Duke Repercussions? De Anza Baseball Rape Case Getting Interesting

June 6, 2007

logond.gifA couple weeks ago, it appeared that the sexual assault case involving several members of the De Anza baseball team was over. However, today, the State Attorney General’s office revealed that it plans to look into the Santa Clara DA’s decision to not file charges related to the alleged gang rape of the 17-year-old girl. The DA’s controversial decision was supposedly a result of “insufficient evidence to support the filing of charges” and infuriated many people, including the victim’s family:

“Someone needs to take responsibility for their actions and hopefully face consequences,” said April Grolle, one of the soccer players who witnessed the alleged rape …

“The question is not whether reasonable minds might disagree with the D.A.’s decision,” Kravets said, “but whether a reasonable prosecutor, looking at all the facts of the case, would almost always reach a different decision than that originally reached by the district attorney in this case.”

As the state’s top prosecutor, Brown has the authority to file charges on his own and has wide latitude in deciding how to pursue the case, particularly if any new evidence or testimony would support a felony prosecution of the alleged assailants.

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith also is continuing to investigate the case. Sheriff’s Cmdr. John Hirokawa earlier told The Chronicle that investigators “believe a crime has occurred, but to prove it is a different story.”

Sheriff’s deputies will have an opportunity to present their evidence again as state prosecutors and investigators are expected to start work on the case today.

Granted, it’s not getting the same amount of notoriety as the Duke lacrosse controversy, but we can’t help but wonder if the Duke mess has something to do with the DA’s reluctance to push the case. The DA in the Duke case, Mike Nifong, pressed the case without any evidence, condemned the suspects in the mainstream media and in the end, lost his job in an utter wave of disgrace. Could Dolores Carr be scared of becoming the next Mike Nifong?

State to review De Anza rape case [SFGate]

Earlier: This Would Never Happen At CSM Or Skyline [Say Hey]

Earlier: That De Anza Rapist-Infielder Just Can’t Catch A Break [Say Hey]


This Would Never Happen At CSM Or Skyline

April 11, 2007

logond.gifA couple weeks ago, we brought the De Anza rapist-infielder-bad driver story to light. Well, as reported by the San Jose Mercury News, the De Anza baseball team is in a little more trouble:

A young woman has reported that De Anza College baseball players sexually assaulted her at a party months before members of the team were accused of raping another woman at the same house.

“The fact that the allegations involve the same house is “frightening,” Wise said.

Sources close to the investigation say the woman came forward with claims she was raped in December only after sheriff’s deputies began checking a 17-year-old girl’s report that she was assaulted at the house in unincorporated San Jose in March. Investigators said Monday that they first heard rumors about the December party with the players and the woman, who was 18 to 21 years old, during interviews while following up on the March case.

Just more reasons to send your kids off to a four-year college. And of course, to teach them to respect women. Well, all people, really.

Police confirm report of 2nd rape by De Anza men [SJ Mercury News]

That De Anza Rapist-Infielder Just Can’t Catch A Break

March 20, 2007

logond.gifApologies for yet another baseball-related post–we’ll branch out this afternoon, promise–but Steve Rebagliati, the De Anza baseball player already suspected of sexually assaulting a woman at his house party earlier this month, is now facing felony hit-and-run charges, according to KCBS.com.

The crash occured on the same day as the alleged sexual assault, when the 20-year old Rebagliatti made “an unsafe turn on Interstate 280 near Saratoga Avenue that caused two other vehicles to crash.” Rebagliatti did not stop, but an astute motorist recorded his license plate number. Because injuries were involved in the crash, the hit-and-run incident is being treated as a felony.

It’s almost as if lil’ Stevey already thinks he’s a pro athlete. Here’s hoping justice is served.

De Anza Baseball Player Faces Hit-and-Run Charges [KCBS]