Stebenville Rape Case: Special judge to oversee grand jury probe into possible new charges
(CBS/AP) COLUMBUS, Ohio - The chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court has appointed a special judge to oversee the work of a grand jury investigating possible new charges related to the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville last summer.
Two high school football players were convicted Sunday of raping the girl after an alcohol-fueled party in August.
Thursday's appointment follows a request by Jefferson County judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. for an outside judge because of ongoing local controversy over an alleged cover-up of the initial rape report.
Bruzzese says "nameless bloggers" who made unproven allegations of a cover-up have a strong following that makes appointing a judge from outside Steubenville necessary.
Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor responded by appointing retired Summit County Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove to handle the grand jury, which meets in April.
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