Aug. 18 trial date set

STEUBENVILLE – A trial date of Aug. 18 has been set in the trial of Michael McVey, 50, the Steubenville City School superintendent on leave pending the outcome of his indictment by a special grand jury investigating aspects of the Steubenville rape case.

McVey was indicted on three counts of obstructing justice and single counts of tampering with evidence and falsification. The indictment states the alleged acts occurred between April 5, 2012, and Nov. 19, 2013.

Visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove heard several motions Monday filed by McVey’s attorney, Charles Bean of St. Clairsville.

Cosgrove granted Bean’s request for a bill of particulars from the state attorney general’s office. The bill of particulars will state exactly what the prosecution claims is the basis for the indictment.

Angela Canepa, assistant state attorney general, objected to the request for a bill of particulars, saying 92 gigabytes of information was provided in evidence discovery to Bean.

Cosgrove said the attorney general’s office has 20 days to provide the bill of particulars. She said details of the alleged crimes other than what was contained in the indictment, which was basically the section of state law violated and the time when it occurred.

Bean also wanted the list of people who testified before the special grand jury and transcripts of their testimony to be provided to him and Cosgrove. Bean said he needed that to make sure a witness’ testimony at trial differed from the grand jury.

Canepa objected, saying Bean has been provided with statements and interviews conducted by Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents during the investigation.

Canepa also said people who have testified at the grand jury are suffering repercussions. She said statements were made to the witnesses of “you are either with us or against us.” Canepa said there was pressure put on witnesses not to cooperate with the grand jury, either before or after their testimony.

Bean countered saying witness intimidation will be an issue at trial on both sides.

Cosgrove took under advisement whether to grant Bean’s motions concerning grand jury witnesses and transcripts of testimony, saying the court needs to balance the secrecy of the grand jury with the administration of justice.

(Law can be contacted at mlaw@heraldstaronline.com.)