JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio —
Attorneys gathered in Jefferson County Juvenile Court on Friday to address issues surrounding the upcoming trial of two Steubenville High School student-athletes charged with rape.
The only written motion that was ever entered for a Motion For Closure was filed by defense attorney Walter Madison — and he withdrew that motion today.
Prosecutors from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office didn’t file a written response, but said in open court they would like the trial closed to the public and the media. Prosecutors said their position since the original probable cause hearing has changed, and they want the trial closed.
Judge Thomas Lipps also listened to attorneys representing different media outlets who argued why they feel they trial should be open to the public.
Attorney Justin Wiater with Fitzsimmons Law Firm is representing the teenage girl who is the alleged victim on a civil basis. Wiater said he asked the judge to allow them to file a motion if necessary to argue their point to close the trial. However, he said he didn’t know if he had a legal basis to file that motion.
The judge is expected to make a ruling next week based on what was said today.