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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #500 on: April 19, 2017, 01:19:06 pm »

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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #501 on: May 12, 2017, 07:42:32 am »

Brandon Banks, one of four men charged in the rape of an unconscious woman at Vanderbilt University nearly four years ago, was in court Thursday for a motions hearing, further signaling his case is heading toward trial instead of a plea deal.

Banks, 23, and his lawyer, Mark Scruggs, are arguing that some case evidence should not be used against him in trial. Though a plea agreement could be reached at anytime, the motions indicate ongoing preparation for the trial. That's set for June 19.

Thursday's hearing was the first time in years Banks has appeared in court for the case.




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Police say that on June 23, 2013, four then-football players at Vanderbilt raped an unconscious woman in a dorm on campus. The case put Vanderbilt in the national spotlight scrutinizing how colleges respond to sexual assault, and a federal Department of Education investigation was launched.

Since then, two of the players have been convicted: Brandon Vandenburg, whom the woman was dating, was sentenced to 17 years in prison; and Cory Batey was sentenced to 15 years.

Banks' case, as well as that against co-defendant Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, have been tracking along in the background.

Following the pair of convictions, plea negotiations to resolve Banks' case began.

McKenzie has testified against his former teammates in hopes of leniency in his own case. It is likely he will do the same against Banks, who he's previously described as a friend so close, they were like brothers.

On Thursday, Banks' lawyer argued that Nashville police illegally searched Banks' cellphone and that evidence seized from it should not be used during his trial.

Scruggs called Nashville Detective Jason Mayo, the lead investigator, to the witness stand. Mayo said he seized Banks' cellphone on June 27, 2013, the day before he obtained a search warrant for Banks' dorm room.

Scruggs argued that the warrant from the next day did not specify the phone could be searched, and said Banks never consented to a search.

"The search warrant makes no particular mention of this phone," Scruggs argued. "They didn't include it in there. ... It's an error is what it is."

Nashville Police Detective Chad Gish helped recover the key evidence in the case: Images and videos depicting the rape that were found on the football players' cellphones.

Fourteen images or video thumbnails were found during the search of Banks' phone, Gish has previously testified, saying they show the woman undressed and unconscious and being sexually touched by Banks and Batey.

The other images recovered from Batey's and Vandenburg's phones are expected to play a key role in Banks' trial.
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #502 on: June 14, 2017, 10:06:52 am »




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The day after one of his former Vanderbilt Commodores teammates walked into a Tennessee prison to start a 17-year sentence, Brandon E. Banks jogged onto a football field.

Banks, now 23, has largely been out of the public eye as two of his former football teammates went to trial — and were convicted — in the June 2013 gang rape of an unconscious female student.

Instead, while his own charges in the case were pending, the Maryland native moved to Jackson, Tenn., where he played two seasons as a defensive back for the Lane College Dragons.

Now, a Nashville jury will decide whether Banks returns to the field for his senior season.

Banks' trial on aggravated rape and other charges begins Monday, nearly four years to the day after the rape that rocked Vanderbilt University.

Had it not been for Vanderbilt University police investigating vandalism in a dorm in June 2013, the rape may never have been discovered.

Campus police saw four men carrying an unconscious woman into a room at Vanderbilt's Gillette Hall in the early morning hours of June 23.

Metro Nashville police began an investigation, and soon four players were off the football team and under indictment, each facing five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

Brandon Vandenburg, a towering junior college recruit who was dating the woman, and Cory Batey, a Nashville native whom the woman had never met, stood trial first in January 2015. ..

Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie also was charged in the case, has pleaded not guilty and has testified against his former teammates in each trial. He's expected to return and testify against Banks, a man he once said was like a brother to him.

"Tip" suited up against Arkansas in the guarantee game last season.
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #503 on: June 15, 2017, 08:51:15 pm »


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The sixteen people are 12 women and four men. Six are minorities. Choosing them provided some hints about the state and defense cases at trial next week.

They include a former military member. A nurse. An engineer. A woman who said serving on a jury was on her bucket list - along with visiting the Grand Canyon.

On trial is Brandon E. Banks, 23, who is charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Prosecutors say Banks and three other former Vanderbilt football players raped an unconscious woman in a dorm room on June 23, 2013.
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #504 on: June 19, 2017, 08:31:30 am »

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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #505 on: June 19, 2017, 01:41:17 pm »

 Stacey Barchenger‏Verified account @sbarchenger 5h5 hours ago

We've been told by Judge Monte Watkins' staff that reporters can't have laptops, cells in courtroom. So no live tweets for now. #vandytrial

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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #506 on: June 19, 2017, 06:12:26 pm »

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« Reply #507 on: June 20, 2017, 11:38:52 am »


With lights dimmed, jurors saw images on big-screen TV and took notes. Banks appeared to look, too. #vandytrial

I expect jurors will see videos Gish found that were sent from Vandenburg's phone.
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« Reply #508 on: June 21, 2017, 12:32:24 pm »

 Stacey Barchenger‏Verified account @sbarchenger 41m41 minutes ago

Night before at a party, Banks says, there were young women (one was 16) on campus.

“And they were allowing the whole party there to have sex with them. When we found that out, (McKenzie) and (Batey) wanted to find them.”

Banks says Batey called him names for not wanting to participate. McKenzie has not said that in his own prior testimony. #vandytrial

Banks says he was made fun of for not participating. Defense wants jury to hear this, goes to pattern of bullying that influenced Banks.

Defense: "It goes to his state of mind. It goes to the pressure he was under to conform. It all came to a head the next night." #vandytrial


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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #509 on: June 21, 2017, 12:40:54 pm »

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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #510 on: June 21, 2017, 12:51:26 pm »

I feel like I am missing something.

1. Police roll up and see some guys carrying a girl into the room.
2. They go to investigate
3. Each guy is charged with 5 counts of rape

How did they rape her 5 times between the police seeing them take her to the room and the police knocking on the door?
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #511 on: June 21, 2017, 01:05:50 pm »

I feel like I am missing something.

1. Police roll up and see some guys carrying a girl into the room.
2. They go to investigate
3. Each guy is charged with 5 counts of rape

How did they rape her 5 times between the police seeing them take her to the room and the police knocking on the door?


Police saw irregularity in the dorm hallway security tape after the fact after Vandenburg messed with it and got caught.

Forensics was able to recover deleted video and images of the girl while the culprits were in the act.
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #512 on: June 21, 2017, 01:07:30 pm »

Police saw irregularity in the dorm hallway security tape after the fact after Vandenburg messed with it and got caught.

Forensics was able to recover deleted video and images of the girl while the culprits were in the act.

I see. Three cheers for video tape.
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Re: Vandy rape case update
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« Reply #514 on: June 22, 2017, 12:05:45 pm »

 Stacey Barchenger‏Verified account @sbarchenger 37m37 minutes ago

DA Jan Norman says Banks' argument is like gang member trying to justify a murder because the murder was part of the gang's rules. #vandytrial

Norman says Banks' argument is like gang member trying to justify a murder because the murder was part of the gang's rules. #vandytrial


Defense lawyer Mark Scruggs takes his turn at closing argument.


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« Reply #516 on: June 23, 2017, 11:10:57 pm »


Banks will have to serve all 15 years of that term. No early release/parole.
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« Reply #517 on: June 25, 2017, 06:12:04 am »


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The jury foreman’s voice cracked and his hands shook Friday as he read the verdict. Brandon E. Banks was guilty in the rape of an unconscious woman in a Vanderbilt University dorm four years ago.

The courtroom was still.

Banks, now 23 and a former Vanderbilt University football player, took a deep breath.

The victim was stoic.

Four years. Four trials. Fifteen grueling hours of jury deliberation Thursday and Friday.

And it still is not done.

As the foreman read a slate of mixed verdicts Friday, the victim held the hand of an advocate who has been by her side each time she’s returned to court.

"I hope that other victims out there can see how strong she was,” Metro Nashville Police Detective Chad Gish said afterward.

"She is a true pillar of strength and my hero. I hope my daughter grows up as strong as she is."

Banks and three teammates were charged with seven felony counts each in the June 23, 2013 gang rape that brought the university into the national spotlight.

His defense tallied wins with five not guilty verdicts when the jury returned from a laborious, two-day deliberation about 6:45 p.m. Friday.

Under Tennessee law, the aggravated rape count carries a minimum prison term of 15 years, up to 25. It also meant Banks, who has been out of custody and playing football at Lane College in Jackson, Tenn., was taken immediately into custody.

He looked back toward his father and friends in the courtroom.

“My heart is for my son,” Banks’ father, Maurice, said. “I hate that he’s where he is right now. Likewise that (the victim) has had to endure this as well.

“Nobody comes out of this on the positive side.”

The jury’s lengthy deliberation gave Banks hope, his lawyer, Mark Scruggs, said after the verdicts. The defense had argued Banks was a victim of bullying, and when he was with his teammates in the room, he felt threatened if he didn’t take their orders.

“Brandon Banks was subject to unbearable treatment while he was at Vanderbilt,” Scruggs said. “I think the jury took that into consideration."

Banks was prepared for the verdict, the lawyer said.

"He's shocked but understands that this is only the first part of this process, there's a lot more to do from here on," Scruggs said, mentioning an appeal. "We have some really good issues to raise."
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Re: Vandy rape case update
« Reply #518 on: June 25, 2017, 08:53:33 am »


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Prosecutors offered Brandon E. Banks a 10-year prison sentence if he pleaded guilty and avoided a fourth trial in the rape of an unconscious Vanderbilt University student four years ago, Banks' lawyer said Saturday.

Banks didn't take it.

Going to trial was worth the risk of a longer prison term, defense lawyer Mark Scruggs said, because Banks hoped to avoid a lifetime position on the state's sex offender registry.

And on that part of the deal, the state wouldn't budge.

Banks was found guilty of aggravated rape in the case on Friday. State law says he'll face a minimum prison term of 15 years, and up to 25 years...

Judge Watkins will most likely give him the minimum based on his history ruling on this case.
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