Continuance granted in McVey trial
STEUBENVILLE – The trial of Michael McVey, the Steubenville City Schools superintendent on leave following an indictment returned by the special grand jury investigating the Steubenville rape case, has been continued from August until Oct. 14.
McVey’s attorney, Charles Bean of St. Clairsville, asked visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove on Monday for additional time so the defense’s expert can review additional evidence from the state attorney general’s office.
The trial was scheduled for Aug. 18.
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.
The attorney general’s office in the bill of particulars for the tampering with evidence charge said McVey deleted e-mails; failed to fully comply with subpoenas served upon him; deleted information from computers or had someone else do it; failed to provide information regarding an investigation the school undertook and lied about an investigation that the school undertook regarding the August 2012 rape; manufactured e-mails with false or misleading information; directed others to create records after the fact; and created a timeline after the first subpoena was served upon him in a way to hinder, obstruct or mislead the official investigation being conducted into the Steubenville City Schools.
Bean said the information provided by the attorney general’s office amounts to 30 terabytes on computer hard drives. He said that is equal to the print material at the Library of Congress. Scott Longo, assistant attorney general, said the state didn’t oppose the motion to continue the trial.
In granting the continuance, Cosgrove said it would be the last delay.
“Let me make it crystal clear, this is it. I won’t continue the case again,” she said.