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Steubenville Gang Rapes- Who is Jane Hanlin?

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Joey Ortega

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Licensed to practice law in 2001. Practicing Law for both the public and private sectors for 10 years before being named Jefferson County Prosecutor. A fast track career that includes being named partner of a well known local law firm (Bruzzese and Calabria), head of Stuebenville School Board, Assisant Procescutor with an apparent 100% prosecution rate. Now stepping in to the shoes of outgoing Thomas Straus after a very short notice and almost sudden retirement, she has become a polarizing figure in these gang rape cases and the community itself. Some say she was a hero to work the case for the time she did before recusing herself due to close relationships with many people suspected and assure that all the evidence needed was collected for the replacement prosecutors while others say the 2 weeks she stayed on the case was long enough for her to compromise the case enough to determine its fate to benefit her personal interests before having no choice but to turn it over to her replacements. She is the first we examine in our efforts to understand Steubenville's key players, the county's social and political structure and why there may be such profound admiration from some yet profound apprehension from others. Jane has been invited to join in this critical and objective analysis and a chance to clear the record before an election that will cement her new found position that some say is a part of her fast track to a seat on the county's judges bench. Let's hope she will respond and join us in what can be an intriging and informative discussion.