaks.

5. The time someone cut someone else off.

Level of Rhode Island: Using demolished landmarks in verbal directions.

6. This revolutionary drink, made on honor and SOLD ON MERIT.

Level of Rhode Island: Adding vodka to your Del’s Lemonade.

7. These statues of Mr. Potato Head.


Level of Rhode Island: Shopping at Ocean State Job Lot.

8. The time Dunkin’ Donuts bought the Providence Civic Center.

Level of Rhode Island: Ordering an iced coffee in the middle of winter.

9. Alan Shawn Feinstein at the Roger Williams Park Carousel with his entire extended family.

Level of Rhode Island: Running into a classmate from high school at the Gaspee Day Parade.

10. The time Pauly D spun live at the Rhode Island Car Show.

Level of Rhode Island: Knowing how to swear in Italian.

11. This wedding at Haven Brothers Diner.

Level of Rhode Island: Taking your date to WaterFire.

12. The Dancing Cop.

Level of Rhode Island: Watching re-runs of the show Providence.

13. Big Nazo playing in the Providence Honk Festival.

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Level of Rhode Island: Explaining that Rhode Island isn’t part of New York.

14. This man eating Iggy’s clam cakes on the news.

Level of Rhode Island: Giving your dad a Benny’s gift card for Christmas.

15. This man letting it loose in Woonsocket.

Level of Rhode Island: Celebrating VJ Day.

16. This gentle reminder about parking etiquette.

Level of Rhode Island: Complaining about how long it takes to drive to URI.

17. This surprise pot hole.

Level of Rhode Island: The road you’re driving on changes names three times.

18. This section of the grocery store.

Level of Rhode Island: Ordering your coffee “extra extra.”

19. The First Baptist Church cleverly recruiting.

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Level of Rhode Island: Describing your pizza strip as “wicked awesome.”

20. This sign.

Level of Rhode Island: Calling a water fountain a “bubblah.”

21. The Cardi brothers dancing to “Gangnam Style.”

Level of Rhode Island: Your grandmother is friends with your best friend’s grandmother.

22. This Del’s Lemonade Truck Christmas ornament.

Level of Rhode Island: Humming “Sail Away on the Block Island Ferry.”

23. Family Guy.

Level of Rhode Island: The PawSox.

24. And that time that the former mayor of Providence had a criminal record, a radio show, and a successful line of tomato sauce.


Level of Rhode Island: Spotting former Providence mayor David Cicilline at a Cher concert.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/mikerose/the-24-most-rhode-island-things-to-ever-happen

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On March 7, the cast and crew of Parenthood were honored by the Paley Center as part of the annual PaleyFest. We spoke with actors Mae Whitman (Amber), Miles Heizer (Drew), Lauren Graham (Sarah), Max Burkholder (Max), Xolo Mariduena (Victor), and Jason Ritter (Mark).

1. Mae Whitman and Miles Heizer live together in real life.

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Yep, Mae Whitman is renting out her guesthouse to her TV sibling Miles Heizer. “We’re definitely unusually close, just as far as human beings go,” Whitman said. “Miles is definitely my best friend.” Cuuute.

2. And they bonded early on.

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“I remember being surprised that there was a 14-year-old boy who could, with such ease and nonchalance, hang out with me and Sarah Ramos, a 20-year-old and a 17-year old,” Whitman recalled. “He was just casually chatting, like no weird macho boy stuff. And I was like, this kid is something special.” Heizer, however, has a simpler explanation for their instant connection: “I thought [Mae] was cool because she liked Tegan and Sara. We just went from there.”

3. But even for newcomer Xolo Mariduena, the “Parenthood” cast was warm and welcoming.

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“I thought that they were gonna be distant, and as the episodes went along, we would get closer,” Mariduena admitted. “But I got there, and all of them were just so nice and so welcoming.” He praised the acting talents of his costars and added, “They’re just super, super nice.”

4. It helps that he’s nothing like his character.

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“It was definitely hard, but it was also very fun being Victor,” Mariduena reflected. “Because Xolo, me, is nothing like Victor. So it was like my alter ego. I got to throw bats and do a bunch of stuff, and it was definitely a whole different side that I’d never done before.”

5. Max Burkholder also has to step out of his comfort zone to play Max, but he loves the challenge.

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“I love being able to play something that not everyone gets to play,” he offered. “I’m playing pretend that I have Asperger’s. I love being able to really get into that mind-set and just do something different.”

6. He’s enjoyed seeing Max grow throughout the series. And really, haven’t we all.

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Playing Max has also gotten easier over time. “I think I’ve grown along with Max a little bit,” Burkholder said. “In the beginning it was certainly more difficult to play him. I had to really think about every little thing I was doing. As I’ve progressed, I’ve sort of been able to understand who Max is more. It’s been easier to play him, but I definitely have been trying to develop his character.”

7. There’s one major similarity between Max the actor and Max the character.

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In terms of passions, there’s not a lot of overlap between Burkholder and Braverman. “I don’t like bugs,” Burkholder conceded. “The main similarity between me and Max is that we are both very, very nerdy.” And he wears that badge with pride.

8. As challenging as Victor and Max can be, there are characters who are basically perfect. Like Joel.

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Does Joel have any faults? “None that I can see,” Sam Jaeger said. “I think Joel is just earnest, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.” Nope. Nothing at all. Marry me?

9. Sam Jaeger didn’t like Joel being in the background either.

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Fans of the character have often lamented how frequently Joel gets sidelined. “I had a tougher time with it in seasons past,” Jaeger admitted. “I just wasn’t sure what his role was, but to support whatever Julia was going through.” Luckily, this season put Joel in a more active role. “I’m thankful that this year we got to see a side of him that stands up for what he feels is right,” Jaeger continued.

10. Joel’s childhood helped him relate to his new son.

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“There’s a lot in Victor’s character that Joel recognizes,” Jaeger said. He recalled a conversation that he had with creator Jason Katims before the season started filming. “That’s a guy that is without family, without his mother, and we don’t get to see Joel’s side of the family. I think it was a rougher childhood than growing up Braverman.”

11. Speaking of perfect men, Jason Ritter is also bummed that Mark got shafted.

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“I am equally heartbroken,” he promised. “I took to the internet after that. I already knew what was going to happen, but after it aired, I looked for kindred spirits.”

12. And seriously, that breakup was ROUGH.

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Those weren’t just crocodile tears. “A lot of times in a movie or something, when you’re shooting something, you have to pretend like you’ve known someone for your whole life,” Ritter explained. “But at the end of the day, we’ve been on this road for about four years. There was a part of me when she was standing there and telling me, ‘I’m gonna make it work with Hank,’ I was like, ‘I can’t believe that this is where it all ends.’ It was all building up and it hit me, because I do love Lauren and I love this cast and I love this family. I mean, who doesn’t want to be a Braverman? And I was so close! I was so close.”

13. Incidentally, Hank was the wrong choice. Obviously.

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Jason Ritter isn’t having it. “Sarah and Mark were engaged, so what is this guy doing coming in and messing with a couple? It’s not like Mark was hedging his bets, being like, ‘I don’t know, I’m not sure if I want this,’ and then [Hank] steps in and goes, ‘Hey, I’m here for you forever.’ Here’s [Mark] who says, ‘I’m here for you forever,’ and then [Hank’s] like, ‘Eh, I dunno, I kind of like you.’ And then she’s like, ‘Oh, this guy! I’m gonna throw it all away for this guy.’” Yep. Which is why we’re still hurting too.

14. At least Jason Ritter is rebounding with Lauren Graham’s former TV daughter. And she’s fine with that, really!

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“I’m so happy for them both!” Graham gushed. News broke recently that Alexis Bledel (Rory on Gilmore Girls) is playing Ritter’s love interest in the Fox pilot Friends and Family. “They’re the most beautiful blue-eyed duo ever on TV. And I just had a funny moment. It’s like two people I dated in different ways are dating each other! Oh, god. But then I got over it.”

15. Provided there is a next season (fingers crossed), Mae Whitman hears wedding bells.

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The Season 4 finale made it look like Amber and Ryan were ring shopping — which could very well mean a wedding is around the corner. “I think it would be great if they got married!” Whitman said. “I think it would be a good way to bring conflict but not unhappy conflict into the situation, just because the family would all have different opinions. But I think it would also be really happy, and I think it’s a really nice adventure for her to go down, young marriage.”

16. Miles Heizer imagines a slightly darker future for his character.

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“I secretly hope that Amy did not get an abortion and I had a baby,” he confided. Well, it’s not a secret anymore. He went on to say, “I think it would be interesting if Drew went away to college and started drinking and was like, following in his father’s footsteps and was becoming a bad person.” Poor Drew. I’m already worried about him.

17. Sam Jaeger is fine with whatever, as long as there’s drama.

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“I hope there are more struggles,” he said. “I like that our show is messy. I like that it’s complicated. I don’t want things to be solved. And I think that’s what the fans come to rely on, is that we have characters that fail and get back up. They lose touch with one another.” On a personal level, he just wants to keep working. “I’m just looking forward to another year of incredible writing and getting to work with great people like this,” he continued.

18. Meanwhile, Max Burkholder is thinking even further ahead.

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When asked about Max’s future, he had a clear answer. “He’s going to be one of three things,” Burkholder said. “Max is going to be an astrophysicist, a writer of books of facts about bugs or airplanes or whatever he happens to be into that year, or a writer for Wikipedia.” Those sound like solid career choices to me.

19. We watch “Parenthood” to cry, but these actors turn to other shows. Like “Chopped.”

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While Whitman and Heizer agreed on Friday Night Lights as tearjerker entertainment, they also had a few odder choices. “I get emotional easily, I feel like,” Heizer said. “Cupcake Wars, Chopped — the right episode just breaks you apart. The lunch ladies! That pretty much does it.”

20. And when “Parenthood” does make you cry, just remember that you’re not alone.

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Xolo Mariduena said he’s gotten great feedback from his friends and family, but yes, Parenthood turns them into emotional messes too. “They cried during my parts,” he said, “and the cancer scenes with Monica Potter and Sarah’s scenes.” Finally he admitted, “During all the scenes. It’s sad.”

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/louispeitzman/20-things-we-learned-from-the-cast-of-parenthood


Wait, what? Press secretary Carney uttered that nonsense during a briefing yesterday. Words, so hard!

Carney: “I meant the future as also in the present tense.” #huh

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) November 28, 2012

Oh, dear. It depends on what the definition of future is.

No wonder President Obama hasn’t bothered to meet with congressional leaders regarding the fiscal cliff for 13 days; time is hard! But, wait, maybe he did? He plans to meet in the future, which is now? Mind. Blown.

Jay Carney, White House Press Briefing: “I meant ‘the future’ as also in the present tense.”speakwithauthority-jsm.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-fu…

— Jeryl Bier (@SpeakWithAuthor) November 29, 2012

From a partial transcript:

Later in the briefing, another reporter referred back to Carney’s words:

Q I wonder — it sounded like, in answer to Jim’s question when he was saying, do you have to do entitlement reform by the end of the year, your answer was in the future. And I noted that when the President spoke today –
MR. CARNEY: No, I didn’t say it was in the future.
Q — would pressure — when asked about pressuring Democrats, you said, he has vowed to do that in the future.
MR. CARNEY: No, he’s done it in the past and he will do it in the future.
Q We have a record of what you said. But –
MR. CARNEY: Right. I meant “the future” as also in the present tense.

Dude. Twitter users have some fun with Carney’s space-time continuum confusion.

@zekejmiller back to the future at present

— D Joz (@DaJozw) November 28, 2012

Clintonesque. RT @zekejmiller Carney: “I meant the future as also in the present tense.” #huh

— William McCracken (@mccra008) November 28, 2012

Heh. More please, Twitter. It’s not like we can count on the media to ask him “what about your gaaaafes?”

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/11/29/words-are-hard-jay-carney-i-mean-the-future-as-also-in-the-present-tense/

1. Seven-year-old Jack Hoffman suffers from pediatric brain cancer and today he travelled to Washington to meet President Obama.

2. Jack also got to hang out with former Nebraska football player Rex Burkhead on Monday, too.

Jack Hoffman

3. Rex helped Jack live out a dream — to play in a Nebraska Cornhuskers football game.

Jack Hoffman

4. If you’re unfamiliar with the story: Jack not only got to play in the game…


5. He ran a 69-yard touchdown for the team!

6. The video of Jack scoring the incredible touchdown has over 7 million views on YouTube.

7. Jack’s dad told The Journal Star that they were thrilled to meet the President on Monday.

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8. Jack’s had an incredible month, last week Senator Deb Fischer pushed a resolution through making Jack’s birthday, September 26th, National Pediatric Brain Cancer Awareness Day.

Matt Ryerson / AP

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/a-seven-year-old-pediatric-brain-cancer-patient-met-with-pre